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Layton High Employee Receives RISE Award
It’s not every day a representative from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s office stops by to present an award. However, since only two U.S. Department of Education Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Awards are given out per year in the state of Utah, the opportunity warranted a special visit to Layton High recently.
Layton High Facilities Coordinator Rod Southam was surprised when he walked into what he thought was a faculty meeting, but in actuality was a presentation dedicated to him. Karen Peterson, the governor’s education advisor, presented Southam with the RISE award, which honors classified school employees who exemplify excellence in work performance, leadership and community involvement. Read more by clicking here.
Board moves elementary to four days, keeps secondary in hybrid
The Board of Education of the Davis School District voted Wednesday evening to move ahead with its earlier decision to have elementary school students return to school for four days of in-person, face-to-face instruction.
That four-day Monday through Thursday schedule will begin Monday, Sept. 28, for elementary school students.
The board decided that junior high and high school students will remain on a hybrid schedule — in which students receive two days of face-to-face in-person instruction and three days of remote learning — until the beginning of the second term on Nov. 2.
Fridays will be limited remote-learning days and teacher preparation days for all students.
That said, the school board will also continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and may make further adjustments in the future.
The board previously decided on Sept. 15 to return all students to a schedule of four days of in-person instruction and one day of remote learning. After the number of COVID-19 cases rose in secondary schools and after receiving feedback from students, parents and teachers, the board decided to keep secondary students on the hybrid schedule through the end of the first term.
Board of Education Vice President Liz Mumford said, “We recognize the ongoing challenges for students, families and educators. The board is committed to continuously reviewing new data and mitigating safety risks as students come back to school.
“We all have a shared responsibility as a community to getting to Nov. 2 and having our cases low enough to get our students back in school," she said. "We share a commitment with our community to make choices that will get us to full opening. We are all in this together.”
In a related note regarding the district’s online school, Davis Connect, a survey posted in myDSD Sept. 21 requested that parents indicate whether they wish to change their student enrollment to/from Davis Connect.
That survey will remain open through Friday, Sept. 25 for elementary students and through Wednesday, Oct. 14 for secondary students. Enrollment change requests (including those previously submitted) will be processed when the district moves away from the hybrid model at each level. Instructions will be emailed to those who have already submitted a response advising them of the process should they wish to change their preference.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela
District educators will
'Still Be the One' for students
By Reid Newey, Superintendent
Welcome Back to School! In an oft-used term, we are living in “unprecedented times.” It has been something to reflect on — ALL that has changed over the past year.
We started last school year with the theme of “Be the One.” Each and every person really absorbed that notion of making a difference in the lives of others and we were astounded to see the great impact made in the lives of students and adults in Davis School District by genuine care for others.
This school year we are amid a global pandemic, witnessing extreme social and civil unrest, including the examination of what racial and social justice should mean for all, as well as economic challenges. Never has the need for educators (and we are ALL educators in DSD) to be the rock that our students and staff can anchor to been more critical than now!
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 2020
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