Next update will be posted Monday, March 23 @ 3:00-4:00 pm

Update for Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

School Breakfast to Start Monday

We received approval from the State Board of Education to begin school breakfast distribution on Monday, March 23. Breakfast will mirror how we are distributing grab-and-go school lunches. Each day between 11:30 and 12:30 students are able to pick up a sack lunch from their respective school, plus two additional locations in Fireclay and Frontgate. Beginning Monday, those students will also be able to pick up a breakfast sack that can be used the following day. 

Teacher Work Day on March 27

MCSD has designated that March 27 will be a teacher workday, and thus the end of the academic term will be March 26. That means that there will be no Digital Home Learning programming for students on March 27. 

And, just as a reminder, the following week is MCSD’s Spring Break and there will be no Digital Home Learning that week as well. At this point, we have not been given direction from the State on a date when schools will resume following this dismissal or soft closure period. As we learn more we will help reinforce information they share publicly about that to parents and students.

Last Day for Chromebook Distribution

Chromebooks are still available for parent/student pickup at the District Office between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. However, the last day for open pickup will be Wednesday, March 25. After that, we ask that parents contact the District to make arrangements individually.

WiFi Connectivity Options

For those parents who do not have wifi access at home for their students, there are a number of potential solutions, but we encourage you to take advantage of the Comcast Internet Essentials option at $9.95 per month. Click here to get the details (English and Spanish): https://bit.ly/ISComcast

If you are using your cellular data plan as a hotspot and run out of data, contact your provider. The FCC has asked mobile providers to remove their data caps and overage fees to help with the COVID-19 situation.

SafeUT

SafeUT is still available as a resource for students and parents during this stressful time.  SafeUT has master’s level clinicians available to chat or call 24/7/365. Please visit the SafeUT app or safeut.med.utah.edu for more information.  

Library Books

Students will not incur library fines while schools are doing digital learning day.  Library books will be due on the day school resumes. Fines assessed before March 13 are still in place, but have not grown.  Future updates/adjustments will be communicated as things unfold in the coming days/weeks.

Update for Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 3:30 pm

Everything Resumes Where We Left Off

Yesterday’s earthquake certainly made an impact on Wednesday’s Digital Home Learning programming. All at-home learning activities and our school lunch program had to be canceled for the day to assess damages and protect the safety of our personnel.

However, today we got back on track and for now, will continue our plan for Digital Home Learning. It was mentioned in an earlier update that March 27 is the final day of the term and that hasn’t changed. So please encourage and work with your students to stay on-task with their learning and communicating with teachers to ensure you are on the same page

School lunch also resumed today at each of the 10 schools, plus the Fireclay and Frontgate drop sites. That will continue from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm each day. 

Parenthetically, yesterday was also a valuable reminder to prepare for earthquakes and we encourage everyone to visit shakeout.org – Utah’s official earthquake preparedness website – to pick up some useful tips.

District Office is Open for Chromebook Distribution 

For students who have not received their Chromebook, parents may visit the District Office between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm each day. We are practicing social distancing in this endeavor by only allowing five visitors at a time into the District Office. If we get particularly busy we may invite you to wait outside so please be patient.

Keeping the District Team Together 

In that MCSD is following social distancing advisories, some of you may be wondering how we are handling this on our end. Prior to our official school dismissal on March 12, most of our staff relied heavily on close day-to-day interaction with each other, students, and parents.

But, as with our students, district and school staff are conducting most communication electronically using platforms such as Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) and Zoom video conferencing. But we are also in close contact over traditional email and phone, texting and group texting. Thankfully, modern digital communication tools are collaborative, simple, and effective.

Beyond using technology to conduct daily operations, most of our support staff are fully engaged in serving students in different ways. Some are tackling maintenance projects that are invaluable to the District’s facility and transportation assets. And, most are also participating in additional training to sharpen and enhance their capacity to serve students.

