This afternoon, Governor Gary Herbert initiated a two-week “soft closure” for all K-12 public and charter schools. His intent was to be proactive in eliminating or reducing potential community spread of the covid-19 virus. I want to assure every employee that we will work together through this unprecedented period.
During this two-week “soft closure,” students will primarily be studying from home through a Modified Home Learning Model. Beginning Monday, March 16th, teachers will have two days to prepare learning material that can be delivered online. In most cases, this will be through Canvas or Google Classroom. In some instances, specifically with our youngest children, learning material may be sent through e-mail. We will provide ample technical support for teachers to assist you in this process. Learning material should be made available to students beginning Wednesday, March 18th. Also, beginning on that day, there may be rare instances where students who don’t have access to the internet at home or do not have a computer available may come to school. They will be instructed that those hours will be between 8:30 a.m. through 12:00 noon. However, we are strongly encouraging students to learn from home as much as possible. This is the intent of the governor’s order for the “soft closure” of schools.
For our support professionals, you will be receiving specific guidance from the appropriate director as it relates to your role during this “soft closure” period. The hours for teachers, support professionals and administrators will be greatly modified during the next two weeks. In most cases, we will want you at work between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Please note that our regularly scheduled spring break will still be between March 30th – April 3rd.
We are mindful that some employees may have serious personal health concerns during this public health crisis. Please know that any employee is welcome to utilize their own sick leave, catastrophic leave, or long-term disability if needed. Our Human Resources Department can assist you with your questions.