News & Announcements
ACCESS WEST HIGH SCHOOL ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Students are doing online learning. Please contact teachers through email or canvas.
Students who need a laptop will be able to pick one up from Rose Park Elementary, Monday-Friday between 9:00am-2:00pm. If a West High student is not able to pick a laptop up from Rose Park Elementary, please contact RONALD.LITTERAL@SLCSCHOOLS.ORG OR BENJAMIN.JONES@SLCSCHOOLS.ORG to make arrangements to recieve a laptop.
Families only have to come to our schools once a day to receive food for their students.
- Student meals will be served each weekday, 11am-12:30pm.
- The sack lunch can be eaten immediately, and the sack breakfast can be refrigerated to be eaten by your students tomorrow morning.
West High School (U-shaped Driveway – Located North of building next to cafeteria entrance)
241 North 300 West, Salt Lake City, Utah
EMERGENCY FOOD BOXES
- Our schedule for next week will be Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-12pm.
- Emergency food boxes can be picked up at our three community learning centers during the hours listed above.
- Rose Park Community Learning Center: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
- Liberty Community Learning Center: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
- Glendale Community Learning Center: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
- If students are having problems with their computers or software, please complete this form: .
- Once the form is filled out, a technician will reach out to you as soon as possible.
- If your student’s laptop or iPad is broken or a technician cannot fix the computer remotely, parents can go to one of the following schools Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm:
- Rose Park Elementary
- Mountain View Elementary
- Liberty Elementary
- East High School
- Hillside Middle School
- We will have IT technicians at these five schools who will be able to exchange the device.
- If a student device is stolen, families should inform their school principal, as well as claim the computer on their police report and homeowner’s or auto insurance claim, if applicable.
Please see the district website https://www.slcschools.org/news/2019-20/coronavirus-information/ for updated information from the Salt Lake City School District.
Parent Observer Canvas Accounts
If you have a student that you would like to help monitor or "observe", click here for the pdf instructions on how to set that up. Here is another set of instructions as well for both students and observers.
Canvas On-Line Instruction
During this suspension of class attendance, teachers will be using Canvas for you to continue your education. To go directly to SLCSD's Canvas Sign-In, please click here: https://slcschools.instructure.com/ Do NOT try to Google Canvas as it won't work. You sign into Canvas by using your school email address and the login password you use to get onto the computers at school. Here is a pdf reference sheet to help answer some of your questions as well. If you have forgotten your school email address, here is a reminder: first name.first initial of last name and last 3 digits of student firstname.lastname@example.org. For example, if you were John Doe with a student number of 123456, your email address is email@example.com
SAT at West on Saturday, March 14th is CANCELLED until further notice. We do not have any information at this time on how students will re-register or receive refunds. ETS will let them know.
We have a few announcements related to how we will be operating for the next two weeks.
Today, we received guidance from Utah Governor Gary Herbert, State Superintendent Dr. Sydnee Dickson, and our state and local health department officials with regard to school closure guidelines in light of COVID-19 in our community. Their guidance is to keep schools open unless we have received specific guidance from the health department. Our schools play an essential function in our communities beyond providing our students with quality education, and we don’t take this decision lightly.
Thankfully, right now, we have ZERO cases of COVID-19 in Salt Lake City School District schools. Our schools will remain open next week as scheduled. But based on the guidance we received today, we are taking some pre-emptive measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The topics below have been organized in alphabetical order.
ATHLETICS & UHSAA
· Today, the Utah High School Activities Association issued guidance for all UHSAA activities.
· The State Debate Championships, which were scheduled this weekend, have been suspended.
· Starting on Monday, March 16th, all spring activities will be suspended for at least two weeks.
· Athletic practices may still continue at the discretion of each school.
· 2020 is a Census year, and 2020 marks the first time the U.S. Census will be conducted online.
· Our community’s participation in the U.S. Census is crucial and affects the federal funding we receive for our students and schools.
· We had scheduled some time over Spring Break for computer labs at six of our schools to remain open for community members to fill out the Census.
· Unfortunately, we will need to postpone this event over Spring Break. We will communicate with you at a later date if we are able to reschedule.
· If you were scheduled to staff one of the six schools over Spring Break, please take note of this cancellation.
COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS (CLCs)
· Our community learning centers function as essential gathering spaces and provide many important services to our community, including access to medical care.
· Community members visiting our CLCs for any non-medical reasons are being asked to use the entrances marked “Community Learning.”
· Our CLC Intermountain clinics are closely monitoring anyone who enters through the entrances marked “Health and Wellness,” and we want to provide them the space to operate effectively.
