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Skylert: End of 2nd Quarter, Pre-Registration

Welcome back from winter break! Everyone looked a bit sleepy today, which was hopefully due to all of the rest you got over the break. Please remember that the 2nd quarter ends next Friday, January 15th. Please ensure you have all requisite work turned in early so that you avoid any surprises.

Memory Books

Memory Books ordered from now until April 1, 2021 are $25. Memory Books ordered after April 1,2021 will be $30. Memory books can be ordered in Skyward under the fees sections. If you have questions please contact Mrs. Whitney in the main office. We have switched to a different vendor this year to hopefully ensure they are here in a timely manner.

Pre-Registration

It’s time to start planning for next school year, and pre-registration for classes will open on February 1st. We are moving to an online registration system this year, and you will have two weeks to make and adjust your requests. That process will also include class summaries, prerequisites, and everything else you’ll need to tell us what you want for next year, since a registration night in-person at the school won’t be an option. Once we have that, we’ll work to staff our school according to your requests. This makes it doubly important that you get us your preferences, as it’s much harder to accommodate once the schedule has been built and staffing decisions have been made. More information on registration will come in the Skylert and on our website as we get closer.

Permits

The initial permit window has now closed, and only permits submitted before January 1st will be entered into the lottery. From there, permits will be awarded according to the established waiting list. Unfortunately we do not anticipate having space for many, if any, permits this year.

COVID Updates

Case counts are set to zero per state guidelines after a 2-week break. Positive cases are still reported, and community spread appears to be relatively high based on the number of students and staff currently positive, even though none of them have been in the school while positive due to the break. In short, it’s been a long haul, but now is not the time to get complacent.

In better news, quarantines in school will now only occur for situations where one or both students was NOT wearing a mask. This means primarily only lunchroom exposures or situations where we know a student was not wearing a mask. Quarantines from non-masked exposure are for 7 days with a negative test administered on the 7th day, or 10 days without a test.

The governor also announced that districts can adopt a test-to-stay policy in order to avoid shifting to online learning, but such a policy must be adopted by a school board to go into effect. There has not been an opportunity since the announcement for the board to discuss such a policy, meaning we will still be held to the 15 active cases or 1% threshold for the time being for a shift to online learning.

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2nd Quarter Virtual/In-Person Changes

What follows was sent to parents by the Jordan School District regarding format change requests for 2nd quarter from in-person to virtual and vice versa. Please note that a request does not guarantee the change will occur, as open seats across the district are very limited.


Due to minimal availability in both virtual and in-person courses, virtual and in-person placement changes will be limited.

If you would still like to request a potential change for 2nd quarter, please complete the Quarter 2 Virtual/In-Person Change form. Even if you have already been added to a wait-list at your local school, you will still need to complete the form.

The Quarter 2 Virtual/In-Person Change form must be completed by Tuesday, October 6th at midnight to be considered for a possible change to your student’s 2nd Quarter virtual or in-person placement.  This deadline can not be extended.  Only complete this form if you are requesting to change your student’s current online schedule to an in-person schedule and vice-versa.  A separate form is required for each student.  

Skyward instructions:

You will need to log in to Skyward Family Access in a web browser.  This form does not work in the mobile version of Skyward.  If you need assistance with your Skyward login and password, please contact your school.  Once logged in, select the link for “Online Forms” in the tabs on the left.  Select the student for whom you want to submit a request. There are two steps that need to be completed.  On step 2, you must select “Submit Term 2 Learning Option” to complete the form.   You will receive a confirmation email after you have completed the form.  If you do not receive this email, please contact your school.  

 *** (The drop down options here are:  1)  Online to In-Person, 2) In-Person to Online, 3) Partial In-Person & Online)

As the parent/guardian of the student for which this form has been completed, I acknowledge that my student will participate in the option selected for the duration of 2nd Quarter, upon approval of this request.  I understand that completion of this form does not guarantee approval of this request.  Approval is based on space availability for both in-person and virtual classes. 

*** Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement:   (Yes)

Your request for term 2 has been completed for this student.  Completion of this request does not guarantee approval of the request.  Approval is based on space availability for both in-person and virtual classes.  If you request option 3, you must email your school counselor which courses your student wants to take, either in-person or virtually.  If your request has been approved, you will be contacted by your student’s school counselor.  Once committed to in-person or virtual learning, your student must continue with that selection for the duration of 2nd quarter.

*** These sections will be the drop down menu options in the skyward form. 

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Skylert: First Day Reminders

Just a few last-minute reminders and answers to common questions for everyone:

Start Dates and First Day Information

School starts for 7th graders on Monday from 7:50 – 11:50 am. School starts for 8th and 9th graders (and continues for 7th graders) on Tuesday from 7:50 am – 2:50 pm. A schedule for which lunch you have can be found here, and will be reviewed on your first day before lunch.

