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Canyoneering Academy Presents: What Every Parent Needs to Know About School Safety

Every child deserves to feel safe, secure, and cared for at school. That’s why in Canyons District, safety measures are focused not just on outfitting facilities with modern security features but also on building confident learners.

Canyons invites families to become familiar with our safety protocols at the next Canyoneering Academy Parent Information Night. Sponsored as part of an ongoing lecture series, the event is free, open to the public, and scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 6-8:30 p.m. at Butler Middle School, 7530 S. 2700 East in Cottonwood Heights.

At the event, families will have their choice of participating in three of six workshops covering a variety of topics, from digital safety and suicide prevention to the parent notification apps Canyons uses to keep families informed.

Administrators and law enforcement officials will talk about such safety measures as security cameras, emergency preparedness drills that schools practice throughout the year, and vestibules that require visitors to check-in at the Main Office before entering schools. They’ll also discuss less visible measures, including the Internet filters schools use to safeguard students from accessing inappropriate online content and the consistent rules and expectations that are enforced to keep classrooms free from bullying, harassment and discrimination.

“Canyons District is building safe schools from the inside out,” said digital teaching and learning specialist Katie Gebhardt who is hosting a workshop on dealing with digital drama. “We’ll talk about how drama can escalate online and share tips and tools to help older kids and teens avoid and de-escalate harmful online behavior.”

Attendees will learn about the SafeUT app that parents and students can use to confidentially report anything that makes them feel unsafe. This is one of several two-way communication tools the District uses to leverage the eyes and ears of the community to maintain secure, welcoming, and high-performing schools.

Canyons Board of Education members will host a workshop to explain their role as elected officials in governing the District and charting the course for future planning and improvement. There will also be a workshop spotlighting CSD’s new full-day kindergarten programs.

“This is our final Canyoneering event of the year, and we expect there will be a lot of interest in these timely topics,” said the event’s organizer Charisse Hilton.

Spanish translators will be on hand at the event. If you are in need of additional translation services, please email Charisse.hilton@canyonsdistrict.org.

Choose to Attend Three Workshops

Real Talk on School Safety

School safety has always been a topic of discussion — and action — in the Canyons School District. Join CSD administrators and local law enforcement officials in discussing the measures in place to keep schools welcoming, secure, and prepared.

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Their School Board

Canyons Board of Education members will talk about their role in governing the District while introducing CSD’s new Strategic Plan, a blueprint of success for the coming decade and beyond.

Dealing with Digital Drama

Learn how to help students avoid and de-escalate harmful online behavior. Expect to come away from this workshop with tips and tools for guiding your child through their next challenge and enabling settings from popular social media apps to help prevent cyberbullying.

Save a Life, Prevent a Suicide 

Canyons School District’s Student Services Department will explain three simple steps that anyone can learn to prevent suicide: Question, Persuade, and Refer (or QPR).

There’s an App for That!

In Canyons District, staying connected is as easy as subscribing to parent notification and safety apps that, not only keep families informed but open the path to productive conversations.

What’s Cooking with Kindergarten?

 With funding from the Utah Legislature, Canyons District is excited to be offering free full-day kindergarten at each of our 28 elementary schools. Parents can also still arrange to have their child do half-day instruction.


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