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Our school buildings and district office buildings are closed until further notice, unless you have an appointment.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Dear families,

Today is Earth Day, and there are so many ways to celebrate. One great way is to participate in Bio Blitz 2020!

BIO BLITZ

  • Bio Blitz will take place remotely from April 24-27. 
  • Our Science Department has worked hard to organize this event and to design it so we can all participate remotely from April 24-27. 
  • This event will provide students and families throughout the district the opportunity to step away from our online learning platforms and connect to science and the biodiversity in our homes, yards, and neighborhoods. 
  • You can visit our website for details:  .
  • A special thanks to Ms. Kate Bodey and the 7th and 8th grade Environmental Science students at Clayton Middle School for spearheading and designing this district-wide event!

BONNEVILLE ELEMENTARY NAMED A GREEN RIBBON SCHOOL

  • Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Bonneville Elementary is among the 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.
  • Bonneville Elementary was nominated by the Utah Society for Environmental Education. Bonneville has focused on sustainability, health, and environmental education, with projects like air quality improvement teams to greener cleaning supplies to recycling drives.
  • Across the country, 39 schools, 11 districts, and five postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. Two Utah schools made the list this year, becoming the first Utah schools to ever be named to Green Ribbon status.
  • Congratulations to the students, staff, and families of Bonneville Elementary! We are so proud of you.

HEALTHCARE & CLCs

  • During the pandemic, the community clinics at our Community Learning Centers are still open to see patients. The clinics are open to all community members, regardless of affiliation with the Salt Lake City School District.
  • Please note that the clinics will NOT be testing for COVID-19 or accepting patients with COVID-19 symptoms.
    • However, COVID-19 tests can be administered at the Intermountain North Temple Clinic daily from 10am to 5pm: 54 N. 800 W. Salt Lake City, UT 84116
  • Contact the Community Learning Center clinic closest to you to determine eligibility and to schedule an appointment.
    • Community Health Charities Clinic at Glendale Community Learning Center: 801.955.2360 
    • Intermountain Healthcare Clinic at Liberty Community Learning Center: 801.408.3585
    • University of Utah School of Dentistry Clinic at Liberty Community Learning Center: 801.587.6453
    • Intermountain Healthcare Clinic at Rose Park Community Learning Center: 801.408.8626
  • Here are the addresses to our three Community Learning Centers:
    • Rose Park Community Learning Center: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116  
    • Liberty Community Learning Center: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 
    • Glendale Community Learning Center: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

  • Here are today’s self-care resources from our SEL Department:

TEACHER OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

  • Due to the COVID-19 school dismissal, the Salt Lake Education Foundation has decided to extend the nomination period for the 2021 Teacher of the Year award. 
  • Please show your support for your favorite teacher before the nomination period closes on April 30, 2020. Nominations must be submitted online using this .
  • All Salt Lake City School District teachers who have achieved career status are eligible for consideration. 
  • Anyone may nominate teachers for this award. Nominations are accepted in any language.
  • Please contact Jennie Vuich at   if you have questions

UTAH COMMUNITY ACTION RESOURCES

  • Utah Community Action (UCA) has resources available to help families during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • FREE curbside pickup meals are available for all children ages 0-18 at eight Head Start locations in Salt Lake and Tooele Counties.
    • Powder formula, baby food, diapers, and wipes are also available for babies and small children.
  • Meals are available Monday- Friday 11:00 am- 1:00 pm at the sites listed below: 
    • James R. Russell (JRR): 1240 N American Beauty Dr., SLC 84116
    • Palmer Court: 999 S Main St., SLC 84111
    • South Salt Lake (SSL): 2825 S 200 E, SLC 84115
    • Kearns: 5361 S 4220 W, Kearns 84118
    • Copperview (CCC): 8446 S Harrison St., Midvale
    • Catherine C. Hoskins (CCH): 6447 W 4100 S, West Valley City 84128
    • Magna: 8275 W 3500 S, Magna 84044
    • Wendover: 1007 Skyhawk, Wendover 84083
  • UCA is also still offering help with:
    • Case management and housing 
    • Emergency food for families (3-5 day supply)
    • HEAT utility assistance
    • Homeless services
    • Senior meals for curbside lunch pick-up
  • For more info, call 801-359-2444 or visit  .

I know this email was heavy with information, which I hope was helpful to many of you. Thank you for all you’re doing in your own families to get through this time and support your students’ learning.

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Dear families,

We continue to receive requests for help for families, not just with food but also with other basic needs. I wanted to send you a reminder of some of the resources the Salt Lake City School District has made available for our students and families during the COVID-19 school dismissal. Please look over the information below, and let us know how else we can support you.

FAMILY RESOURCE HOTLINE

  • Our Family Resource Hotline continues to operate in support of Salt Lake City School District families during the COVID-19 school dismissal. 
  • We can support families with questions about topics including student coursework, tech support, emergency food resources, UTA bus passes, and help to meet families’ basic needs.
  • Help is available in English and Spanish. We can provide support in other languages as needed.
  • The hotline number is (801) 301-6476. Someone will be available to answer calls, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. If someone does not answer, you can leave a message.
  • When you call the hotline, you will speak to an intake specialist who will write down your questions and will refer you to the appropriate person in our district. We will do our best to call everyone back within 24 hours.