Maps of the school will be given to students who need one as they arrive. For security reasons, we are not allowed to post them online or send them out via Skylert. We’ll also have adults on hand to help students find their classes.

If your student arrives at school prior to 7:30 am, they will need to wait outside. After 7:30 am, they can go to the cafeteria, or to their 1st period class. Students should not linger in the hallway and will be encouraged to head straight to the cafeteria or a classroom.

Schedules

Schedules should be reviewed today or tomorrow before coming to school. They may have changed since you last looked at them. If your schedule has an issue, please use email to contact a counselor. This greatly speeds up the process. Please do not come in to meet with the counselor unless they request it. Your student should attend the scheduled classes while the issue is sorted out. You can download the Skyward app to review your schedule and much more on the go.

Online/Virtual Courses

If you are taking online courses, please be patient as we get things off the ground. You may be taking a class from a teacher at another school in the district. If you are taking a virtual ALPS, DLI, or AP course, you will be participating in the in-person course through virtual means. We have plans to maximize your involvement, but it will take a bit to hone the process.

Chromebooks

Chromebooks for online students can be picked up Monday from 12:00 – 2:50 pm. Students taking any in-person classes will get their Chromebooks on Tuesday during 1st period. You cannot get a Chromebook if you have not completed Skyward registration.

Masks

Per the Utah Department of Health and the governor’s office, masks are required in all Utah schools. All exemptions require a completed and verified mask exemption form, which can be found at movingforward.jordandistrict.org. This FAQ was just released last week, and provides more specifics on many of the most common questions.

While masks are not required when outside, please remember that is only the case when you can stay 6 feet from others. If you’re outside and within 6 feet, you still need a mask. This applies to eating and drinking as well. The mask should only come off for eating and drinking when you can be at least 6 feet from others.

Checking Out Your Student, Confirming Absences via Skyward

Students can now be checked in and out via Skyward. Visit the main page of our school website for instructions. You are now also able to guardian excuse absences without calling in. If you are checking out your student, enter the attendance via Skyward (via app or website), bring in your ID when you arrive, and then wait in your car for your student. It should speed up the process greatly, as well as require less time in the building for you as a parent.

Safety

We have worked closely with the state, district, and other schools to develop a safety plan. That plan can be found here, as well as on our website. Our priorities as we start school again will be to keep students spread out, masks on, and be kind to each other. We couldn’t be more excited to be back, and we want to stay in school. Right now, this is the best way to do it.

Quarantine FAQ’s

Each positive COVID-19 case will be reviewed in cooperation with the health department. Currently, if you are within 6 feet of someone who tests positive for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more within 48 hours of them testing positive or showing symptoms, you will be required to stay home for 14 days (10 school days). A negative test result does not shorten that timeframe, and face masks, plexiglass, and other factors do not change those numbers. If you go home sick with COVID-like symptoms, you will likewise be required to stay home for 10 days from symptom onset and go 24 hours without a fever before returning to school regardless of whether or not you decide to be tested. More on this Salt Lake County requirement can be found here. If a student is working from home during quarantine, we will do everything possible to ensure they are able to participate as fully as possible while they are at home.

Back-to-School Videos

Now that schedules are mostly finalized, you may want to revisit our back-to-school videos. They can be found here.

One Last Thing

Being a Wapiti means being safe, being kind, and being responsible. This mindset is what we try to instill in our students, and we hope that as we launch this adventure together, we can continue to enjoy working with a community that is likewise safe, kind, and responsible. Thank you for all that you do. We truly couldn’t do it without you. Please be patient if things take a little longer, and as we hit bumps along the way.

It’s a great day to be a Wapiti!

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Calculators & Math Supplies

Dear Parents and Guardians

Back-to-school sales are in full swing. It might be a good idea to get a jumpstart on other shoppers and get your student a calculator and math supplies while they are still in stock.  

We suggest students have the following for all math classes at Elk Ridge Middle School:

– Three ring binder 

– Lots of pencils (We learn from our mistakes!)

– Loose leaf paper

– Earbuds (to use when watching lesson videos)

– Calculator (see below)

We strongly recommend that each student have their own calculator to assist with practice assignments and to reduce the number of items that are shared in class. Here are links showing the calculators that are used in each class:

Math 8, Sec. 1, & Sec, 2 Calculator    (These classes start using calculators the first week of school.)

Math 7 Calculator   (Math 7 does not use calculators until 2nd quarter, but they are cheaper now.)

Elk Ridge will have a calculator rental program, but availability is limited. (Rental information will be forthcoming.) With the emphasis on not sharing supplies and Friday distance learning, it would be a good idea to get a calculator sooner rather than later.

Please contact your student’s math teacher if you have questions or concerns.

Sincerely, 

Elk Ridge Math Department

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Skylert: Back-to-School Night, Registration Reminder

Only two weeks to go!

