In-classroom teaching is set to resume as early as November 2 for Anacortes elementary students on a half-day, four-day-a-week schedule. Students in grades K-3 are set to resume on Nov. 2 with students in grades 4 & 5 set to go back to school a week later on Nov. 9.
Students will be split into two cohorts, witn one group attending in the morning, 9-11:30 and the second group attending from 1-3:30 four days a week. Wednesdays will be devoted to remote learning for students, as well as for staff professional learning.
The school district explains they had considered full-day classes, but just two days a week for each cohort. A return to school for 2 full days would mean your student would not have any in-person teacher contact for 5 days.
In an announcement posted on the school district's Web site and sent via email, the district said, "In the half day model, teachers will be able to focus instruction on math and literacy. Because students attend four days a week, teachers would be able to provide immediate feedback to students as they learn. In the half-day model, teachers will provide asynchronous activities for students to access PE, Music, and Science. The MT/RF model would require students to wait up to five days before getting support from their teachers."
Students will eat meals either before or after they arrive at school. Meals will continue to be offered. Times will be adjusted for students to pick up meals after morning classes.
Principals will send families their assigned A or B cohort on Monday, October 12. Families will receive information regarding the process for assigning A and B cohorts on Friday, October 2.
Meanwhile, the school district said it is planning to bring middle school students back as early as sometime in December. High school students liekly won't be able to return to school until February. But, the school district said, "The high school master schedule, graduation pathways, and classroom spacing requirements poses particular challenges at the high school. "
More information can be found on the Anacortes School District Web site.