The Extended Learning Program supports the mission of Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) to cultivate a love of learning in a diverse and inclusive school community, committed to educational excellence and integrity. In collaboration with families and community, we hold high expectations for all students. We respond effectively to individual needs, and provide a safe, healthy environment in which every student can learn the academic, problem-solving and social skills required for success in college, career, and life.The district has designed and implemented an Extended Learning Program to meet the cognitive and affective needs of identified gifted students. Through ELP, a continuum of program options provides a beneficial learning environment and curriculum designed to meet the needs of gifted/talented and high ability students.


Información del Programa de Aprendizaje Avanzado de Magnet 2020-2021 para el año escolar 2021-2022 El Programa de Aprendizaje Avanzado apoya la misión del Distrito Escolar de Salt Lake City (SLCSD) de cultivar el amor por el aprendizaje en una comunidad escolar diversa e inclusiva, comprometida con la excelencia e integridad educativa. En colaboración con las familias y la comunidad, tenemos altas expectativas para todos los estudiantes. Respondemos eficazmente a las necesidades individuales y proporcionamos un entorno seguro y saludable en el que cada estudiante puede aprender las habilidades académicas, sociales y de resolución de problemas necesarias para que tengan éxito en la universidad, carrera profesional y la vida. El distrito ha diseñado e implementado un Programa de Aprendizaje Avanzado para satisfacer las necesidades cognitivas y afectivas de los estudiantes identificados como dotados. A través de ELP, una serie continua de opciones de programas se van a proporcionar en un entorno de aprendizaje beneficioso y un plan de estudios diseñado para satisfacer las necesidades de los estudiantes dotados / talentosos y de alta capacidad. El Programa de Aprendizaje Avanzado está diseñado para servir a los estudiantes dotados y de alta capacidad en dos modelos de servicio en las escuelas primarias e intermedias: (1) ELP autónomo Magnet (grados K-8), y (2) ELP de vecindario (grados 4-8). El 4º grado de este año está abierto a todos los estudiantes de 4º grado que necesitan estudios con más profundidad, complejidad y desafío.



Dear Escalante Community,  

The health of Escalante Elementary School students and staff members is our top priority.  The following guidelines are intended to provide protection for our employees, students, and community.   

Escalante Administration, faculty, and staff has taken the challenge of planning for the reopening of school and has considered what teaching and learning will be like in the year ahead for teachers and students living under a new set of health and safety protocols. We have imagined the scenes inside of classrooms, on the playgrounds, in the lunchroom, at recess, at drop-off and pick-up, inside the Library, and much more. The daily schedules and routines have been reimagined with new policies and protocols to maintain as safe and healthy a school environment as possible. 

In order to meet guidelines regarding health and safety protocols in an effort to mitigate risk for our students and employees, Escalante has made significant changes and investments to our classrooms and physical environments.  Shared understandings rooted in the development of the Escalante’s mitigation strategies include:  

  • Focus on the variables we can control; 

  • Use reliable, scientific sources to guide our understanding of the virus that causes COVID-19 and how to best effectively prevent our community’s exposure to it; 

  • Remain adaptable, knowing experts’ understanding of the virus will evolve; 

  • Seek ways to reduce risk of virus transmission, not eliminate it; 

  • Identify external and internal drivers that would lead us to modify our restrictions; and 

Escalante will ensure new policies are flexible, will be communicated to all stakeholders, can be implemented quickly, and maintained. 


What we will do as school and district personnel: 

  • Mitigate risk/spread by encouraging physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, sanitization, wearing masks, hallway flow adjustments, adjusting lunch times and seating, recess modifications, and spacing of students in common areas. 

  • Be aware of illness/symptoms in the student body and contact the Principal and he will contact the student’s family immediately if a student exhibits symptoms. 

  • Monitor positive COVID-19 cases and its spread in Escalante Elementary, and follow — as we would with any community health concern.  SLCSD COVID-10 Incident Communication & Reporting process for schools & Employees:  

  • Continue to refine our digital curriculum to meet the needs of distance learning as it arises.  

What you can do: 

  • Understand that these guidelines are determined by health, educational and civic professionals commissioned to care for your child, considering the physical environment, time spent in school, and the potential risk to the health of our students, staff and families. 

  • Keep your child home if they have a fever, cough, cold or flu symptoms, and have them return only when these symptoms have subsided.   

  1. At least 10 days has passed since the first symptom appeared, symptoms have improved, and there has been no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication OR 

  1. Students have a note from a healthcare professional containing another diagnosis OR 

  1. Students have a negative COVID-19 test  

  • Talk to your child about changes they may notice at school, reinforcing that these measures are in place to preserve their health, and the health of those around them. 

  • Send your child to school with a mask and encourage them to wear it. 

  • Always encourage your students to social distance while at school.  

  • As always, please reinforce the importance of respecting the authority of teachers and staff to maintain order in the classroom, the hallway, and other campus areas. 

  • Prepare as much as possible to adapt to change. As evidenced throughout this school year, things evolve quickly, and schedule modifications and/or closures may be unavoidable. 

What safety items are being provided: 

  • Cloth masks have been purchased to provide 2 cloth masks for every school staff member and students. 

  • Plexiglas barriers have been installed in all buildings for areas that staff will interact with the public. 

  • Face shields are available for any employee that would like to use one. 

  • All classrooms will be organized to align with social distancing standards and desk with student Plexiglas barriers. 

