A message from Assistant Superintendent Lori Rasmussen:
A Message to Our Students
Dear Weber School District Students,
You are living in remarkable times. Never has the world seen the likes of these current events. Here in Utah we have experienced not only the fallout of the Coronavirus but an earthquake as well. You have experienced all kinds of events this last month. "Social Distancing" has become an all too familiar phrase. The NBA season and March Madness were cancelled. Your traditional events have been cancelled. Even school has been dismissed until May 1st. Your world changed overnight.
Through all of this, one thing became clear; you are brave, you are strong! You have the opportunity to find the good, even in very difficult times. You are finding ways to come together in today's world. We have heard of amazing acts of kindness and humanity across our community. Whether it is posting positive messages through social media and hashtags, sharing positive thoughts through sidewalk chalk drawings, checking in on friends and loved ones digitally, even communicating the old fashioned way of writing a letter to someone to let them know that you are thinking of them and that you care about them and appreciate their soul.
It seems that in this crisis, many of us are realizing that we took some things for granted. I know that I did. I took for granted being able to hug my grandkids tight. I took for granted going to eat with dear friends and sharing those precious moments. I have heard from many of you that you even took school for granted. School is much more than a place of learning. It is a place of connection and a place of humanity. We want you to know we miss you dearly. We feel for you.
The good news is that this crisis will soon be over. We will have those opportunities to connect, to reach out to those you may have missed, to take chances, to dance like nobody's watching, and to live the life you deserve. Out of all of this, the greater good will prevail and we will be stronger than ever. Please take care of yourselves at this time and stay safe. See you soon!
In an effort to support families during the “soft closure” of schools, Weber School District will be providing "Grab and Go Meals" for breakfast and lunch at federally approved schools. All Weber School District students 18 years of age and under are eligible to pick up a free meal at the following schools:
|Lakeview Elementary||Municipal Elementary|
|North Park Elementary||Roosevelt Elementary|
|Washington Terrace Elementary||Burch Creek Elementary|
|Valley View Elementary||Green Acres Elementary|
|Riverdale Elementary||Roy Elementary|
In order to serve “Grab and Go” meals to even more families throughout the district, 10 additional satellite sites have been identified. Students 18 years of age and under can pick up breakfast and lunch at these sites free of charge.
|Fremont High||Weber High|
|Snow Crest Jr.||Rocky Mountain Jr.|
|Wahlquist Jr.||Kanesville Elementary|
|West Weber Elementary||Hooper Elementary|
|Uintah Elementary||Majestic Elementary|
Beginning Wednesday, March 18 - Breakfast 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Lunch 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Because our breakfast and lunch serving times run back to back, a student could pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time.
Weber School District
ALL KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP MEETINGS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
The Weber School District has scheduled spring Round-up/Registration for next year’s Kindergarten students. The parent and the child should both attend the Round-up/Registration session. This session will last approximately one hour. Any child whose fifth birthday falls before September 2, 2020 may enter Kindergarten at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
Kindergarten Round-Up/Registration Dates ---- 2020-2021
|Bates||Wednesday, April 8, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Burch Creek||Wednesday, March 25, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Country View||Wednesday, March 25, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Farr West||Wednesday, April 15, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Freedom||Wednesday, April 8, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Green Acres||Wednesday, March 25, 2020||POSTPONED|
|H. Guy Child||Wednesday, April 8, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Hooper||Wednesday, March 25, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Kanesville||Wednesday, March 25, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Lakeview||Wednesday, April 8, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Lomond View||Wednesday, April 15, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Majestic||Wednesday, March 11, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Midland||Wednesday, March 25, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Municipal||Wednesday, April 15, 2020||POSTPONED|
|North Ogden||Wednesday, April 22, 2020||POSTPONED|
|North Park||Wednesday, April 8, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Orchard Springs||Wednesday, April 8, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Pioneer||Wednesday, April 8, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Plain City||Wednesday, March 25, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Riverdale||Wednesday, March 25, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Roosevelt||Wednesday, April 8, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Roy||Wednesday, April 15, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Silver Ridge||Wednesday, April 8, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Uintah||Wednesday, April 15, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Valley||Wednesday, April 22, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Valley View||Wednesday, March 25, 2020||POSTPONED|
|Washington Terrace||Wednesday, March 25, 2020||POSTPONED|
|West Haven||Wednesday, March 25, 2020||POSTPONED|
|West Weber||Wednesday, March 25, 2020||POSTPONED||
****In addition to the Round-up, there will be fall appointments scheduled for the individual child and parents to meet their teacher. These appointments, based on registration materials received, will be mailed to each home in August.
Weber School District needs a student registration form, proof of residency, a birth certificate (bearing a seal) and a dental and physical examination (both are recommended but are optional). The State requires proof of immunization for all children entering Kindergarten.
These documents may be handed in at the Round-up/Registration. All documents are due before the child can attend school in the fall.
What is catastrophic leave?
Catastrophic leave is available to classified employees when the employee or a member of his/her family experiences a catastrophe and the employee has exhausted all available leave. Under NAC 284.575, a catastrophe is defined as a period of disability requiring a lengthy convalescence which an attending physician expects to exceed 10 consecutive weeks. A catastrophe may also involve a condition which is diagnosed by a physician as creating a substantial risk of death.
This afternoon Governor Gary Herbert initiated a "soft closure" on all K-12 public and charter schools for the next two weeks (beginning Monday, March 16, 2020). The governor explained that his intent in issuing this unprecedented move was to prevent potential community spread of the coronavirus. His emphasis was on "social distancing," or the elimination of large group gatherings. I want to emphasize that there have been no cases of the covid-19 virus identified in the Weber School District at this point.
