March 29, 2011
Dear Parents of Students within the Alta Feeder System,
As we are sure you are all aware, Canyons District has launched an investigation into incidents at Alta High that should be of great concern to all those who seek to create and maintain school environments that are conducive to learning and free of harassment and discrimination in any form for students, faculty and staff.
The event that prompted the comprehensive probe by our Office of Civil Rights and Accommodations — allegations that a student wore KKK-style clothing and made pro-Nazi references during an assembly — is serious in and of itself. However, our examination of the events at the school that day has uncovered evidence of other very serious incidents that warrant immediate and thorough attention, including appropriate administrative action pending the results of the investigation.
Let us be clear about the policy of the Canyons Board of Education and Administration: We strongly and unequivocally prohibit and condemn all forms of racism, hatred and discrimination in Canyons schools.
Tracy Scott Cowdell, J.D., President, Canyons Board of Education
David S. Doty, J.D., Ph.D., Superintendent, Canyons School District