Anacortes students may be in classrooms for two to four days a week according to a proposal released on Thursday afternoon.
Under what the school district calls a hybrid proposal, kindergarten through fifth graders would have classes four days a week with one day a week in remote learning, while older students would be in classrooms two days a week with remote learning the other three days.
The proposal also has full-time remote learning for students.
School is set to start on Sept. 2 for all grades, except kindergarten, which is set to start on Sept. 8, following Labor Day weekend.
The district said, "Schools will look different next fall. In response, the district has already begun work to prepare for the school's reopening. Our goal is to provide students, staff, and families with options. We are engaging district leaders, employee bargaining groups, community stakeholders, school board members, families, and students in our planning. Equity, health, and safety will be our top priorities. We are developing a hybrid model that will prioritize in-person learning for our early learners, receive special services, and provide a teacher-directed at home learning option. We are also creating a full-time K-12 remote learning school."
Dr. Justin Irish, the new School Superintendent, outlined his philosophy in a note to the community. "I strive to bring a collaborative approach to my leadership and am impressed with the district staff and community members I have met. This community is engaged and genuinely cares about its students. Due to the current pandemic, we have had to make some decisions quicker than I would typically prefer. Please note that decisions are based on our present, best thinking. Anything can change at any time, and we ask everyone's continued patience and flexibility. "
The district said it, "will continue to provide teaching and learning opportunities that support students to rise to their fullest potential, embrace the future, and make a difference. Our mission is to inspire every student with quality instruction that promotes creativity, growth, character, individual strengths, and a lifelong love of learning."
- Each scenario will depend on enrollment and space available in our schools; we will ask families to make a preliminary selection next week. This information may drive changes to the proposed scenarios and will help with the planning process.
- Students will remain enrolled in ASD, even if families choose our full-time remote K-12 option learning option. ASD teachers will facilitate this model.
- We are collaborating with all bargaining units to successfully and safely open schools.
- What is the most current plan for full-time, K-12 remote learning?
- What is the most current plan for hybrid in-person/remote education?
Safety Guidelines for In-Person Instruction
- We will reopen with state and local guidance.
- At this time, we are directed to maintain a six-foot social distance during extended periods.
- We will teach and practice healthy hygiene.
- Face coverings are required for all students, staff, and visitors, per state guidelines.
- We will intensify cleaning and disinfection procedures.
- We will screen all students, staff, and visitors for symptoms and exposure.
A District steering committee meets regularly to decide the learning model, health and safety guidelines, transportation, food and nutrition services, and communications. The committee includes district administrators, supervisors, and employee bargaining representatives.
A Community Stakeholder group is also meeting regularly to set guiding principles, review decisions with an equity frame, and ensure that decisions meet students' and families' needs. This community stakeholder group includes representatives from the City, Port, Skagit County Health Department, Island Hospital, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Anacortes Schools Foundation, Samish Tribe, as well as parents and students.