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Policy 300.12 – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)



Board Policy

  1. The Board of Education is committed to compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for any purpose or by any person on Canyons School District property.
  2. The Board also recognizes the responsibility to reduce risks to safety, security, and privacy for the authorization and operation of sUAS for teaching and outreach purposes on District property.
  3. The Board authorizes the Superintendent and District Administration to establish administrative regulations consistent with this policy, subject to review and approval of the Board.



Definitions - 300.12-1

  1. “Pilot command” (pilot): in the sole person responsible for operation and safety of the sUAS or drone.
  2. “Small Unmanned Aircraft System” (sUAS): means an aircraft that weighs less than 55 pounds, including all appurtenances, and that is operated for commercial or educational purposes, without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.
  3. “Visual line-of-sight” (VLOS): means the remote pilot in command, must be able to see the sUAS without obstruction unaided by any device other than corrective lenses.
  4. “Weapons” as used in this policy means a firearm as described in Utah Code §76-10-501; or an object that in the manner of the object’s use or intended use is capable of causing death, bodily injury, or damage to property.



Prior Permissions Required; Safe Operation of sUAS; sUAS Use on School Property - 300.12-2

Prior Permissions Required:

  1. Request for permission to operate a sUAS on school district property directly related to an instructional purpose must be approved by the building principal.  
  2. Request for permission to operate a sUAS on school district property for a non-instructional purpose must be approved through District Risk Management.
  3. Schools or District facilities within five (5) nautical miles of an airport must obtain approval from air traffic control each time before operating a drone on school district property or operate under a letter of agreement approved by the airport.

Safe Operation of sUAS:

  1. sUAS pilots in command shall:
    1. comply with and follow safety guidelines outlined in the FAA Advisory circular 107-2, including sUAS registration with the FAA;
    2. complete a preflight check of the sUAS to ensure it is in safe condition for flight;
    3. operate the sUAS only during daylight hours and only in good weather conditions;
    4. operate the sUAS at or below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles;
    5. operate the sUAS within VLOS at all times;
    6. operate the sUAS away from power lines, railways, or wildfires; and
    7. operate the sUAS clear of and not interfere with other aircraft.
  2. A sUAS may not be operated over any person not directly participating in the operation, not under a covered structure, and not inside a covered stationary vehicle.
  3. A sUAS may not be operated from a moving aircraft or a moving vehicle.
  4. A sUAS may not carry a weapon or hazardous materials.
  5. A sUAS pilot in command shall immediately report injuries and destruction of property related to the use of a sUAS on school property to his/her immediate supervisor and District Risk Management.

sUAS on School Property:

  1. A District employee operating a sUAS on school district property must be conversant and follow all federal, state, local laws, regulations and policies governing the operation of sUAS.
  2. A student attending a District high school may operate a sUAS on school district property as part of a class explicitly designed for this purpose under the direct supervision of a District employee.
  3. A sUAS may not be used during a Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) competition.



Unauthorized Use - 300.12-3

  1. A District employee shall refuse admission or entry to anyone attempting to use an unauthorized sUAS on school district property during school hours or during a school-sponsored activity; and if necessary, shall remove anyone attempting to use an unauthorized drone and/or confiscate the sUAS and report the incident to the District’s Risk Manager.



This online presentation is an electronic representation of the Canyons School District’s currently adopted policy manual. It does not reflect updating activities in progress. The official, authoritative manual is available for inspection in the office of the Superintendent located at 9361 South 300 East Sandy, UT 84070.

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!

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