CSD's Back-to-School Plan
Canyons cares — and continues to focus on health, wellness, and learning. With those aims at the forefront, Canyons District will follow a comprehensive and data-driven back-to-school plan to maintain safe and welcoming learning environments in the 2021-2022 school year.
Canyons’ plan was created to address any COVID-19-related concerns while also adhering to state laws and taking into account recommendations from public-health authorities.
Armed with lessons learned since the onset of the pandemic, Canyons is preparing to open school with not just robust cleaning regimens and wellness-maintenance protocols, but high-quality academic options in both in-person and online formats. Online Registration in Canyons District begins Aug. 2. For more information about the registration process, for both traditional and online learning, go to canyonsdistrict.org.
Canyons District schools will adopt the following responsive operational guidelines, unless ordered otherwise by state or county health and government officials. While CSD’s plan addresses many issues, we recognize that no plan could cover every need of all students, employees or family. As in any other school year, the District and school administrations will problem-solve unique situations as they arise with individual schools, students, families and employees. CSD also notes changes may be made as additional guidance and directives are given to the District by health and government officials.
Canyons thanks parents for their partnership in support of its efforts to safeguard in-person learning and activities. As the start of the new school year approaches, CSD, known for its community engagement and parent involvement, again asks for patience and cooperation as we address the issues of this ongoing public-health concern. Now more than ever, CSD’s strong school-to-home connection is needed to lift our students to high levels of achievement as school starts anew in an unprecedented time. The following guidelines will aid our drive to preserve in-person learning, work cooperatively with health authorities to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, and engage students in learning throughout the year.
When the school bell rings for the first time on Monday, Aug. 16, CSD students and employees are welcome to wear face-coverings as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and local health authorities, but masks will not be required at school. A Utah law passed last spring eliminated a school district’s ability to put into place a mask mandate unless ordered by the local health department. Such an order has not been issued by the Salt Lake County Health Department. Masks will be provided for students who want to wear one but did not bring one from home. Employees who want to wear masks also can request for a mask or other PPE to be provided. CSD encourages parents to consult with their family physicians regarding masks as the children return to school.
Canyons District is providing access to high-quality in-person and online-learning opportunities. For the most part, in-person classes will be held in a traditional manner, much like they were before the COVID-19 school year. However, Canyons families who discovered they enjoy remote learning, or are worried about enrolling their children in school before a vaccine is approved for children younger than 12, can enroll their students in Canyons Online, CSD’s new online-learning program. Via Canyons Online, elementary- and middle school-age students will be able to move through grade-level learning at their own pace and on their own time while also accessing extracurriculars at nearby schools. High school students enrolled in Canyons Online can take the online classes for credit, both original and recovery, toward high school graduation. They also can learn at their own pace and place. More information about Canyons Online, including an online application, can be found at canyonsdistrict.org.
While social restrictions may have been loosened as a result of vaccine availability, health authorities are recommending COVID-19-related precautions for schools, including the following:
- Attendance requirements have been rescinded temporarily to encourage parents to keep children home if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness. Testing for COVID-19 also is encouraged if the illness continues. Canyons will provide regular testing for students and employees. Please complete the registration form prior to the student’s COVID rapid test. Starting Monday, Aug. 23 testing for all CSD students and employees will be held on Mondays and Thursdays 6:30-8:30 a.m. in the parking garage at the District Office. Please enter through the north side in your vehicle and await directions
- CSD schools will be as clean as possible. CSD schools are equipped with cannisters of hand-sanitizer, touchless water fountains, and air filters that utilize an electrostatic charge to remove fine particles from the air. Classrooms also will be provided plenty of cleaning supplies. As always, schools will be cleaned thoroughly throughout the day and into the evening hours. Cleaning crews also will regularly disinfect classrooms, hallways, and commons areas with hospital-grade cleaning detergents.
- Seating charts and/or co-horting, or a combination thereof, will be encouraged to aid any contact-tracing efforts, which will be done by the Salt Lake County Health Department.
- Regardless of vaccination status, students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for 10 days from the test date. Students who are in quarantine or isolation can access education via Canvas, Canyons District’s common online-learning management system.
- Parents and guardians of students will be notified in the event of a close-contact exposure at a school. Vaccinated students or students who have had COVID-19 within 90 days of the exposure can continue with their studies uninterrupted. Health authorities recommend that non-vaccinated students either quarantine at home for 10 days and access education via Canvas or attend school with a mask. Close-contact exposure will be decided by the Salt Lake County Health Department.
- After a close-contact exposure, at the seven-day mark, students can choose to be tested. If the test returns as negative, they may remove their masks at school. If they choose not to get tested, it’s recommended that they wear a mask at school for 10 days. A student would not be considered exposed if both parties were wearing masks at the time of possible exposure, or the contact has had COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
As a service to the community, Canyons will feature on the District website a regularly-updated COVID-19 Dashboard. The District will receive the information from the Salt Lake County Health Department, from which CSD takes its cues in matters of public health. The Canyons community will be updated regarding the status and operations of District schools. Newsletters, flyers and other materials outlining CSD’s operations will be sent to parents regularly. Information also will be posted on CSD and school websites and social media channels. Canyons also will turn to live-streams and podcasting.