Question of the Week

Question of the Week

With fire danger at its peak, people are reasonably concerned about safeguarding their homes and businesses. But don’t be overly alarmed these next few weeks if you hear the sounding of a fire alarm at your neighborhood school—it could be a test-run of the school’s safety equipment. Summer is the optimal time for testing school safety mechanisms, such as, fire alarms, burglary alarms and fire sprinkler systems, because “we’re able to minimize disruption and ensure that our systems are in good working order for the coming school year,” says CSD’s Risk Management Coordinator Kevin Ray. The testing of fire alarms is done is compliance with recommendations by the State Fire Marshall. But CSD has been testing all its safety systems since the District’s inception as a matter of good practice. There is no set schedule for the test. But, if for some reason, you happen to be inside a school building when an alarm goes off, it’s best to assume that it’s a real fire and evacuate immediately—unless you’ve been informed in advance that it’s a scheduled drill or test.

We all know teenagers live with their phones in their hands. It can be especially frustrating when your kids won’t stop texting while on a family vacation. But there is an alternative to just taking the phone away. Katie Blunt, an education-technology specialist with the Canyons School District, recently appeared on ABC4Utah and KUTV with tips for how parents can get their kids to actually learn something while using their phones this summer. Among her recommendations — a detailed list of which can be found at the following link — are to encourage kids to record and edit video journals documenting the highlights of family getaways. Did you know there are apps for creating custom geocache challenges and virtual scavenger hunts? There are also plenty of interactive websites that kids can use to find local hiking trails or learn more about a given city or town. Check out this handy website for all kinds of resources and ideas:

Canyons’ first immersion classes opened in 2009, the same year that the District was founded. The District is now home to 17 elementary and secondary school immersion programs with the expected addition of two more schools in 2018-2019 (see list below). Statewide, more than 32,000 students in 160 schools are learning Chinese, French, German, Portuguese  — and now Russian — under the immersion model, which extends through high school where students who pass the Advanced Placement exam with a 3 or above can start taking upper division college-level courses for early college credit. The higher education partner that’s co-teaching CSD’s college-level courses is the University of Utah. Curious about the courses and how they’ll operate? You can find more information on CSD’s homepage.

Elementary DLI Schools

  • Alta View Elementary - (Spanish)
  • Butler Elementary - (French)
  • Draper Elementary - (Chinese)
  • Lone Peak Elementary - (Chinese)
  • Midvale Elementary - (Spanish)
  • Oak Hollow Elementary - (French)
  • Ridgecrest Elementary - (Chinese)
  • Silver Mesa Elementary - (Spanish)
Secondary DLI Schools, 2017-2018

  • Butler Middle School - (Chinese & French)
  • Draper Park Middle School - (Chinese & French)
  • Indian Hills Middle School - (Chinese)
  • Midvale Middle School - (Spanish)
  • Mt. Jordan Middle School - (Spanish)
  • Union MIddle School - (Spanish)
  • Alta Hish School - (Chinese)
  • Corner Canyon High School - (Chinese & French)
  • Jordan High School - (Spanish)
Projected Additional High Schols, 2018-2019

  • Hillcrest - (Spanish)
  • Brighton - (Chinese & French)
Every spring, on behalf of the Canyons Board of Education, the Canyons District Administration enters into negotiations with groups that represent the employees to review the terms of compensation and benefits for the following school year. In these negotiations, which have already started for the 2018-2019 school year, licensed teachers are represented by the Canyons Education Association,

and classified employees are represented by the Canyons Education Support Professionals Association. Once tentative agreements are reached for both the licensed and ESP employees, they are forwarded to the Canyons Board of Education for approval.
In matters of public health, Canyons District takes direction from the local health authority — most often, the Salt Lake County Health Department. When a health authority notifies one of our schools of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak, the school works with the health authority to identify any students and employees who may have been exposed, or who need to be excluded from school because they are not fully immunized. Click here for additional information about the Utah Department of Health’s Immunization Program.
Per District policy, CSD’s weeklong Spring Break occurs during the first full week of April. This year, schools are closed from April 2-6, with class resuming the following Monday. Spring Recess is one of several holidays stipulated by Calendar Committee Guidelines created to provide consistency in scheduling and help families plan.
We work hard as a District to prepare for and prevent emergency situations, and we’re encouraged by statistics that show schools are still among the safest places for children. Following is a list of some of the steps Canyons District has taken, and will continue to take, to maintain healthy, safe learning environments for children. In order for our safety plans to be effective, some details must be kept confidential. But here is an overview:

