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Update: Scheduled Evening CSD Events Can Continue Now that Skies, Roads are Clear

A remote-learning day was held in Canyons District on Wednesday, Dec. 15 because of early morning extreme weather, dangerous road conditions, and scattered power outages throughout Salt Lake County.

But now that today’s storm has passed and major roads are cleared, Canyons District has opted to move forward with regularly scheduled evening games, practices, rehearsals, and activities— if the participants can arrive safely and the parking lots have been cleared of snow.

Each school will determine whether their evening events will be held or postponed, and any student who cannot arrive safely to practice or the event have the option to stay at home. Schools will communicate their plans with families and employees.

The decision to call an emergency closure was made by the Canyons District Administration late Tuesday as road conditions quickly worsened, especially along Salt Lake’s east bench, and forecasts indicated crews wouldn’t be able to clear roads in time to ensure the save travel of CSD buses. Also of concern were growing power outages in the Sandy area.

The remote-learning announcement was for one day only. Parents will be notified if the remote-learning schedule continues for additional days. If a building-closure message is not circulated, then school will be held on a regular schedule.

Moving to remote learning for emergency closures keeps students, parents and employees safe while maintaining continuity of instruction and alleviating the need for families to adjust their schedules to accommodate make-up days, which can disrupt holidays and summer plans.

Emergency-closure and remote learning expectations:

  • If inclement weather is in the forecast, teachers will work with students to make sure they have the materials and assignments they need to learn from home.
  • Elementary students will work independently with a parent or guardian to complete the assignments and learning expectations communicated by their teacher using instructional packets or by logging in to CSD’s Canvas learning portal.
  • Middle and high school students will log in to the Canvas dashboard for each of their classes and work their way through their regular course schedules.
  • Teachers will be available on remote-learning days via email and connect with students through Canvas and Zoom or Google Meet.
  • Extracurricular activities — sporting events and practices, after-school tutoring and theatrical rehearsals and performances — will be canceled unless road conditions improve enough to be able to safely hold the activity.
  • We understand inclement weather can cause power and Internet outages. If you lose power or WiFi access at home, contact your teacher or school to report the outage and continue to work on previously assigned learning activities.
  • It’s important, each year, for families to log in to Skyward Family Access to update their contact information and settings. New this year: Parents can sign up to receive text messages in addition to emails and phone calls. For help updating Skyward settings, please call 801-826-5544.

If you have any questions, please communicate via email with your child’s teacher or email communications@canyonsdistrict.org.

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