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


NEWS RELEASE

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.

NEWS RELEASE

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

NEWS RELEASE

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

NEWS RELEASE 

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. 

News Release-End of Year

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

End Of Year

 With 26 days remaining in the 2020/2021 school year, we are looking forward to ending the year healthy and strong. Thursday, June 3, 2021, the final day of school, will follow a Friday release schedule with bus transportation available.  Lunch will also be available for students. Thursday, June 3, at 5:00 P.M. seniors will graduate from Park City High School at the North Forty, and families will be invited to attend that special recognition ceremony of the Class of 2021. Masks will be required as this is a gathering of greater than 50.

While the statewide mask mandate expired on April 10, 2021, according to HB294, masks are still required for large gatherings of 50 or more guests, and masks are still required in K-12 schools.  The Legislature kept the mask requirement in place for the following reasons:

  1. No vaccine is currently authorized for anyone younger than 16.
  2. Not every adult in the school setting has been vaccinated.
  3. Children can get sick from COVID.
  4. Children can get COVID, not feel sick and transmit the illness to people who are not vaccinated yet.

We’re not out of the pandemic yet. And, we know that masks work to prevent the spread of COVID based on our successfully maintaining in person learning for the 20/21 school year. According to Dr. Andy Pavia, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah Health, “We all want what is the best for our kids. And what is best for our kids ultimately is to have a safe and healthy end of the school year. We’re in the final stretch…and that means keeping doing things that work, and that includes, first and foremost, masking. There are very, very, very few conditions that medically make it inappropriate or dangerous for a child to wear a mask…in most cases the danger of not wearing one outweighs those issues.”

“Masks are a very safe and easy measure that has proven very effective at allowing kids to go to school in person, which is what we all care about.”

Thank you for your support as we work towards a successful conclusion of the 2020/2021 school year.

Board of Education-April 2021

NEWS RELEASE 

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

April 20, 2021

Board of Education Update – April 2021 

by Erin Grady, BOE President 

It’s been a busy month.  In April, we saw incredible actions and accolades from our students and our staff across academics, arts, athletics, and more. Our student participants in the Sterling Scholar statewide competition earned recognition for their efforts as did our dramatists at the state level. Congratulations to each of our students who pursue their interests and passion at such an extraordinary level. 

At the regular monthly business meeting, the Park City School District Board of Education heard updates and reports from:

PCEA Leadership – Julie Hooker submitted a written statement highlighting communication and collaboration. PCEA mentioned that with 31 days of school, we have AP testing, elementary state testing, and traditions such as 5th grade clap out and high school graduation to look forward to in the coming months. PCEA shared, “We appreciate the commitment to student, teacher and staff safety with the enforcement of Governor Cox’s mask mandate until the end of the school year.” 

Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Amy Hunt – shared information on the 21/22 LandTrust applications and reviewed some examples of the stretch goals our schools have adopted.  BOE Member Peters complimented the streamlined layout of the Landtrust plans. 

Chief Operations Officer, Mike Tanner, spoke about covid trends, safety/security, briefed the school board on two recent events related to mask wearing and vaccinations for COVID. Mr. Tanner also discussed the overall capital budget which addresses our facilities at approximately $4.75M for the year.  Mr. Tanner indicated a review of the requests from our baseball families will want to be considered as part of a long range athletics facilities plan.  Whether the community and BOE elect to review previous plans for indoor facilities or consider a phased approach to field improvements, all will take time, collaboration and dollars. 

Superintendent Gildea thanked our incredible staff for their exemplary work this year and noted, “As we are maneuvering through an unusual time and through unusual circumstances, we appreciate our community’s commitment to educational and academic excellence.” Later in the meeting, Dr. Gildea read a statement about the face covering requirement, and asked that we include this information for the public:

“The Public Health Order that outlines the mask mandate is still in effect through June 15th as outlined by the Governor through the Utah Department of Public Health. While you may have varying thoughts and feelings about the wearing of masks in schools, the mandate is considered rule of law, disallowing school boards and leaders to override the state mask mandate order for schools.” 