  • In coordination with local law enforcement agencies last year, Canyons District updated its crisis response plan. The plan includes an active shooter/intruder training module for school staff along with detailed protocols for communicating with parents and community leaders in the event of an emergency.
  • All of our schools practice lockdown and shelter-in-place drills throughout the year, in addition to preparing for a host of other threats, from fires and earthquakes to hazardous materials. Elementary students participate in these drills at least once a month. Secondary schools hold quarterly drills.
  • There is an armed police officer assigned to every school. These School Resource Officers are sworn law enforcement personnel whose salaries are co-funded by the District. They serve and protect our schools while also mitigating criminal behavior by building trusting relationships with students so they can feel comfortable reporting suspicious activity.
  • Trained counselors are assigned to every school to support faculty and staff in reinforcing positive behavior. Canyons has adopted the MTSS behavioral intervention framework, which focuses on the whole child by supporting academic growth as well as students’ behavioral, social and emotional needs.
  •  One of the most powerful ways to combat violence is by reporting it advance, and our schools have a high-tech tool at their disposal to facilitate that. Canyons District was the first in Utah to adopt the SafeUT mobile app, which allows students and parents to post anonymous tips about unsafe activities or situations. The app, which also is a tool for students to confidentially seek help for emotional crises, suicidal threats or addiction problems, is monitored 24 hours a day and seven days a week by school administrators and counselors at the University of Utah. Every threat or referral is immediately acted upon.
  • We are installing security vestibules at all of our schools, which force visitors to be buzzed-into the Main Office where they must check-in before entering the school.
  •  Proceeds from two voter-approved, general obligation bonds have allowed us to rebuild schools with safety in mind. We build schools with seismic controls, state-of-the-art surveillance systems and automatic locks that require employees to have an ID badge to gain entry. We strive to locate schools out of visibility of main roads and landscapes so that playgrounds are shielded and people can’t easily see inside the school, while employees working inside have a clear line of sight down the halls, and to the parking lot and front entrance. We also strategically locate entryways and exits.
  • The District has formed an Emergency Management Committee comprised of Board of Education members, school and district-level administrators and risk management professionals. This committee meets at least quarterly to debrief after emergencies and to review and refine the crisis response plan.
Yes. Canyons District’s maturation program, an informational presentation for fifth-grade students and their parents, is being held a month later than usual. Presentations conducted by professional speakers have been scheduled through the months of March and April. All parents are encouraged to attend these free events with their children, and to choose which dates best fit their schedules, so that they can continue the discussion in their homes. The aim of the program, which supplants the fifth-grade maturation days that were previously held at each individual school, is to provide consistent, sensitive and approved instruction districtwide. Parents are advised to leave younger siblings at home. All programs start at 7 p.m.
*Midvale Middle School
Tuesday, March 6 — Boys Program
Thursday, March 8 — Girls Program

