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When to Keep Your Sick Student Home from School

Preventing norovirusIn an effort to control the spread of infectious diseases at school and allow students to be available for learning, Park City School District nurses want  parents and guardians to follow district guidelines when deciding whether or not to send students to school.

“Every effort is being made in the school setting to properly clean and sanitize our students’ work and play areas, but the best defense is prevention,” said District Nurse Suzanne Tanner.

Students should remain home from school for the following reasons:

–Any temperature greater than 100 degrees. Children should be fever free, without fever reducing medications for 24 hours prior to returning to school.

–Vomiting and/or diarrhea require that the student remain home until 24 hours after the symptoms have subsided without medication.

–If your child has a heavy, moist productive cough, chest congestion, or discolored nasal drainage.

–Any rash of unknown origin should be evaluated and cleared by a physician prior to the student returning.

–Strep infections require early treatment and students are encouraged to remain at home for the first 24 hours. In addition, students should be fever free and feeling well before returning to school.

–If your child has pinkeye (conjunctivitis), he/she needs to have completed 24 hours of medication.

“As a general rule, students should remain home until they have been symptom free for 24 hours. This is important for your child’s health and the health of his/her classmates,” Tanner said. “Please continue to remind your children of the importance of frequent hand washing, proper nutrition, adequate rest and proper use and disposal of tissues during this school year.”

Tanner also asks that parents/guardians notify the school of the student absences and also given a reason for the absence. “This helps us monitor disease outbreaks and disease prevention,” she said.

Please refer to the District’s Guidelines for Student Illness and Exclusion for further information.

Read more about Norovirus on the Utah Department of Health website.

Strategic Plan | 2018-2022

Our Mission

The mission of Park City School District is to inspire and support all students equitably to achieve their academic and social potential.

Our Vision

Park City School District is student-centered with a focus and emphasis on the whole child — our students are safe, supported, engaged, challenged, and healthy.

Our Values

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Academic Success

We are committed to engaging all students to reach their full potential no matter where they are in their academic journeys.

Leadership

We are committed to continuous development, accountability, and transparency.

Excellent Personnel

We are committed to hiring the best and the brightest staff in a transparent and fair manner.

Communication

We are committed to communicating with all stakeholders in an open, timely, and consistent manner.

Community Alliances

We are committed to a culture of collaboration with our community partners.

Our Strategic Goals

Strategic Goal 1 (Academic Success)

Develop the potential of every student through data-driven and best learning practices to be academically successful and prepared for life beyond graduation. Provide safe, optimal and equitable learning environments for all students and staff.

Strategic Goal 2 (Leadership)

Provide district wide leadership that exhibits transparency, clarity and accountability at all times and in all situations.

Strategic Goal 3 (Excellent Personnel)

Create a culture of respect for all employees through recruiting, retaining, and providing professional development, while building the district’s leadership capacity.

Strategic Goal 4 (Communication)

Continuously deliver efficient, effective, and transparent communication about the district.

Strategic Goal 5 (Community Alliances)

Partner with families and the community for the general well-being and education of our collective student base while including a culture of inclusiveness and respect for the rich diversity of our community.

PCSD Chat Texts Messages to Parents, Community Members

Park City School District uses PCSD Chat to help parents stay better informed. The two-way text message system allows parents/guardians, staff, and members of the community to receive texts from the school district.

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“The best part of the system is that it also allows parents to text us,” said Melinda Colton, director of Communications. “This allows us to be more responsive and provide immediate answers.”
Once parents receive the text tomorrow, they can simply add the V-card into their contact list by clicking the link.

Park City is the first school district in the country to use this system which was developed by AtlasRTX, a company based in Park City. “As a Park City parent, I couldn’t be more honored for our company to partner with our own school district,” said Bassam Salem, CEO of AtlasRTX. “This will showcase the future of community engagement: from the convenience of a mobile phone or online, in real-time with district staff backed by an artificial intelligence ‘chatbot,’ and in any language, so it is inclusive of every member of our community; that is the vision for PCSD Chat.”

The district is just about ready to pilot this text message program this year at the school level at Trailside Elementary and is calling it “Trailside Chat.” If successful, Colton said the system will be available at all PCSD schools at a later date.

“Not only can we text parents about important events, but we can also keep them informed about what the Board is doing and alert them in case of an emergency,” Colton said. “The benefits of having such immediate communication with our parents are endless.”

Community members and employees are welcome to join the texting service by simply texting your first and last name to 435-602-4444 or registering via the PCSD website.

PCSD will continue to use SchoolMessenger to email parents general district announcements.

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