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Relationships Matter: New Social-Emotional Learning Program Proposed for CSD High Schools

If it wasn’t clear before, then the era of COVID-19 has made it certain:  Students who are overwhelmed by social or academic pressures — or feel like a nameless face in the crowd in the hallways of the school — are not likely to reach their fullest potential. 

To the end of helping students navigate modern pressures and develop character traits that are crucial for success in life and school,  Canyons District put into place the acclaimed “Second Steps” social-emotional learning curriculum in elementary and middle schools. 

Now, the District is moving toward implementing an acclaimed SEL curriculum in its high schools. 

Under consideration by the Canyons Board of Education is “School-Connect — Optimizing the High School Experience,” which would be part of CSD’s multi-pronged approach to wellness.

The curriculum, officials say, aims to improve teen social, emotional, and academic skills, and strengthen relationships among students and between students and teachers. Now more than ever it is vital that all students are taught skills that, according to research, are vital for success in the classroom and beyond. This includes self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.

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CSD Powers Up Tech-Delivered Learning Options with New Canyons Online

Canyons is powering up its personalized-learning options with the pending launch of Canyons Online, technology-driven educational initiative recently approved by the Canyons Board of Education.

Starting in fall 2021, Canyons Online will be the CSD program through which high-quality online classes will be provided to third- through 12th-grade students. Licensed teachers with advanced training in the best digital teaching and learning practices will lead classes in core subjects.

“Canyons Online will really offer us the opportunity to act on Canyons District’s principle of innovation,” said Canyons Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins. “Families will have more choice and flexibility in customizing what is best for their students.”

Parents and students interested in the choice and flexibility provided by Canyons Online are invited to learn more about the program at two Information Nights. The events will be Wednesday, April 14 and Thursday, April 15, 2021, in the Canyons Center of the Canyons District Office, 9361 S. 300 East. Both events, which also will be livestreamed, will be 6-7:30 p.m.

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Mask Update

The Utah Legislature passed House Bill 294 in March. Most people are familiar with the part of the bill that says the state can no longer require masks in most public places after April 10. 

But the mask requirement stays in place for K-12 schools until June 15. Local officials, like a school board or county council, do NOT have the legal authority to end the mask requirement in schools before this date. Public health officials asked the Legislature (and the Legislature agreed) to keep a mask requirement in place for the following reasons:

1.  No vaccine is currently authorized for anyone younger than 16.
2.  Not every adult in the school setting has been vaccinated.
3.  Children can get sick from COVID and have long-term effects.
4.  Children can get COVID, not feel sick, and transmit the illness to people at home who aren’t vaccinated yet.

Schools are planning in-person proms, activities, and graduations, which can only happen if we continue to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Wearing masks is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We should continue wearing masks until more people have a chance to get vaccinated, including children and teens. School districts should continue to work with their local health departments to ensure the health and safety of all of Utah’s school-aged children.

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