Canyons Announces Schedule for Six ‘Remote-Learning Fridays’

November marks the start of a temporary shift to Remote-Learning Fridays in Canyons School District.

Starting Nov. 5, 2021, six Fridays — one a month for six months — will be set aside for online learning or independent study per the following schedule:

• Nov. 5, 2021
• Dec. 3, 2021
• Jan. 7, 2022
• Feb. 11, 2022
• March 25, 2022
• April 22, 2022 (except Brighton High)
• April 29, 2022 (Brighton High only)

Remote Fridays are days of learning. Students are expected to use the time for independent study and will be provided learning packets or access to assignments on CSD’s common online-learning management system, Canvas.  Teachers will report to school for work and use the time to collaborate with peers, create lesson and intervention plans, and provide any needed outreach to students. They will also hold virtual office hours by appointment for students and parents.

Schools may schedule family meetings on Remote Fridays to review Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), Distance Learning Plans, and 504 accommodations. But this time is not intended to be used for athletic or performing arts practices.

A sack lunch — and breakfast, for students who have a breakfast program at their school — will be sent home with students on Thursday to help fuel their Friday learning. All students will be offered a sack lunch, but they are not obligated to take one.

The goal with Remote Fridays is to support teachers in supporting students. Teachers are reporting increased rates of exhaustion and burnout due, in part, to such pandemic-related stressors as staffing shortages. 

A nationwide labor shortage has made it difficult to hire school support staff and find enough substitutes to cover for teachers who fall ill or have to be pulled from the classroom for District-sponsored trainings. District Office staff are volunteering as substitutes, and the District has suspended the rollout of new initiatives and postponed teacher trainings that aren’t state-mandated or required as a condition of a grant. But the District’s pool of 300 substitutes is not enough to cover classrooms, and teachers are having to combine classes or fill in for one another on their preparation periods, leaving them little planning time.

CSD Students Urged to be Good Digital Citizens, Avoid Social-Media Challenges

Here’s a challenge we can agree on:  Let’s challenge each other to be kind, respectful, friendly, and show pride in your school.  And you don’t even need to video record yourself doing it.

Canyons School District is taking a strong stand against social-media challenges, especially since the recent “Devious Licks” TikTok trend caused thousands of dollars in damaged or stolen property at CSD schools.  Just at one high school, $2,000 worth of soap dispensers were stolen or broken.

Word also has started to spread online about additional monthly TikTok activities that encourage students to participate in yet more disruptive, illegal, and even assaultive behaviors.

One of the latest online “challenges” urges students to video record themselves slapping teachers or school staff members.

To be clear, this will not be tolerated in Canyons School District.

CSD schools will continue to ensure that students understand our expectations for acceptable behavior. The consequences for the assault of school personnel, or vandalized or stolen school property, may lead to the involvement of law enforcement or disciplinary action in line with Canyons District policies.

These continued challenges also represent a teachable moment as they highlight the peer pressure students sometimes encounter on social media — one of many topics that our school will be addressing during Digital Citizenship Week, Oct. 18-22.

The Lunch Bunch: CSD’s Cafeteria Workers Go Great Lengths to Fuel Learning With Healthy, Mouth-Watering Food Choices

For some students, knowing what’s on the lunch menu might not be the most important part of the day. But for Canyons District’s Nutrition Services Department, it’s everything.

From taste tests to strict health requirements, locally sourcing ingredients and analyzing what’s a popular meal and what’s not, Canyons goes to great lengths to make sure students have healthy, delicious food choices every day at school.

This is the second year that all children have received school lunches and breakfasts at no cost, regardless of their family income, thanks to a waiver provided by the USDA — a massive operational challenge that CSD’s cafeteria workers have pulled off, despite pandemic-related safety challenges and supply-chain and labor shortages. Unfilled this year are 65 kitchen and cashier positions, reports Canyons Nutrition Services Director Sebasthian Varas. In addition, the supply chain of food items, paper products, and cleaning supplies has slowed considerably.

But Canyons District’s lunch crews still manage to serve up smiles, and healthy schools, every day. In honor of #NationalSchoolWeek, we invite you to tune into this mouth-watering episode of Connect Canyons where we take you behind the scenes of Canyons’ Nutrition Services Department.

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