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Utah State Board of Education 2019 Meeting Schedule

Utah State Board of Education 2020 Meeting Schedule

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), persons needing auxiliary communicative aids and services for these meetings should contact Board Secretary Lorraine Austin at (801) 538-7517 or via e-mail at lorraine.austin@schools.utah.gov, giving at least three working days' notice.

All regular meetings will be held at the Utah State Board of Education, 250 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111. Times are subject to change.

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Meeting Summary 

March 19, 2020 Meeting

The Utah State Board of Education:

  • Waived or delayed a total of 10 administrative rules to give districts and charter school more flexibility to deal with impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and existing school dismissal.
  • Suspended statewide assessments for the 2019-20 school year in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and existing school dismissal and directed the Superintendent to pursue all necessary waivers from applicable federal and state laws.
  • Agreed to seek a veto from Gov. Gary R. Herbert on the recently passed House Bill 332 Special Needs Scholarship Amendments.

USBE Board Members

Board Waives or Pushes Back Deadlines on Rules to Give Schools Flexibility During COVID-19 Pandemic

In order to give district and charter schools more flexibility to deal with the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) approved waiver of the following rules through June 30, 2020:

1)         the 180-school day and 990-hour requirements of R277-419-4;

2)         the requirement that a school calendar be approved in an open meeting as described in R277-419-4(6);

3)         the transportation requirements of R277-600, which require an LEA to record and submit all student transportation costs, including miles and minutes, as described by USBE staff; and

4)         the requirement in R277-406-3(1) for a school to administer a third benchmark reading assessment sometime between April and June 15.

The Board pushed back by two months the following deadlines in administrative rules:

1)         the April 1 deadline in R277-407-6, which requires an LEA governing board to annually adopt a fee schedule and fee policies for the LEA in a regularly scheduled public meeting by April 1;

2)         the April 30 deadline in R277-400-4, which requires a school to designate an Emergency Preparedness/Emergency Response week each year before April 30;

3)         the requirement in R277-419-5(7) that requires LEAs to apply by April 1 for CTE courses for the upcoming year;

4)         the April 1 deadline in R277-459-3(E) for a teacher to commit to spend the teacher’s allocation of supplies and materials funding;

5)         the April 1 deadline for a school to approve, with the school’s governing board, the school’s trust land plan; and

6)         the April 1 deadline in R277-720-3(1) for an LEA to apply for a competency-based education designation.

The Board granted the waivers under the following conditions:

1)         The district or charter school follows state and local health official orders and timelines for dismissal, soft closure, or complete closure of schools;

2)         The district or charter school implements its School Closure Continuity of Education Plan, which may not be inconsistent with health department directives and for which the district or charter school has available personnel and funds; and

3)         The district or charter school provides as much notice and communication to students and parents of the suspension and reconvening of school services, including meal services, as soon as is reasonably possible and in languages spoken by families within the district or charter school where applicable.

The Board also directed staff to continue to distribute state funding to district and charter schools and other entities that receive funding directly from USBE, through June 30, 2020.

For additional information, please contact:

Angela Stallings
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538-7515 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Suspends Statewide Assessments for 2019-20

Due to the extraordinary circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the declaration of a National State of Emergency on March 1, 2020, the declaration of a Utah State of Emergency on March 6, 2020, the soft closure of all Utah public K-12 schools from March 16–27, and the likelihood of continued restrictions on group gatherings and directives for social distancing into the foreseeable future, the Utah State Board of Education voted to suspend the requirements for schools to administer statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year and directed the Superintendent to pursue waivers from applicable state and federal laws.

Many other states have suspended assessments and are working on federal and/or state waivers.

For additional information, please contact:

Darin Nielsen 
Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning
Phone: (801) 538-7760 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Veto Sought on Special Needs Scholarship Bill

The Utah State Board of Education voted to seek a veto from Gov. Gary R. Herbert on House Bill 332 Special Needs Scholarship Amendments from the most recent legislative session.

For additional information, please contact:

Angela Stallings
Deputy Superintendent of Policy
Phone: (801) 538-7515 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Postpones Decision on Capstone Academy Charter

The Utah State Board of Education voted to postpone until its April 16 meeting a decision on Capstone Academy’s appeal of a Utah State Charter School Board decision to terminate its charter. Additional information will be sought before a vote is taken.

For additional information, please contact:

Bryan Quesenberry
Assistant Attorney General
Phone: (801) 538-7885 |  E-mail(External Web Content)

Board Approves New Rule, Amendments, and Repeal

USBE approved the following Administrative Rule changes.

Consent Calendar Approved

USBE Consent Calendar
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The Utah State Board of Education approved its consent calendar.

Highlights from Friday’s Committee Meetings

USBE Board Committees 
Finance Committee, Law and Licensing Committee, and Standards and Assessment Committee will meet on March 20, 2020. Meetings will be held online and the public will not be able to attend in person. The meetings will be streamed live. Comments will be accepted through e-mail. Standards and Assessment will begin at 8 a.m., Law and Licensing at 10:30 a.m., and Finance at 1 p.m.

 Meeting Agendas
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Committee items approved Friday will be heard by the full Board during its April 16, 2020 meeting.

Those who wish to comment on pending Administrative Rules or rule changes of existing rules are invited to contact us via e-mail at  rule.comments@schools.utah.gov(External Web Content).

Highlights of the Standards and Assessment Committee (External Web Content) meeting include:

Highlights of the  Law and Licensing Committee(External Web Content) meeting include:

Highlights of the  Finance Committee(External Web Content) meeting include: