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Window Opens for Switching Learning Options, Nov. 1-8

Throughout the pandemic, our school has worked to provide families with in-person and remote learning options so they can choose what works best for them given their educational needs and health considerations.

Consistent with that commitment and our promise to allow families to reconsider their options at the end of the grading period, we will soon be accepting change requests. Those wanting to move from one of our two remote learning options to in-person instruction, or vice versa, can submit a change-request any time between Sunday, Nov. 1 through midnight on Sunday, Nov. 8. No action is required of families who wish to stick with their chosen path.

The changes will take effect with the start of the second term on Nov. 23 and carry through to the end of the term on March 5 when families will be given another chance to choose the learning mode that works best for them.

The three learning options are the same as described at the beginning of the year: In-Person Instruction; Online Instruction; or Parent-Guided, District-Supported At Home Instruction. An explanation of those options can be found at canyonsdistrict.org.

Families will be able to submit their change requests online using the same Skyward Family Access portal they used to register for school at the beginning of the year. Simply log in to Skyward, click on the “online forms” button, select “Term 2 Change-Request Form,” and follow the prompts. Please see this tutorial for detailed instructions or call the Main Office for assistance.

During the Nov. 1-8 window, parents can submit their change requests at any time or log back in to Skyward to amend their request. However, because the choices parents make during this window will guide the complicated process of shifting teaching assignments and allocating classroom resources, we cannot accept requests after the window closes at midnight on Nov. 8.  

As families consider their options it’s important to keep in mind that, depending on how many families choose to return to on-campus learning, class sizes may change. There is also the potential for students to have a different teacher this next term as teaching assignments shift to accommodate change requests.

A Message from Superintendent Dr. Rick L. Robins

October is here, which is a welcome relief as we look to enjoy a much-needed break over Fall Recess. It’s hard to believe we’re a quarter of the way through the school year — a year that has tested us in ways we could have only imagined. 

We are learning more and more about the best ways to address fears caused by COVID as well as address our students’ academic needs and their social and emotional wellbeing. Wearing face coverings and keeping our distance has become second-nature for our students and employees. Coupled with other safety measures, from quarantines to school schedule changes, these safeguards haven’t been easy. But they have allowed us to keep our schools operating, our employees safe, and our students healthy and learning. 

It’s important to acknowledge the great weight and challenge that still lies before us. As a community, we’re no longer just talking about bending the curve. We’re going to have to hold the line for an indefinite amount of time. But we should take heart in knowing that what we’re doing is working. It is critical that we not let our guard down and remain vigilant with mitigation strategies. 

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Mask Up! Utah Revises School Quarantine Rules For Students, Employees Who Don Masks

Time in quarantine could be cut in half for Canyons students and employees who were wearing masks during the moments they were possibly exposed to COVID-19 while at school.  

Under guidelines released by Utah government and education officials on Thursday, Oct. 8, quarantined students and employees who test negative for COVID-19 after the seventh day from their last exposure — and, importantly, only if they were wearing masks at the time of exposure — can return to in-person learning, activities, and work.  

The previous length of the quarantine as mandated by health authorities was 14 days. 

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