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Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to Superintendent and Board of Education lpearce@pcschools.us

January 18, 2022

News from PCSD-BOE

by Erin Grady, BOE President

The Park City School District Board of Education will meet twice this month as we continue to address the impacts of COVID19 and the most current Omicron variant which currently has a high transmission rate community-wide. We continue to listen, learn, and navigate this challenging time together in support of our students, our staff, and our community.

At the conclusion of the regular meeting this evening, we learned that the Utah Senate had passed a resolution (SJR-3) 22-5 that would end the local Summit County and Salt Lake County mask mandates. That resolution has been forwarded to the House of Representatives for their consideration. On Wednesday, January 19, 2022 will begin the same way that today’s school day did – with full implementation and enforcement of the current Public Health Order of Constraint – a full county-wide mask mandate – until we hear otherwise.

In the event the mandate is terminated by Utah legislators, the CDC and the UDOH has continued its strong recommendations that all within the school environment wear face coverings for the foreseeable future. We continue to adjust and modify as the guidelines adapt.

During the regular Board of Education meeting, we heard an update from CAO, Dr. Amy Hunt, on the current work that is ongoing with the 5-year instructional strategic plan. It is exciting to hear the positive results that even some small, intentional shifts make in student outcomes and academic attainment. We are proud of the ongoing work of our educators, our staff, and our administrative team. Thank you.

The meeting also included an update on the Master Facility Plan and our work to meet/exceed minimum code requirements in “future ready” planning and thinking about school sites, energy consumption and a net zero goal, as well as escalating costs due to supply chain issues. And, we approved a Basin Rec easement at Trailside for a walking pathway near the field entrance.

The Board of Education has elected to host a work session on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. to continue its dialogue on ways to best support our educators and staff, consideration of budget adjustments as necessary to bolster substitute force, grant writing efforts to secure reimbursement funding for those who have missed school due to COVID, and future staffing needs.

We appreciate ongoing partnership and support of our parents and families, our educators and staff as well as the community. We are all in this together.

#Go Miners!

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For additional information, contact:  Lorie Pearce, Executive Assistant to Superintendent and Board of Education lpearce@pcschools.us

News from PCSD-BOE

by Erin Grady, BOE President 

The Park City School District Board of Education met twice this month.  We held a Remote Work Session on Monday, December 13 to hear from the design-build teams on their work to expand Park City High School, Ecker Hill Middle School and each of the 4 elementary schools.  The presentations highlighted some updated drawings, and it is exciting to see the implementation of the master plan beginning to take shape!

At the December Regular Business Meeting, MOCA, the Owner Representative for the Master Plan, summarized the work of the architect/design-build teams.  In addition, we approved travel requests, SCC Land Trust Plan amendments, and new course proposals proposed by PCHS faculty.  The Board of Education also authorized a resolution for the issuance and sales of $79,200,000 of the Bond proceeds so that work can continue on master facility plan implementation.  

We are looking forward to a safe return to the 2022 half of the school year and will incorporate a voluntary “Test to Start” program for those seeking COVID testing the first weeks back to school with COVID tests available from 7:15-9:15 AM at Eccles Lobby or at the Ecker Hill Middle School Aquatic Center for students and staff. 

The Board of Education extends its wishes for a warm holiday season to all.

#Go Miners!

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

News from PCSD-BOE

         by Erin Grady,  President – Board of Education 

At the November 2021 Board of Education Meeting, President Grady opened the meeting with a statement on the PPES mask mandate, assured the public that the BOE and administrators have walked through each school in order to ensure schools are prepared for the mask mandate if tripped by case increases (elementary through middle school/junior high), and that there will not be another public comment on this matter as it is under investigation. 

PCEA made a shared a report on the handling of the concerns related to the mandate and acknowledged the safe and supportive school year that is underway.  

We heard an update on Academics where Dr. Hunt provided a special message of thanks for our Educational Support Personnel this month and highlighted the new Science curriculum.  Mr. Tanner, our COO, updated us on the work of the Safety/Security Committee that will meet tomorrow, open positions and hiring, master planning, as well as the capital budget development for FY23.  Dr. Gildea shared 5 H’s that we see throughout PCSD.

Mr. Hauber provided an overview of the school enrollment data, and the district’s schools are identified as “Closed” for the 22/23 school year based facility utilization.  Open Enrollment paperwork will be available 12/1/2021 for those interested in applying for any positions that are available within a grade level.  For those students already enrolled, they will move forward with their cohort. 

Dr. Sorenson shared information related to the updated Teacher Evaluation policy, and the Board of Education appreciates the committee that has worked across a couple of years to bring forward an aligned plan to the Instructional Framework.  Great teamwork!

As a Board Team, we’re reviewing policies that are up for 5-year or legal reference updates, and Dr. Sorenson will be working with educators and staff on any substantive changes or updates that may be needed. 

#GoMiners!  

Board of Education Statement

To the Community:


We would like to reiterate that several of our schools are currently implementing the mask mandate issued by the Summit County Health Department. Communication from the Board and District will continue with all relevant and important communications  posted on the District newsroom web page.  Each school homepage lists out the current number of COVID cases at the school as well as if the mask mandate has been triggered. 

We continue to encourage our families to cooperate with the enforcement of the mask mandate and please don’t hesitate to reach out to your school administrator with any questions. 

As always we are here to represent our constituents and will respond to questions and concerns via our PCSD email. If you would like to communicate with the District directly please email us at communication@pcschools.us

Please accept all of our best wishes for a Happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Park City Board of Education 

Board of Education Letter

November 15, 2021

To the community,

For the past two years, the Park City School District has focused and prioritized the safety and health of the students and staff while also keeping our schools open for in-person learning. We have spent countless hours adjusting to ever-changing guidance and laws on the local, state and national level with regards to the COVID19 Pandemic. 

The Summit County Health Department conducted four separate compliance site visits at Parley’s Park starting last Monday, November 8th at 10 am in light of the County’s Public Health Order. Every walk-through has shown that Parley’s Park has been in compliance with the mask mandate issued in accordance with the Order. We have included a report from SCHD for your review. Report can be viewed here.

After continued evaluation, Parley’s Park Elementary School staff, administration, and students have been found to be in compliance with all protocols outlined in the Public Health Order 2021-02.

Additional inspections will be conducted at the discretion of the Summit County Health Department.

The conclusion  is that “PPES has taken necessary measures with staff, students, parents/guardians, visitors and the physical environment to ensure compliance with the Public Health Order.” 

We are actively preparing each of our school sites that fall under the Public Health Order to ensure compliance if a mandate is to be triggered. Those school sites include McPolin, Jeremy Ranch Elementary, Ecker Hill Middle School and Treasure Mountain Junior High School.  Parley’s Park remains in a mask mandate until further notice.  Trailside Elementary School has initiated its first mask mandate November 15, 2021.

We want to thank the community for continuing to partner with us to ensure our children stay safe, healthy and in school especially as we enter the winter months.

Erin, Wendy, Anne, Kara, Andrew


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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

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

NEWS RELEASE

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

Mask Update

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For additional information, contact: communications@pcschools.us

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.