Union Middle School
Tuesday, March 13 — Girls Program
Wednesday, March 14 — Boys Program
Indian Hills Middle (currently located at Crescent View) 
Tuesday, March 27 — Boys Program
Thursday, March 29 — Girls Program
Butler Middle School
Wednesday, April 11 — Girls Program
Thursday, April 12 — Boys Program 
*Interpreters for Spanish-speakers will be available at the presentations at Midvale Middle.
Moving up from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school can be exciting and anxiety-producing for students and parents. But Canyons District’s schools have programs and traditions in place to ease the transition and prepare students for success. In the winter, middle school teachers often drop by elementary schools in their feeder system to meet with fifth-graders and talk about the different elective courses that are available in grades 6-8. Middle school guidance counselors meanwhile are meeting with eighth-graders and their parents to explain high school graduation requirements and map out academic plans tailored to students’ college and career aspirations. Over the summer, families will receive detailed information about online registration. And in the fall, middle schools open their doors to incoming sixth-graders a day early to allow them to find their classes and try opening their lockers for the first time. For parents of students with special needs, the District also sponsors
It’s the parenting dilemma of the digital age: How do we encourage our kids to take advantage of all that technology affords while protecting them from the documented dangers of too much screen time? How do we model healthy use of technology when we, too, fight the allure of smart phones and social media, excessive use of which has been linked to soaring rates depression and suicide? At CSD, good digital citizenship is promoted every day in our classrooms, and it’s not just about teaching students to safely navigate the Internet. We empower students to appropriately use digital media to explore the world, gain knowledge and connect with new ideas and people — and we invite parents to participate.
As CSD schools celebrate Digital Citizenship Week, Feb. 5-9, tips and resources for continuing the conversation at home can be found at There parents can find advice on how to stop cyber-bullying, apps for monitoring their child’s devise use, and lists of age-appropriate movies and video games. Internet safety, however, also is a priority for the District. CSD also uses a Lightspeed Systems content filter that blocks inappropriate material, based on a database of more than a billion entries. The filter can be adjusted for elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, and allow schools to override the filter’s default settings to access specific sites. Searches for Google Images use safe search, and if the content is inappropriate, the user is not granted access. These filters prevent inadvertent exposure, however, if a determined user finds a way to access inappropriate content, our Information Technology department can review the Internet history of the person in question for up to 40 days to determine if administrative action is necessary.
Yes, Canyons District does conduct hearing screenings in our elementary schools. Canyons’ audiologist conducts annual hearing screenings for kindergarteners, second-graders, and fifth-graders, as well as students who are new to the District and those who receive special education.
Generally, the answer is no. Once a school administrator approves a transfer permit, the permit will renew automatically every year thereafter as long as the student remains at the same school and their permit is not revoked. Permits, however, must be renewed when a student advances from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school. OF SPECIAL NOTE: Students enrolled in a Dual Language Immersion Program, or SALTA magnet program for advanced learners do not need to fill out School Choice Open Enrollment permits. Once Dual Language Immersion students advance from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school, they must complete Intent to Continue forms through a separate process, which indicate whether they’d like to continue their language studies at the school into which their current school feeds. For example, Butler Elementary feeds into Butler Middle School. Immersion students may also apply to attend a school outside of their current feeder system, and those applications are approved on a space-available basis. Still have questions? You can find more information about School Choice applications on the Planning and Enrollment Department’s web page, and answers about Intent to Continue forms on the Instructional Supports Department’s web page.
Each year, Canyons District nurses sponsor flu-clinics where they make flu shots available to all employees. Custodial crews routinely sanitize classrooms and restrooms. The District also works with Salt Lake County Health Department to prevent vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. Click here for additional information about the Utah Department of Health’s Immunization Program.
Yes. Canyons School District allows members of the community to schedule use of Canyons’ auditoriums, gyms, dance rooms, classrooms, kitchens, cafeterias and fields. The fee schedule for using Canyons’ buildings depends on the entity who wishes to use the facility. You can see a copy of the fee schedule here: and search for availability here: Looking to run the stadium stairs at your local high school, or toss the pigskin around on the football field? Fields are open for individual use, provided they’re not occupied by a sporting event.
Parents can easily make their lunch payments online any time of the day or night. Schools also accept personal checks. If, for any reason, parents forget to make a payment, or two, the District will contact parents directly. Students will never be denied a lunch, nor will they be approached for money. CSD’s Nutrition Services Department will work with parents — and only parents — to resolve unpaid balances. Curious what’s on the lunch menu on any given day? Check here.
Canyons District schools generally release class schedules after a student is fully registered and has paid all student fees. There are exceptions to this rule, however, so if you have logged in to Skyward and can’t see your schedule, contact the Main Office at your school.
Canyons District schools generally release class schedules after a student is fully registered and has paid all student fees. There are exceptions to this rule, however, so if you have logged in to Skyward and can’t see your schedule, contact the Main Office at your school. 
Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:46

Is my child eligible for busing?

