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The school district says middle school kids will return to classrooms next week and high schoolers two weeks later on Feb. 22, following a hybrid in-classroom schedule.

Following new guidelines from public health officials, the school district moves forward with a phased-in return to in-person learning for its secondary students. Middle school students will return to hybrid, in-person learning on Monday, Feb. 8, and high school students will return to hybrid, in-person learning on Monday, Feb. 22. 

The Anacortes School District says the phased-in approach to returning students to in-person learning is due to new guidance from the Skagit County Health Department last week that districts increase their nursing staff to keep up with contact tracing. Contact tracing is very time-intensive, must be done with utmost confidentiality, and is taxing our current nursing staff beyond their capacity. We are hiring additional nursing staff to help support our team as we bring more students on campus. 

"A phased-in approach will ensure most possible success to in-person learning for all our students and our staff," said Superintendent Justin Irish. "We will continue to follow public health guidance. They have received our plans to return more students to in-person learning."

Irish said that by phasing in secondary students and following a similar model that they used at elementary schools, "we can ensure that the system runs smoothly before adding more students and complexities to the system."

Student schedules 

Middle and high school students will attend full days, two days a week, by cohort A or B. For the remote three days a week, students will work independently on work provided by their teachers. There may also be some classes where students at home Zoom in to live instruction happening at school. 

Meals will be provided at school, at assigned seats to ensure social distancing and contact traceability. Students will not be allowed to leave campus during lunch periods. 

ASD@Home 

All students enrolled in ASD@Home will remain in that program for the remainder of the school year. This district-supported, home school model was developed this year for families that wanted to stay virtual for this whole school year. The school district will consider transfer requests (either from ASD@Home into Hybrid or Hybrid into ASD@Home) on a case-by-case basis. Contact Anne Berard in our Teaching, Learning, and Inclusive Services Department, if you would like to discuss a transfer: (360) 503-1212 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Athletics

Student-athletes are currently competing in the limited competition and following all health department guidelines. The district is not now allowing spectators at any athletic events to limit potential exposure and contact tracing. The top priority remains to get students back to in-person learning. Spectators will be allowed in the near future.

Do Your Part

We all must work together and do our part to control the coronavirus's spread. If we have an outbreak at any time in a building or cohort, we may need to move a school back to remote learning, based on health department guidelines. Families, staff, and students can all do their part: 

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Stay home when possible 
  • Limit in-person interactions

We all want to get back to normal; we can only get there if everyone continues to be vigilant against the virus. 

Info Nights 

Info nights for middle and high school parents and students remain on the schedule this week: 

Please reach out to your principal if you have questions or concerns, or contact the District Office: 360-503-1200, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,564 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

287 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
34,545 Fully Vaccinated
49,322 Initial Doses Given

Statewide

355,387 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,292 Hospitalizations

5,362 Deaths Statewide
1,765,245 Fully Vaccinated
2,677,748 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, April 15, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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