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July 3, 2020

Dear Parents,

We know you all have questions about what school is going to look like when students return on August 18th. The state recently released guidelines and requirements for reopening schools for the 2020-21 school year, and our school's COVID Response Team - consisting of teachers, staff, and parents - now is working on our plan. Like every other school in Utah, we don't have all the details finalized yet, but we will soon. What we can tell you is that we're planning on having students come back to the building, that we're going to do everything we can to make it as easy and safe as possible for students and families, and that school is going to look and be different.

As soon as our plan is completed and approved by the sate we'll send it to all Soldier Hollow families and post on our social media channels. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please email me at jamie.bennion@myshcs.org.

Thank you,

Jamie Bennion

March 26, 2020

Dear Soldier Hollow Families,

We hope that all of you are staying healthy and enjoying the extra time you get to spend with your families. Now that we have been informed distant learning will become the “new normal” for another month, we will have another packet pickup tomorrow Friday, March 27th, 2020. Teachers will also be conducting important virtual lessons via Zoom starting next week. Expect an email with more information regarding specific virtual educational schedules from your teacher(s) Teachers and staff have been working very hard to ensure the continuation of education for your child(ren) and we are excited for what lies ahead.

Please pick up your student(s) packet at your appointed time, to provide for social distancing and reduce bottlenecking.  We also ask that only one family representative comes into the school to pick up packets. All materials will be organized by grade in the FRONT ENTRY for parents to locate independently. Unless you have been contacted by a teacher, Middle Schoolers will not need to pick up any more materials.

If the times provided do not work for you please email your classroom teacher to coordinate an alternative time. 

Pick-up Schedule for  Learning Resources:


Last Name Beginning with:

Friday, March 26th

A-C

8:30-9:15

D-K

9:15- 10:00

L-R

10:00-10:45

S-Z

10:45-11:30


Computer Checkout:

Students who need access to a computer at home will be able to check out a device in the front office. Please fill out the computer request form here.

if you would like to borrow a computer. You must also sign a computer loan agreement form and laptop use agreement before taking the laptop.

Please pick up your device during the designated pick-up times listed above. 

Attendance:

We want to remind all students and parents, that school is still very much in session. Teachers and staff have been working very hard to ensure the continuation of education for your child(ren). Attendance will be taken based on students’ participation by their teacher every day. Please notify Sara Syphus with any attendance questions.

Lost and Found:

Lost and found will be placed outside for you to sift through when you are picking up hardcopy materials tomorrow. Any items left will be donated after Friday. 

Yearbook Cover Design Contest Extended:

Please have your student(s) continue to work on their yearbook cover design. 

Deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 2020, digital submission.

Theme: “Why I love Soldier Hollow!” 

Requirements:
Artwork must be a portrait (vertical) design
Original artwork in the medium of your choice
Must include SHCS or sundial logo in the design

I miss seeing all of your student(s). Stay healthy, continue learning and enjoy this unique time. I am so proud to be part of the Soldier Hollow Family. We can do this!!!

Warm Regards,

Jamie Bennion

Director, SHCS

March 23, 2020

Dear Soldier Hollow Families,

As I am sure many of you have already heard, it was announced this afternoon that all public Utah K-12 schools will continue Distant Learning through May 1, 2020. We know that this is a stressful time for many of you and we thank you for your diligence in ensuring that your students continue to learn, stay healthy and adapt to the current situation. 

Soldier Hollow Charter School teachers and staff have been working hard in anticipation of this announcement. Please watch for emails from teachers later this week providing directions for another packet pick up in the front entry of the school. 

If you have any school-related questions, please email communication@myshcs.org. You can also find information on our Facebook and Instagram pages, along with our website. 

For more statewide information, we would encourage you to visit the Utah Coronavirus website. For questions related to K-12 public schools, visit the Utah State Board of Education website.


Warm Regards,
Jamie Bennion
SHCS Director

March 16, 2020

Dear Soldier Hollow Families,

We hope that all of you are staying healthy and safe during this crazy time. Although the halls and classrooms are quiet, we have been working hard to ensure the continuation of education for your child(ren). Parents should expect an email from teachers by the end of Tuesday, March 17th with more specific details about online and distant learning. 

Teachers will continue to finalize the learning modules for your students. If teachers have hardcopy learning activities, parents will be asked to come to the school to collect their students’ materials. Please come at your appointed time, according to the schedule below, to provide for social distancing. All materials will be organized by grade in the FRONT ENTRY for families to locate independently.  

If the times provided do not work for you please email your classroom teacher to coordinate an alternative time.

Pick-up Schedule for  Learning Resources:

Last Name Beginning with:

Wednesday, March 18th

A-C

 8:30-9:15

D-K

9:15- 10:00

L-R

10:00-10:45

S-Z

10:45-11:30

After hour pick-up (anyone)

5:00-6:00


Computer Checkout:

Students who need access to a computer at home will be able to check out a device in the front office. You must sign a computer loan agreement form and laptop use agreement before taking the laptop. Please pick up your device during the designated pick-up times listed above. 

Attendance:

All students will be marked present during this two-week dismissal period.  Please notify Sara Syphus (sara.syphus@myshcs.org) with any attendance questions.


End of Term:

The 3rd Term will end on March 19, 2020, as indicated on our school calendar.  Parent-teacher conferences and report cards will be postponed until further notice.  

