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Superintendent's Message 2020-02-18

Dear SLCSD families and community,

January was an exciting month, with so many things happening, and it doesn’t look like things are going to slow down in February. In this monthly message, I want to focus on three issues.

Late Start
I am grateful to each of you who took time to attend the Board of Education’s Late Start Listening Tour and to all who have shared their thoughts via email, phone call, or in person. It is important for us that if we implement late start, we do it in a way that maximizes benefits for our students’ physical, mental, and academic well-being while minimizing the negative impacts on our families and educators.

At our next Board meeting, on February 18, we will discuss the creation of a Task Force to continue exploring how we might best implement late start in our district and develop a potential proposal(s) for consideration. After our listening tour, we understand more than ever how important it is to have many voices at the table, especially when considering such a big change. We want to hear from more families, educators, students, and district leaders, and we invite you to keep reaching out to us with your input.  

By the way, if you want to know what is happening in Board meetings but your schedule does not allow you to attend the meetings, our Communications and Community Relations Department is posting a short review of each meeting on our district website. You can find them among the news articles on the homepage – link to district website.

Snow Day
Recently, a rare event occurred in our district: a snow day. In fact, this is only the second snow day in the past 20 years. As I look back on that eventful day, I want to thank SLCSD’s fantastic custodians and Facility Services personnel, who spent the entire day clearing our parking lots, sidewalks, and school campuses. I also want to thank our principals, teachers, school staff, and employees, who worked so diligently to spread the message about schools being closed on that day.

Under Utah law, public schools must conduct school for at least 990 instructional hours over a minimum of 180 days each academic year and recover any days lost due to inclement weather. Fortunately, that make-up day was already built into our calendar and is scheduled for Friday, May 22.

Public Hearings about School Fees
Coming up during the last week of February and the first week of March, the Board of Education till be holding public hearings about changes in our school fee schedule. The fee schedule is changing in structure to align with new state rules. The updated fee schedules were developed with recommendations and input from district and school administrators and should bring more clarity on how school fees are used. The public hearings will be held on February 25 and March 3, at 7 p.m. at the district office building – 440 east 100 South in Salt Lake City.

Look for more details and information about the proposed changes to the fee schedule on our district Facebook page, the district website, and in your email. We want to make sure our fee schedule is easy to read and helps parents and families better understand how the fees are spent. I hope you will take the time to study the changes and give us your thoughts and opinions.

Yours in education,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District

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