NSSD Mission

NSSD Foundation

August 17, 2020

Dear Parents,

The new school year begins this week and I want to assure you that the principals, staff, and teachers have been working for some time to prepare.  We want schools to open and stay open.  This goal requires that all of us are working together and doing what we can to protect each other.  The key to maintaining safety is to follow the four guidelines outlined by the health department experts, which are: face masks, physical distance when feasible, wash your hands or sanitize often, and stay at home if you are sick for any reason.  We will be reminding all families to follow these four rules for safety as we move through the school year.


The State Health Department released last week, clarification with regard to masks in schools.  Masks are now defined as a covering that fits snuggly over the mouth and nose.  This new clarification does not included face shields as an approved face covering as originally stated in the Governor’s Executive Order.  Face shields and other accommodations will still be allowed for those students that qualify.  If you feel you need assistance, please contact your school principal.  I am happy to answer your questions if needed.  I have included a copy of the official document with this e-mail for your review.

There is one more thing you can do as parents to help our administrators, Make sure your information is current at school, including emergency contacts and individuals authorized to pick up your child(ren) from school. If that list includes anyone who is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, consider identifying an alternate person.

We are thrilled to have our students back in school with us, but they will see that a few things have changed.  This is part of our efforts to keep our school community safe.  Take time to talk with your child. Keep talking each day about how they are feeling and what is working versus what is not.  There are many resources available to parents that can assist with these conversations and guide you through stressful feelings as they arise.  I will keep updating district COVID resources and you may want to take the time to refer to the Utah State Board of Education COVID site as well.

I will be out to visit all schools as they open their doors this week.  Bringing the sound of children back to our buildings is something to look forward to.

Please take care,

Nan Ault