Canyons Rolls Out Red Carpet to Welcome New Teachers

When doors open in Canyons District for the 2021-22 school year on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, about 250 new faces will be among the thousands of teachers welcoming students.

Those same teachers received their own special welcome to “Team CSD” on Monday, Aug. 2.

Newcomers from Utah, several other states — from Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas and Oregon to Iowa — and even multiple countries were guests for a party at Corner Canyon High. The towering Wasatch Mountains provided a scenic backdrop for a fun event that included walks down a red carpet, hundreds of free hot dogs, chips and cookies, enthusiastic greetings from Charger cheerleaders, an Alta High drumline performance, vendor booths with samples and prizes galore, free Canyons T-shirts and book bags, a festive atmosphere and many smiles and introductions.

It might be hard to tell who’s more eager for Canyons’ first day of school, the District’s 13th since its founding in 2009, between the recently hired teachers and counselors from around the globe, or the new and returning students. Either way, enthusiasm abounds ahead of a promising school year for 34,000 students and a stellar group of teachers, new and old alike.

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CSD’s Back-to-School Plan Built with Focus on Health, Wellness, Learning

Canyons cares — and continues to focus on health, wellness, and learning. With those aims at the forefront, Canyons District will follow a comprehensive and data-driven back-to-school plan to maintain safe and welcoming learning environments in the 2021-2022 school year.

Canyons’ plan was created to address any COVID-19-related concerns while also adhering to state laws and taking into account recommendations from public-health authorities.

Armed with lessons learned since the onset of the pandemic, Canyons is preparing to open school with not just robust cleaning regimens and wellness-maintenance protocols, but high-quality academic options in both in-person and online formats. Online Registration in Canyons District begins Aug. 2.  For more information about the registration process, for both traditional and online learning, go to

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CSD Schools to Continue Serving Free Lunch, Breakfast in 2021-2022

Canyons District schools will be serving free breakfast and lunch this year under an extended waiver from the USDA.

All students are automatically eligible for the benefit, which will last through the 2021-2022 school year or until federal funding runs out. Families who think they may qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, however, are still encouraged to apply so there is no lapse in meal service if the waiver expires.

“Canyons District has worked hard throughout the pandemic to ensure no child goes hungry. The USDA waiver will give us the flexibility to continue to sponsor free, nutritious meals in service of our goal of health, wellness, and learning for all students,” said CSD’s Nutrition Services Director Sebasthian Varas.

Schools will serve the meals in their cafeterias per their regularly established schedules.

Remote-learning students enrolled in Canyons Online can pick up free lunch and breakfast for the next morning at any of the following community sites (pickup times are also designated by each school). Siblings can also receive free meals at these sites, which are available to serve all children 18 year of age or younger:

  • Butler Middle, 7530 S. 2700 East, Cottonwood Heights
  • Draper Park Middle, 13133 S. 1300 East, Draper
  • Jordan High, 95 Beetdigger Blvd., Sandy
  • Midvale Middle, 7852 S. Pioneer St., Midvale


Students do not need to be present with their parents to pick up the meals.

Please note that a la carte options are not available for purchase while the waiver is in place. An elementary student, for example, who brings home lunch and wants to purchase a milk can still receive a milk free of charge, but must also choose a fruit or vegetable and another component. In secondary schools, second meals and a la carte items, such as juice, ice cream or sports drinks, are not available for purchase at this time.

Only children are eligible for free meals. Adults may purchase meals using the payment procedures established by the District.

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