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For additional information, contact:  Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to BOE/Supt at lpearce@pcschools.us

Board of Education Update – October 2021

         by Erin Grady, BOE President

At the October 19 2021 Board of Education meeting, we conducted our regular business meeting at 5:00 P.M. and the 2nd Public Hearing related to the Bond Proposition at 6:00 P.M. Park City School District Board of Education heard reports and updates from our Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Amy Hunt, our Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Mike Tanner, and our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jill Gildea.

Dr. Hunt recognized the work of our nurses, counselors, social workers, behavior specialists, and outreach liaisons. She introduced the USBE Utah College and Career Readiness School Counseling Program model. Dr. Hunt also introduced the Reach the Summit Transformation Academy, which will support 14 teachers, counselors, or social workers in developing the skills needed for transformational systems work.  She also introduced the Principal Lab program which provides 1:1 and school/classroom site visits every other week throughout the 21/22 school year by members of the Teaching/Learning team and makes our Instructional Framework supporting Planning/Preparation, Instruction, Assessment and Climate/Culture visible throughout our classrooms and our schools.

Mr. Tanner provided the school board with an Operations update addressing child nutrition services which is fully staffed, transportation, Human Resources and ongoing analysis of substitute teacher fill rates, and safety/security in managing open door alerts at our secondary schools.

Emily Lepold shared activities that have occurred and also upcoming as we approach the end of October. In addition, she highlighted the work of the PCHS Student Council in promoting mental health awareness and shared resources available to Park City youth including the SafeUT app.

Dr. Gildea highlighted staff, student and system successes and outlined our work ahead for continuous system improvement.

The Board heard from community members in the second of the two scheduled Public Hearings, and we have additional information sessions scheduled at:

Park City Library, October 25, 2021 – 4:30 – 5:30 P.M.

Parley’s Park Elementary School Zoom Session, October 26, 2021 – 11:00 AM – noon

Jeremy Ranch Elementary School, October 26, 2021 – 1:00 – 2:00 P.M.

For more information, visit www.pcschools.us, Future of Learning.

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For additional information, contact:  Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to BOE/Supt at lpearce@pcschools.us

Board of Education UPDATE – September 23, 2021

by Erin Grady, BOE President 

At the September 21, 2021, Board of Education regular business meeting, we met in person at 2700 Kearns Blvd at the Park City School District Offices.  At this meeting, we recognized Andrew Hunt and Elizabeth LaBrin for their remarkable academic achievements and performance on the PSAT or AP tests, our 3 National Merit Semi-Finalists – Katherine Beal, Jude Trajan, and Ian Morris, and recognized that three of our school nurses – Kristen Brotherson, Sandy Jodey, and Anne Alexander, who have received National Board Certification. Each month, the Accolades PowerPoint includes staff and student celebrations which our community can celebrate. 

We are appreciative of our district partnership with the Park City Education Association, Park City Educational Support Professionals and Employee Interest Groups.  At this meeting, Mr. Jobe shared updates and information on the start of the school year covid mitigations as well as our work on how to best address adult staff absences related to COVID. 

Mr. Mike Tanner and Dr. Amy Hunt provided updates and information on both the Operations and Academic areas of the Park City School District.  Mr. Tanner discussed some additional security measures as well as updates from food services, transportation, Human Resources, master planning, and security. Dr. Hunt recognized our exceptional preschool educational team for their service to our youngest learners and described the new Friday enrichment program. 

The Board heard a Master Facilities Plan Update from Mr. Scott Later from MHTN and Mr. Todd Hauber on the MFP, as we are finalizing contracts with design-build teams of architects and construction managers who will work efficiently and effectively to bring this phase of the master facilities and education plan to fruition. 

The Board of Education held its first of two public hearings on the implementation of the Master Facility Plan. While we did not have patrons register to speak either for or against the Bond Proposition Tuesday evening, we did have patrons arrive after the Board of Education closed its public hearing at 6:10 P.M.  Knowing the importance of public input into this important community decision, Mr. Hauber repeated the presentation on the Bond Proposition.  The two patrons who were present elected to join two BOE members in a roundtable discussion as they indicated they did not have public comment, but instead had clarification questions about the Bond Proposition related to financing.  

