Back to School 20-21


As of the information we have today, South Sanpete School District plans to start the 2020-2021 school year with students coming back to our classrooms for in-person instruction. Working closely with State and Local officials, we are currently in the process of developing plans to assist all students and faculty in remaining healthy and safe while at school.  Masks will be strongly recommended/required when safe distancing is NOT possible.  Schools will do their best to space student out and social distance students inside the classrooms. Teachers will continue to use iPads (packets for Pre-2 grade) to instruct students for their traditional face-to-face classes and/or the online/virtual home learning. If we revert, we may need to go strictly to the online/virtual instruction.

We strongly recommend students returning to the classroom with their teachers. Traditional face to face instruction with a teacher is the best scenario for students. We understand this is not possible for all students and in all cases.  We also understand you may have concerns as the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to evolve.  Therefore, we are preparing to offer these learning options for students and their families.

  • Traditional face-to-faceclassroom instruction in the building for all courses.
  • Online/virtualhome learning. Teachers will manage online/virtual learning during their time in the building from 7:30-3:30.

Face-to-face Classroom Instruction in the Building

  • Face coverings will be required for transportation on the school bus. (Exemptions need to be approved by the administration)
  • Face coverings are highly encouraged or may be required when social distancing is not feasible.Students are expected to have a face mask available each day. South Sanpete will have some available for students, but with 3,000+ students, we cannot provide one each day.We encourage you to bring your own mask.
  • Social distancing, to the best of our ability, will be practiced.
  • Teachers will provide instruction, feedback, and regular historical grading for students.

Online/Virtual instruction

  • A teacher will provide the classwork and regular historical grading (6-12 grades).

As we continue to work on our return to school protocol, we value your feedback as parents of students in our District. As we receive additional guidance from the local health department, these practices are subject to change.  Please help as we are all in this together.  We ask for your understanding and flexibility during this pandemic. A link to a short survey will be sent to your email that is listed on your power school account. This survey will give us vital information for making the necessary preparations for the start of school and reopening of school this fall. 


Gunnison Valley Elementary



GOB5 Gunnison High School


Proposed teachers for 2020-201 school year. 


Shelle Oliver

McKeisha McDonald

Heather Crane 

1st Grade

Nancy Goff

Taelor Burke

Jennifer Broderick

Jodi Hansen


Laura Lister

Annette Otten

Ashlie Nelson

Kathy Crane


Julie Dvais

Kiersten Smith

Kaitlyn Bown

Ronda Mattson


Anne Henrie

Heather Aragon

Erin Cherry

Michele Jensen


Suzanne Childs

Elise Bown

Brooke Blackburn

Tiffany Tidlund


Nikki Ellett

Anona Willden

Stephanie Willden



Student Dismissal

 Students will be receiving home instruction  until May 22, 2020.   If you have questions, please call the office @ 435-528-7880

Community Council

GVES Community Council will meet again on April 1, 2020. All are invited to attend. 

Drop Off Lane

Please do not park in the drop-off lane. If you need to come in the school, please park in the parking lot. 

Names on personal items

Please put your child’s name on his/her backpack, coat and lunchbox.  That way the item can be returned when it is lost. 


The South Sanpete School District is responsible for the transportation of all eligible South Sanpete students to their assigned schools in accordance with State Department of Education guidelines. Eligibility is determined by the following criteria:

Elementary school studentswho, if not provided transportation, would have walking distance to the school which they are normally assigned of more than one and a half (1 ½) miles.

Bus routes will start the same as they did last year. Adjustments will be made as needed. You can find the routes at Look under resources then transportation. 

In order to keep all students safe and not overload our buses, students will not be allowed to switch buses to go to an alternate location after school.  

If your student wants to play with friends after school, have him/her come home first, and then go to the friend’s house.  Please make all after school pick-up arrangements before students come to school. We usually only have one secretary in the office and it is impossible for her to make all the changes that are called in.

We have many children with allergies. Please do not send food on the bus with your children. If they have snacks in their backpack, they need to wait until they are off the bus to eat them.  

Community Council

The duties of the Gunnison Valley Elementary Community Council are to advise and make recommendations to the school, school district administrators and the South Sanpete School Board regarding our school and our programs, district programs, and other issues relating to the environment of the school. The Community Council has six members; four parents, one teacher, and the principal.  Membership on the Community Council is limited to parents of children who will be enrolled in Gunnison Valley Elementary School.

Late Arrival

If your student is late, please remind them to check in at the office before they go to class. 