FOOD FOR FAMILIES

  • If your family is in need of emergency food, please come to one of our Community Learning Centers, where we will have emergency food distribution on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm. 
  • To date, we have distributed 10,199 bags of emergency food to families in the Salt Lake City School District. Thank you to the Salt Lake Education Foundation for coordinating this effort.
  • If you are in a position to be able to make a financial contribution to the Foundation, you can make a donation at: We use these funds to purchase food for our families to supplement the donations we receive from the Utah Food Bank and LDS Bishop’s Storehouse.
    • We are committed to purchasing food from local businesses in order to support them through the pandemic while continuing to help Salt Lake City School District families. 
  • We hope to continue supporting our families with emergency food throughout the duration of the school dismissal. 

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

  • Here are some self-care resources for today:
    • From East High counselor Rose Renaud:

STUDENT DEVICES (NEW HOURS)

If your student still needs to check out a laptop or exchange a laptop that isn’t working, our technicians are available Monday through Friday at a few of our schools to check out, repair, or exchange laptops. Please see locations and days/times below.

  • Mondays, 9am-2pm:
    • East High School
    • Hillside Middle School
    • Liberty Elementary (Community Learning Center)
    • Mountain View Elementary (Cafeteria)
    • Rose Park Elementary
  • Tuesdays, 9am-2pm:
    • East High School
    • Hillside Middle School
  • Tuesdays, 9am-7pm:
    • Liberty Elementary (Community Learning Center)
    • Mountain View Elementary (Cafeteria)
    • Rose Park Elementary
  • Wednesdays, 9am-2pm:
    • East High School
    • Hillside Middle School
    • Liberty Elementary (Community Learning Center)
    • Mountain View Elementary (Cafeteria)
    • Rose Park Elementary
  • Thursdays, 9am-2pm
    • East High School
    • Hillside Middle School
  • Thursdays, 9am-7pm
    • Liberty Elementary (Community Learning Center)
    • Mountain View Elementary (Cafeteria)
    • Rose Park Elementary
  • Fridays, 9am-1-pm
    • East High School
    • Hillside Middle School
    • Liberty Elementary (Community Learning Center)
    • Mountain View Elementary (Cafeteria)
    • Rose Park Elementary

The address for each of the schools is listed below:

  • East High School840 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
  • Hillside Middle School, 1825 E. Nevada St, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
  • Liberty Elementary (Community Learning Center entrance on east side), 1085 S. Roberta St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111
  • Mountain View Elementary (Cafeteria), 1380 S. Navajo St., Salt Lake City, UT 84104
  • Rose Park Elementary, 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, UT 84116

For easy reference, this information is available on our website at:  .

Please remember the importance of practicing social distancing when you come to the schools. There will be signs with directions at each school to let you know where to go. Thank you for helping us keep our employees and families safe.

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Monday, April 20, 2020

Tips for Parents to Keep Students Safe in Online Learning Environments

The best way for parents to prevent cyberbullying is by being aware of what their kids are doing online.

It is important that you know all of the social media accounts your student is using, and that you are aware of when they are working or socializing online. The more time your student spends online, the more opportunities they have to be exposed to cyberbullying.

Warning Signs that a Child is Being Cyberbullied or is Cyberbullying Others

  • Your child has a noticeable increase or decrease in their use of electronic devices, including cell phones and text messaging.
  • Your child exhibits emotional responses (laughter, anger, upset, crying) to what is happening on their device.
  • Your child hides their screen or device when parents and/or siblings are near.
  • Your child avoids discussion about what they are doing on their device.
  • Your child deletes or adds new social media accounts.
  • Your child starts to avoid online social interactions, even those with friends.
  • Your child becomes withdrawn or depressed or loses interest in people and activities.

If you notice any warning signs, or for more information and resources about cyberbullying, go to: .

To report instances of cyber-bullying, please contact your school’s principal, or the district’s compliance officer, 


Dear families,

I hope you were able to relax and rest this weekend. Below is some information to start the week:

BIO BLITZ

  • Our Science Department has worked hard to organize an event we can all participate in remotely from April 24-27: Bio Blitz! 
  • This event will provide students and families throughout the district the opportunity to step away from our online learning platforms and connect to science and the biodiversity in our homes, yards, and neighborhoods. 
  • We’ll send another reminder later this week, but you can visit our website now for details:  .
  • A special thanks to Ms. Kate Bodey and the 7th and 8th grade Environmental Science students at Clayton Middle School for spearheading and designing this district-wide event!

FAMILY RESOURCE HOTLINE

  • I wanted to remind you about our Family Resource Hotline. This is a resource to support Salt Lake City School District families during the COVID-19 school dismissal. 
  • We can support families with questions about topics including student coursework, tech support, emergency food resources, and help to meet families’ basic needs.
  • Help is available in English and Spanish. We can provide support in other languages as needed.
  • The hotline number is (801) 301-6476. Someone will be available to answer calls, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. If someone does not answer, you can leave a message.
  • When you call the hotline, you will speak to an intake specialist who will write down your questions and will refer you to the appropriate person in our district. We will do our best to call everyone back within 24 hours.

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

  • Here are some self-care resources to start the week, including another resource from East High counselor Rose Renaud:

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Friday, April 17, 2020

Dear families, 

One more week of remote learning under our belt. Thank you for your continued resilience during this unsteady time. Below is some information for you today. 