In addition, the BOE has announced a scheduled informal Community Forum on Thursday, October 7 at 6:00 – 6:45 P.M. at the Ecker Hill Middle School Auditorium Commons.  At this additional informational meeting, 2 BOE members and district administrators will be present to share information on the Bond Proposition and then hear from the public any questions, feedback or insights related to the Master Facility Plan projects as proposed. The sessions will be audio-recorded to the Board of Education webpage. 

The BOE will hold its Public Hearing #2 as scheduled on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 6:00 P.M. The Public Hearing will be held at 2700 Kearns Blvd in the BOE Meeting Room on the Main Floor of the Park City School District building. 

The Bond election and community decision authorizes financing of the addition of high school classroom spaces to support a 9th-12th grade comprehensive high school experience, and updates to two of the elementary schools in order to support early learning through a General Obligation Bond.  The Ecker Hill Middle School addition and the two other elementary projects would be funded through capital reserves, existing capital levy, capital campaign donations and alternative financing options. The goal of the Bond Proposition and financing option is to ensure the best financing rates for our community in the implementation of the master plan. 

Please be advised that an updated Public Health Order will begin effective on Monday, September 27, 2021 that continues to monitor school case thresholds of COVID.  Should a school site hit 2% positive cases, then a 14-day mask mandate will follow. Currently, none of the Park City schools have hit a 2% threshold. The Summit County Health Department has shared a press release on this topic should you need additional information.  https://summitcountyhealth.org/public-announcements/public-health-order-junior-high-and-middle-schools/

We enjoyed a great Homecoming week and Homecoming football game on Friday night and a well attended dance at the Film Studios on Saturday night. #GoMiners

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For additional information, contact: Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to BOE/Supt at lpearce@pcschools.us

August 17, 2021

Board of Education Update – August 17, 2021

by Erin Grady, BOE President

At the August 17, 2021 school board meeting, we met in person at 2700 Kearns Blvd at the Park City School District Offices. At this meeting, we recognized and congratulated Mr. Todd Hauber on attaining the IASBO Meritorious Budget Award for a third year in a row. We are always pleased to hear from employee groups and welcomed Jake Jobe as one of PCEA’s new Co-Presidents as we welcome staff and families back to the 21/22 school year.  We also read a prepared statement from the Summit County Health Department as we are working in strong collaboration to ensure that effective COVID mitigation protocols are in place for the start of the school year.  We appreciate the partnership that we have with our local Summit County Health Department.

The Board passed a Collective Commitment on Clean Energy. This document outlines the 4 key action steps that PCSD is taking to achieve 100% clean energy goals for district operations by 2030. Park City is and remains a leader in this arena.

In another action, the Board passed the ESSER3 grant application which brings an additional $1.6M over two years into the PCSD to assist with accelerating learning, extending learning opportunities such as robust summer programs, any capital expense to reduce transmission of communicable illness, and reengaging our learners in K12 school.

In addition, the Board and its financial team finalized its request for funding authorization to implement the master facility plan. In this decision, the Board agreed to propose a Bond Resolution to voters for the November 2021 election. This election and community decision would permit the addition of high school classroom spaces to support a 9th-12th grade comprehensive high school experience, a 6th-8th grade middle school, and updates to the elementary schools in order to support early learning.

We’re looking forward to a safe return to the 21/22 school year. #GoMiners

School Start Date Change

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For additional information, contact:  Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to BOE/Supt at lpearce@pcschools.us

Based on the Parleys Canyon Fire ongoing evacuation order for Pinebrook and Summit Park areas, we will be making some slight adjustments to the 21/22 school year calendar.

Elementary School Meet and Greet for our families remains in place on Tuesday, August 17 from 2:00 – 3:30 P.M. as a drop-in to leave supplies or simply to say hello to your child’s teacher and to see the classroom.  
With a large number of patrons visiting the school in a short period of time, we appreciate your support in adhering to best practices to mitigate COVID including use of hand sanitizer and consideration of donning a facemask for that short visit.

Then, all K-12th grade students will begin the academic year together on Monday, August 23, 2021.  Friday, March 11 will revert to an in person learning day rather than a teacher workshop.  The final day of school will remain Friday, June 3, 2022.

Thank you to all for your support, encouragement, and care of one another as we navigate challenges associated with this longer than anticipated evacuation from our neighborhood homes. 