  • Every classroom will have two 16 oz. bottles of hand sanitizer that will be refilled as needed. 

  • Every classroom will have a 1 gallon/4-liter bottle of disinfectant that will be refilled as needed. 

  • There will be a hand sanitizer dispenser at the entrance of every school. 

  • There are now two hand sanitizers near all the playgrounds. 

  • All HVAC systems have been adjusted to ensure 100% of fresh air will be cycled daily. 

  • Air filters will be checked weekly and replaced quarterly. 

  • Water bottles will be provided to each student. 

  • Know that you as a guardian and parent have the right to keep your child home at any time as you assess risk as it relates to your family.  



Expectations for ALL of US:  

  1. Follow Federal, State, Local, and District Guidelines. (In This Together) 

By working together, community members are expected to follow directives from national, state, local, and district authorities to maintain their own health and safety during this pandemic, both in and outside of school. These include Utah Department of Health and the CDC Guide on Protecting Yourself and Others.  


  1. Contact the Principal if a Community Member Tests Positive for COVID-19 or Has Pending COVID-19 Test Results. 

If a student, employee, or any member of their household tests positive for COVID-19, or is awaiting test results, the Principal  ( must be notified as soon as possible. This information will remain confidential, will be shared with the school nurse, and will allow the School to take necessary action to mitigate risk.  


  1. Stay at Home if SICK. 

Escalante parents are required to check their student’s health every day before sending students to school.  

  • Fever or temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.  If you do not have a thermometer, check your child’s skin to see if it feels warm or is red, or ask if they have chills or are sweaty.   

  • Cough – If your child normally has a cough because of allergies or asthma, is this cough different than normal? 

  • Shortness of breath 

  • Muscle aches or pains not explained by exercise or activity 

  • Decrease in sense of smell or taste (Unique to COVID) 

  • New runny nose 

  • Sore throat 

  • Nausea or vomiting 

  • Diarrhea  

Any community member showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 must not come to school. Parents/guardians must keep sick students’ home and away from others and report the illness to the school (  Provisions will be made to support student through remote learning.  

  1. Stay at Home if EXPOSED. 

Any member of a household who has been notified by the State Health Department that they were in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19 

must notify the School ( as soon as possible. 

Based on the circumstance, the community member may be asked to stay 

home for 10-14 days. During this time, the student will be able to attend classes remotely.  


  1. Keep Medical Information up to date at Escalante. 

All medical information must be updated with family and emergency contacts and current medical information for a student to attend the first day of school. Contact the office at ( to update your information.  


  1. Wear a face Covering. 

All members of the community are required to wear an appropriate mask at all times while on campus. Reusable face coverings need to be laundered daily. If a student 

forgets their facial covering, a disposable mask will be provided for them that school day.  


  1. Practice Physical Distancing. 

All members of the community must adhere to recommended physical distancing guidelines. These guidelines will be made explicit through written communication, physical symbols (marks on the ground and signs), verbal reinforcement, and behavior modeling. 


  1. Limited Campus Access. 

Parent/guardian entry into the school building will be restricted. Facial coverings will be required for essential visitors. All visitors will be greeted at the Main Entrance through the doorbell and if they are permitted to enter, they will be directed to their destination.  


  1. Practice Excellent Hygiene. 

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds - especially 

after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the restroom. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and run them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  


  1. Pick-Up / Drop-Off of Students. 

Children must be picked up and dropped off in a designated location outside the facility. Students will not be allowed to use the playground equipment before or after school.  Contact will be limited except when necessary for student safety. Drivers will remain in vehicles. Students must arrive and depart the school grounds within 10 minutes for the school start and end times. 


  1. Recess. 

Recess is scheduled so that each grade or class has their own zone on the playground. The playground is divided into zones, with each class designated to a certain zone each week. The playground equipment is cleaned between each class. 


  1. Outdoors, General. 

Students will be required to wear a face mask and to maintain social distance while on campus.  Random gatherings are not allowed. Students will be taught, supported, and expected to connect only with their classroom cohort.  


  1. Handwashing and Sanitizing.  

Handwashing and sanitizing are required once students enter school, before and after lunch, after bathroom breaks and throughout the day. Students sanitize their desks before and after lunch. Water fountains are only available to fill water bottles. Cups are available for kids without water bottles at school. 


  1. Classroom Cohorts. 

Student contact will be limited to only those students in their assigned classroom cohort. Every effort will be made to keep classroom cohorts intact throughout the day.  


  1. Contact Tracing. 

A program of contact tracing begins by limiting mingling and gatherings. 

  • Classroom cohorts will be maintained throughout the day. 

  • Students’ movement throughout the building will be orderly, planned, purposeful, and limited.  

  • Students will be provided with a lanyard that will help with contact organization and tracing.  

  • As necessary the Administration and School Nurse will determine all contact tracing.  


  1. Emotional Wellbeing.  

Regular formal and informal check-ins provided for students and staff. 

  • The school’s counselor will assist in supporting students. 

  • Escalante uses the SLCSD SEL framework and the 2nd Step curriculum to teach social emotional learning principles, practices, and behaviors to students. 


  1. COVID-19 Closures 

Escalante/SLCSD will follow Utah and Salt Lake County guidelines for classroom and school closures. 

  • A classroom will go into quarantine if there are three cases. 

  • A school will go into remote learning and quarantine if there are fifteen cases. 

  • If a teacher goes into quarantine or is diagnosed with COVID-19 then their class would be remote.  

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