Next week our teachers will spend Monday and Tuesday preparing for a short-term, on-line delivery of curriculum for students. Teachers will be preparing a modified home learning experience—one that permits students to continue engaging in meaningful study from home. No students should attend school on Monday, March 16th or Tuesday, March 17th.
Beginning Wednesday, March 18th, a modified home study plan will be made available to your student(s). Teachers will communicate specific information regarding that modified home study plan. As much as possible, over the two-week school "soft closure" period, students should not be at school. In order to adhere to the governor’s request, students should practice social distancing and learn from home.
Our teachers and staff will spend limited time in the schools during this two-week period. However, teachers will primarily be preparing and uploading learning material that students can access from home. In those rare instances where students cannot access the internet at home or may not have a computer available, they can come to the school between the hours of 8:30 a.m. thru 12:00 noon.
During this two-week "soft closure" of schools, buses will not be running. However, we will make available a "Grab and Go" sack lunch that students can pick up from their school. Those schools that provide breakfast will provide a "Grab and Go" morning meal as well. Specific information on school meals during the two-week "soft closure" period will be provided next week.
Through this two-week period, all extra-curricular activities and athletic events will be suspended. This includes practices. The suspension of athletic games and practices is statewide. Finally, please note that the spring break will remain as scheduled (March 30 – April 3).
We recognize that we are in uncharted territory. Because of that we understand that there will be questions not addressed in this brief message. Additional questions should be directed to your school principal. I will be working closely with our principals throughout this unique period. These are remarkable times requiring extraordinary adjustments and sacrifices by all. And, it’s all being done at the request of the governor and for the sake of public health and safety. We are grateful for your understanding and express our deepest appreciation for all you do to support our schools.
Dr. Jeff Stephens
Weber School District
We would like to share two websites that will give you accurate information regarding the current situation, and accurate information about what we know about COVID-19. As we know, this is an evolving situation, and we will trust the scientists who are working to control this outbreak as we move forward.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Coronavirus Task Force are recommending that gatherings of more than 100 people be canceled in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. In response to this -- and with the safety of our students and staff and that of their families in mind -- Weber School District is temporarily canceling all extracurricular activities, including but not limited to those involving athletics, groups, clubs, and dances. State officials are also recommending that people stay home if they are showing any symptoms, and that individuals over sixty as well as individuals who are immunocompromised avoid gatherings of more than twenty people.
Weber School District is committed to the safety of our students and their families, as well as that of our faculty and staff.
A message from Assistant Superintendent Art Hansen:
In the fall of 2007, this year's Weber School District graduates entered their first kindergarten class. In just two months, these same students will be walking across the stage during their graduation commencement ceremonies. It has been our mission to provide them with educational experiences which motivate each student to become a lifelong learner, develop academic and personal potential, and to be prepared to enter the workforce with the necessary skills. Our focus has been on the whole child and ensuring that they have been safe, supported, engaged, and challenged throughout their journey.
In May of 2019, the Utah State Board of Education released a statewide model (Portrait of a Graduate), that identifies ideal characteristics of a Utah graduate after going through the K-12 system. They call it Utah Talent MAP. MAP stands for Mastery – the ability to demonstrate knowledge and skill proficiency; Autonomy – having self-confidence and motivation to think and act independently; and Purpose – guides life decisions, influences behavior, shapes goals, offers a sense of direction, and creates meaning. Board Member Laura Belnap stated, "The Portrait of a Graduate is about creating a holistic view of what we expect from students in Utah."
The Board has identified key characteristics that begin in the home and should be cultivated in our educational settings. A list of these characteristics can be found on their website. We welcome this whole-child approach following a time where testing and accountability seemed to be the focus, rather than a more child-centered approach. Through the testing and accountability model, Weber School District maintained its vision focusing on the whole child. We have called it the "Weber Way."
We look forward to celebrating with our Class of 2020 this May. They have demonstrated tremendous growth, and we are confident that they are ready to take the next step in contributing to the greater society.
A message from Superintendent Jeff Stephens:
On March 4, 1895, exactly 125 years ago next month, a Constitutional Convention was assembled in Salt Lake City in preparation for the Utah Territory to officially become a state. The convention was composed of 107 delegates and lasted 66 days. The work of these delegates over the next two months was historic. The result was uniquely Utahn. One distinctive element of our Utah Constitution was a dedicated revenue stream to fund schools: "All revenue from a tax on income shall be used to support the systems of public and higher education" (See Utah Constitution Section XIII; Section 5). The framers of our state constitution recognized the great benefits of public and higher education—even guaranteeing an ongoing revenue source to perpetually fund schools.
During the 2020 Legislative session, there is discussion about that constitutional guarantee for public and higher education. This has led me to review other early state documents. It's impressive to see the wisdom and forethought of those who helped lay the foundation for a society that we enjoy today. John Adams, for example, drafted the 1780 Constitution of Massachusetts. In that document, Adams highlighted the value of education by directing that public schools should be supported in every town and that a university should be established at Cambridge. Adams elaborated by saying, "Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties would depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education." John Adams knew the tremendous importance of both public and higher education!
A lesser known, but equally significant document was the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, opening the area which today represents Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. The person most responsible for not only drafting, but ensuring the successful passage of the Northwest Ordinance was Manasseh Cutler. In addition to a list of protected rights, the Northwest Ordinance added two critical elements—the prohibition of slavery and a guarantee for public education. When one considers that the Northwest Ordinance was written in 1787, that is quite extraordinary! Regarding public education, the Northwest Ordinance stated, "Knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, Schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." Manasseh Cutler, like John Adams before him, placed a high value on education; however, he also recognized that education also played an essential role in our happiness.
I hope as lawmakers contemplate constitutional language that has served Utah well for 125 years, they will approach the matter with equal wisdom, vision and foresight.