Medical exemptions are permitted to the face covering requirement and have been in place all school year. 

The Park City School District Board of Education heard the following reports:

Stiefel financial advisors presented an overview of traditional funding methods for the master plan sharing good news on low-interest rates.

Mr. Hauber, Business Administrator, provided a budget overview along with the financial outlook of the district related to state and local revenues.  The prepared budget does include a tax increase request of $800,000, which was our target. 

Policy updates on existing policies were introduced and discussed with minor to no substantive changes but are brought up for 5 year review.  We received comment from the public on two of the policies with requests to add examples.  As the policy provides the umbrella, administrative guidelines may include examples related to visitor or conduct policies. 

The aircraft policy is related to permissions necessary to pursue funding for drone education which may be applied in CTE or film studies courses. 

The Board adjourned for a brief closed session and then returned to adjourn the meeting. 

With regard to Public Comments, we wish to remind our public of the following:

-Public Comments will not be read verbatim, but will be recorded in the notes of the meeting. For example, “Baseball Field” will be found in notes that indicates 50 individuals wrote in to support funding and/or to support creative alternatives to provide indoor practice space for spring sports.  However, we will not read aloud the same email message 50 times.  We appreciate input from the public.

-Public Comment provides input to topics being discussed or addressed, but it is not a place where a list of questions will be read, reviewed or recorded.  

-Public Comment will not be addressed in the moment but will be assigned to an administrator for follow up.  It is not a series of back and forth dialogue or a list of questions.  Questions for the school district or school board may be directed to: communications@pcschools.us 

Board of Education

NEWS RELEASE 

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

March 17, 2021 

Board of Education Update – March 2021 

by Erin Grady, BOE President 

In March, the school board held a work session as well as a regular meeting.  At the work session, the topic of the meeting was a review of the options outlined by MHTN for the Kearns Campus, EHMS, and the elementary sites.

The school board also heard the initial findings from the Demographic Study.  It does appear that PCSD is heading toward a period of slight declining enrollment — even as we include planned development in the planning process.  This is, in part, due to overall Summit County birth rates as well as migration in and out of the district and state.  We keep a close eye on enrollment numbers in order to adequately staff the district. Taking the time to plan now permits the Park City School District to successfully and strategically plan for the future.

At the regular monthly business meeting, the Park City School District Board of Education heard updates and reports from:

  1. PCEA Leadership shared the successes and challenges of this amazingly complex school year and urged ongoing collaboration to ensure student success. 
  2. Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Amy Hunt, spoke to the good work of the school sites in a successful March 15 Professional Learning Day as well as provided a deeper look into the PCSD Instructional Framework.
  3. Chief Operations Officer, Mike Tanner, spoke about covid trends, safety and security and plans to continue the free lunch program throughout summer school at the McPolin School site.
  4. Superintendent Gildea thanked the educators, community and families for collaborative efforts in keeping our schools open and also outlined the history of the master planning efforts to date. Dr. Gildea stated that graduation is scheduled for June 3 and that next year Monday through Thursday will be full academic days, and Fridays will remain on this year’s schedule with early release Fridays.

The Park City School District Board of Education took the following actions:

  1. Approved the proposed Student Fee Schedule for the 21/22 school year.
  2. Approved and affirmed Master Planning Priorities as established by the Community in 2019:
    1. Full High School Experience – move 9th grade into the high school
    2. Full Middle School Experience – 6th, 7th, and 8th grade together
    3. Strengthen Community Services – Expand preschool capacity at all locations and add community wrap services at two elementary schools – Jeremy Ranch and McPolin
    4. Increase Sustainability – coordinate with Park City’s 2030 Vision and goals

Approved the following Policies

Policy 7090Substitute TeachersInserts EduStaff where appropriate
Policy 7097Nepotism (New Policy)Clarifies Supervisory roles of individuals who may be related
Policy 7160Orderly TerminationPersonnel Policy was approved after edits and input were made by our stakeholders




The School Board requested that MOCA return to a scheduled March 31, 2021 work session to present a concurrent build pricing timeline and cost analysis. 

