Updated Tuesday, April 14 @ 5:00 pm
Governor Herbert and State Superintendent Dickson announced today that all schools will continue digital home learning for the remainder of the scheduled school year. Murray City School District knows this brings up many questions and concerns for students, parents, and our community.
District and school leaders have been discussing contingency plans for this scenario. Information will be shared with all stakeholders next week. We ask for your patience as we continue to work through a myriad of details and considerations in finishing the year with digital home learning.
Updated Wednesday, April 8 @ 3:30 pm
As you or your students are handling district Chromebook devices, please exercise extra care for them. They are an important tool and link to your student’s education right now. Similar to library books, sports equipment, and other District-owned property, damages resulting in careless use could be subject to additional charges to families. Here’s a short video of how to properly care for your device. If you run into issues with the Chromebook working properly, please reach out to our district support lines at (801) 264-7411 or email@example.com
Self Care and Resources Reminder
It’s important to take time to care for yourself so you can help those around you. And, there are lots of great ways to do it, click here to see a few ways you can self-care.
Additional Resources Reminder
- Indoor Games and Activities to Get Children Moving
- How to Talk to Children About Earthquakes
- Earthquake Preparedness
- Coronavirus Triple Duty: Working, Parenting, And Teaching From Home
- Project Aware: Dealing with Social Distancing
- Utah’s SafeUT App
- Home Schedule for Special Needs Kids
- 5 Things to Know About Helping Your Child with Special Needs from Home
Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year has opened up. Please visit your school’s website to begin registration. Click here to see a list of schools and links to their sites.
For those incoming kindergarten parents who are interested in an all-day kindergarten option, Tuition Based Extended Kindergarten is your option! TBEK offered at Viewmont or Longview in the 2020-2021 school year, here is the link to a form through which you may express interest in our Tuition Based Extended Kindergarten program.
Updated Monday, April 6 @ 3:30 pm
Fourth term has launched. Hopefully, students are re-engaged and off to a great start. As the MCSD has settled into digital home learning we’ve learned, adapted, and kept learning. To this point, we’ve emphasized clear and frequent communication – streamlining and simplifying our connections and messages (internally and publicly). Through it all, we appreciate the patience, unity, and commitment shown by teachers, staff, administrators, students, and parents.
Someone once said, “Communication works for those who work at it.” We will continue to work at it. Communicate with your child’s teacher with concept questions or concerns to get the quickest response; communicate with us at 801-264-7411 if technology isn’t connecting; share your successes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this point, we are going to dial back our daily briefings to twice a week so as to not overwhelm parents. We will still insert important announcements as needed, but our briefings will come out on Mondays and Wednesdays for now. Those will continue to be posted on our website (www.murrayschools.org), on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), and by email (through PeachJar).
But again, two-way communication is critical to success, so please reach out if you have questions or need help. We will do the same.
Updated Sunday, April 5 @ 6:00 pm
Digital Home Learning and Term 4 Start Tomorrow
Elementary school teachers are preparing to begin the final term tomorrow under the same schedule. However, we will be modifying the secondary schools (Hillcrest, Riverview, and Murray High).
For the 4th Term, the focus will be on standards, concepts, and skills that are most critical. This includes limiting class lectures, modeling, reading, and in-class task completion to 45 minutes per class and further giving students seven days to complete all assignments.
Murray High will plan for a maximum of 45 minutes for each A/B class. On Fridays, no new assignments will be given, instead, teachers will focus on interventions, additional instruction, or modeling, and consultation with all students. Teachers will remain available from 9:00 a.m. to – 2:00 p.m. each day.
Riverview and Hillcrest will move to an A/B schedule, Monday-Thursday, with a maximum of 45 minutes for each class. On Fridays, no new assignments, instead offering an opportunity to provide interventions, additional instruction, or modeling, and consultation with all students. Teachers are still expected to be available from 9:00 a.m. to – 2:00 p.m.
Student Placement Requests
Typically, right after Spring Break, Elementary parents are given the option to provide input into the class placement process. Please be patient as we monitor our educational landscape and determine the best method for request submissions. We will communicate out once we have that in place.
Summer Drivers Education
Registration for Summer Drivers Ed, which was to be held on April 8, has been postponed. We will post more information as we have it.
Grades and Communication
Secondary teachers will have third-term grades posted by the end of the day on April 6 through the Aspire system. Elementary teachers will be issuing progress reports for the fourth term through email. We would ask all parents to login to Aspire to please verify that your contact information is current – that includes email addresses and phone numbers. Now more than ever, those lines of communication are important to teachers and district officials to ensure parents and students are aware of notices and other communications.
If you are current in Aspire you should be receiving regular email updates from the District through an application called PeachJar. If you are not, either your email address in Aspire has not been updated OR emails coming from us through PeachJar are landing in your SPAM folder. Simply go to your SPAM folder and identify PeachJar emails as “not spam” so you are in the loop on important announcements – including emergencies.
School Office Schedules
Beginning Monday, April 6, students and parents will need an appointment to access schools. Schools can be reached by calling the main office number or the on-call number posted on the main door of each building between 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You may also email the school principal to set up an appointment to access the school. All buildings will be locked but school administrators will be available in their buildings by appointment.
District Office Schedule and Technical Support
In keeping with Salt Lake County’s advisory to stay safe and stay home we are modifying our District Office schedule beginning April 6 and continuing at least until April 17, which is as follows:
- Daily District Office hours are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Daily Technology support hours are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Daily Teacher hours are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm to present material, provide assignments, and answer questions.
- Chromebook repair and replacement are by appointment only. Contact District technical support to arrange that at (801) 264-7411 or email@example.com
Grab and Go Lunch and Breakfast Resumes Tomorrow
Our school lunch program resumes operation from 11:30 am – to 12:30 pm on April 6. A grab-and-go lunch and breakfast for the next day are free to ALL children 0-18 years.
We will be streamlining our meal service and will not be offering a grab-and-go meal service at Murray High School or Riverview Junior High School. Those picking up a meal at Murray High School should do so at Hillcrest Junior High School or their closest elementary school. Those picking up a meal at Riverview Junior High School should do so at Viewmont Elementary. And, we will be adding grab-and-go meal service at Hunters Woods.
Please remember social distancing guidelines of six feet when picking up meals. Also, our fields are still accessible to members of the same household who are not in a group larger than 10.