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In case of emergency with facilities or students, during weekend times or off school time, please contact Dr. Ember Conley at 435-659-7591.

Crisis Intervention Resources

Parents and community:

We have provided a few resources to provide support for you as you work to help your children.

Please visit this page: www.pcschools.us/index.php?page=137 and look for the items under Crisis Intervention.

We will continue to provide as much on-site support as is needed in the coming days and weeks.

Community Update: September 13, 2016 (PM)

Students, Staff, Parents, and Community,

Over the last 48 hours, the Park City Police Department was notified of the deaths of two 13- year-old males. The cause of death for both of these individuals is unknown. The Park City Police Department is actively investigating both deaths, and toxicology examinations will be requested on both deceased males to determine the cause of death.

The first death was reported on Sunday morning, September 11, 2016. The first deceased individual has been identified as Grant Seaver, 13, of Park City, Utah. The second deceased individual was found at his home this morning, Tuesday, September 13, 2016. His name is Ryan Ainsworth, 13, of Park City, Utah. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of these two young men.

District official stress that students are safe as can be at school.

Our counselors advise us that one of the best ways for students to heal after a critical incident is to get back into a normal routine as quickly as possible. School will be in session tomorrow, and we are working to create a safe learning environment. We will continue to provide every resource possible to support our students; we have counselors in place from Park City School District, Valley Behavioral Health and from the State of Utah. We will have extra support and resources available for any student at any time.

We need your help right now to keep our students safe. In our work with the Park City Police Department, we feel the need to jointly urge you to pay very close attention to your child’s state of mind. If you feel that they are at risk for any dangerous behaviors, please keep them in your sight at all times and contact any or all of the resources listed below.

The police department and the school district are worried specifically about the potential for a number of our students to have access to the synthetic research drug U-47700 (identified as a research opiate). This drug is commonly known as “pink” or “pinky.”

Yesterday, the Park City Police Department and Park City School District jointly issued a community-wide alert about U-47700. Two fatal overdoses in Utah (Salt Lake County and Iron County) have already been attributed to the drug, which is commonly known as “pink” or “pinky.” We have just learned that as of September 8, 2016, it is illegal to possess or purchase U-47700.

This is the content of that alert:

Fatal Overdoses from Synthetic Opioid -- U-47700 -- in Utah
U-47700 (Also Known as “Pink” or “Pinky”): Extremely Dangerous Drug Appearing in Park City

Park City Police Department and Park City School District jointly issue a community-wide alert about the synthetic research drug U-47700. Two fatal overdoses in Utah (Salt Lake County and Iron County) have already been attributed to U-47700. The drug is commonly known as “pink” or “pinky.”

Utah Statewide Information & Analysis Center says, “The synthetic opioid… is growing in popularity with recreational drug users throughout the United States…[and] is readily available for purchase on the internet; primarily from Chinese suppliers.”

At this point, it is known that the substance is extremely toxic, even in small doses. If you believe you have encountered the drug, contact the Park City Police Department immediately at (435) 615-5500. Do not touch the substance with bare hands. Exposure to U-47700 by inhalation or contact with skin can be fatal.

WHAT TO DO:
- Talk with your child about the extreme danger involved with ingesting this drug in any dosage and in any form
- Search your child’s belongings
- Request a locker search at school
- If you think your child may be in possession of U-47700, call local law enforcement immediately

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
- White powder (can look like baby powder, pictures at bottom of next page)
- Can also come in liquid form; watch for dropper bottles and (sometimes empty) nasal inhalers
- Unmarked “stealth” delivery boxes - in some cases, these may have hand-written labels
- Boxes, vials or plastic baggies labeled “Not for Human Consumption” or “For Research

Purposes Only”
- Side effects (reported from individuals who have used the substance):

  • Analgesia (inability to feel pain)
  • Sedation
  • Euphoria
  • Constipation
  • Itching
  • Respiratory depression (occurs when ventilation is inadequate)

