Congratulations to Jordan School District Teacher of the Year, Kymberli Cosner
She is a shining star among educators. Please join us in congratulating Columbia Elementary School 4th grade teacher Kymberli Cosner who was just named “Jordan School District Teacher of the Year.”
Columbia Elementary School Principal Abe Yospe says Ms. Cosner is a superhero. He says whether it was being put in quarantine, teaching online, helping get food to students in need or simply showing love for others, Kymberli Cosner crushed every issue 2020 could throw her way.
Ms. Cosner is changing the lives of students every day and we could not be more proud to honor her as “Jordan School District Teacher of the Year.”
Ms. Cosner will now compete for Utah Teacher of the Year. Best of luck!
The Jordan School District Board of Education asked District administration to survey parents, students, teachers, and staff regarding their overall satisfaction with the current Friday schedule for all schools.
More than 16,000 people took the survey with 67% indicating they are satisfied and 23% indicating they are dissatisfied with the current Friday schedule.
The Board is reviewing the responses and has formed a committee to explore all options for the Friday schedule next year.
The Board will seek additional public input on the options before a final decision is made.
The following are new administrative assignments:
- New Assignments effective Jan. 15, 2021:
- April Gaydosh, principal at Westvale Elementary appointed Elementary School Level Administrator of Schools replacing Doree Strauss who retired.
- Odette Desmarais, assistant principal at Foothills appointed principal at Westvale Elementary and her replacement is to be determined.
- New Assignments effective July 1, 2021:
- Yajaira Martinez, assistant principal at Bluffdale and Terra Linda Elementary appointed principal at Terra Linda Elementary replacing Karen Gorringe who is retiring and her replacement is to be determined.
The following are new administrative assignments:
- New Assignments effective December 14, 2020:
- Elizabeth Felt, assistant principal at Blackridge Elementary appointed principal at Mountain Point Elementary replacing Carolyn Bona who is retiring.
- Michelle Kilcrease, assistant principal at Mountain Shadows and Copper Canyon Elementary transferred as an assistant principal at Blackridge Elementary and her replacement is to be determined.
- Ross Menlove, administrator on special assignment in Teaching & Learning appointed an online principal (Elementary) and his replacement is to be determined.
- Spencer Campbell, assistant principal at South Hills Middle appointed an online principal (Middle) and his replacement is to be determined.
- Ammon Wiemers, consultant in Teaching & Learning appointed an online principal (High) and his replacement is to be determined.
- New Assignments effective January 19, 2021:
- Suzanne Williams, principal at Eastlake Elementary appointed principal at the new elementary school in Daybreak.
- Kristy Howe, assistant principal at Antelope Canyon and Oakcrest Elementary appointed principal at Eastlake Elementary and her replacement is to be determined.
In their meeting on Nov.24, the Board of Education voted on new protocols for moving schools temporarily from in-person to virtual learning. The Board has authorized the District administration to move a school to virtual learning when it meets one of the following thresholds two weekdays in a row (not over a weekend or a break):
- Number of active student and staff cases reaches 15 or 1% of the in-person population at the school (whichever is higher).
- Percentage of students and staff on quarantine reaches 10%.
- Student absenteeism rate reaches 20%. (in-person)
The first day that a school reaches any of the thresholds listed above will be considered an “alert day.” The District administration will contact the school administration, ask clarifying questions, discuss any mitigating circumstances, and verify the data. A message will then be sent to staff and parents.
The day after an alert day, a follow-up message will be sent to indicate whether the school will be going virtual the next day. School circumstances will be taken into account before a final decision is made, but schools that reach the same threshold two weekdays in a row (not over a weekend or a break) should generally anticipate switching to virtual learning.
- Additional Information:
- The two weekday protocol is intended to provide notice that a school will potentially be moved to virtual learning.
- Unique situations will be taken into account before final determinations are made regarding a school’s in-person or virtual status.
- The timing for moving to virtual learning will depend on when the school meets the established thresholds. Final decisions will be made by the district administration after consulting with the school administration.
- As per the County Health Department, active case numbers are reset to zero after a school has been on virtual learning for 14 calendar days.
- Quarantine numbers include only students who have been quarantined by the health department through contact tracing at the school.
- The student absenteeism rate is calculated based on students who are expected to be attending school in person.
- In rare instances, in consultation with the school administration, a school may be switched to virtual learning based on circumstances not related to the three criteria listed above. Doing so would generally require an emergency meeting of the Board of Education.