Checking students out of school

When you need to check your student out of school, please come into the office to sign him/her out. Please DO NOTgo directly to the classroom. The office personnel will call him/her to the office.  

 School visits

You are welcome at GVES any time. All visitors must check in at the office 

Box Tops

This is an easy way to help us earn money. Please send BOX TOPS from General Mills products with your student to school.

Lost and Found

Please put your student’s name and phone number on his/her coat, jacket and backpack. Every year we take MANY items to D.I. We would love to return items to their owners instead. It also helps us avoid student conflicts when students have matching items. 

Pledge of Allegiance

The state legislature has passed a law requiring all schools to have the students recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of each day in every classroom. 

 Dress Code

The following are highlights from the district’s dress and grooming policy that particularly apply to elementary age students. The entire policy is available on the Internet at, policy JFCA. These dress standards will be enforced at school and all school activities. 

* Hairstylesthat are conspicuous, extreme, or odd shall not be allowed when they draw undue attention and distraction or disruption.

* Hair colorshall be within the spectrum of natural hair colors. 

* All clothesmust be clean and modest. 

(No tank type shirts, halters, bare midriffs. Shirts must cover students’ mis-section. Shorts and skirts need to be as least as long as their fingertips when their hands are down to their sides. )

* No pajamasor other sleeping attire (unless specified as a dress-up day or activity)

* No obscene, Lewd, Sexual innuendos, racial, ethnic, indecent, vulgar, violent, or inappropriate saying, writing, diagrams, or pictures are allowed on clothing or personal belongings, e.g. notebooks, backpacks, gym bags, water bottles, lockers, badges, patches, etc. 

* No head coveringof any kind are allowed to be worn in school buildings during regular school hours. This includes all types of hats, bandanas, hooded shirts or coats, sweatbands, etc.

* No skate shoes, bedroom slippers, or bare feet are allowed at any time.

* It is strongly recommended that flip-flops not be wornto school due to health and safety concerns. {Because of recess and P.E. activities, this is especially important in the elementary school.} Open toes shoes are also a danger for elementary aged children.

Violence and Bullying Incidences

Violence and bullying cannot be allowed in our schools. The complete policies are available at, policies JG, JGA, and JH. The age of our students is considered as we deal with the discipline problems, but we would like you to remind your children that guns and knives are not allowed. This includes toy knives and guns. 



The long-term consequences of concussions are a concern for parents and schools. The school board has adopted a policy dealing with concussions. The policy is available at, policy JL. Our fourth and fifth graders play dodge ball, which has some risk of concussion associated with it. If you do not want your child to participate in dodge ball please contact the school. 

General District Policies

The following are other policies you may be interested in. Again, they are found at

            * Student Conduct and Discipline                  Policy JG

            * Attendance and Truancy                             Policy JE

            * Electronic Devices                                        Policy JGB

            * Bullying and Hazing                                     Policy JGA

Family Education Right and Privacy Disclosure

School directory information including student’s name, address, phone number, email, photos, honors and awards, and dates of attendance may be released on a limited basis to the PTA, the Utah Health Department, the local newspaper, GVES newsletter, and other similar groups or for similar purposes, but for the most part this information will remain confidential. If you do not want this information used, please contact the principal, Arleen Jensen, at 528-7880

School Accident Insurance

Student accident insurance is available for students. If you would like a flyer or more information please stop by the office. 



Please do not drop your student off in the bus drop-off area. Please use the student pick-up /drop-off area. 

In order to keep all students safe and not overload our buses, students will not be allowed to switch buses.  

Which means… students have a regular bus that they ride after school. They can only ride that bus. If they need to go to a different location, you will need to pick them up or transport them after they get home.  Also, please make all after school pick-up arrangements before students come to school. We usually only have one secretary in the office and it is impossible for her to make all the changes that are called in.

We have many children with allergies. Please do not send food on the bus with your children. If they have snacks in their backpack, they need to wait until they are off the bus to eat them.

Bus Parking Area

If you are picking your student up after school, please use the parent pick-up area. If you are parked on the street, please use the sidewalks. To keep everyone safe, please do not walk between the buses or in the bus parking area.

 Electronic devices

Students are not permitted to use personal electronic devices such as cell phones, iPods, iPads in school unless assigned by their teacher. If they need a phone to contact you after school, remind them to turn it off and keep it in their backpack until school is over. 


Important Dates: 

April 1        Community Council 3 p.m. Zoom # 540-273-2798

 May 22       Last Day of School








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