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Greenhouse Sale FlyersThe JATC South Greenhouse will be having a general public sale on Wednesday, April 28 from 3 - 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 1 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Greenhouse has bedding plants in all colors - petunias, geraniums, impatients, celosia, and marigolds.  It is full of vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, and cucumbers.   The hanging baskets and planters, fairy gardens and succulents are blooming and ready to go.  Perennials are also on sale in 4-6 inch pots.

If you are a contracted employee and need to take Annual/Personal Leave before or after Memorial Day for any reason not listed in policy DP335NEG or DP335B, you must submit a request as follows:

How to Request
During the window, the employee must send the request through email. Please include your name, school, position, and the date you are requesting the leave. Requests left on voicemail or over the phone will NOT be accepted.

The employee will receive an email confirmation within two working days after submitting the request. If the employee does not receive a confirmation email, then Human Resources has NOT received your request and your leave will not be approved.

Jordan School District has developed an instructional plan for literacy and has adopted curricula to strengthen instruction in both Tier 1 and Tier 2 settings to support all students and address disrupted learning.

Please join us to learn about the plan, the curriculum, and the suggested daily schedule to help you prepare for the coming year.  All K-6th grade gen ed. teachers, SCSC teachers, and coaches should sign up for a two day session.  Coaches may choose which grade level session to attend.  All sessions will be held from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in either the ASB Auditorium or Presentation Room. 

Please check each session for the location. Teachers will be compensated with a $600 stipend upon full completion of the two day session. Please see the Literacy Launch Packet for dates and agenda. Sessions will be offered  in the fall for teachers not attending in the summer. Substitutes will be provided. Dates for fall sessions to be determined.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms.

About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

Emergency Broadband BenegitThe Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?
A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Qualifies for the Lifeline program;
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers' existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

When Can Families Sign Up for the Benefit?
The program has been authorized by the FCC, but the start date has not yet been established. The FCC is working to make the benefit available as quickly as possible.

Check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ for more information about the benefit and please continue to check this page for program updates.

  • ELS Parent Night Flyer2019-2020 WIDA scores will be used for ESL students who did not take this year's test. Please assure parents they do not need to opt out of the program if students were not tested. Thank you for your efforts with WIDA testing this year.
  • Please complete the monitoring forms for 4th Quarter for levels 5 and 6.
  • The LCS Culture and Diversity Team is hosting an online open house called “The Giraffe Club." Parents are invited to come see what we talk about to students in grades K-6.   The meetings will be held on Friday, April 9 at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m and Thursday, April 15 at 4 p.m.  The Zoom Meeting ID is 885 2800 7188.  The passcode is 386422.

UServeUtah Youth CouncilThe UServeUtah Youth Council is a youth-led advisory council that advocates for youth engagement in volunteerism, plans impactful projects in the community, and works with our commission to inform statewide public policy. Youth council members attend monthly meetings (currently held virtually), and upon successful completion of their service, they will receive a certificate and letter of completion from the Lt. Governor to help them gain employment or admission to higher education.

This is a great opportunity for civically-minded students to network with a wide range of professionals and other students from across the state, and a great addition to a resume or to a graduate school/future higher education application.

Each youth council member leads a community engagement project for a cause they are passionate about, with the support of UServeUtah staff. Past projects include environmental/recycling initiatives, the creation of a community garden, recruitment of volunteers for local nonprofits, serving refugees in the community, and more!

Students ages 16-22 have the opportunity to serve on the 2021-22 UServeUtah Youth Council. Selected youth council members will serve from September of 2021 through July of 2022.

We are accepting applications now through April 19th. Interested students can apply here. Please feel free to share this opportunity with any students who may be interested in participating, and please reach out to Wendy Carrigan with any questions.

Thank you!

USBE Math Progressions


STEM Action Center Grants
Math Personalized Learning Grant
The K-12 Math Personalized Learning Software Grant provides schools and districts with access to a selection of math personalized learning software programs to improve student outcomes in mathematics literacy. Please click on the link to review available programs, features, and results. 

  • Applications due for JSD signatures April 14, 2021.
    Michael Heaps Technology
    Amy Kinder Mathematics
  • Applications due to the STEM Action Center on April 16.  

Professional Learning Grant
This program focuses on locally identified needs associated with STEM learning for K-12 teachers. These efforts connect thousands of teachers to opportunities to create valuable STEM-based curricula and teaching practices. Funded activities include coaching, mentoring, self-reflection, off-contract work, and effective professional learning communities (PLCs).

