Getting Involved





Getting Involved

Time-Off Information

Time-Off Benefit Explanation

Personal Leave Days:

  • Employees earn 3 personal days and may use to up 5 personal days every school year
    • 196 contracts earn 3.125 personal days and 206 contracts earn 3.25 a year.
  • Personal days may not be taken within the first 5 or the last 5 days students are in school and during the first 4 contract days prior to the first day of school or during parent/teacher conferences except under conditions outlined in the Employee Leave Policy.
    • For the Licensed policy click here, for the ESP policy click here.
  • Personal Leave may not be taken the day before and/or after a holiday, except for reasons outlined in the Employee Leave Policy or if you apply and are accepted in the Holiday Option Lottery.
    • For the Licensed policy click here, for the ESP policy click here.
  • An employee who wishes to take a personal leave day before or after a holiday and does not wish to either pay the cost of the long-term substitute (Licensed) or lose 40 percent of a day’s pay (ESP), must make the request through the Human Resource Department during the Holiday Request window at   Prior notification must be given to the principal or supervisor at least one day in advance of the request for leave.
    • HR will notify you of the outcome of the Lottery and will let you know whether or not you are able to use your personal day before/after a holiday without paying the $110 fee.
    • Contact Paulette Takata at if you should need assistance.
  • Any days used before and/or after a holiday without the Holiday Option Lottery or an exception outlined in the Employee Leave Policy will be charged a fee of $110

Family Sick & Sick Days

  • At the beginning of each school year, employees obtain a new set of Family Sick Days to use. How many days allocated is dependent upon your longevity with the district.
    • Click here to view leave allocation for Licensed employees and here for leave allocation for ESP employees.
  • Sick days are accrued when an employee has Family Sick days that were unused at the end of the school year.
  • Family Sick days can be used at any time for family members or the employee. 
  • Sick days can be used anytime but only for the employees use.
    • Absence/Attendance Incentive is a District bonus paid on the last payday on July 31 when 2 or fewer sick, family sick, or personal days are taken and you have worked 100% of a contract year.
      • It is available to contracted Teachers and ESP Employees, not to Administrators or hourly ESP Employees.
      • This Incentive was temporarily suspended for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school year.

Alternative Leave:

  • If you use an Alternative Leave day you will be charged a fee of $110
  • Alternative Leave may not be used during parent/teacher conferences, on a contract day prior to the first day of school, or during the first 5 or last 5 days of the school year.
  • Alternative Leave is not accrued year to year and everyone employee is given 1 each school year.

Vacation Days:

Vacation days are only given to employees (Licensed and ESP) working on a 242 or 245 contract. They may be used at any time without penalty.

  • Click here to view leave allocation for Licensed employees and here for leave allocation for ESP employees.

FMLA & Sick Bank

  • If you have a medical need requiring you to miss more than five (5) consecutive days of work you need to apply for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) click here to obtain the appropriate forms. Email for more information on FMLA.
  • Sick Bank – you are automatically enrolled in the Employee Funded Sick Bank unless you submit the Employee Funded Sick Bank Opt Out Form that is submitted via your district email at the beginning of each school year.  Sick Bank takes one Sick Day from enrolled employees and applies that day to a bank that can be accessed when additional sick time is needed.  Sick bank days are requested and approved through HR.  See POLICY 410.4 – EMPLOYEE LEAVE (LICENSED) for details.

Absence/Attendance Incentive Info:

The Absence/Attendance Incentive is a bonus given when 2 or fewer sick, family sick, or personal days are taken and you have worked 100% of a contract year.

  • It is available to contracted Teachers and ESP Employees, not to Administrators or hourly ESP Employees.
  • Employees receive this bonus on the July 31st payday.
  • See the payroll department page for more information
  • The Incentive was temporarily suspended for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school year.

Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

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!

Specialty Schools

High Schools

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement

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