Eligibility for busing is largely determined by Utah laws governing school transportation, but finding out if your child is eligible for busing is easy. Just click here for an interactive database where you can plug in your address to see if busing is available and where to find the bus stop. Non-qualifying students can submit a request for transportation services so they can ride with their qualifying siblings or neighbors — if there is space available on the bus. Space-available permits are granted on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. You can request a permit application from your school, starting Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Families will be notified about whether their permits were approved by Sept. 15.
On October 4, 2016, CSD’s Board of Education refined the District’s mission statement: Every student who attends Canyons School District will graduate college- and career-ready. The Board also approved a new vision statement to bring the future into sharp focus, inspire daily improvement, and help every employee understand his or her fit and purpose within the organization. Informing this vision, are five tenets: student achievement, community engagement, customer service, innovation and fiscal accountability. These are the pillars upon which this district was built. They are the how, the why, and the means by which the District will achieve its mission, which is to instill within students the character, skills, habits and knowledge needed to succeed in college, thrive in the workplace, and be successful in life. We invite all patrons to visit CSD’s leadership page and learn more about the District’s goals, achievements and leadership.
Schools may be out of session, but Principals and District-level personnel are contracted to work through the months of June, July and August. From June 12 to July 21, the District’s two administrative buildings will remain open for business under a “four tens” schedule: M, T, W and Th from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thereafter, District offices will be open under a regular, five-day weekly schedule. Questions? Feel free to call the District’s Main line at 801-826-5000.
Canyons School District’s 2017 commencement season kicks off on Thursday, June 1 with ceremonies for: CSD’s alternative high school Diamond Ridge; South Park Academy at the Utah State Prison; and Jordan Valley School for special-needs students.

High school graduation is a rite of passage, a time for celebrating academic achievement, and an opportunity to spotlight our exceptional students and faculty.It’s one of those can’t-miss events, so mark your calendars now!

The District’s five traditional high schools will all perform commencement rites on Tuesday, June 6. Following are the dates and times:
  • Alta High — Tuesday, June 6, 10 a.m., University of Utah Huntsman Center
  • Brighton High — Tuesday, June 6, 2 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Corner Canyon High — Tuesday, June 6, 2 p.m., University of Utah Huntsman Center
  • Hillcrest High — Tuesday, June 6, 10 a.m., Maverik Center
  • Jordan High — Tuesday, June 6, 7 p.m., Jordan High’s stadium (inclement weather may necessitate that the event be moved to the Maverik Center at 6 p.m.) 
  • Diamond Ridge — Thursday, June 1, 7 p.m., Mount Jordan Middle School
  • South Park Academy — Thursday, June 1, 8 a.m., Timpanogos Oquirrh
  • Entrada — Tuesday, June 27, 7 p.m., Jordan High School
  • Jordan Valley — Thursday, June 1, 11 a.m., Jordan Valley School
A transcript is a record of academic achievement and lists every class in which a high school student has enrolled, and the grades he or she has received. Students commonly need a copy of their transcript to apply to college, graduate, transfer schools, or to apply for a job. Students can request a copy of their transcript by contacting the registrar at the school(s) they attended. The best way to reach the registrar is to phone a school’s Main Office and ask to be connected. Need a copy of your GED? Click here for easy-to-follow directions.
Preparing a student for kindergarten can be an exciting and sometimes overwhelming experience, but Canyons District is thrilled to welcome your little one to school. Here are some things you need to know about kindergarten registration:
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, once said, “Let us remember:  One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” While just one teacher in CSD is selected as the overall District Teacher of the Year, one teacher from every CSD school is selected each year to be recognized for their hard work and dedication. From that bunch, CSD picks six semifinalists who are observed in their classrooms by curriculum specialists. Three are then chosen to advance to a final interview with the Office of School Performance, which works with principals to supervise all of CSD's schools. 
The winning teachers at all schools have been surprised with a banner, poster, and a gift basket full of donated goodies collected by the Canyons Education Foundation. We invite the CSD community to the Tuesday, April 25 announcement of our District Teacher of the Year. A reception to honor our teachers is at 7 p.m. and we will start the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. The event will be at the Canyons Administration Building-East, 9361 S. 300 East.  The Canyons Education Foundation will give the winner at $1,000 cash prize.  First runner-up will receive $750 and second runner-up will receive $500.
Every spring, on behalf of the Canyons Board of Education, the Canyons District Administration enters into negotiations with groups that represent the employees to review the terms of compensation and benefits for the following school year. In these negotiations, which have already started for the 2017-2018 school year, licensed teachers are represented by the Canyons Education Association,
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