Our social worker team continues to provide one-to-one support electronically but are also compiling resources for parents and students to help them manage stress. As another example, School crossing guards are still working at their locations during the daily lunch period, protecting students and parents from dangerous traffic situations as they pick up their grab-and-go lunches.

We are learning as we go, but we are also finding there are ample opportunities for district personnel to help families navigate this very unique time in history.

Update for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

District Office Sanitized: Today, the District Office was largely vacated due to the earthquake. During that time, a staff member was able to go through and sanitize it. As the District Office has remained open during the dismissal, we felt it important to continue to minimize any risks to staff and visitors.

Earthquake Damage Report: Our maintenance staff has conducted a thorough inspection of District buildings and report very little or no damage.

Digital Home Learning: As of right now, we will resume our Digital Home Learning program tomorrow, Thursday, March 19. Obviously plans can change quickly, but we will alert parents and students of any change to that schedule by our channels of communication (website, email, phones, and social media). And, just to reiterate, we did cancel ALL Digital Home Learning activities for TODAY, following the earthquake.

School Lunch: Again, as of right now, school lunch will also resume operations tomorrow, Thursday, March 19 at all of the schools. It’s worth repeating the information we have shared the last two days regarding school lunch, so here are those details:

  • Our school lunch program will continue from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm each day (12:30 pm is a hard stop so please arrive early).
  • Meals served at these previously designated high-need schools will be free to ALL children 0-18 years: Parkside Elementary School, Horizon Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School, Viewmont Elementary School, Hillcrest Jr. High School, Fireclay (162 W. 4490 S.), and Frontgate (4623 S. Urban Way).
  • Meals provided at the schools listed below are per student eligibility. Student lunch ID numbers will be required at pickup: Grant Elementary School, Longview Elementary School, McMillan Elementary School, Riverview Jr. High School, and Murray High School.
  • We are awaiting approval from the USDA on permission to offer a grab-and-go breakfast option and will let you know when that is ready to go.
  • School crossing guards will be onsite to assist with the safety of those picking up lunches.
  • Click here to read our UPDATED official disclosure of food service provided.

Internet/Technology Performance: We mentioned in yesterday’s daily briefing that we were addressing performance issues with Canvas and other software. Since that time, our IT team has been able to add capacity to our filtering software that should help improve technology performance issues. However, please keep us posted as you encounter issues so that they can be addressed. We hope you will continue to be patient as we optimize our systems.

Chromebook Pickup: We will resume Chromebook pickup for those families who have not done so previously between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm at the District Office. However, in keeping with social distancing guidelines, we will only allow five visitors into the building at one time, so we ask for your patience in waiting outside or in your cars until invited in. We will watch carefully to ensure this proceeds as efficiently as possible.

How to talk to Kids About Earthquakes: We are providing some resources today from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network that you may consider using on how to talk to children about earthquakes. We recognize this is a very challenging time for all of us. Communication is important, so please consider these resources.

Update for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 3:30 pm

PeachJar and Daily Briefings: MCSD received notice from our email partner, PeachJar, that they will allow our district emails to go out within one hour of us sending them. Previously, email sending took 24 hours to complete. As such, we will begin using PeachJar to email these daily briefs we had previously been sending through our Aspire software. We will continue to send non-school informational flyers out through PeachJar but will send those on Fridays to ensure you are mostly receiving our important updates.

Technology Issues: We have nearly resolved all wifi provider access issues and hope to close the loop on this very soon. In terms of software, we are aware of some performance issues with Canvas in particular and are working to improve the performance through the vendor and on our side of the system. If you are having an issue using Canvas, the best practice is to close the application, take a break (10-15 minutes), then re-attempt. Parents without wifi should contact the District Hotline 801-264-7411.

Chromebook Pickup: Chromebooks that have not been picked up are still available at the District Office between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm each day.

Teacher and District Academic and Technical Support: While district and teacher support hours are specific, and during the day, parents and students are encouraged to communicate electronically with their teachers or district technology support staff during off-hours so that issues can be addressed right away.  Teachers are available from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm  Please be aware that you may not hear from them immediately as they are working with many students but they will get back to you.  Questions that come in after 2 p.m. will be answered the following school day.

