13133 South 1300 E, Draper, UT 84020

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Second Step

* Update *

A Letter from Principle Watts:

Dear Draper Park Families,
I want to provide an update on the status of the Second Step curriculum at Draper Park Middle School.
First, just a reminder that Second Step has not been taught at Draper Park.
Next, you may be aware that the district gave the green light for schools to begin using Second Step as soon as next Friday (9/17) at a recent school board meeting. I have discussed that decision with my administrative team, School Community Council Chair, and PTSA President. I feel that there are too many concerns and unanswered questions about Second Step in the DPMS community to begin implementation at this time, so I have presented the following plan to the district:
  1. Second Step will remain on hold at DPMS for the time being.
  2. A DPMS advisory committee, made up of parents and school staff, will be formed to review the Second Step curriculum before it is implemented at the school.
  3. The advisory committee will be asked to give recommendations regarding specific parts of the curriculum. The introductory video in Unit 1 will not be shown.
  4. Before implementation, the advisory committee will share its findings and recommendations with the District and school staff.
  5. Informational meetings will be scheduled to share feedback and the implementation timeline.  The goal is to complete all informational meetings by the start of Thanksgiving Recess.  
  6. A Canyons District opt-out form will be provided to parents who do not want their kids to participate in Second Step. Specific information regarding the opt-out will be presented at the informational meetings. 
  7. Prior to the Second Step lessons, a communication will be sent to parents outlining topics of discussion for follow-up at home.
  8. After 9/17 (Constitution Day) and until informational meetings are planned and feedback shared with the community, the Friday Bell Schedule will revert to 6 equal class periods with no additional time in second period. When Second     Step implementation begins, the schedule will be changed back.
There are strong feelings and beliefs on both sides of the SEL issue in our community. It is my hope that taking a few steps back, following a review process that includes parent input, more communication, and transparency about what the Draper Park Plan will include will result in more trust and confidence in what is happening at DPMS.
Thank you for your patience as we work to arrive at a workable solution on this issue for our school and community.
Warm Regards,
Dr. Watts

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