April 14, 2020
Dear students and parents,
Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced that Utah schools will continue on a soft-closure for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The decision, while very difficult, was made in conjunction with guidance from the Utah Health Department, Governor Herbert and State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson.
First and foremost, I want you to know that I am so proud of you. I am appreciative of our students, teachers, parents and families who have all stepped up during this extraordinary time. I challenge you to find any other industry that could and would, given three days’ notice, change the entire way they work, learn a new way to do their jobs and transition as smoothly into a “new now” as well as our educators have done. Likewise, parents have taken the lead in their own homes without hesitation and directed all aspects of remote learning for our students. Thank you!
I know that connection with our families is crucial right now and our plan is to continue to support our students and school community. This includes:
- Continuing remote learning;
- Supporting social and emotional well-being;
- Providing school meals.
I recognize this news impacts each of us differently and you have many questions, especially regarding end of year activities (graduation, collecting items from lockers, returning laptops, books, etc.) My team and I are working on answers to these questions and will get information to you as soon as we can. Look for additional information in the coming days, from myself and your school principal. As always, updates will be posted on our website: www.ssummit.org and social media channels.
Please know that we are here for you and will continue to provide the compassion and consistency our students need at this time as we scale this summit together.
“May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits.”—Harley King
Dr. Shad E. Sorenson
Superintendent of Schools
South Summit School District