AMAZING APRIL 

Join us in celebrating “Amazing April” by posting a photo for the day’s theme + using the hashtag #utahschoolspirit! Here are the prompts for next week: 

  • April 18: World Circus Day – If you could join a circus, what would you do? 
  • April 19: Bicycle Day – Take a picture of your bike or the bike you wish you had. 
  • April 20: Dictionary Day – Learn a new word today, and share it with us. 
  • April 21: Library Day – Give a shout out to your favorite librarian, and share why they are so special. 
  • April 22: Earth Day – Help in the yard today, and post a picture of what you did. 
  • April 23: Movie Theater Day – What is your favorite movie? 
  • April 24: Pigs in a Blanket Day – Post a picture of a pig or pigs in a blanket. 

GRADING INFORMATION FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS 

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE 

  • Here are some self-care resources to guide you into the weekend (including a resource from one of our employees): 

MEALS FOR STUDENTS 

STUDENT DEVICES 

If your student still needs to check out a laptop or exchange a laptop that isn’t working, we will have some available next week. Please come Monday through Friday from 9am-2pm to one of the following schools: 

  • East High School, 840 S. 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 
  • Hillside Middle School, 1825 E. Nevada St, Salt Lake City, UT 84108 
  • Liberty Elementary (Community Learning Center entrance on east side), 1085 S. Roberta St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111 
  • Mountain View Elementary (Cafeteria), 1380 S. Navajo St., Salt Lake City, UT 84104 
  • Rose Park Elementary, 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, UT 84116 

Please remember the importance of practicing social distancing when you come to the schools. There will be signs with directions at each school to let you know where to go. Thank you for helping us keep our employees and families safe.

We miss you and your students. I hope you’re able to enjoy a happy, restful weekend. 

Sincerely, 

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D 
Superintendent 
Salt Lake City School District 


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Dear families, 

Please see today’s updates below. 

ASSESSMENT UPDATES (ACT, AP, IB) 

  • Due to the COVID-19 school dismissal, ACT make-up dates for April were cancelled.  
  • Changes in the IB scoring and AP testing formats have also changed. 
  • Detailed information regarding AP and IB updates, as well as information for ACT make-up, can be found Assessment Essentials Document

GRADUATION 

Yesterday, I sent an email to the Class of 2020 addressing plans for graduation. Unfortunately, we will need to postpone our traditional graduation ceremonies this year. Postponing this annual tradition is something I never would have envisioned before COVID-19 changed life as we know it. I have enjoyed attending graduation ceremonies at each of our high schools during the last four years, and I will miss attending the Class of 2020’s celebration in June. 

I also asked seniors to share their ideas for how we can celebrate their accomplishments while maintaining the recommended health and social distancing guidelines. We will be sending an email survey to the Class of 2020 to solicit their input on how to move forward with planning alternate celebrations. It is important to me to make sure our students can have a say as we make plans. The feedback we receive from seniors will be taken into consideration, and I will work with our high school principals and our class officers on alternate plans. 

I will include a notice in my daily communication to you when the survey for seniors goes out (likely sometime next week). 

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE 

  • Our Social & Emotional Learning Department has prepared three resources for our families today: 

USE OF ZOOM 

  • The use of Zoom as a video conferencing platform is no longer banned for use between teachers and students in the Salt Lake City School District. 
  • We previously had security concerns with Zoom. However, Zoom has recently updated its software to correct some of these security problems. These updates have not fixed every problem, but they have reduced the risk to students and to the district.   
  • While Zoom is not one of our supported applications (which means we cannot provide tech support for Zoom), a teacher may use Zoom if they feel it best fits their situation. Teachers will be reaching out to parents if they plan to use Zoom.  
  • If parents have any concerns about their student using Zoom, please let the teacher know, and they will use a different tool to work with your student. 

Thank you for all you’re doing to support our students. 

365体育官网Sincerely, 

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D 
Superintendent 
Salt Lake City School District 


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Dear families,

We had quite a day yesterday, first with Governor Herbert’s announcement about extending the school dismissal and then a 4.2 earthquake later in the evening. I hope things are a little calmer for you today.

I’ve spent the day meeting with different teams across the district, all of whom are working to extend our remote learning plan through the end of the year in a way that will meet the needs of our students. Our teachers have worked so hard in this last month, and we will continue working to make sure we reach every student and that we can support every family in the way that makes the most sense for them. 

While I don’t have a detailed plan to share with you yet, I do have a few other resources and announcements below. 

CDC RESOURCES

As we enter the next phase of school dismissal, we would like to provide you with some important resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We hope these resources are helpful in addressing the range of emotions you may be feeling during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” period. The information is accessible in multiple languages. If you or a loved one need greater mental health and emotional well-being support, please take a look at the additional resources listed on our website’s “Emergency Resources” section. A link is provided below.

THE GREAT UTAH SHAKEOUT

Speaking of earthquakes... The  is tomorrow, April 16. I know many of us have been on edge this month as we’ve felt the many after shocks and tremors. Participating in the Great Utah Shakeout is a great way to help us all be a little more prepared.

If we were in school, we would have held an earthquake drill and made plans to review earthquake safety procedures with our students. Obviously, we are not in school, but you might still consider reviewing the following process for earthquakes at home.

During an Earthquake:

  • Use the Drop, Cover, Hold On procedure. If you are indoors, take cover under a desk, table or bench, and hold on (the object you are under is likely to move if you do not hold on), stand in a supported doorway, or alongside an inside wall or corner. 
  • Stay calm. 
  • Stay put. If you are indoors, stay there. If outdoors, stay there.
  • Avoid windows, bookcases, hanging fixtures, or outside walls until the shaking stops.
  • If no protection is available, drop to the floor and cover your head with your hands.  Make sure students are in “Drop, Cover, Hold On” positions.
  • Let your students know that if they experience an earthquake at school, the electricity might go out and/or the fire alarms and sprinklers might activate. 

