Canyons School District changes first day of school to Aug. 24, gives teachers extra week to prepare

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SANDY, Utah, Aug. 4, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — The Canyons School District has pushed back the first day of school by a week, with school starting Aug. 24 instead of Aug. 17, the district announced Tuesday night.

The decision to change the start date was made during the Tuesday night meeting of the Canyons Board of Education.

“The change will give teachers, who return to work on Aug. 10, two full work weeks to get ready for the start of school in an unprecedented time,” the district stated in a Facebook post. “Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins said the days will provide extra time to plan and implement health and wellness precautions that are part of CSD’s COVID-19 Back-to-School Action Plan, which was approved July 14, 2020 by the Canyons Board of Education.”

The state-required plan calls for extensive cleaning and personal protection equipment, including Plexiglas in high-traffic areas, face shields and face coverings, and improved air flow and filtering, the post says.

The district intends to spend almost $1 million on safety precautions and cleaning, and has ordered hygiene supplies that will be available in all schools.

The district said the plan provides “maximum flexibility” for parents to decide which learning option will work best for their families. Families may choose in-person classes or online classes, and “also can elect to engage in at-home, parent-guided, CSD-supported learning.”

Online registration began July 27, and the district is still taking registration for the school year. More information is available at


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