· Intermountain has advised that patients who are sick with any fever or upper respiratory symptoms should be screened by telemedicine and should NOT come in person to a clinic.
· The CLC clinics will NOT treat any patients for illnesses with fever or upper respiratory symptoms.
· The Salt Lake City School District will centralize COVID-19 communications efforts to the public via our district website, https://www.slcschools.org/. You can access the district’s COVID-19 page directly at http://coronavirus.slcschools.org/. Please refer families to the website for updates.
· Our website has a translation function in the top left corner. Given that our district families speak more than 80 languages, we want to communicate in a way that will allow as many families as possible to receive information in the language of their choice. Our website is the most efficient way to provide timely updates that can be translated.
· Employees may also receive relevant COVID-19 communication from their supervisors and Human Resource Services.
· We will supplement our website communications to parents and staff by sending information via email, SMS, and voicemail. We will also communicate via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
· To make sure you receive district text messages and voicemail, please opt into our messaging system following these instructions:
o Send a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school district’s short code number, 67587. This will opt you in to receiving important messages from us.
o You can opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with "Stop".
o Rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.
· During the last few months, our custodial crews have increased their efforts to sanitize our schools and buildings throughout the day and to deep clean at night.
· These efforts will be expanded over Spring Break (March 23-27). District employees who are scheduled to work during Spring Break will work remotely that week to allow for a thorough disinfecting of every district building. (More guidance on this topic will come next week.)
· Starting tomorrow, Friday March 13, all school events, including afterschool programs, will need to end by 6pm in order to allow our custodial teams enough time to thoroughly sanitize our buildings each night.
· On March 20, 2020, all schools that have an early release day will not have an Afterschool Program so that custodial staff can get all the schools deep cleaned starting with half day schools and continuing during Spring Break.
· Because COVID-19 can be transmitted through respiratory droplets, we will also work over the next two weeks to change HVAC filters in every one of our buildings.
· The above protocols apply to all district schools, including our district affiliated charter schools (Salt Lake Center for Science Education, Open Classroom, and Salt School for the Performing Arts).
· All school field trips scheduled to take place over the next two weeks will be cancelled.
· In the event that you become ill with flu-like symptoms or upper respiratory symptoms, and if you believe you may have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please do the following:
o Stay home. The best way to prevent the spread of illness is for sick individuals to remain at home.
o Notify your supervisor. Your supervisor will notify the appropriate department head or Network Director, who will then notify Human Resource Services. Please speak with your supervisor if you have questions about sick leave usage.
o Contact your local healthcare provider over the phone or via telemedicine options.
§ Intermountain Connect Care (PEHP Advantage Plan): https://intermountainhealthcare.org/services/urgent-care/connect-care/
§ University of Utah Healthcare Virtual Visits (PEHP Summit Plan): https://healthcare.utah.edu/virtual-care/virtual-visits/
o If you have additional health-related questions, you can also contact the State Coronavirus Hotline at 800-456-7707..
· For student illness involving suspected COVID-19 symptoms, please instruct parents to keep students home and to notify the school as soon as possible.
o If you receive notification that one of your students is home due to COVID-19 symptoms, please notify your supervisor. Your supervisor will contact the appropriate department head or Network Director, who will then notify Human Resource Services and the Superintendent.
· Schools, please be flexible with students who may need to be absent for extended periods of time.
· All large gatherings (over 50 people) in our schools will be suspended until further notice. We received guidance today from Governor Gary Herbert to avoid congregating in large gatherings of more than 100 individuals. The district is taking extra precautions and defining a “large gathering” as any gathering of more than 50 people.
· This includes canceling all evening rentals for non-school affiliated events, effective immediately.
· It also includes postponing school-sponsored evening events such as art nights, concerts, school plays, etc. We hope to be able to reschedule these important events at a later date. Principals, if this affects your school, please communicate this information to your school communities ASAP.
· School conferences (parent teacher conferences, SEP conferences, etc) are also postponed until further notice.
· During the school day, this means the suspension of school assemblies or any other event that gathers more than 100 students in one place at a time.
· Principals, if at all possible, please make changes to stagger lunch and recess times at your school. We understand that especially at some of our larger schools and secondary schools, it will be difficult to restrict student movement throughout the day. But wherever you can limit the number of large gatherings, please work within reasonable parameters to do so.
· Please also remind your teachers to give students adequate time to wash their hands throughout the day, especially after recess and before eating.