  • Applications due for JSD signatures April 12, 2021. (Signatures vary depending on the project. Please see grant application and determine the appropriate administrators: Michael Heaps for Technology, School Principal, Superintendent)
  • Applications due to the STEM Action Center on April 16. 

USBE Updates  -- More information will be available following the Utate State Board or Education meeting on April 8, 2021

Legislative Funding Updates

Early Learning Literacy and Mathematics Updates

Funding was reinstated to fulfill the purposes outlined in House Bill 114 in the 2020 General Session. The bill includes the following:

  • Establish an early learning plan that includes early literacy and early mathematics 
  • Administer a grant program for professional learning for early elementary educators
  • Administer a grant for license applicants taking an examination on reading
  • Provide a mathematics benchmark assessment in grades 1-3 (K is optional). USBE staff have already begun work to select a vendor and expect that a contract will be prepared for Board consideration during their April 8, 2021 meeting. More information will be coming but we will be administering the assessment beginning in the fall of 2021.

Assessment Updates
The 2021 legislative session has come to an end and now is the time to begin sorting through and implementing the associated changes. Of particular interest to assessment and accountability is S.B. 184S03 which includes, among other things, the following changes:

The state board is not required to identify schools not achieving state-established acceptable levels of student performance as described in Subsection (2)(b) for the 2020-2021 school year.

The state board is not required to assign to each school an overall rating in 2020-2021

The state board shall collect but is not required to publish the information described in Subsection (1) related to the 2020-2021 school year.

This bill, in addition to the addendum and waiver the USBE submitted to the U.S. Department of Education address the Board’s directive to “relieve schools from federal and state accountability determinations based on the 2020-2021 assessments.” You may be aware that on March 8, 2021 the U.S. Department of Education released an optional waiver template for accountability, school identification, and related reporting requirements that was not previously available. USBE staff are currently reviewing this new option to determine if a recommendation should be made to the Board to maintain the current addendum and waiver requests or resubmit, using the newly released template.


General Legislative Updates

  • USBE legislative tracker with status and links for each bill https://schools.utah.gov/File/9460f48a-7c28-4eba-8f00-5479fb738ec7
  • HB 2 Public Education Budget Amendments—the main money bill for this session.  This is where you can see where new funding has been established for newly passed programs https://schools.utah.gov/File/9460f48a-7c28-4eba-8f00-5479fb738ec7

Jordan School District School Counseling has partnered with Granite School District, Salt Lake Community College, and the Utah Department of Workforce Services to hold the ChamberWest Job Fair.  The Job Fair will be held on Friday April 9, 2021 at Granger High School.  It will be student focused from 2 - 4 p.m. and open to the community from 4 - 6 p.m. District students can get more information by contacting their school’s Counseling Center.


Chamberwest 2021 Job Fair FlyerAre You Looking for a Job? Your New Career Could be Just Around the Corner

If you are looking for a new job or a first-time career, please join us for the free COVID friendly JOB FAIR.

The JOB FAIR will be held on Friday April 9, 2021 at Granger High School in West Valley City:

  • Student Focused from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Open to the Community from 4 – 6 p.m.

For More Information, please visit www.ChamberWest.com

Job postings can be viewed at the Jordan School District teachers-teachers.com page.

As per, District Policy DP304 -Teacher Transfers, principals will interview at least two (2) qualified transfer candidates if available through June 1.

During screening, Principals will consider both internal/current applicants listed on the Teacher Transfer Request Report, which is generated by email each Monday, and external applicants listed in K12jobspot. Human Resources will also review both lists to ensure this policy is followed before approving any new hire request.

Applicant Process:
Internal (Transfer) - Current JSD teachers apply by submitting a request through the Teacher Transfer Request located in Skyward Employee Access. A Teacher Transfer Request Report is emailed to Principals each Monday.

External - New applicants apply through K12jobspot and these applications are immediately available to principals and/or designated administrators.


For additional assistance, please contact
Stacy Krahenbuhl, Elementary - stacy.krahenbuhl@jordandistrict.org,
Jill Lisonbee, Secondary - jill.lisonbee@jordandistrict.org

Resilient Utah Education Shield Award NominationsPlease take a moment to consider nominating a school or educator for this prestigious honor presented annually by the state-wide program Resilient Utah. Each year education organizations and individuals are chosen that have shown exemplary efforts in building resilience in their schools, homes and communities. The Education Shield Awards will be announced during “Resilient Utah Month” in May 2021.

