District to hold virtual graduations
After exploring multiple options for traditional high school graduations, and knowing the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Davis School District will hold virtual graduations for the Class of 2020.
At the present time, all district students have been dismissed from school until the end of the school year. All student travel, athletic practices and games, concerts, musicals, plays, performances, and banquets have also been cancelled.
Currently, the washing of hands, the covering of noses and mouths when sneezing, not touching one’s face, the use of face masks or bandanas and the practice of social distancing — even for groups of 10 people — remain the only remedies currently available to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. A vaccine has yet to be developed.
“Do we love high school graduation? No doubt,” said Chris Williams, Davis School District director of communication & operations. “I was looking at graduation photos I’ve taken over the years — capturing those magical moments when friends are hugging. ... They’re special occasions, and it kind of breaks your heart thinking, ‘We can’t pull that off this year.’ But you do what you need to do to keep people safe. That’s our No. 1 priority.”
District consolidates lunch distribution sites
Free breakfast and lunch continue to be provided to children ages 1-18. Distribution of lunch and the next day’s breakfast will be curbside daily from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please note, the meals will no longer be distributed at all schools. The District has consolidated distribution to the following locations:
Elementary Schools: Adelaide, Antelope, Bluff Ridge, Boulton, Bountiful, Buffalo Point, Clinton, Cook, Creekside, Crestview, Doxey, Eagle Bay, Ellison Park, Endeavour, Foxboro, Fremont, Hill Field, Holbrook, Holt, King, Knowlton, Layton, Lincoln, Meadowbrook, Morgan, Mountain View, Muir, Odyssey, Sand Springs, So. Clearfield, So. Weber, Stewart, Vae View, Wasatch, West Clinton, West Point, Whitesides, Windridge, and Woods Cross
Junior High Schools: Centennial, Centerville, Central Davis, Kaysville, Shoreline, Syracuse, and West Point
High Schools: Clearfield, Syracuse
Remote learning continues through end of the school year
Davis School District will follow its current protocols and continue the soft closure of all schools, as directed by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, until the end of the school year.
What you need to know about Coronavirus
The Utah Department of Health has indicated that symptoms of novel Coronavirus are similar to what someone may experience as the result of seasonal illnesses that routinely spread in the community around this time of year – namely a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. These symptoms on their own are not worrisome and should not cause alarm.
Davis School District is in regular contact with the Davis County Health Department and is continuously monitoring the situation. Up-to-date information can be found on the Utah Department of Health website and the CDC website.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela
We are here for you
By Reid Newey, Superintendent
I usually write the closing message of the year in May. I have looked forward to that time each year to offer a message of deep gratitude and closure to another great school year. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined I would write this month’s message amid a closure that has lasted nearly a full one-third of the school year — all because of a global viral pandemic!
It has been a shock to everyone’s system as each one of us has lost the opportunity to do what we entered education to do and that is to interact with and influence students in a direct face-to-face environment each day. Our face-to-face personal interaction with each other has even been greatly curtailed and nearly eliminated.
As we close out the school year and look forward to next year, we will certainly need to plan for, as they say, the “New Normal.” This will certainly consist of enhanced social distancing requirements and the need for easily transitioned blended teaching and learning formats.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
72,897 students enrolled in 90 district schools
96% graduation rate
$62M in education and athletic scholarships earned by the Class of 2019
54,451 credits earned toward college through Concurrent Enrollment and AP
7 times on the AP Honor Roll
21immersion schools offering French, Spanish or Chinese
$3M raised by Davis Education Foundation for classroom and innovative grants