· Spring Break will still be held March 23-27. Our schools will be deep cleaned and sanitized during this time and district employees who are scheduled to work during this week will work remotely.
o We will provide additional guidance next week on the protocols for working from home during Spring Break.
· If you plan to travel for Spring Break, please consult the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for the latest travel information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
· State Superintendent Dr. Sydney Dickson said today that new COVID-19 guidance will be issued in two weeks’ time. This timeline coincides with the end of spring break. We will share any new guidance with you via email and via our district website, https://www.slcschools.org/. You can access the district’s COVID-19 page directly at http://coronavirus.slcschools.org/.
· We received guidance today to avoid congregating in large gatherings of more than 100 individuals. The district is defining a “large gathering” as any gathering of more than 50 people. For individuals over the age of 60, or those who are immuno-compromised, the guidance we received today is to avoid gatherings of more than 20 people.
· Supervisors, please be flexible if you have employees who meet either of these two high risk categories. Consider staggering your staff meetings or allowing high risk individuals to participate remotely.
· If high risk employees choose to stay home, they will need to use sick time. Supervisors, please contact Human Resource Services with any questions.
· Under the recommendation of the Salt Lake County Health Department and State Superintendent Dr. Sydney Dickson, all out of state travel for students and staff has been suspended immediately until at least April 15. Depending on any future guidance, travel may be suspended through the end of the school year.
· In-state student travel will be managed on a case by case basis depending on the location, activity, and guidelines from the local health department near the time of travel.
· To minimize exposure to our students, school volunteers (including parents) will be prohibited from our campuses, effective immediately.
· This restriction applies to all schools, including district affiliated charter schools.
Unless noted specifically, the above changes will be in place through the end of Spring Break. We will continue to inform you via our website, https://www.slcschools.org/, and through our other channels mentioned above. Our website will be updated as quickly as possible with any new information.
I want to thank you for your patience, concern, and understanding during this time. We know you are feeling pressure and receiving questions from your students’ families, and we hope our communications will help you stay informed and provide them with guidance so they can make the best decisions for their families. Please continue to encourage your students to use good hygiene practices, including proper handwashing, to help curb the spread of illness in our schools. The situation in our community (and globally) is changing minute by minute, and we will continue to work as quickly as we can to keep you updated with the latest information.
I appreciate everything you are doing to reassure our students and families and to keep our school communities safe.
Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Salt Lake City School District
ELPer Math Team Has Success at State MathCounts Competition
Please congratulate the ELPer Math Team for their success this weekend. They competed in the state MathCounts competition and took first place for the second year running. Many students also took individual awards listed below.
Team: Mingchuan Cheng, Sylvia Kim, Chloe Park, and David Zhang (1st place team)
Chloe Park: 1st place individual, 2nd place countdown
Sylvia Kim: 4th place individual, 5th place countdown
Mingchuan Cheng: 5th place individual, 4th place countdown
David Zhang: 7th place individual, 7th place countdown
Alex Liu: 10th place individual, 10th place countdown
Diya Oommen: 16th place individual
San Lou, Saathvik Pai, and Vishwa Murugappan placed as individuals in the state competition.
The most exciting news is that Chloe Park and Mingchuan Cheng were invited to Utah’s state team and will compete in Orlando, FL at the national competition the second week of May.
Solo & Ensemble Region for A'cappella
Congratulate the following A'cappella members who earned excellent & superior ratings at Solo Ensemble Region Tuesday 3/3: Lydia Barnum, Christianna Fairall, Vivian Marcoux, Zander McFarland & West High Singers- Arianna Meinking, Anika Rao, Alexandra Burnett, Jessa Bastian and Shyanne Buxton. Celebrate 3 out of 8 entries going to State: Spencer Curtis, Stephen Grant & Women's Ensemble- Vivian Marcoux, Mia Chavez, Beth Gibbon, Aleyah Lubbers, Caelen Jones, Rachael Hales, Lydia Barnum & Nancy Mendoza!! Special thanks to student pianists - Livia Zhang, Diya Rao, Rachael Hales, Christine Cui & Tom Zhang
Interested in excusing your student's absence? There is a new form that must be filled out and submitted. Here is the link and you have five days to excuse them: Excusal Form
IB Program Applications
It's time for to apply for the IB (International Baccalaureate) Program for the 2020-2021 school year! Current 8th grade students are strongly encourage to apply now so we can support you and provide additional information throughout your next four years. If you are an interested 9th and 10th grader, we strongly encourage you to apply as well. It's not too late. The application is open until February 21, 2020.
Click here for the online application.
If you have further questions, please see our International Baccalaureate page on this website. Welcome to West!!