The school will continue to utilize our social media and school website to keep you informed of current events. As a school community, we will continue to adapt as events can change daily.  We hope all of our families will remain healthy and positive. If you have additional questions, please email communication@myshcs.org.

“Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.”

Warm Regards,
Jamie Bennion
SHCS Director

March 13, 2020

Soldier Hollow Charter School 
Dismissal Announcement

March 13, 2020

In line with the latest guidance from the Statewide Coronavirus Taskforce, Soldier Hollow Charter School will implement a two-week student dismissal, effective immediately.

Students will be dismissed from daily attendance through March 27, 2020. During this time, they will not report to school but facilities will remain open. Staff will report to work as normal on Monday and Tuesday, using appropriate “social distancing. ”  Then starting on March 18, 2020, school will continue using online and paper modules.

This is NOT a closure. These are preventative measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. This recommendation will continue to be evaluated. Further adjustments could be made with guidance from state and local health officials.

  • On Monday and Tuesday (March 16-17), teachers will be working to prepare instruction to begin on Wednesday, March 18th. You will receive an email from your student's teacher(s) with more specific classroom information and details of assignment distribution.
  • In an effort to remain environmentally friendly, we ask that parents and students who do not have access to technology at home to please fill out the Home Technology Access Form. These students will be provided hard copy learning modules.
  • Students will not be required to come to campus once online and hard copy modules are provided.
  • Our school custodians will complete a thorough cleaning of the school facilities during the two-week dismissal.
  • During the two-week dismissal, Grab and Go Food Options for students currently receiving assistance through the school will be available Wednesday, March 18th from 9-11 a.m. Please let us know if you have additional needs. You can Contact Us at communication@myshcs.org.
  • In an effort to remain informed as a school community, we will be working daily with the Wasatch County Health Department. we also encourage you to self-report symptoms and/or diagnosis to the school.
    Contact Us at communication@myshcs.org.
  • Preschool classes will be canceled during the two-week dismissal.
  • Spring Break will remain as scheduled, April 6-10, 2020.
  • Updates for class trips 4th-8th grade will come from the teachers.

If you have additional questions or comments, please send an email to communications@myshcs.org. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work through the many issues associated with the two-week school dismissal.

March 13, 2020

In response to the 4:00 pm press release from Governor Herbert and the State Superintendent, Sydnee Dickson, regarding COVID-19 within our schools. School will be dismissed as of Monday, March 16, 2020 for two weeks. We are developing a plan for Soldier Hollow Charter School to ensure the education, health, and safety of your children.

Please watch for an update with explicit instructions later today.

Jamie Bennion
Soldier Hollow Charter School Director

March 12, 2020

In matters of public health, Soldier Hollow Charter School follows the recommendations of local and state health officials. Today, March 12th, 2020, the Utah COVID-19 Task Force provided recommendations to limit the spread of the virus for the next two weeks. The task force did not recommend closing schools at this time. 

Steps we are taking to ensure the safety and health of our students and staff

We will be following recommendations provided by the State Superintendent Sydney Dickson in the following ways:

  • Postponing school field trips for the next two weeks.
  • Postponing school gatherings.
  • Staggering recess and lunch.
  • Reducing the number of students at each dismissal location.

Members of the Soldier Hollow Charter School administration and School Board will be working closely with local health authorities to make decisions in the best interest of the school community. We will immediately communicate with parents, patrons, and employees if we receive information that results in changes to our school day. Our website and social media pages will be updated regularly with information about Soldier Hollow Charter School’s response to COVID-19 and related issues.

Soldier Hollow Charter School respects the rights of parents and guardians to decide what is best for the children in their care. We encourage regular attendance of students, but know each family may have extenuating circumstances heightening their concern. Please provide our school director/principal Jamie Bennion with information necessary to clarify changes to your students' regular attendance.

What you should know

According to health authorities, the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those related to seasonal colds or the flu, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While these symptoms on their own should not be cause for alarm, we encourage families to keep sick students at home and to monitor their student's health closely.

It is also important for families to reinforce good hygiene practices at home:

  • Wash your hands often. Encourage children to count to 20 while cleaning between fingers.
  • Avoid shaking hands, especially with those who appear to be ill.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
  • Disinfect surfaces in the home.

Soldier Hollow Charter School's custodian and staff will be increasing their efforts to reduce the risk to students by disinfecting surfaces and high traffic areas throughout the school. Students will be provided daily hygiene instruction by teachers to support the health of our students. If students present symptoms of the common cold or flu, they will be asked to return home.

Decisions regarding the school's approach to COVID-19 will be based on a 3-tiered approach.
Tier 1: Ready - Hygiene preparation
Tier 2: Set - Working with hte local and state Health Department to remain up to date on the spread of COVID-19
Tier 3: Go - Dismissal or Closure of the school based on the local school board's collaborative work with state and local partners to do our part to protect the health and safety of our students, employees, and community

In the event of school closure: School administration and teachers will use a variety of learning formats to provide learning opportunities for all students.

We thank parents, students, and the staff for their support and cooperation as we navigate this recent health concern. If you have additional questions about this, feel free to contact Jamie Bennion.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Wasatch County Information on Coronavirus

Wasatch County Health Department

Information and Guidance on Coronavirus in Utah

What you Should Know about Coronavirus 2019

Information and Resources from the Utah State Board of Education


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