Teachers are back in the building, and we are excited to work on bringing all of you back to school in the safest way possible. Here are this week’s highlights:

  • Memory books still haven’t shipped. Still no update from Lifetouch, and it’s realistically looking like we’ll be getting those out to students while they are at school.
  • ERMS Registration in Skyward is now open. Read this post and visit our registration page for more information. You’ll also find information there about joining our school community council and PTSA student ambassadors. Student government elections will be held after school gets underway.
  • Back-to-School Night will be virtual, and open longer than just one night. We’ll send out the link as a Skylert, but you’ll be able to see brief videos from teachers, staff, and processes at the school all in one place. We won’t launch it until after schedules are finalized so that you know which teachers to virtually visit.
  • Here’s a recap of the major points from last week:
    • The start of school has been delayed a week for students
      • August 24th for 7th graders (half day)
      • August 25th for 8th & 9th graders (7th graders come this day as well)
      • If you would like to request busing and are not currently in an area where busing is provided, you must contact the school to request a space available permit by August 14th
    • The district plan can be found here. The most important points are:
      • Students can learn completely online, partly online, or in-person
        • Requests for online and partial schedules were due July 31st
        • If you are coming in-person only, you did not need to request anything or fill out the form
      • Fridays will be for intervention, enrichment, planning, etc. Students will be able to come in-person between 9:50 am – 12:30 pm (likely by appointment) to work with teachers in small groups. Virtual appointments can also be made in the afternoon between 1:00 pm -2:50 pm.
      • School will be in-person M-Th
  • We will be releasing a summary of school-specific COVID-related assurances soon. All school plans will fit within state and district guidelines, but will offer more specifics. With teachers back in the building, more of the answers are starting to crystalize.
  • We have a new website (same address) with much more of this information in much greater detail.

Thank you for all of your questions so far. If you want to send us a question, just reply to this email or send it to curtis.jenson@jordandistrict.org and we’ll get you an answer. We have also started a FAQ page on the website for common questions and answers. Don’t see a question you need, just submit it and we’ll find out. 

For now, start setting your alarm clocks a bit earlier each day to condition out the summer sleep-ins. See you soon!

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ERMS Registration Opens August 5th (All Students)

Now that the dust is settling on state and district plans, we are geared up to start registration at the school level. There’s a more detailed explanation here, but registration as a process means you choose courses in the spring, agree to disclosures and pay fees in Skyward in the late summer & early fall, and then finish anything course-specific at the school in person around when school starts.

When we say registration, at this point we mean the part when you get on Skyward. This will be where you set up contact methods, review district and school documents like Chromebook agreements, and take care of any fees or lunch payments.

This process will open August 5th and run past the start of school. Please visit our registration page if you have any questions and log in via Skyward to get started.

Your schedule is normally released once you’ve paid all fees and agreed to all necessary documents. This year, however, there will be a slight delay while we work through the schedules for those requesting fully or partly online schedules. We’ll post another update once schedules are released.

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School & Registration Delayed

The JSD School Board voted last night (7/28/20) to delay the start of school for one week in order to give schools more time to prepare for online, hybrid, and in-person options. This means a few important things:

  • Registration in Skyward has been bumped back into next week (the first week of August). More to come.
  • Requesting an online or hybrid schedule still needs to be done by July 31st.
  • Teachers and staff still start back on the same schedule as previously announced.
  • School will start for 7th graders on August 24th and for 8th and 9th graders on August 25th.

Letter Sent to Parents 7/29/20

Dear Parents and Employees, 

Last night, the Jordan School District Board of Education voted in their public meeting to approve a reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year. Most aspects of the plan emailed to employees and families last week have not changed. The following changes to the draft plan were approved by the Board:

  • Students will start school one week later than originally scheduled. Please see the updated calendar here: Revised 2020-2021 School Calendars 
  • The first day of work for employees has not changed. The first teacher contract day is August 10. This means teachers will have five additional days of preparation before students return to school.
  • Students can request virtual, online learning each quarter instead of each semester. The first quarter will end on October 16.

School will still be held in person Monday-Thursday and at home (or optional at school) on Friday as originally approved. Students can also choose to learn virtually online instead of attending school in person. 

Families: Parents will soon receive registration information from their child’s school. All parents, including those who enroll their students in virtual, online learning, will need to complete their child’s school registration. The deadline for students to sign up for virtual online classes is Friday, July 31, at midnight. A video explaining the program can be viewed here: Virtual Online Learning Video   If you are interested, please enroll each student in your family separately using this link: Form for Virtual Online Learning for the 2020-21 School Year  

If you have questions before signing up for virtual, online learning, please send an email to movingforward@jordandistrict.org. We will answer your question within 24 hours. 