You can visit  for more ideas on how to participate in the earthquake drill at home tomorrow. Especially right now, it is so important for us to be prepared.

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

  • Our Social & Emotional Learning Department has a few resources for us today:

STUDENT PASSWORDS

Parents, you now have the ability to change your student’s passwords. 

  1. Log in to Parent Portal (it needs to be the web version, not the app).
  2. Click on the Computer Information link.
  3. There, you’ll see a “Reset Students Password” link. Click on it, and follow the instructions.

If you still need help, please fill out this form: , and one of our technicians will reach out to you as soon as possible.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and I will email you again tomorrow.

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D
Superintendent 
Salt Lake City School District


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Dear families,

About two hours ago, Governor Herbert announced that the school dismissal will extend through the end of the current school year. This means we will finish out the current year via remote learning.

We know this will be hard news for many of you and for many of our students. Please know that we understand you have so many extra demands on your plates right now, and the day to day logistics of family life have become more difficult during the school dismissal. Thank you for everything you’ve done so far to work with us to make sure our students can continue to learn. We miss seeing your children in person every day, and we wish it were possible to gather together in our schools – to be together for classes, assemblies, recess, and our many extracurricular activities. 

As you can imagine, the governor’s decision today will mean the end of this school year will look different from any other school year. As I write this message, our staff is already meeting and working to make sure our remote learning plan can meet our students’ needs through the end of the academic year. I will have a detailed update for you about what this means for the Salt Lake City School District later this week.

During today’s press conference, the governor was joined by State Superintendent Dr. Sydnee Dickson, who outlined the State Board of Education’s plan through the end of the year. Their focus is on:

  1. Making sure our students are fed.
  2. Making sure students can continue learning.
  3. Making sure our seniors can graduate and be prepared for higher education or to enter the workforce.
  4. Making sure we can continue to meet our students’ Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) needs.
  5. Making sure we can keep our employees gainfully employed.

We will follow their guidance as we prioritize student needs for the remainder of the school year.

Thank you again for your continued patience, flexibility, and creativity during this extraordinary time.

Yours in education,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Monday, April 13, 2020

Dear families,

I hope you were able to enjoy this weekend and that you’re feeling rested and ready for the new week. Today’s announcements are brief.

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

  • Our Social & Emotional Learning Department has two self-care links today. The first one is actually from one of our own employees, Ali Mills (teacher at East High School and West High School). She guides us here through a 45-minute yoga and meditation practice. Give it a try if you have some time.
  • The second link is only 4 minutes and teaches a quick dance move, perfect for kids AND adults.

STUDENT DEVICE CHECK-OUT

  • If your student still needs to check out a laptop or exchange a laptop that isn’t working, we will have some available tonight (Monday, April 13), tomorrow (Tuesday, April 14), and Wednesday, April 15 from 4-7pm at:
    • Liberty Elementary (CLC entrance on east side), 1085 S. Roberta St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    • Mountain View Elementary, 1380 S. Navajo St., Salt Lake City, UT 84104
    • Rose Park Elementary, 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Thank you for continuing to support your students during the dismissal.

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Friday, April 10, 2020

Dear families,

It’s Friday, and we have another week of remote learning under our belts! We’ve received a lot of questions this week with regard to future plans and the possibility of extending the school dismissal beyond May 1st. We are in contact with Dr. Dickson, the State Board of Education, our health department, and other local leaders. There isn’t anything concrete to tell you today, but please know that we are mindful of the health situation in our community, of the challenges the transition to remote learning has brought for many families and students, and I will inform you as soon as possible when we have new information to share. Thank you for being patient as we weigh the many factors we need to consider.

In the meantime, below are some resources and other information I hope you’ll find helpful.

ACCESSING RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

We continue getting questions about help with things like food or hygiene items, which tells us there is still a great need in our community right now. The Salt Lake Education Foundation (SLEF) has worked hard during the dismissal to make sure our families are still able to access necessary resources like food, clothing, and hygiene items. Please review the information below to make sure you know how to access these resources. When in doubt, please contact your student’s teacher, principal, or school counselor.

  • The #1 best way for our families to get food is to drive through the food distribution lines at the Community Learning Centers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm.  
    • Rose Park Community Learning Center: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116  
    • Liberty Community Learning Center: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
    • Glendale Community Learning Center: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
       
  • The Utah Food Bank has mobile distribution sites. They change every week, but there are always a few in the city. Locations can be found at: .
  • All our families can access Utah Community Action (UCA) – 801-359-2444. For updated information, visit 
    • UCA can help with: 
      • Food and Resource Centers – OPEN
        • Emergency food boxes: 3-5 day supply.
        • Curbside pick-up only, no public restrooms, must bring ID for all household members
      • HEAT Utility Assistance (help with paying gas and electricity bills)
      • Case Management and Housing
         
  • And, of course, there is our SLCSD Family Resource Hotline which families can call directly: 801-301-6476 
    • When you call during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm), someone will answer and will ask you questions about how we can help you. After hours, you can leave a message, and we will try to get back to you the next business day.
    • Our phones can be answered in English and Spanish. We can accommodate other languages by request.

