Employee well-being is an important component as we work through the challenges of a pandemic. A recent survey was conducted to evaluate various areas of impact. The overall results of the survey are shown below.
A challenge during the pandemic has been the availability of substitute teachers. Fill rates in early January averaged 60%. Because of a response from the community, current fill rates are averaging between 85-90%.
The state has provided additional face coverings for all students in schools throughout the state. They are available in the school office for anyone who wants one.
The Utah Department of Health recently released K-12 School Recommendations regarding disease control for the upcoming school year. Recent state law (HB1007) prohibits local school board implementation of a mask mandate. The same law authorizes local health departments to enact disease protocols, restrictions, quarantines, Test to Stay procedures, etc. as they impact students, schools, employees, and communities. We will collaborate with the Utah County Health Department as they direct disease control and determine how the guidelines will impact our schools. We appreciate your patience as it is anticipated that there will be adjustments in protocols throughout the year in response to local conditions and data.
The following is a summary of the latest guidelines. Please visit alpineschool.org/returntolearn for continual updates and links to state and local health departments. We hope this information helps as you make decisions and plans that are best for your own family.
Summary of COVID-19 Protocols for Alpine School District
In summary, Be “SMART”
Stay home when sick or when waiting for COVID-19 test results
Masks are a personal choice but may prevent sickness and quarantine
Advocate for distancing when possible
Remember good hygiene and sanitation
Talk to your health care provider about vaccination
Throughout the coming school year, we will work continuously with Utah County Health Department officials as they monitor COVID-19 case counts in Alpine School District and will keep you informed of any adjustments to these guidelines.
Our teachers are very competent and have performed exceptionally through a swift and complete conversion to online instruction last spring; returned to school under significant safety protocols last fall; and have successfully managed the learning of both in person and online students all year! The proposed school schedules are designed to improve student learning and well-being through high-quality classroom instruction, assessment, intervention, and extensions. To accomplish this, teachers need time during contract hours to engage in essential professional development, team collaboration, and personal preparation.
The bulleted highlights below show how ASD students currently perform in reading and math. Greater detail regarding student performance can be found here (español). To help improve student learning in reading and math, most elementary school teachers will engage in significant professional development beginning in 2021. Each proposed elementary school schedule provides varying amounts of instructional time and teacher professional time. We trust our teachers and recognize the tremendous impact they have on all students in Alpine School District.
The most effective influences to improve student learning are our teachers and our teacher teams. We need to invest in these teams and provide them with more time to meet the needs of our students.
Over the last year, we have seen increases in the number of students who struggle academically. We have a significant need for our teacher teams to intensely and effectively use the PLC results cycle to improve Tier 1 Instruction and to identify and address student learning loss.
Secondary schools have been revisiting their intervention/support systems and are preparing for the upcoming school year. Teachers are the most capable and best equipped to find and implement effective solutions in our schools. The following schedule options provide a structure with start and end times and encourage innovation at the school level.
Please check school websites for school based resources, such as bell schedules and school meals. Employees should visit the Alpine Employe Gateway for employee specific resources.
View the Clear Creek Camp Schedule in the “Registration FAQs” document. We recommend selecting a few dates in case your first choice sells out.
Once registration is open, click “Eventbrite Registration” and select the date of your choice.
Fill in all requested student registration information and pay the required registration fee.
Complete Student Information & Health Form.