March 23, 2020, 5:00 PM
Gov. Gary R. Herbert and State Superintendent Syd Dickson have announced that Utah’s K-12 school system will continue to provide distance learning opportunities for students until Friday, May 1, 2020.
Distance learning will continue during the extended dismissal for all K-12 public schools, where feasible. Employees will be limited at school buildings, following the Governor’s and CDC’s guidelines to avoid gatherings of groups of ten or more. “We recognize that being away from school creates additional work and stress for everyone in our communities; however, it is a necessary step in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” said State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson. “During the uncertainties of the coming weeks, it is more important than ever to remain socially connected with our students and families while doing our best to ensure learning continues. The flexibility and initiative of our educators is a shining example of how we rise together in challenging circumstances.”
Originally planned to be re-evaluated prior to March 30, the new date of May 1, was announced today. We feel our GCSD teachers have been very successful in this endeavor. We are very fortunate to have the apparatus to be able to offer our students these capabilities. The last ten years of development have given the school system a great supply of technological break-through specifically making distance learning more effective for both our teachers and also our students.
Beginning the end of this week, the GCSD school board has asked for a new monitoring tool to allow principals to be able to track teacher and student success. The new tool will let principals immediately sense problems with issues concerning both the teacher and the student. District resources will then be directed towards any perceived problems.
Thank you so much for your help in this matter. Please call your child’s principal if needs arise.