AMAZING APRIL

Join us in celebrating “Amazing April” by posting a photo for the day’s theme + using the hashtag #utahschoolspirit! Here are the prompts for next week:

  • April 12: Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day – Post a photo of yourself eating a sandwich (doesn’t have to be grilled cheese)
  • April 13: Make Lunch Count Day – We want to see what you’re having for lunch.
  • April 14: Pecan Day – Post a picture of you acting “nutty.”
  • April 15: Banana Day – Wear something yellow today.
  • April 16: High Five Day – Let's post our best “air” high fives!
  • April 17: Haiku Poetry Day – Find a fun haiku, and post it for all of us to read.
  • April 18: World Circus Day – If you could join a circus, what would you do?

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

  • Our SEL Department has two self-care activities for us today:

Thank you for helping us make it through another week of dismissal. I appreciate each and every one of you, especially for your patience and concern as we navigate this time together. 

I hope you’re able to rest and relax this weekend. Please stay healthy and safe. You’ll hear from me again on Monday.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dear families,

A few updates for today:

AP TEST PREP

  • For students enrolled in AP classes, FREE AP test prep is available through Shmoop online through your student’s Canvas account.
  • Contact your student’s AP teacher if you or your student have any questions.

FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

  • The Salt Lake Education Foundation provides resources to help students apply for a number of scholarships.
  • Thursday, April 30 is the deadline to apply for these scholarships. Students can apply at .

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

  • Our SEL Department has two self-care links for families today:

STUDENT PASSWORD RESET

  • A quick reminder: if your student needs help resetting their password, please have them contact their teacher. 
  • Our teachers have the ability to reset students’ passwords and should be your first point of contact if you need assistance with this.

STUDENT DEVICES

  • If your student is still in need of a laptop or iPad, we will be checking out devices to students tonight (Thursday, April 9) and tomorrow (Friday, April 10) from 4-7pm both days.
  • You can check out a device at the following locations: 
    • Liberty Elementary - 1085 South Roberta Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Mountain View Elementary - 1380 South Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Rose Park Elementary - 1105 West 1000 North, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Please remember the importance of practicing social distancing when you come to the schools. There will be signs with directions at each school to let you know where to go. Thank you for helping us keep our employees and families safe.

I hope you’re able to enjoy the sunshine today before we get any April showers.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Dear families,

My update today includes announcements from our school district, as well as some resources and information from the Utah Coronavirus Task Force. I hope these local resources will be helpful to many of you.

COVID-19 RESOURCES IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES

  • To further increase the distribution of consistent messaging around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Utah Governor's Office, the Utah Coronavirus Task Force and a combination of community organizations have translated multiple resources in the following 14+ languages:
    • Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tongan, Vietnamese 
    • You can find these resources at the following link: .

EMERGENCY FOOD BOXES

  • The Salt Lake Education Foundation has been working with local partners during the school dismissal to provide emergency food boxes for families.
  • Please note that pantry hours have changed. Food distribution will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-1pm at our three community learning centers:
    • Rose Park Community Learning Center: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116  
    • Liberty Community Learning Center: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 
    • Glendale Community Learning Center: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
  • We work with our partners to provide this resource to our families. Because of that, we are reliant on their donations, and we thank you for understanding that we can’t control what food or hygiene items are available on any given day.
  • We are grateful to our community partners for making it possible for us to serve our families during this time of crisis.
  • Please call our Family Resource Hotline – 801-301-6476 – if your family needs additional support.

HELPLINES FOR SUPPORT AND CRISIS INTERVENTION

Salt Lake County

  • Warmline: 801-587-1055
    • 7 days a week, 8am-11pm.
      • This line is for Salt Lake County residents who are not in crisis but are seeking:
        • support,
        • engagement, or 
        • encouragement.
    • Certified peer specialists offer support and empower callers to resolve problems by fostering a sense of hope, dignity, and self-respect. 

Utah

  • CrisisLine: 801-587-3000
    • 7 days a week, 24-hurs a day. 
    • This is the Utah affiliate fr the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).
    • Licensed clinicians prvide:
      • prompt and compassionate crisis intervention,
      • suicide prevention, information and referrals,
      • follow-up services,
      • emotional support, and
      • assistance to individuals experiencing emotional distress or psychiatric crisis.

National 

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

  • 7 days a week, 24-hours a day
  • Toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service. 
  • Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.

KEEP CALM * PRACTICE SELF-CARE

  • Our Social & Emotional Learning Department has two fun self-care activities for today:

MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS SUSPENDED

  • Due to COVID-19, Medicaid has suspended the Community Engagement (self-sufficiency/work) requirement to qualify for Medicaid.
  • Medicaid members do not need to register for work and do not need to complete the assessment, training programs, or job searches. 
  • For more information click .

NEW ADMINISTRATORS

I would like to congratulate and announce several new administrators in our schools for the 2020-21 school year: 

  • Highland High School: Jeremy Chatterton, Principal
  • Highland High School: Linda Lesue, Assistant Principal
  • Uintah Elementary: Bruce Simpson, Principal
  • West High School: Jared Wright, Principal


We are lucky to have these dedicated leaders in our schools.

