Return to In-Person Learning

We are in the process of completing our plans for students to return to our building.  If you wish to change your original choice about in-person or remote learning for your child, please contact the office by Tuesday, January 18th (801-578-8100). After Tuesday, January 18th, we will finalize our class lists based on the information we have received.  You will have the chance to re-visit your choice in early March at the end of the second trimester.  If you find you have a pressing concern about your child's placement before March, We will of course be happy to meet with you and work to resolve your concerns. 

"Return to School" Community Meeting - Notes

Greeting Backman Families-

Thank you for your partnership and patience as we all figure out what schools looks like in a pandemic! It is a pleasure to watch teachers, staff and students grow in new ways and successfully problem solve through many challenges. On Monday, December 7, you received an email from my account regarding the School Board’s decision to reopen schools. You were asked to fill out a survey about your preference for in-person or remote learning. Please take the time to fill out the survey, it will only take a few minutes. We have been given flexibility to meet the needs of our individual schools so each site will look a little different. In considering the needs of the Backman community, here are the things we are considering: (Click here for Power Point)

  • COVID19 positivity rate in the 84116 zip code
  • Prioritizing student and staff safety in the school with detailed and specific protocols
  • Maintaining a consistent schedule so that students can move easily between in-person and remote learning as needed
  • Keep strong connections with your child’s current teacher no matter the mode of learning
  • Find more ways to meet the academic and social emotional needs of our students

We are in the process of developing a plan that will likely include the following:

  • Half days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Asynchronous Wednesdays
  • Breakfast and lunch program will remain “grab and go” (no meals will be eaten at school)
  • Students will need to be dropped off and picked up on time (no supervision before or after in-person hours)
  • Bussing service will resume for those who had it in the past
  • Maintain a very similar schedule to what we are doing now
  • Students will work with their current homeroom teacher synchronously in the afternoon, regardless of who is teaching them in the morning
  • Students will be kept in small groups as much as possible based on their needs
  • Recess with peers will be limited

We are working on a metric to measure when we deem it safe to return to school.  Due to the high positivity rate in our neighborhood, the January 25 target date may change.  We will continue to communicate with you as things arise.

As always, we are here to serve you!  Reach out if you need us.


Stay Safe!

Heather Newell

Principal, Backman Elementary

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Fall School Schedule: 8am - 2pm daily, lunch from 11:15 - 12


You should be working every day from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Log in to Canvas by 8:00 am

  - Log in to your morning meeting by 8:00 am

  - Communicate technical troubles or illnesses to teacher through email or Class Dojo by 8:15

  - Stay logged in until 2:00 pm



Keep your camera on

Actively participate in class assignments and activities

Complete and submit assignments

Ask questions and help others


Advice & Tips:

  – Contact your teacher if something with technology goes wrong during the day

  – Reach out to teachers and counselors if students are struggling with learning

  – Please make doctor, dentist, or other appointments after 2 pm when possible. Please provide a note if the appointment must be during the day.


Our Goal is to have no more than five absences during the school year. 

  - Communicate extended absences in advance

  - Please make doctor, dentist, or other appointments after 2:00 pm when possible.


Learning will take place all day. We are excited to celebrate your learning with you!

Remember that you are not in this alone. Backman is here to support you throughout the day and the 2020-21 school year. Together we know we can accomplish hard things.


We got this!!


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