Yours for excellence in education,
Jill Gildea, Ed.D.Superintendent of Schools

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For additional information, contact: communication@pcschools.us Or Lorie Pearce, Exec Asst to BOE/Supt at (435) 645-5600 ext. 1425

Friday, July 30, 2021

Park City School District announced this week that wearing facemasks will be encouraged for all vaccinated and non-vaccinated students and all staff returning to school in the coming weeks, but in alignment with HB1007, masks will not be required for in – person attendance. CDC did release information this week recommending that all attendees within K12 schools, vaccinated or not, continue wearing masks as one preventative measure to reduce the transmission of COVID and more specifically the more transmissible Delta variant. 

“At this time, we are maintaining the mitigation strategies that helped us to keep schools open in 2020/2021,” said Mike Tanner, Chief Operations Officer. “In the event your child experiences a fever, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, loss of taste or smell, it is important to keep your child at home for the duration of their illness and adhere to the UDOH/SCHD guidelines for safe return to school.” 

If your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms, including those listed on the CDC’s website for the COVID-19 variants, it is important to remain at home until symptoms resolve and/or to seek guidance from your medical provider. 

School buses are another area where facemasks may be worn during the daily travel to and from school. Schools will be encouraging mask use for those who are and are not vaccinated in order to prevent the spread of illness, in accordance with CDC guidance, but will be focused on “teaching and learning and building relationships with students and families,” officials said. 

Covid mitigations will continue within the schools including a more aggressive fresh air circulation schedule, additional sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces, handwashing breaks, and voluntary COVID-19 screening testing will be in place to identify cases and outbreaks. In addition, classrooms will return to routine class sizes, which are enviable, and full days of instruction.  Half-Day Fridays will be in place across all schools in Park City School District for the 21/22 School Year. Mondays will be full days of instruction across all grade levels. 

Remote learning will only be offered when students may be in quarantine due to COVID exposure. We anticipate additional information related to mitigation protocol as we approach the start of school. 

Students will return to school on Thursday, August 19, 2021 with a regular school day.  Friday, August 20, 2021 will be the Friday half-day schedule.  

Thank you for your partnership and support as we work together to navigate this return to a “new normal” by prioritizing the health, safety, and well-being of our students, our staff, our families and our community. 

@parkcityschools

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For additional information, contact:  Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to BOE/Supt at lpearce@pcschools.us

June 29, 2021

Board of Education Update – June 29, 2021

            by Erin Grady, BOE President

On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, the Park City School District Board of Education met together to learn about clean energy solutions as well as to provide direction on the key outcomes that our community wishes to achieve in implementing the master facilities plan.

The Board of Education affirmed the community’s priorities related to the master plan:

  1. Bring 9th grade into PCHS
  2. Serve 6th, 7th and 8th middle grades at EHMS
  3. Additions at the elementary schools along with additional wrap services space at 2 of the elementary sites to serve PreK
  4. Increase energy efficiencies and incorporate green solutions

The Board’s direction to the Facilities Team is to minimize disruption to students and the learning environment throughout the construction cycle, stick to necessities in planning and implementing the master plan, and improve energy efficiencies.

At today’s work session, the Board of Education defined and clarified its clean energy goals that are in alignment with Park City Municipal and Summit County’s renewable energy plans and provided direction to the Facilities Team to incorporate energy efficiencies, green building materials and design/ build to a LEED Silver or DFCM high performance building standard.

The Park City School District and Board of Education are committed to pursuing Renewable Energy through the partnerships provided by HB 411 with Park City and Summit County as anchor communities, setting a target of Energy Utilization Intensity (EUI) under 35, and building toward high performance building standards.

The master facility plan has been developed over a 2+ year period with the meaningful input of stakeholders throughout the planning process.  As the Park City School District Board of Education prepares to implement the plan, we look forward to additional community participation and engagement in setting the course for the Future of Learning.

@parkcityschools

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For additional information, contact:  Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to BOE/Supt at lpearce@pcschools.us 

June 15, 2021 

Board of Education Update – June 15, 2021

by Erin Grady, BOE President 

At the June 15, 2021 school board meeting, we met in person at 2700 Kearns Blvd in the Board Room.  At this meeting, we reviewed and adopted the 21/22 School Year Budget.  Highlights of this budget include: 0 tax increase while meeting the educational and operational needs of a highly successful school district.  Dr. Gildea and her team were able to apply current resources to meet the needs of the school district in a way that maintains the budget with under 2% growth.  

The budget will be submitted to the International Association of School Business Officials for an external review.  For the past two years, the PCSD Board of Education has earned the Meritorious Budget Award designation, and we are proud of our community’s commitment to supporting our excellent schools and the work of the budget development and audit teams.