High School Specific – Making Up U’s (Unsatisfactory Grades): One method for making up “U” grades has been to perform community volunteer work at various agencies. At this time we are discouraging this method as a way to make up “U” grades and are exploring alternative options. This is to ensure we are aligning with social distancing public health advisories.

School Lunch and Breakfast Program

[This is to reiterate and add to our message from yesterday]

  • Our school lunch program will continue from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm each day (12:30 pm is a hard stop so please arrive early).
  • Meals served at these previously designated high-need schools will be free to ALL children 0-18 years: Parkside Elementary School, Horizon Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School, Viewmont Elementary School, Hillcrest Jr. High School, Fireclay (162 W. 4490 S.), and Frontgate (4623 S. Urban Way).
  • Meals provided at the schools listed below are per student eligibility. Student lunch ID numbers will be required at pickup: Grant Elementary School, Longview Elementary School, McMillan Elementary School, Riverview Jr. High School, and Murray High School.
  • We are awaiting approval from the USDA on permission to offer a grab-and-go breakfast option and will let you know when that is ready to go.
  • School crossing guards will be onsite to assist with the safety of those picking up lunches.
  • Click here to read our UPDATED official disclosure of food service provided.

 Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) Updates:

  • ECEC is creating some Digital Home Learning opportunities to share with parents, including some play-based activities, with an emphasis on simple, fun, developmentally-appropriate activities based on educational domains for Early Childhood Education.
  • Please log in to Aspire and ensure your email address is updated, as we will use that as our ongoing contact with parents.
  • ECEC is also responsive to parent requests for materials and other questions, Contact Kaydee to arrange a pick-up or drop-off of these materials between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • At this time, ECEC is moving forward with the processing of all March tuition payments (if applicable).

Update for Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 3:30 pm

Online Participation is Important: We want to make sure it’s clear that while the venue is different, Digital Home Learning is considered a normal school day. Students are expected to login and participate. Grades will be issued on March 27 as was planned prior to the school dismissal. 

Support Issues:

  • Parents and students who need academic support: assignments, class materials, grades, etc. – please contact your individual teachers. 
  • Parents and students who need technical support: Chromebook issues, software issues, connectivity issues – please contact the District Office technical support team at (801) 264-7411 or by email at dldhotline@murrayschools.org

Chromebook Pickup: Chromebook devices can still be picked up at the District Office for Grades 1-6, from school lockers for Grades 7-12 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. Kindergarten parents can pick up Chromebooks from the District Office beginning Tuesday, March 17 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. 

Material Pickup at the Schools: Parents and students who need to pick up materials from the school and/or locker must call ahead to the school to arrange that pickup between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. We also ask that you put strict limits on visits to school buildings. Plan ahead what you might need so that we can limit in-person contact. 

No On-Site or Off-Site Group Meetings: Onsite meetings are not allowed at MCSD schools. We also ask that parents and students resist meeting together in clusters with other parents and students off-site. It’s important that we remain vigilant and consistent with social distancing practices. There are many tools available to meet and discuss things digitally. 

Social Work Support: School social workers have adapted their plans to meet with students online only, not in person.

School Lunch Program

  • Our school lunch program will continue from 11:30 to 12:30 each day (12:30 is a hard stop so please arrive early). 
  • Meals served at these previously designated high-need schools will be free to ALL children 0-18 years: Parkside Elementary School, Horizon Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School, Viewmont Elementary School, Hillcrest Jr. High School, Fireclay (162 W. 4490 S.), and Frontgate (4623 S. Urban Way). 
  • Meals provided at the schools listed below are per student eligibility. Student lunch ID numbers will be required at pickup: Grant Elementary School, Longview Elementary School, McMillan Elementary School, Riverview Jr. High School, and Murray High School.
  • Click here to read our UPDATED official disclosure of food service provided.
  • We are also exploring school breakfast deployment and hope to offer more information about that in the coming days.