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Choose Your Learning Path: Online Registration for School Starts July 27

Want your child to attend school in the fall?  Canyons is providing that option. Would you prefer to enroll your students in online classes?  We’ve got you. Want to guide your child’s learning at home — but still maintain the services available at the neighborhood school?  You can pick that option, too. 

Canyons District is providing options for families for fall 2020 as part of its COVID-19 Back-to-School Action Plan. Parents will be able to choose to enroll their children in either in-person classes or online classes during Online Registration, which starts July 27, 2020. 

During registration, families will be guided through a series of questions to assist them in making their choices. But, to help families prepare and discuss their options at home, here is a rundown of the different learning options available, and step-by-step description of the Online Registration process. We’ve also published a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions on our COVID-19 information page.

Registering for School

NEW STUDENTS TO CANYONS: If your child is new to Canyons, and has never attended one of our schools, you will need to first create a Skyward Family Access account by completing the New Student Online Enrollment form. Your Skyward Family Access account is the gateway you’ll use this year, and every subsequent year, to register your children. Once you’ve created the account, simply please log in to Skyward and select New Student Enrollment to complete the Online Registration process for each child. 

RETURN STUDENTS: If your child has attended CSD in the past: You will use your Guardian Skyward Family Access ID and Password to begin the online-registration process. Once logged in to Skyward, simply follow the prompts and make personal identification updates as needed. When registering online, you will need to pay any school fees using a credit card. If you prefer to pay with cash, or qualify for a fee waiver, or need to schedule a payment plan with your school, please contact your child’s school directly. While registration for most students will be done online, some schools have scheduled times when you may still register in person if you prefer. Please contact your child’s school for more information and with any questions. For technical assistance or help logging in to Skyward, contact our Call Center at 801-826-5525.

CSD’S Learning Options Explained

As you complete the Online Registration process, you will be asked to choose one of three learning options: In-Person Instruction; Online Instruction; or At-Home, District-Supported, Parent-Guided Instruction. High school students  who choose the Online Instruction option will be asked if they also are interested in participating in any available In-Person electives. Here are the learning options explained:

IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION: Students will receive in-person instruction at their school, and their class schedules will be based on the preferred options they identified last year on their registration cards. Classes will be held on the academic calendar and bell schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. Students who attend class in-person also will have access to all available services regularly provided at Canyons District schools. Teachers will follow the District-approved curriculum and software as identified in CSD curriculum maps, and student achievement levels will regularly be measured using assessments already in use in CSD schools. Attendance will be recorded daily, but students who do not attend in person because of illness or other personal reasons will be able to keep pace by working with the teacher and accessing Canvas and other resources. Grading structures will return to normal. Students and employees will be required to wear face coverings. Families will be asked to monitor their children for symptoms of illness using the symptom checklist provided to all CSD families and take their children’s temperature each morning before the start of school. Schools and buses will be sanitized and disinfected throughout the day and in the evenings, in accordance with state and local health recommendations, and personnel will work with health authorities to investigate and respond to confirmed cases of COVID-19. To the extent possible, schools will maximize space in their buildings to facilitate physical distancing. Accommodations for students with disabilities/504, receiving Special Education or English Language Learning (ELL) services will be addressed on an individual basis through the 504, IEP or ELL process. 

ONLINE INSTRUCTION: Students will register with their school and receive online instruction from a Canyons District teacher. To maintain staffing levels, and so that teachers can prepare, students are expected to commit to online learning for at least one grading period. Students participating in the online-instruction option will follow the same curriculum maps as those in the in-person classes, which will help students move between formats and enable CSD to pivot quickly to online-learning-only if state government and health officials order another closure of Utah schools. Options for high school students may vary. Please see information below. Parents who enroll their children in the online option can expect virtual, synchronous learning opportunities. Teachers assigned to an online course also would have designated times for appointments with students. Elementary and middle school students who enroll in online core classes will be assigned a CSD teacher. Ninth- through 12th-grade students who enroll in the online program can earn core and limited elective credits through multiple CSD online offerings. Enrollment data gathered at the time of Online Registration will help Canyons schools make decision about additional options. Student-learning time will depend on individual students. Because these students are enrolled in a Canyons school, they would have access to counseling and other social-emotional supports, nutrition services, Special Education services, extracurriculars and other programs and initiatives, and they will receive regular communications from their school. Active participation will be used to determine attendance. Students will be provided a device to participate in online learning if needed. Special Education services will be delivered online by a Special Education teacher. Families selecting this option will be invited to attend an IEP meeting to determine appropriate Special Education services. Accommodations for students with disabilities/504 or who are receiving English Language Learning (ELL) services will be addressed on an individual basis through the 504 or ELL process. 

While our overarching plan addresses many issues, we realize it may not address all needs or expectations. 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.

Learning Option Comparison Charts

Click on a school level below to view a comparison chart for the available learning options.

At Home District-Supported, Parent-Guided Instruction

The District makes its curricular resources available to families who wish to keep their children attached to their school while directing their personalized learning at home. This puts parents in the teacher’s seat while giving them access to tools and software so they can create lesson plans and assignments to best meet their child’s educational needs. These students do not have interaction with a Canyons District teacher. But, because they are enrolled in a Canyons school, they have access to school counselors and other social-emotional supports, nutrition services, extracurriculars and other programs and initiatives. A list of resources provided these families can be found on the District’s Parent Connections portal.   These families will receive regular communications from the school, and because they may be learning at the same pace as their peers, would be able to switch to in-person instruction after one grading period. Special Education families selecting this option will be invited to attend an IEP meeting to determine appropriate Special Education services. Accommodations for students with disabilities/504 or who are receiving English Language Learning (ELL) services will be addressed on an individual basis through the 504 or ELL process.

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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

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