WHERE TO LOOK:
- Search belongings (backpacks, purses, containers)
- It has been located in writing pen tubes, gum containers, etc.
- Pay attention to any packages being shipped to your house, especially anything shipped from Asian countries
- Search your child’s belongings: it is NOT yet an illegal substance, your child may very well have it in his/her possession without thinking they are doing something dangerous
- Search web browser history; purchases may be made from sites including but not limited to:
- MrChemistry.com
- Best-Feel.com
- BestRCS.com
- Chinglabs.com
- TopChems4me.com
- Buy-RCS.com

BACKGROUND:
In early 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) documented approximately 30 overdose incidents related to U-47700 within the United States. U-47700 had been an emerging threat along the eastern United States for several months. While these are the first confirmed reports of U-47700 in Utah, it is likely the presence of the drug will continue to rise within the state.

One of the challenges posed by this drug is that it is not currently scheduled as a controlled substance in the United States. Deaths have also been reported in Europe, and U-47700 is now illegal in both Sweden and Finland. It remains unregulated elsewhere; and, it is still easy to find online.

MORE INFORMATION:
The dangers of U-47700 are just coming to light, so not much is known at this point. We will continue to keep you informed as we learn more about this issue, and Park City School District will host a community drug awareness forum in the coming weeks. Visit the following link for additional information on U-47700: www.parkcity.org/departments/police.

Please feel free to contact the following people with questions or concerns:
- Captain Phil Kirk, Park City Police Department: pkirk@parkcity.org
- Dr. Ember Conley, Superintendent of Park City School District: econley@pcschools.us
- Molly Miller, Community Relations for Park City School District: mmiller@pcschools.us
- Statewide Information & Analysis Center (SIAC): SIAC@utah.gov

SUPPORT AND RESOURCES:
- Utah Crisis Line: 801-587-3000
- Valley Behavioral Health (Summit County): 435-649-8347
- Safe UT: http://healthcare.utah.edu/uni/clinical-services/safe-ut/
- Valley Behavioral Health: http://www.valleycares.com
- Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition: http://utahsuicideprevention.org

IF YOUR CHILD HAS INFORMATION:
- Encourage students to share any information, questions or concerns with counselors, teachers, staff, administration and/or law enforcement
- Students may not feel comfortable personally disclosing any information - there is an anonymous way to share concerns here (via www.tmjh.pcschools.us): http://tmjh.pcschools.us/index.php?page=113
- There is also an anonymous drug deposit box at the Park City Police Department; anyone is encouraged to use this at any time

NEXT STEPS:
- SAFE UT App will be rolled out tomorrow:

  • This app was developed in partnership with the Utah Office of Education to deal with a rise in suicide rates in Utah but also to provide another measure of safety and support for our students
  • It has two features to help keep them safe - which is critical for people who are grieving:
  • Students can directly speak with crisis line therapist, and can also message with a therapist through the app -- 24 hours a day
  • Students can also access an anonymous tip line that will go directly to the building principals

Dr Ember Conley, Superintendent of Park City School District
Chief Wade Carpenter Park City Police Department (435) 615-5500

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Park City Police Department Notification

Parents and community,

I am devastated to report that the Park City Police Department is investigating the death of an additional 13 year old student from Treasure Mountain Jr. High School. At this point in the investigation, we cannot release any information on identity. We are also unable to release details on the cause of death.

We are working very closely with PCPD and will release information as soon as we get the ok from law enforcement. We will keep you fully informed of any and all developments.
There is no imminent physical safety threat related to this incident. No student should be given permission to leave campus without a parent checking them out.
​The counseling crisis team is intact - with additional support from Valley Behavioral Health and state health department officials. Please encourage your students and their friends to reach out for support. ​

Ember Conley, EdD
Superintendent
Park City School District
(*Parents should have already received this information via email, phone call and text messaging.)

