Anacortes School District Fall 2020 Reopening Schools Plan

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Saturday, August 01, 2020, 08:00am - 05:00pm

Updated 8/12/2020 

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Update on 8/12/2020 regarding school placements from the ASD Facebook page: 

Kindergarten students will not be placed at the Whitney Early Childhood Education Center for the 2020-21 school year, based on financial constraints, space needs, and projected enrollment numbers.

The district will continue to run its developmental pre-school program at Whitney, as well as continue to lease space to the YMCA for their childcare program. Kindergarten teachers and some staff from Whitney will be reassigned to other buildings. Developmental pre-school staff will remain assigned to Whitney.

“I know that Whitney is a special place for our students and our staff,” said Superintendent Justin Irish. “We are also facing several tough decisions this year, based in part on lower kindergarten enrollment numbers. We also want to help the YMCA expand their childcare options, as we know many of our families will have increased needs this year, with all schools beginning in a remote format.”

Superintendent Irish and Whitney Principal Shannon Gilbert met with staff this week to let them know of the upcoming changes.

Elementary placement

Principals continue to work through the elementary placement process. Families will begin to be notified of their assigned elementary school on August 28th via email; teacher assignments will be sent out by September 4, via email. ASD@Home will follow a similar timeline.

 

The Anacortes School District has been holding several Q&A sessions with parents via ZOOM. These are listed as events on the ASD Facebook page

The ASD has decided to not offer any school athletics/sports for the Fall 2020 season. There will be some recreational opportunities through the Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department.

 

The Anacortes School District will begin its fall school year in a fully remote model, based on recommendations by the Anacortes School Board. Superintendent Justin Irish provided an update to the board earlier this week, outlining the complexities required to offer in-person instruction, including transportation challenges, health screening, social distancing guidelines, limited space, and staffing constraints. District staff continue to plan the learning model for the fall, as well as support for students receiving special education and English language services.

The school year will begin on Monday, September 14. Families will have two options to choose from once registration opens on August 17: ASD Hybrid and ASD@Home. The ASD Hybrid model will include an eventual phased-in approach to in-person learning. ASD@Home is a fully remote option, with a parent or guardian as the primary teacher/ coach and ASD staff offering support. Current AMS Principal Ryan Pike will lead ASD@Home.

By starting the year fully remote, the district can better plan for an eventual return to in-person instruction, and focus on developing an instructional model that supports all learners. Instruction will look different than it did last spring, when we had little time to plan for the school closure.

Requirements for our learning model will include:

Daily Attendance
Required Learning Minutes per Day
Student and Staff Accountability
Student Assessment and Feedback
Staff Professional Learning
Online Instructional Materials (new and existing materials)
Phased-in approach for face-to-face
Support for students who receive special education services (more detail to come)

We also know that this poses challenges to parents and guardians, creating impacts on work schedules and childcare. We are partnering with community agencies to help promote childcare options.

We will continue to keep our staff and community informed as plans develop. More information is posted on our website: https://bit.ly/ASDFall

Please continue to join our Q&A sessions:

July 31 - noon (https://asd103.zoom.us/j/93307271285)
August 4 - 6 p.m. (https://asd103.zoom.us/j/94130437468)
August 12 - 5:30 p.m (https://asd103.zoom.us/j/98720575752)

Questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (360) 503-1200

 

If you are a parent in Anacortes I would encourage you to join the Anacortes Parents Group on Facebook to stay up to date on the school district and also what's happening in Anacortes for families.

 Questions? Contact the Superintendent’s Office - (360) 503-1211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Anacortes School Year will begin September 14th and end June 21st. Link to the updated calendar here: https://bit.ly/3gaudbr

Anacortes 20 21 Calendar

From the Anacortes School District Facebook page: The Anacortes School Board recently approved an update to the school calendar for the 2020-21 school year.

The school year will now start on Monday, September 14, 2020, and end on Monday, June 21, 2021. The updated calendar is posted on our website. This shifted start time allows us to provide more staff training in September before school starts.

The district is continuing to build its homeschool platform and a long-term hybrid learning model for the year. That hybrid learning model will likely start off as a full remote learning option, due to a number of factors and complexities, and will phase into an in-person model. Exact dates and other details continue to be finalized. We will continue to keep our community updated.

Families will be asked to officially register for their selected learning model mid-August, rather than a preliminary survey this month. The school board plans to officially vote on the district’s continuous learning plan on August 27.

Letter detailing the updates to the calendar above:

Anacortes Calendar LetterFind the full details for current plans for reopening Anacortes Schools here: http://www.asd103.org/news/what_s_new/district_plans_for_fall_reopening and here https://sites.google.com/asd103.org/anacorteslearns/fall-2020

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