The Board of Education is narrowing down the Phase I Master Education/Facility Plan which will address EHMS and PCHS renovation and addition as well as additions to the elementary schools while incorporating clean and sustainable energy efficiencies at all sites. 

This first phase realigns the district to maintain PK-5 elementary schools, merge to a 6th to 8th grade middle school education program, and provide a comprehensive 9th through 12th grade high school experience while expanding capacity for early learning at each elementary school.  

The action planning related to design and timing of actual construction is going to take some time with estimates, pending funding, ranging from 2024 to 2026 for the moves to actually take place. 

These proposals do not disrupt any of the athletic fields at either secondary site nor does it disrupt existing space for learning to occur during periods of renovation.  It will be for a future school board to determine additional phases, but we have a long-term facility plan that can help guide the way for the future of PCSD.  

The Board adjourned for a brief closed session and then returned to adjourn the meeting. 

With regard to Public Comments, we wish to remind our public of the following:

-A school board meeting is a business meeting that is held in public; it is not a “public meeting.”  Therefore, audience members should adhere to appropriate audience behavior – observe quietly so that others may hear the presenters. Presenters are facing and speaking with the Board Members to inform their decisions in their business meeting; it is not a presentation for or by the public.

-We, as an elected Board of Education, value and appreciate all statements from our constituents related to the work at hand. We do ask that public comment be directed to noticed topics on the agenda with a three-minute time limit per speaker or five-minute time limit per group. 

-Public Comment is intended to provide stakeholder input to the school board on noticed topics after following appropriate communication channels within the school site and then within the district as we work to resolve issues closest to where an issue emerges. We do not hear comments on specific students, families, or personnel at the business meeting. 

-Public Comment will not be addressed in the moment but will be assigned to an administrator for follow up.  It is not a series of back and forth dialogue or a list of questions.  Questions for the school district or school board may be directed to: communications@pcschools.us 

Board of Education Update – March 2021  by Erin Grady, BOE President

Board of Education

Action and Accomplishment Feb 2021

by Erin Grady, BOE President

At the February Board of Education meeting, the school board heard updates on several topics including a high level budget planning overview for the 21/22 school year, a brief master planning update, news and information from the active session of the Utah legislature, and we assigned Board Committees for this next year.

Tonight’s meeting included the first reading of the FY22 School Fees Schedule that aligns to the regulations on posting these out of pocket expenses for parents and families. We took public comments on this fee schedule and will also accept input and feedback from the public next month on this topic.

The Board of Education is charged with financial and policy oversight of the Park City School District and with strategic planning as it maintains a 30,000 ft view in planning for the future of PCSD. And, as a Board/District team, we work to create conditions and support for student success.

In addition, the Park City School District Board of Education:

  1. Heard an update on the state Assessment System from our CAO;
  2. Heard updates on Operations and School Safety from our COO who highlighted the improved COVID counts across the county, outlined the Test to Stay status through the next two weeks, introduced a permanent TestUT site on Kearns campus, and thanked the HR team for organizing additional volunteers to assist with secondary covid testing efforts across the district.
  3. Considered revisions to the following policies:
    • 7090 – Substitute Teachers
    • 7097 – Nepotism
    • 7160 – Orderly Termination

      Each month, we will keep Master Planning on the Board Agenda as we re-launch this important future facilities project.

      This month, we also, as a school board, reiterated the following positions:
  1. The school board, as an entity, and by practice, does not endorse any developer, development or builder.
  2. The school board recognizes and values the student participation in clean energy and sustainability projects and will fold the ideas into the master planning effort.
  3. The school board, as an entity, and by practice, will listen and hear public comment; however, any response will follow from an assigned administrator rather than engage in dialogue during the session.