Dear Jordan Employees,

Niki GeorgeI wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to each of you. My name is Niki George and I was recently elected to represent District 6 on the school board. This is specifically the Western edge of West Jordan with all my schools feeding into Copper Hills High School. 

By way of introduction, I am a special education teacher, having worked in both severe and mild/moderate classrooms. I was raised here in Utah, and attended the University of Utah until receiving my Master’s Degree. I taught until I had my first child, and then became a stay-at-home mom for ten years while my children were home. I have four children attending elementary school in the district. During this time at home, I experienced education from a new perspective, volunteering in classrooms, on the PTA, and in the School Community Council. This was also the time when I began attending school board meetings. I have been a lover of public education through each step of my life, beginning with my own school experience, and the names of my own teachers, held reverent to this day. When my youngest was nearly old enough to go to first grade and thus full school days, I began to wonder what life would look like next. I took a job teaching and decided to run for Jordan School Board. 

I know something of the joy and difficulty that comes along with working with children. I believe strongly in the potential of public education and want to contribute to that process. This is the work of love, and will never be successful unless people from many backgrounds come together to create real solutions. I know that my knowledge is inadequate to make important school board decisions, and so I rely on the contributions and perspectives of many people to be successful. I welcome your thoughts and feedback. Please feel free to contact me at niki.george@jordandistrict.org or 801-694-8576. Thank you for the contributions you make to the lives of children. While we may never reach levels of fame and fortune, we will live forever in the minds of the students whose world was expanded because of a teacher. I look forward to working with you and thank you for the effect that you have had on my own children in your efforts to affect the lives of children in the Jordan School District.

Sincerely,
Niki George

  1. Report from West Jordan Secondary Schools on West Jordan Feeder Grant
    Action: For the next meeting, the Board requested that the staff report on the history of Title I funding, how it is currently being used at elementary schools and why it is not being given to secondary schools; information on EARS funding, how it started and how it works.
    Action: The Finance Committee was directed to begin exploring other funding opportunities outside of Title I to continue some of the support that West Jordan secondary school principals are requesting.
  2. Review of ESSER II Application (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund)
    Action: Staff instructed to place this on the next agenda for formal Board approval.
  3. Discussion on School Fees 2021-22
    No action taken.
  4. Friday Schedule Survey
    Action: Direction to the committee which was formed to study the Friday schedule to report at the next meeting on the direction of the committee and a realistic timeline for bringing back recommendations. Committee was charged to study direction, timeline, demographic concerns, results by school, data to evaluate, USBE approval, concerns and ways to increase support, instructional delivery and how to meet the needs of all students.
    Action: Staff instructed to post the survey results on the JSD website and emphasize that no decision has been made.
  5. Updates to Administrative Policy DP380 Maternity/Paternity Leave
    Action: Direction to staff to broaden DP380 to include leave for adoption (currently part of the sick leave policy).
  6. Discussion on Board Communication/Connection to Stakeholders Action: Board members agreed to discontinue Board letters, continue streaming meetings, research software to provide links/timestamp for start of each agenda item/topic; and begin a written summary by staff, corrected by Board then sent out in JEM by Friday following the meeting. Bryce will lead efforts to check into requirements for storing video streaming and make recommendations for sending out the summary.
    Action: Board voted to participate in summer parades and directed Superintendent Godfrey to coordinate the arrangements. An invitation was extended to Superintendent, Associate Superintendent and Business Administrator to participate in parades without obligation to do so.
  7.  Scope of Jordan Ethnic Advisory Committee
    Action: Board agreed that the initial focus of the Committee be narrowed to people of color (employees, students and families); the need for other potential groups will be explored at another time.
    Action: Superintendent given assignment to invite leadership of JEAC for introduction at the next Board meeting.
  8. Discussion on Funding Source for Overbudget 2021 Summer Projects
    Action: Board voted to request the full amount of RDA funds in the JSD account held by South Jordan City; use $2.26 million to pay for overage on 2021 summer projects with direction to staff for the balance of RDA funds to be held in a separate line item by JSD for future projects.
  9. Review of Threshold for Board Approval on Purchases in Policy BP178 Purchasing Provisions
    Action: Board direction to the Finance Committee to review policy BP178 for appropriateness of Board approval threshold.
  10. Professional Development Board Book Study
    No action taken.
  11. Update on Pandemic Response
    Action: Board direction to Superintendent to use threshold of 2% or 30 active cases, whichever is higher, two days in a row before JSD “test to stay” process is implemented.
    Action: Board direction to not seek parent permission slips for “test to stay” until a school gets close to the threshold; left to the discretion of the Superintendent to determine when it is necessary.
    Action: Board authorized the Superintendent to discontinue daily pandemic report to Board; to be a notification alert only if a school is trending upward, prior to sending out parent permission slips or advisory letter to parents. Dashboard on website to continue updates as they are currently.
    Action: Board voted to add a tenth option to the list of choices so high schools may hold graduation at a third-party venue, if desired, available and restrictions allow. A public process (survey or School Community Council) is required of the school prior to making this decision.
  12. Board Reports and Comments
    Action: Authorization to send thank-you letter to legislators.

