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Winter Weather Procedures: What Families Need to Know Ahead of the Storms

Winter has arrived, and Canyons District schools are prepared.

Living in Utah, we’re no strangers to snow, and we know people count on schools to remain open. For this reason, while snowstorms can wreak havoc on commutes, weather-related school closures and delays are rare.

In the event, however, the weather is so extreme that road conditions become unsafe, the District will either implement a late start, giving snow plows time to clear the roads, or close schools and pivot to a remote-learning day.

So how does the District decide what conditions call for and how will families be notified?

How we decide:  Remote-learning days are announced when authorized by the Canyons Superintendent of Schools, or a designee, after consulting with senior staff members and the Transportation Department, which has drivers out on inclement days as early as 4 a.m. surveying road conditions. The National Weather Service and other state, county and city agencies also may be consulted.

How we notify families: Canyons District will notify families and employees of emergency remote-learning days early in the morning through our notification system. We will also employ our websites and social media accounts. Parents and employees should also tune into Wasatch Front radio and television stations for information. Please note, closures are for one day only.  No announcement means schools will be open and operating as usual.

How students and parents can prepare prepare: 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. Sporting events and practices, afterschool 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 Wi-Fi access at home, contact your teacher or school to report the outage and continue to work on previously assigned learning activities.

Stay in the know: It’s important, each year, for families to log in to Skyward Family Access to update their contact information and settings. For help updating Skyward settings, please call 801-826-5544.

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