The School District has announced new cancellations of student activities and community events.
We are working closely with public health officials to take precautions in regard to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Anacortes School District, we want to make sound judgments to ensure our community stays safe – especially those most at-risk. These include:
- Individuals with weakened immune systems from medical conditions or medical treatment
- Adults older than 60
- Pregnant women
This morning Skagit County Public Health issued new recommendations for schools to practice social distancing with people outside our individual school communities. In response to the updated guidance, we are taking several actions regarding community events and student activities.
We made these decisions with two aims in mind:
1) to reduce the exposure of our school communities to visitors who may have been exposed to COVID-19
2) to conserve our resources, including cleaning supplies and staff time, to maximize efforts and resources to clean daily student learning and eating spaces
Community Events & Student Activities
As a result of the guidance, we are cancelling sporting competitions, concerts, dances, plays, and information nights from March 12 through April 12. This will impact both “home” and “away” activities – students will not participate in any of the above-listed events until April 12. At that time, we expect to have further guidance from health officials.
We do not make this decision lightly. We know how hard our students work and how much our community enjoys their talents. However, we feel this precaution is necessary to reduce possible exposure to our school communities. Anacortes School District sports practices, rehearsals, and school club meetings will continue to be held, as we view those as extensions of the school day.
Building use by community partners will also be suspended from March 12 through April 12. This includes all events led by community partners. We are thankful for the dedication of our custodians and want to give them extra time to complete the additional cleaning currently needed in our buildings.
In addition, all overnight field trips have been cancelled through April 12. Currently, students may still be permitted to go on local field trips that do not require an overnight stay.
Possible future cases in our schools
While we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases in our schools at present, we are planning for such a possibility. If we receive confirmation from public health with a probable or confirmed case, we will close the school for 48 hours to do a deep clean. If we have evidence of potential spread to other schools, we will close all impacted schools. Per health department guidelines, our intent would be to open the schools after the thorough cleaning.
Students and staff with symptoms such as cough, fever, and/or difficulty breathing, or who have been contacted by public health because they are a close contact of a confirmed or presumptive positive case, should stay home from work, school and other activities. Do not have your student return to school (or staff return to work) until 72 hours after fever resolves or seven days after the illness, whichever is longer.
We will follow our regular procedures for excusing work and/or permitting students a reasonable amount of time to make up any missed work for excused absences. If you expect that your student is going to be absent for an extended period of time (i.e. five days or more), please communicate directly with your student’s teacher(s).