At the Granite School Board (Board) meeting on Tuesday, December 1, John Welburn, Granite School District (GSD) Assistant Superintendent, presented a PPT regarding an adjustment to instructional days. This proposed change comes from requests made by educators and GEA to the GSD Board and administration to allow for more teacher planning days following each quarter’s grading period (similar to what was experienced at the end of the first quarter).
At the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) allowed districts to use up to five daily waivers for student instruction. These waivers are due to the complications which were expected to arise due to the covid-19 pandemic. GSD has used two of the five days allotted and three waivers remain.
The proposed revision to the school calendar will add two professional learning days to the end of the term on January 13-14, and one professional learning day to the end of the term on March 25th.
Important to note, several schools suffering an emergency closure early in the school year due to high winds and loss of power, will still need to make up the instructional days for students. The solution for those schools will be to use one or more of the additional professional learning day(s) in January and March to hold a distance learning day for students.
Following are the schools affected by the emergency closures:
Schools missing one day of instruction:
These calendar changes were approved unanimously by the Board and an updated calendar will be advertised. GEA is gratified that the Board and GSD administration look to ways to ease the workload for educators during end of term transitions.
2020-2021 Calendar - Board Presentation 12/01/20