In addition to a successful budget year, the school board also learned about next steps in the master facility plan process.  At this time, the school board will consider a variety of financing options to realize the key goals of grade realignment for secondary grades (EHMS and PCHS), improved learning space, and expanding the preschool program on site. As we consider the investment in our infrastructure, we are also keeping an eye toward green/clean energy and sustainability as well as focus on needed or necessary updates.  The last time PCSD had a large renovation project was 2008, so it is clear that it is time for our community to come together to support necessary improvements to the learning environment at each of our community’s schools.

The entire Board of Education wishes to recognize and acknowledge the incredible efforts of the entire educational, operational, administrative and support staff for keeping students central to each decision this year. Your incredible dedication and efforts are to be commended. 

At this meeting we updated a series of policies that were originally published in April including: Harassment & AntiDiscrimination, Code of Conduct, School Community Councils, Volunteers in Schools, Conduct on School Premises, and Visitor Access. Most have minor or non-substantive changes, but policies are typically reviewed every 5 years.  We also passed an Unmanned Aircraft policy which permits our trained educators to teach aerial photography with the use of a small drone device at the secondary levels. 

During the June meeting, we bid a fond farewell through a Retirement Recognition Resolution.  Our 19 retirees contributed 407 years to public education and are celebrated for their accomplishments.  

The Board of Education also wishes to recognize our 400 talented PCHS graduates and the Girls LaCrosse Team in their State Championship Win. 

#GoMiners! 

Mask Update

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Friday, May 21, 2021

With 7 days remaining in the 20/21 school year, we are looking forward to ending the year healthy and strong.

Staff and students will be expected to wear facemasks through the end of the school year (June 3). As a caring community, we are keeping in place those strategies that reduce the spread of COVID transmission especially in our school aged population who are not yet vaccinated. The Park City Education Association strongly supports this message and encourages staff and students to continue following all the COVID-19 mitigation procedures that have made our school year a successful one: wearing masks, vaccination, distancing, and sanitization.

As recently as May 15, 2021, the CDC has also recommended that face masks be worn in the school setting: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/operation-strategy. html

Thank you for your support of our staff and students as we work towards a healthy & successful conclusion of the 20/21 school year

Board of Education-May 2021

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For additional information, contact:  Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to BOE/Supt at lpearce@pcschools.us 

May 18, 2021 

Board of Education Update – May 2021

by Erin Grady, BOE President 

At the May School Board Meeting, we met for the first time via Zoom. With a virtual meeting, we did stick with the areas of business necessary to successfully close out the year including Master Facility Planning.  The School Board directed administration to move forward with a Request for Qualifications for certified architects to begin work on design/construction drawings aligned to the Master Facility Plan. If all goes to plan, we’d be looking at grade realignment in 2024. 

At this time of year, the Board of Education also looks at the totality of the budget for the 21/22 school year.  With solid planning and good economic predictions, we met the threshold for our agreed compensation plans for all employee groups. The overall budget increases under 2%, and we are able to present this strong budget to the community with pride.

This month is Mental Health Awareness month, and Deanna Rhodes will join us as we support a Mental Health Awareness Resolution. We have also approved and published our 21/22 school year calendar. 

We heard from constituents on the concerns related to removing as well as keeping the mask mandate and on the Open Enrollment policy that was updated for clarification in January 2021.  The mask mandate remains rule of law through May 31.  After that date, we respectfully request that staff and families continue to wear masks within the school setting until the conclusion of the 20/21 school year.  

While the Governor has relieved the mandate as of May 31, we still have active cases of COVID19 within the community and ask that families help us to end the year strong.  We do not anticipate the need for face masks during the 21/22 school year.  

In all cases, the Board of Education and District has adhered to the Utah Department of Public Health School Manual as well as the Legislated regulations related to Public Health.  

With regard to Open Enrollment, the shift for our staff includes submitting a one-page enrollment form.  Otherwise, the process for review is the same as it has been for at least a dozen years.  While we understand and hear the concerns of staff, this annual process has been in place, and we anticipate that enrollments will include our staff and employees’ children as a part of our community’s school system.  We will do all we can to make PCSD the most attractive employer it can be for our teachers. 

Our focus as a Board of Education is to create the conditions for staff, student, and community success. Our work, to that end, is a focus on the mission and vision of PCSD.