Employees: The initial deadline to submit a request to work from home is July 31 at midnight. Requests should be submitted through Skyward Employee Access. Instructions can be found here: Work-from-Home Request TUTORIAL

If you have questions before requesting the opportunity to work from home, please send an email to movingforward@jordandistrict.org.  

An updated version of the detailed plan will be sent to all employees and families soon. Thank you for your support as we prepare to reopen schools next month.

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Draft of District Reopening Plan

An email went out to all parents in the district yesterday. We’re posting it here for students coming to us from out of the district, and just in case anyone missed it.

A couple of things to call out:

First, it’s a draft, and therefore subject to change.

Second, you must respond in the linked survey if you would like any of your courses to be virtual. Please read it carefully, respond by July 31st if you’re looking at virtual or hybrid schedules, and reach out if you have questions. That survey is listed below, or can be found here.

Things are starting to roll!


Dear Parents,

We hope you are enjoying a safe and healthy summer. We know that there are many questions in anticipation of the coming school year. A link to a copy of the tentative plan for reopening schools that will be voted on by the Board of Education in their meeting on July 28 can be found below.

Student safety and options for families are among the Board’s highest priorities as we establish a plan for reopening schools. To that end, we are proud to announce the opportunity for all students in Jordan School District to attend school in a virtual, online format from home. This option is available for students in every grade K-12 and will involve daily interaction with teachers.

We invite you to watch the video at the link below which explains what virtual online learning would look like for your student.

If you would like your child to enroll in virtual learning for the 2020-21 school year, please visit the link below. A request must be completed for each child. Students who sign up for virtual learning will have the choice to return to learning in person for second semester. Registration is due by July 31.

Important Information About the Virtual Learning Options:

  • Students who choose to enroll in the K-12 virtual learning options will also stay enrolled in their current boundary or permit school. Connections to your home school can still be maintained through counselors, administration, and mentors.
  • Secondary students can choose to take some classes in person and some classes virtually.
  • Students enrolled in virtual learning will have daily interaction with teachers.
    • Teachers will have scheduled office hours to answer questions.
    • Teachers will have scheduled instructional times that can also be recorded for later viewing.
  • Services through Special Education will be provided either through your local school special education staff or through an online special education teacher, depending on needs and enrollment numbers.
  • Dual Language Immersion (DLI) students will have the option to participate in the target language portion of their day online through live broadcasting of classes or in person, even if the English part of their day is taken virtually.
  • ALPS classes will be available virtually in all grades.
  • K-8 Jordan School District teachers will be providing the virtual instruction for students assigned to their courses. Core courses in the areas of reading, writing, math and science were specially developed by JSD teachers over the summer. These courses follow the Utah Standards and Jordan District expectations for students.
    • Canvas will be used as the Learning Management System for these courses to provide for a consistent tool. 
    • Teachers may use other tools to supplement their learning styles, but the main courses will be outlined in Canvas.
  • 9-12 students will continue to have options to enroll in a variety of virtual courses in order to fulfill their graduation requirements. Some courses will be taught by JSD teachers working from home, others will be taught by already existing online program options. 
    • Core classes as well as a variety of elective courses are available.
    • Every elective course may not be available online.
    • Additional mentoring support can be provided to help students with individual needs.

Questions regarding virtual online education from Jordan School District can be sent to ross.menlove@jordandistrict.org (K-6) or ammon.wiemers@jordandistrict.org (7-12).

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2020-21 Registration Information

With school being online for much of last semester, it feels like forever and a day since we’ve seen all of you. We are excited to have you back, whether you’re learning online or here with us in person.

Safety and learning are always our top priorities, and we hope you know we spend the vast majority of our time addressing the ongoing information from the state, district, health department, staff, parents, and students. There are a million variables to contend with, and we appreciate your input and support as we work to find the best balance possible in this boat we’re all in together.

Our registration page has been updated (and will continue to be updated) with the most current information we have, including:

  • Important Dates to Remember
  • Reading Test-Out Information
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Immunization Requirements
  • Walking & Busing Information
  • School Pictures Updates
  • PTSA Welcome Information
  • How to Join the School Community Council

We expect some parts of the process to change as teachers and students express their preferences for how our first semester back should look for them.

We care about all of you, and promise to do our very best to keep safety and learning at the forefront of everything we do.

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Testing Out of Reading

If you are new to the school district, or feel that you have grown and improved as a reader since your last Reading Inventory which indicated your Lexile score, you will have the chance to test your reading proficiency before the school year begins. If you are hoping to test out of reading, this will be your only opportunity for Reading schedule changes until second semester. Come to Elk Ridge Middle School for an open house testing window on the following dates:

  • Monday, August 3rd from 12 – 3 pm
  • Tuesday, August 4th from 9 am to 12 pm

The test will take approximately 30-40 minutes, and all district COVID-19 precautions will be taken. Please check in at the main office.