SERVING FIRST RESPONDERS

  • The Utah Coronavirus Task Force recently announced the One Utah Child Care initiative to provide childcare for the children of first responders during the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • East High School has been asked to serve as the first school to support our first responders by providing space for emergency childcare. 
  • There will be up to 30 children served at East during the COVID-19 emergency, and many of our Early Childhood paraprofessionals will be working with One Utah Child Care to support these children. These spots will ONLY be available to the children of first responders through the One Utah Child Care program.
  • Thank you, East, for your willingness to serve our community at this time of crisis.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Dear families,

I hope this email finds you well. Our update today is very brief:

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

  • Here are a few resources from our Social and Emotional Learning Department:

STUDENT HOTSPOTS

  • We’ve been working since mid-March to acquire mobile hotspots from T-Mobile for families who are unable to access internet via Comcast or other resources. We have finally received 200 hotspots, which our IT team has been preparing for student use. 
  • Unfortunately, we were only able to get 200 hotspots from T-Mobile, which we know is not enough to meet the needs in our district. 
  • We are working on a plan to prioritize distribution of those hotspots. We’ll keep you informed as soon as the hotspots are ready and we have a distribution plan in place.
  • For information on other options to access internet at home, please visit this link:  .

Stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent 
Salt Lake City School District


Monday, April 6, 2020

Dear families,

Below are a few announcements to start the week:

APPROVED VIDEO CONFERENCING TOOLS

  • As our teachers worked quickly to transition to remote learning, they began using many platforms with our students, including the popular video conference app, Zoom. After reviewing the latest information from Zoom regarding security and privacy concerns, we have determined that Zoom is not approved for use with students.  
  • We’ve asked our teachers to transition from this platform by Thursday of this week.
  • We understand this will cause some frustration, because there are many great features about Zoom. However, I want you to know how much care we take to protect our students’ privacy, and we cannot risk our students’ information by using platforms like Zoom.  
  • Zoom has said they will correct the current problems.  Once Zoom has made the corrections, we will reassess the product for use with students. 

Our approved video conferencing tools are as follows:

  1. Microsoft Teams
    1. This is our preferred and fully supported platform.
  2. Cisco Webex 
    1. Webex provides many similar features as Zoom.
  3. Canvas 

Thank you for understanding why this change is necessary to protect our students.

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

  • Here are a few links from our Social & Emotional Learning Department to help you and your family practice a little self-care today: 
  • We hope these will bring a moment of calm to your day.

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH & EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

The Student Services and Counseling Department would like to provide you with some additional resources to support you and your family during the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order from Governor Gary R. Herbert. Everyone responds differently to changes in life and routines. If you find that you need greater support to address your mental and emotional well-being, the resources listed below are available to you.

  • Utah Crisis Line sponsored by UNI and Salt Lake County and OptumHealth SLC: 1-800-273-TALK
    • Services are available 24/7 both locally and statewide as the Utah affiliate for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). Licensed clinicians provide crisis intervention; suicide prevention, information, and referrals; emotional support; assistance to individuals experiencing emotional distress or psychiatric crisis; and follow-up support.
  • Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT): 801-578-3000
    • Triaged through the CrisisLine, UNI MCOT provides a free, prompt, face-to-face response to any resident of Salt Lake County who is experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Youth and adult services teams are available 24/7 and offer consultation and support.
  • Warmline: 801-587-1055
    • Available 7 days a week, 8 am-11 pm
    • This line is for Salt Lake County residents who are not in crisis but seeking support, engagement, or encouragement. Certified peer specialists offer support and empower callers to resolve problems by fostering a sense of hope, dignity, and self-respect.

Please reach out if you need additional support. Thank you for all you do.

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham


Friday, April 3, 2020

Dear parents,

A few announcements in preparation for next week:

AMAZING APRIL

  • Here are the prompts for Amazing April next week. Join us by posting to social media every day with the hashtag #utahschoolspirit.
    • Sunday, April 5 – Deep Dish Pizza Day – What is your favorite type of pizza?
    • Monday, April 6 – Student Athlete Day – We want to see pictures of our current athletes and our future athletes!
    • Tuesday, April 7 – World Health Organization Day – Let's send out thanks to doctors and nurses in our community!
    • Wednesday, April 8 – Draw a Bird Day – Post your best bird drawing. 
    • Thursday, April 9 – Winston Churchill Day – Research Winston Churchill, and post a fun fact or quote.
    • Friday, April 10 – Farm Animal Day – What's your favorite farm animal? Post a picture, and tell us why.
  • See you online!

K-1 STUDENTS

  • Students in kindergarten and first grade now have access to district software such as Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams. 
  • Login information can be obtained from their teacher. Please email your student’s teacher if you need this information. Teacher emails are available on your school’s website under the Faculty Directory.
  • Thank you to our IT team for helping prepare our K-1 student accounts.

MEALS FOR STUDENTS

  • This week (March 30 - April 3), our Child Nutrition teams served a total of 59,719 meals to children in our community. That’s:
    • 25,460 breakfasts
    • 25,472 lunches
    • 8,782 Kids Café dinners 
  • Participation continues to increase daily. Today alone, we served 5,710 breakfasts, 5,712 lunches, and 4,448 Kids Café dinners for a total of 15,861 meals served.
  • We will continue to provide student meals throughout the school dismissal for any children under 18 years of age every day from 11am-12:20pm at select schools.
  • You can find details here:  .