We are excited to announce the State Legislature has authorized a COVID-19 Bonus for employees. To qualify, employees must have started work by December 1, 2020, and must still be employed by the District.

The legislature provided the bonus for school-based Education Support Professionals, Licensed Employees, and Administrators. Through a cooperative effort, the Board of Education, JESPA, and JEA have made it possible for employees who are not based at a school to receive a bonus as well. As a result, all FTE based (non-miscellaneous) employees will receive the bonus on their March 25, 2021 paycheck.

The amount of the bonus is proportional to the employee’s full-time equivalent status (part-time or full-time) multiplied by $1,000 for Education Support Professional employees and $1,500 for Licensed and Administrator employees. Substitutes, athletic coaches, and sweepers do not qualify for the bonus.

On behalf of the Legislature, the Board of Education, and the children we have all served these past several difficult months – thank you!

Our Wonderful Utah Educators,

Letter from Superintendent DisksonIt is astounding that we are approaching the one-year mark since the COVID-19 pandemic ushered our schools into “soft closures.” I do not believe any of us knew in those early moments that the way we were reimagining education for our children during the pandemic would carry-on for this long. I want to thank you for the way you have adjusted and adapted to each and every challenge as it has come your way. I also appreciate the concerted efforts extended by so many education stakeholders to support our children’s physical, emotional, and academic well-being.

In addition to your extraordinary efforts, it has been remarkable how quickly and decisively our policy makers responded to the challenges of our day by adjusting or waiving requirements and repurposing funding as possible. For example, the Utah State Board of Education waived 13 rules in 2020-2021 to provide increased flexibility for educators and schools. In addition to these waivers, the Board is seeking relief from using the 2020-2021 state assessments for federal and state school accountability requirements.

Some have asked, “why aren’t we also seeking a waiver on the administration of state assessments?” Some even may worry about the time and logistics required to administer the RISE and Utah Aspire Plus tests to our students and question if continuing forward is in the best interest of our students and schools. These concerns have been discussed and thoughtfully considered by many, including the Board and its assessment and accountability advisory councils, which include assessment directors, superintendents, teacher and parent organizations and technical experts. Ultimately, given the broader purpose of state assessments (beyond accountability), which includes providing parents, educators, administrators, and policymakers with an additional tool to plan and target necessary resources, I am supportive of the decision to continue with the administration of our state assessments to the greatest extent feasible.

Perhaps there has never been a greater need for data to understand more fully, not just the impacts of the pandemic induced disruptions, but to identify and promote some of the foremost innovations that will emerge through the burden of necessity that each of you have carried on behalf of your students.

We are taking steps to ensure all 2021 data are protected from misuse and appropriately interpreted. One of these steps includes providing the opportunity for students to report information on their experiences this year to contextualize and interpret the assessments.

By collecting this valuable data, we will be able to work collaboratively to resource and support your efforts as we move into future academic years. Again, I appreciate you and all you do to ensure the academic and emotional well-being for our Utah students. You are always my heroes, especially this year.

Sincerely,
Sydnee Dickson, Ed.D.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Utah State Board of Education


Community Nursing Services (CNS) is offering COVID-19 vaccine to educators and school staff by appointment only.  Please follow the instructions and guidelines below:

These appointments can also be used by individuals who were unable to attend their second boost appointment provided by Community Nursing Services due to uncontrollable events. We ask for your honesty in using this accommodation appropriately.

Note that vaccine availability is only for individuals (educators and staff only) who have secured an appointment through this link. It is NOT appropriate to attempt to attend without one. A confirmation email will be received and need be shown prior to clinic entry. Those scheduling should be sure to CORRECTLY input their own email address for confirmation. Confirmation emails should be printed out or be ready to show on an electronic device as this will be required as proof of appointment.