Community Drug Alert

Fatal Overdoses from Synthetic Opioid -- U-47700 -- in Utah
U-47700 (Also Known as “Pink” or “Pinky”): Extremely Dangerous Drug Appearing in Park City

Park City Police Department and Park City School District jointly issue a community-wide alert about the synthetic research drug U-47700. Two fatal overdoses in Utah (Salt Lake County and Iron County) have already been attributed to U-47700. The drug is commonly known as “pink” or “pinky.”

Utah Statewide Information & Analysis Center says, “The synthetic opioid… is growing in popularity with recreational drug users throughout the United States…[and] is readily available for purchase on the internet; primarily from Chinese suppliers.” Because this drug is so new -- it is not yet illegal to purchase.

At this point, it is known that the substance is extremely toxic, even in small doses. If you believe you have encountered the drug, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately and do not touch the substance with bare hands.

WHAT TO DO:
Talk with your child about the extreme danger involved with ingesting this drug in any dosage and in any form
- Search your child’s belongings
- Request a locker search at school
- If you think your child may be in possession of U-47700, call local law enforcement immediately

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
- White powder (can look like baby powder, pictures at bottom of next page)
- Can also come in liquid form; watch for dropper bottles and (sometimes empty) nasal inhalers
- Unmarked “stealth” delivery boxes - in some cases, these may have hand-written labels
- Boxes, vials or plastic baggies labeled “Not for Human Consumption” or “For Research Purposes Only”
- Side effects (reported from individuals who have used the substance):

  • Analgesia (inability to feel pain)
  • Sedation
  • Euphoria
  • Constipation
  • Itching
  • Respiratory depression (occurs when ventilation is inadequate)

WHERE TO LOOK:
- Search belongings (backpacks, purses, containers)
- It is has been located in writing pen tubes, gum containers, etc.
- Pay attention to any packages being shipped to your house, especially anything shipped from Asian countries
- Search your child’s belongings: it is NOT yet an illegal substance, your child may very well have it in his/her possession without thinking they are doing something dangerous
- Search web browser history; purchases may be made from sites including but not limited to:

  • MrChemistry.com
  • Best-Feel.com
  • BestRCS.com
  • Chinglabs.com
  • TopChems4me.com
  • Buy-RCS.com

BACKGROUND:
In early 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) documented approximately 30 overdose incidents related to U-47700 within the United States. U-47700 had been an emerging threat along the eastern United States for several months. While these are the first confirmed reports of U-47700 in Utah, it is likely the presence of the drug will continue to rise within the state.

One of the challenges posed by this drug is that it is not currently scheduled as a controlled substance in the United States. Deaths have also been reported in Europe, and U-47700 is now illegal in both Sweden and Finland. It remains unregulated elsewhere; and, it is still easy to find online.

MORE INFORMATION:
The dangers of U-47700 are just coming to light, so not much is known at this point. We will continue to keep you informed as we learn more about this issue, and Park City School District will host a community drug awareness forum in the coming weeks.

Please feel free to contact the following people with questions or concerns:

- Captain Phil Kirk, Park City Police Department: pkirk@parkcity.org
- Dr. Ember Conley, Superintendent of Park City School District: econley@pcschools.us
- Molly Miller, Community Relations for Park City School District: mmiller@pcschools.us
- Statewide Information & Analysis Center (SIAC): SIAC@utah.gov

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Recent News

School Start Times: Update

At the August 23, 2016 Board of Education meeting, the Start Times Committee presented a recommendation to the Board of Education, which subsequently took this action:

Member Eihausen made a motion to move forward with charging an implementation committee for starting the school daily start time for all schools with the high school starting no earlier than 8:30 am with the committee making a recommendation based on operational, financial, student health and safety considerations. Member Kaplan seconded the motion. Motion passed noting the dissenting vote by Member Ehlers.

