This post will be updated regularly with the latest instructions regarding the West Lake dismissal. Please follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter or check back to this page to know the latest information.
March 30, 2020
March 27, 2020
As many of you may have heard, the Governor has initiated some additional guidance as of 4 p.m. (Friday, March 27, 2020) this afternoon. Full details of this directive can be found at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/latest/.
Some of this new guidance applies directly to our school operations as follows:
- Distance learning WILL CONTINUE.
- Schools will still be open but with limited personnel, and patrons SHOULD CALL IN ADVANCE and set an appointment to ensure appropriate social distancing.
- Playground equipment and areas are NOW closed (this does NOT include open field spaces but please practice safe social distancing).
- Grab and Go breakfast and lunch service WILL continue. However, to the highest extent possible, please remain in your vehicles and food will be brought to you. Hours remain the same (8-9am for breakfast and 11:30am – 1pm for lunch). Lunch locations will be reduced starting on Monday. Please check the Granite website later this weekend for a list of updated distribution sites. As a reminder, ANY student of Granite School District can go to ANY of our locations for food service. Please spread out during these times as much as possible to ensure appropriate social distancing.
For our employees, the vast majority of the guidance discussed today has already been implemented. Therefore, previous guidance specific to our employees is still applicable. One notable addition to that guidance is the opportunity for hourly employees to participate in online training from home for a portion of their work time. This should be done in coordination with the direct supervisor.
As indicated by the Governor, additional more restrictive guidance may be forthcoming from our local County Health Department. We will update you on that guidance when it is received.
Thanks for your help and support of these initiatives designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We hope you stay safe and healthy.
March 24, 2020
Gov. Gary R. Herbert and State Superintendent Syd Dickson announced Monday, March 23 that Utah’s K-12 public schools will extend their dismissal through Friday, May 1.
State officials and health departments will continue to evaluate the situation and make determinations as time goes on regarding the remainder of the school year after May 1.
“These are unprecedented times in Utah’s and our nation’s history,” the governor said, “I have been overwhelmed with Utahns’ outpouring of support for one another, and nowhere has this been more evident than in the way our educators are supporting Utah students and families.”
Distance learning and meal services will continue through the extended dismissal.
“During the uncertainties of the coming weeks, it is more important than ever to remain socially connected with our students and families while doing our best to ensure learning continues.” said superintendent Dickson. “The flexibility and initiative of our educators is a shining example of how we rise together in challenging circumstances.”
For more statewide information, we would encourage you to visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/.
March 19, 2020:
On account of damage suffered from the series of earthquakes yesterday, the West Lake building is currently closed to everyone. You may still get breakfast (8:30 to 9:30 AM) and lunch (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM) at Granger High School as well as see many of the West Lake staff over there. If you haven’t yet retrieved your Chromebook and it’s locked in the West Lake Building, let us know by quickly responding to our Chromebook Google Form.
March 18, 2020:
Online school launches today. This morning, all students should have received their email for “Online School.” Please email Mr. Howe if you haven’t received yours. Parents, you were copied as well, but about 200 of the parent copies are delayed and will hit your inboxes in the early afternoon.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be the first day of a school week if we didn’t start off with Mustang Media. This is our 150th episode and includes all of the highlights from the 7th Grade Field Trip and the 8th Grade Reality Town. Enjoy!
March 15, 2020:
In light of the Governor’s and State Superintendent’s recent announcements, I want to update you on what the two-week school dismissal will look like at West Lake STEM.
School is dismissed from Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th. At the end of the two weeks, the state will re-evaluate and determine what our next steps will be. Because, Granite’s spring break was already scheduled from March 19th through March 23, the two-week statewide dismissal will only affect seven school days that weren’t already planned to be out.
- March 16 & 17: No school for students. Teachers begin preparing online instruction and assignments to start on Wednesday, March 18.
- March 18: Students begin online lessons and assignments.
- March 19 – 23: Spring Break. No online lessons.
- March 24 – 27: Students continue online lessons and assignments from home.
During the dismissal, our office will be open from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Students and families may check into the main office to go to lockers to obtain personal belongings, including Chromebook computers. During this time, students may take their Chromebook computers home.
An email will be sent on Wednesday morning with specific information about your student’s classes. A hard copy will also be available in the main office for students who cannot access it online.
Because the 4th quarter was scheduled to begin on Monday, March 16th for West Lake, some of the classes students will be working on remotely will be new classes. Instructions for how to access those classes will also be included in the Wednesday email.
All sporting events, tryouts, practices, field trips, and performances have been canceled for at least two weeks. All night school and community education classes have also been canceled.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the school. We know that this situation is not ideal, and we appreciate your flexibility and concern for our school community. I will continue to update you as we receive more information.
Thank you for your understanding and support.