Before attending your scheduled appointment, please consider the following:

  • Please be prepared to show a printed or electronic copy of your confirmation upon clinic entry
  • Moderna Vaccine will be available at you appointment though will only be administered to eligible individuals 18 years of age and older. A 2nd dose will be needed at least 28 days after the 1st dose is given (2nd “boost appointments” to be scheduled following your appointment)
  • Though there is no out of pocket cost to receiving this vaccine, those with insurance are EXPECTED to bring their insurance card and present it at time of service
  • Please bring an ID
  • If possible, please bring your own pen (due to volume of people at the clinic and to avoid sharing)
  • Consent forms will be filled out at the time of service
  • ONLY those with an appointment should be attending
  • It is expected that you wear a facial covering
  • Because this is a first in a lifetime vaccine, a common area will be provided where you will be asked to remain for 10-15 minutes following the administration of vaccine for observation
  • Individuals with a history of life threatening allergy will be referred to their provider for vaccination
  • Please come dressed appropriately for your vaccine to administered in your shoulder (do not wear long sleeve shirts that cannot be rolled up). We do not provide screens. Short sleeve or loose items are best
  • Every participant will be given a CDC Record card (white) and a pink copy of the consent form

Use the link below to schedule your appointment. Note the appointment type listed below for which you need to select.

Appointments are available now…if unused, they will be transitioned to general public this week. Please act now while the vaccinations are available.

South Jordan City has two programs to help employees afford housing in their city.

  1. Down Payment Assistance - A successful workforce-housing inventory requires long-term commitment and consistent administration through periods of economic downturn as well as economic growth. South Jordan City is anticipated to remain a highly desirable place to live even as housing costs outpace local wages. The purpose of the Housing Down Payment Assistance Program (DPA) is to improve the quality of life for families and the quality of the community, by helping low- and moderate-income households who qualify to purchase housing in South Jordan City. The program seeks to give assistance to households who otherwise would not be able to become homeowners, while ensuring home ownership as a long-term successful goal. Program funding is provided as a loan which converts to a grant if all terms of the program are met. The Housing Down Payment Assistance Program is administered by the South Jordan Redevelopment Agency (RDA).
  2. Government Employee Housing - Ivory Homes has partnered with South Jordan City and the affordable housing initiative, to announce beautiful Townomes in South Jordan! Bingham Court is located on 11400 S and 1300 W. This community is being released in segments but will eventually have a total of 24 cottage home lots ranging from 5,070 - 6,378 sq. ft. and 26 townhome lots ranging from 1,518 - 2,720 sq. ft. Space is very limited and going fast. If you are interested, call Jace Moysh at 801-864-1068.

March 2021 Be WellCheck out the March 2021 Be Well newsletter from EMI. Stories include:

  • Immunity Support on Your Plate - If you’ve read a headline that mentions immune boosting, don’t believe the hype. The idea of boosting the immune system with supplements or specific ingredients is misleading and scientifically inaccurate.
  • Plant-Based: What Does It Mean? - Plant-based eating is a lifestyle where you choose to eat mostly whole foods that come from plants. The plan involves replacing highly processed foods with lots of vegetables, fruit, grains, beans, soy, lentils, nuts and seeds. Plant-based diets are good for human health and also for our planet.
  • Avoid Doom Scrolling - Repeatedly checking out bad news can be unhealthy. Of course, the internet and social media are popular ways to stay informed about things that can potentially impact your safety or that of your region: a pandemic, hurricanes or earthquakes. But doom scrolling (also known as doom surfing) — searching for and reading article after article filled with bad news — isn’t healthy.
  • Recipe for Laughter - The ability to laugh easily and often is seriously good medicine. Laughter appears to strengthen immunity and cardiovascular health, improve attitude and memory, and ease pain and distressing emotions.

To receive the monthly Be Well Newsletter via email and check out back issues, please visit the EMI Hope Health Newsletter page.

The Payroll Department will no longer email “Important Payroll Deadlines” to employees.

Please refer to monthly dates and deadlines on the Payroll web page found at payroll.jordandistrict.org.


Individual Retirement Planning Sessions

Utah Retirement Systems are scheduling extra sessions throughout March for Retirement Planning.  These sessions are a free valuable service where URS calculate where employees will be in retirement.


URS Tier I Virtual Presentation

Please join us for a URS Tier I Virtual Presentation on Friday, March 11, 2021 from 4:00pm-5:00pm via Microsoft Teams Meeting