Video links:

video.pcschools.us/videos/video/5956/

  • 58:00: Start Times Committee presentation​
  • 1:28:52: Board discussion
  • 1:50:12: public comment

video.pcschools.us/videos/video/5958/

  • ​​18:​55​: ​motion discussion for Start Times
  • 45:55 - 46:54: vote ​

WHAT'S NEXT
​Dr. Conley will advise the Board on the creation of an Implementation Task Force, which will include ​teachers, principals, staff, district office reps, community reps, and a number of members from the Start Times Committee.

  • The committee will be tasked to figure out exactly how to implement the change to start times.
  • The committee will also be tasked to recommend a timeline for implementation to the Governing Board - with the expectation from the Board that it happens as quickly as is feasible.

TIMELINE
The Governing Board would like to see an adjustment to start times quickly -- but we do want to clarify that the Implementation Task Force will determine (and recommend to the Board) a timeline for the change. It will NOT begin before the 2017-2018 school year. We will continue to provide updates as the ITF makes progress on this action.

​If you'd like to join the Implementation Task Force or if you have any questions or concerns, please email communication@pcschools.us.

Link to the Start Times Committee's presentation to the Board:
www.boarddocs.com/ut/pcsd/Board.nsf/files/ACXRJC6E3360/$file/SST%20PC%20Board%20Presentation%208.17.16%20FINAL.pdf).

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Park City Expansion Design Team

Members of the PC Expansion Design Team are back to holding weekly meetings now that school is back in session.

We invite you to take a moment to examine their progress:

www.pcschools.us/index.php?page=390.1

Upcoming Meetings:
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2016
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2016

Here's a look at the Park City Expansion Design Team's estimated timeline:

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NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION

Welcome to Park City School District!
2016-2017 new student registration is now open. If you are new to Park City School District or were not an active student at the end of last school year, please complete the new student online registration by clicking on the link below. Your child must be 5 on or before September 01, 2016 before you can enroll them in Kindergarten. There are no exceptions to this as it is State law.

Once you have completed the online registration you need to bring the necessary documentation to your child’s school to complete process of registration.

New Student Registration 2016-2017
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¡Bienvenido Park City School District!
2016-2017 registro escolar está abierto. Si eres nuevo a Park City School District o carecían de un alumno activo a finales del año pasado, por favor complete el registro en línea de estudiantes nuevos haciendo clic en el enlace de más abajo. Su hijo debe ser de 5 en o antes del 01 de septiembre de 2016 antes les puede inscribirse en el Kinder. No hay excepciones a esto ya que es ley del estado.

Una vez haya completado el registro en línea usted necesita traer la documentación necesaria para su hijo de escuela para completar el proceso de registro.

New Student Registration 2016-2017 - Spanish
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15 TO CLEAN!

Over the next three years, Park City School District will plate up more nutritious food - while also appealing to our little ones' palates.

15 TO CLEAN means 15 ingredients will be plucked out and packed away - for good - to make our offerings to students more healthful. To ensure kids try the food - and like it! - we will educate our students about the newer, healthier options. We continue to work in conjunction with a number of experts in our community, like a chef from Deer Valley and the EATS Park City team (EATS stands for Eat Awesome Things At School). We're collaborating on things like ingredient selection, recipe creation and, everyone's favorite, elementary school taste tests!
Our Child Nutrition Task Force will tackle 5 ingredients to excise from the menu (district-wide) over the course of each school year, starting in September, 2016. Here are the first five:

1. Trans-Fats
2. High-Fructose Corn Syrup
3. MSG
4. Sucralose
5. Sulphites / Sulfites

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What Counts & Post-Bond Survey Results

Links to results from What Counts meetings and post-bond surveys are now available.

Click on "Community Feedback" on the right side of this page. The information is also available through this link:
www.pcschools.us/index.php?page=389.

A number of decisions about what to do next, based on the information gathered in the meetings and surveys, will be made in an all-day Board of Education work session scheduled for March 15.

We always want to hear from you and encourage you to contact us at any time. Please reach out to Community Relations Specialist Molly Miller with comments, questions or concerns: mmiller@pcschools.us.

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