OUTSTANDING STEM STUDENTS

  • Just a few days before the school dismissal, high school students from across the state competed in the University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair (USEF) Senior Division competition. Students presented their projects to a panel of judges from the local science and engineering community.  
  • Winning students’ projects are deemed the most influential and promising in the scientific and engineering endeavors, acknowledging a high-level engagement in scientific research exhibited by each of the winners.
  • It is with great honor that we announce the five ISEF Grand Champion Winners from our school district: Olivia Slaughter, Molly Chien, Seung Jean Yoo, Christopher Li, and Clara Tandar. 
  • Our heart-felt congratulations go out to these five SLCSD students for the excellence they have shown in the fields of science and engineering. We regret that due to the current pandemic they will not have the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments with their peers at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, but we wanted to make sure we highlighted their achievements.
  • Congratulations, Olivia, Molly, Seung Jean, Christopher, and Clara!
  • You can read more here:  .

SAFEUT APP

  • During the school dismissal, the SafeUT app continues to be available to any student in need. You can download the app on your mobile device through Apple’s App Store or via Google Play.
  • SafeUT is a mobile app that connects students in crisis with a crisis counselor who can provide support. 
  • Licensed staff are available 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to support those in need.
  • To reach a counselor via the chat/text function on the app:
    • Click "Chat – CrisisLine" from the main screen of the app. 
    • After you click “Chat – CrisisLine” you can chat directly with the crisis counselor on the next screen.
    • The crisis counselor will receive the message and respond quickly. 
    • By sending real-time text messages to the person in crisis, the counselor gives effective, confidential counseling and referrals.
  • To reach a counselor via a phone call:
    • Tap the “Call -- Crisis Line” button on the app.
    • Tapping this button will open the phone feature on your device and automatically add the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline* number to your screen.  (In Utah, this will connect you to UNI Crisis Services.)
    • Now, all you need to do is press the dial button to start the call.
  • SafeUT also has a Tip Line function that allows students or parents to report a confidential tip about safety or non-crisis health concerns. 
    • The app lists all schools that are currently trained to respond to tips. More schools across Utah will be added on an ongoing basis.
    • All tips are forwarded to the appropriate school personnel, families, or authorities to keep students, teachers, and the community healthy and safe.
    • Anyone can submit tips about bullying, threats of school violence, and other school-related concerns.
    • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of physical injury, call 911 for an emergency response from your local emergency services.

STUDENT TECH SUPPORT

  • If students are having problems with their district computers, iPads, or with any software program, please reach out to our IT team by filling out this form: .
  • Once the form is filled out, a technician will reach out to you as soon as possible. (We will try to reach out within one business day.) Most concerns can be resolved remotely.
  • For issues that can’t be fixed remotely, or if your student needs to exchange their district device, starting on Monday, April 6, we will have IT technicians at five schools to provide tech support and exchange student devices. Here 
  • Technicians will be available Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm at the following schools:
    • Rose Park Elementary
    • Mountain View Elementary (cafeteria)
    • Liberty Elementary 
    • East High School
    • Hillside Middle School

I hope you have a restful and rejuvenating weekend.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Dear families,

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Sincerely,

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dear families,

It’s April 1st! There may have been a lot of jokes happening at your house today. Or you may have been busy filling out the Census. Whatever filled your day, we hope you’re able to enjoy the start of a new month by joining us to celebrate Amazing April on social media!

AMAZING APRIL

  • Every day this month, join us to celebrate Amazing April!
  • Join us daily by posting to social media with the hashtag #utahschoolspirit. Here are the prompts for this week:
    • April 1: Share your favorite joke. Make us laugh! (Here is our joke for today: )
    • April 2: What is your favorite children’s book?  Post the title or a picture of the book.
    • April 3: Post a picture of you wearing all the colors of a rainbow!
    • April 4: Take a picture of you playing outside.
    • April 5: What is your favorite type of pizza?
  • You can find a list of the prompts for every day at:  .

BOARD OF EDUCATION LETTER

CENSUS DAY

  • Today, April 1st, isn’t just April Fool’s Day. In 2020, it’s also Census Day! If you haven’t had a chance to fill out the Census already, please make sure you fill it out!
  • It’s easy to do, takes only a few minutes, and can be done online. Follow the instructions you received in the mail, or get information at: 
  • Having our families complete the Census is an important way to make sure our neighborhood schools receive funding for EVERY student. Everyone should be counted, regardless of race, gender, age, or immigration status.
  • Make sure you fill out the Census today!

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

I hope your April is off to a great start!

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent 
Salt Lake City School District


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Dear families,

Tomorrow is the first day of April, which means a fresh start for all of us. We have a few updates for you today.

AMAZING APRIL

  • We’ll be spending the entire month of April engaged in remote learning. Let’s make it amazing! Join us every day by posting a photo to social media with the hashtag #utahschoolspirit.
  • You can find a list of the prompts for every day at:  .

CENSUS DAY

  • Tomorrow, April 1st, is Census Day. If you haven’t had a chance to fill out the Census already, I strongly encourage you to do it today or tomorrow.
  • You should have received information in the mail instructing you how to fill out the Census either online or via a paper application. You can find information at: 
  • Having our families complete the Census is incredibly important for our school district. Much of the federal funding we receive depends on the Census counts every 10 years. 
  • While we are in a unique time of social distancing and self-isolating, we can still take time to make sure we and our families are counted. Please take a few minutes to fill out the Census today on behalf of everyone living in your house on April 1st.  Everyone should be counted, regardless of race, gender, age, or immigration status.
  • PS: If you’re looking for a fun way to engage your children in the Census, here is a link to some free coloring and activity pages in support of the Census: 

DINNER FOR STUDENTS

  • SLCSD is teaming up with the Utah Food Bank to provide a shelf stable Kids Café Dinner to students in our community.
  • Dinners will be served as part of our “Grab and Go” student meal program on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11am-12:30pm at 15 school locations during the school dismissal. 
  • We will begin serving dinners tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1st, at the school sites listed below:
    • Backman Elementary
    • Bryant Middle School
    • Edison Elementary
    • Escalante Elementary
    • Franklin Elementary
    • Glendale Middle School
    • Mary W. Jackson Elementary
    • Liberty Elementary
    • Meadowlark Elementary
    • North Star Elementary
    • Parkview Elementary
    • Riley Elementary
    • Rose Park Elementary
    • West High School
    • Whittier Elementary
  • All meals are open to ANY child between the ages of 0-18.

