CSD Calls on Community to Help Recruit Substitutes

Even in years without tumult, it takes a village to raise the next generation of entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, and leaders. But now more than ever, Canyons District is relying on members of the community to help all of its 50 schools and programs continue to operate smoothly. 

While the corps of certified substitutes in Canyons is strong,  the demand for substitute teachers who can step into the classroom at a moment’s notice is growing by the day as CSD starts the 2021-2022 school year in earnest. 

While 83 percent of Canyons District teachers and other licensed personnel participated in last year’s CSD COVID-19 vaccination clinics, employees are still asked to stay at home if they are experiencing such symptoms as a sore throat, sniffles, fever or a cough. Teachers also require substitutes for medical reasons, such as maternity leave or surgery.

Additionally, the majority of teachers are parents, and there are days when they need stay home with their children who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus or are experiencing symptoms. 

“Last year, when we needed substitutes, our community stepped up in a big way.  We put out a call for substitutes and so many people stepped forward, rolled up their sleeves, and got to work in so many important capacities,” said Sally Sansom, Canyons District’s Human Resources Administrator. “This year, the need is just a great — if not greater.” 

In just the first few weeks of the school year, CSD is receiving more than 100 requests a day for substitutes. Canyons is committed to ensuring that every class has supervision, but the dearth of active subs has required schools to ask office staff to leave their regular duties to teach a class, or recruit part-time employees to come in on their days off, Sansom said.

Sansom also some teachers have been asked to do double-duty to cover for an ill colleague.  Employees at the Canyons District Offices are being asked to break free from their duties if there’s a class that needs to be covered, as well.

Canyons has several kinds of substitutes, ranging from those who have a teachers’ license, such as retired teachers, to regular and emergency substitutes. The pay ranges from $95-$137 per day, depending on credentials. There also are additional stipends for long-term substitutes. 

This year, despite having nearly 300 substitutes in its pool, Canyons is looking for members in the community who would consider working as an emergency substitute to step in and fill in the gaps. Busy substitutes who are willing to accept the daily teaching jobs can earn up to $500 a week.

“What person doesn’t like to go into a job and realize, if I wasn’t there today, there would be a big void — my taking on this job filled a huge hole that was there in the school, and I really made a difference?” Sansom asks. “If there are ways we can help our schools, our communities, and we are looking for ways to do that, subbing is a great thing to do.”

Members of the community who want to be a substitute are asked to go to canyonsdistrict.org.  Please scroll down to “Be a Sub” button and submit the appropriate application information. 

Questions?  Please call CSD’s Human Resources Department at 801-826-5477.

Canyons Announces Dates, Times for SALTA Testing

Does your child have a strong sense of curiosity, a need to explore subjects in surprising depth, and ability to quickly learn complex information? 

If so, your student might be a candidate for Canyons District’s SALTA magnet program for advanced learners — and the time for applying to test into the program is coming soon.

SALTA — Supporting Advanced Learners Toward Achievement — serves students who demonstrate significantly high cognitive and academic abilities in comparison to peers. Students in kindergarten through the seventh grade can apply online to test into the program starting Tuesday, Sept. 7. The deadline for applying is midnight Friday, Oct. 1. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept late applications.  

Due to the time-intensive and rigorous nature of the process for determining a student’s fit for the program, parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the testing requirements and characteristics of advanced learners (see below) before completing an application. 

National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) Resources for Parents

Utah Association for Gifted Children (UAGC) Resources for Parents

Parents who apply for testing, will receive an email with more information on testing times and locations. All testing will take place between Oct. 18 and Nov. 19. 

Questions? More information, can be found at isd.canyonsdistrict.org, or by calling the Instructional Supports Department at 801-826-5044.

A Back-to-School Bash! Canyons District Night with Real Salt Lake is Sept. 4

The chill in the air means that summer has fallen to autumn. The change of seasons also means it’s time for Canyons District to come alive with a back-to-school buzz.

Since Monday, Aug. 16, students have been back in class, preparing themselves to be college- and career-ready when they graduate from high school.  Our teachers and Education Support Professionals are hard at work in classrooms, buses, hallways, cafeterias and gymnasiums.

To celebrate the start of the 2021-2022 school year, Real Salt Lake is hosting Canyons District Night at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Saturday, Sept. 4 event, featuring a game against FC Dallas, will be a celebration of students, educators, parents, volunteers and community partners.

Discount tickets to the 6 p.m. game can be purchased by clicking here.


Tickets start at $17. Families also can buy $36 for $23.

The Canyons Board of Education and Administration hope the CSD community had a wonderful summer full of rest and relaxation.  Best wishes to you in the 2021-2022 school year.

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