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Board Meeting Summary, Feb. 7, 2019

Note: Recordings and documents for agenda items can be accessed via BoardDocs by clicking on the corresponding agenda items.

 
Snow Day Update, Scheduling of Make-Up Day

To make up for the instructional time lost due to Wednesday’s snow day, a make-up school day has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15. The date was chosen as a more prudent and less disruptive alternative to holding the make-up day on Presidents Day or during Spring Recess, the two options that are stipulated by the District’s Board-approved calendar guidelines. The Canyons Board of Education’s decision was done under a one-time suspension of those stipulations. The Feb. 6 snow day was the first in Canyons District’s history, and it happened late in the year, leaving the Board with a limited number of options with regard to scheduling a make-up day. Friday Feb. 15 was chosen as the best option for preserving quality instructional time. Holding the make-up day on President’s Day or during Spring Recess when many families have vacation and travel plans would likely have resulted in a spike in student absences and required the District to hire a good number of substitute teachers. An informal email poll of nearly 400 CSD teachers by Canyons Education Association President Erika Bradshaw found 96 percent favored holding the make-up day on Feb. 15. Though it was previously a no-school day for students, it is a contract day for school employees, which means they are already scheduled to be at work. Teachers will lose some of their paid professional development  time that day, but the Board agreed to allow school administrators to work with their Building Leadership Teams to decide how to provide educators with some replacement time. All Canyons District schools will now hold school on Feb. 15 according to their normal Friday schedules. Buses will also be operating that day. Middle schools will still maintain a late-start and elementary schools will have an early-out schedule.

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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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