STUDENT DEVICE SUPPORT

  • For students who checked out district laptops or iPads, if your device needs troubleshooting, we will have IT technicians available Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm at the five schools listed below to exchange and repair laptops. This will last for the duration of the dismissal. The locations are:
    • Rose Park Elementary
    • Mountain View Elementary
    • Liberty Elementary
    • East High School
    • Hillside Middle School
  • Please be aware that technicians will ONLY be available at these locations. The rest of the school technicians will be working on the Help Desk from home.

Thank you for all you’re doing to support your students and our staff during this school dismissal.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Monday, March 30, 2020

Dear SLCSD families,

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you were able to rest and enjoy time with your families. As we get back into a school routine, I want to thank you again for all you’re doing to help us transition to remote learning. Please reach out to your student’s teacher(s) if you have questions for how your student’s remote learning is being conducted. Here are a few updates for today:

BUILDINGS & PLAYGROUNDS

  • A reminder that our buildings and playgrounds are CLOSED to the public during the school dismissal. Thank you for helping us do our part to keep our community safe and healthy at this time.

INTERNET ACCESS FOR FAMILIES

  • We know many of you are still looking for ways to get internet access in your homes to help your students through the school dismissal. Here are three options:

Xfinity Hotspots

  • In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Comcast has also announced that their Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
  • For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit .
  • Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Smartphone Hotspots

  • Right now, most mobile phone providers have suspended data limits, giving customers access to unlimited data on their cell phones.  
  • This means smartphones can be turned into mobile hotpots to give internet access for up to 2-3 devices at a time.

Comcast Internet Essentials

  • Comcast is offering their Internet Essentials service to Salt Lake City School District families, and it includes two months of free Internet service, if you apply by April 30, 2020.
  • After your first two free months expire, you can either cancel the service (which you can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Internet Essentials customer for $9.95/month.
  • Salt Lake City School District has been pre-approved for a streamlined enrollment process. Call 855-846-8376 or apply online at  . You’ll need to provide your contact information and school name. 
  • Customers who do not have a social security number or who do not want to provide their social security number must provide one (1) form of Primary Identification OR two (2) forms of Secondary Identification.
    • The following items count as Primary Identification:
      • Current US or Canadian Driver's License or state photo ID card or expired photo Driver's License not more than five years from expiration date
      • Current US Passport or expired US Passport not more than five years from expiration date
      • Current Foreign Country Passport
      • Current photo US Military ID/Merchant Marine card
      • Current photo US Military Dependent ID card
      • Valid Resident Alien Card/Permanent Resident Card (INS Form I-551)
      • Certificate of US Citizenship (N-560 or N-561)
      • Certificate of US Naturalization (N550, N-570, or N-578)
      • Employment Authorization Document (INS Form I-688 or I-766)
      • Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal ID card
      • Photo employment ID card issued by US Government agency
      • Current Welfare / Social Services photo ID card
    • The following items count as Secondary Identification:
      • Matricula Consular Card
      • Non-photo Driver's license
      • US Department of State Non-Immigrant Visa
      • Social Security card
      • Court document in applicant's name – must contain full name, DOB, court seal Examples: Marriage certificate, Divorce decree, Legal name change
      • Current weapons or gun permit with photo
      • Current school photo ID card
      • Medicare/Medicaid card
      • Copy of utility bill in applicant's name is preferred
      • Voter Registration card
      • Current employment badge / photo ID
      • W-2 form
      • Selective Service Registration (Draft card)
      • Birth certificate
      • Mortgage coupons or notarized lease in applicant's name
      • Bank statement in applicant's name
      • Credit card in applicant's name

We know these solutions may not be ideal for some families. We are still looking into other options for our families and will let you know if anything else becomes available.

SALT LAKE COUNTY ORDER + GOVERNOR’S PRESS CONFERENCE

  • Over the weekend Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson announced a public health order in support of Governor Herbert’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe Directive.”
  • The order is in place through April 13. It directs all individuals to stay home, except to engage in essential activities, and provides guidance on businesses that are considered essential, guidelines for employers, and restrictions on public spaces (including announcing the closure of children’s playgrounds). 
  • You can read the full details here: 
  • You can also find a helpful graphic here: 
  • In addition to this news from Salt Lake County, Governor Herbert today spoke during a press conference and urged Utahns to recommit to staying home. The coming weeks are crucial to our success in battling COVID-19, and I want to add my own encouragement to our Salt Lake City School District to please stay home.
  • We are supporting non-essential employees through telework options and continue to encourage our community members to be mindful of social distancing (6 feet of space between individuals) and other health norms when you cannot avoid coming to our schools (such as to pick up student meals or emergency food from our pantries).

Thank you for being mindful of these important health guidelines. It is imperative that we do all we can to keep our communities healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent

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