The Anacortes School Board has approved an update to the school calendar for the 2020-21 school year, pushing the start of school back to Monday, Sept. 14.
The school district is still grappling with just how school will look when it does start.
The school district had earlier indicated it was looking at many students being in classroom just two days a week, with three days of remote, online learning. But, at Tuesday night's School Board meeting, School Superintendent Justin Irish indicated he is tending to favor with all instructing starting online, then easing into some kind of in classroom teaching later in the school year.
Pushing back both the start of school and start of in classroom teaching gives the school district more time for staff training and allows the district to better get ready for a new kind of classroom.
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.
The Anacortes school year will now start on Monday, September 14, 2020, and end on Monday, June 21, 2021. The updated 2020-21 Student Calendar is posted on the school district's website.
In addition, the district has scheduled several virtual Q&A sessions that are open to staff, students, families and the general public.