The Anacortes School District says it will close its ASD@home program for the 2021-22 school year.
In addition to the hybrid model, ASD@home is a learning option that supports students and families this year in response to coronavirus pandemic. This learning option has been a fully remote program that allowed students to engage in their learning off-campus. A recent survey of families and community members showed a high preference for a return to in-person school (98 percent of respondents). In comparison, 10 percent of respondents expressed interest in a long-term, online type program.
"We know that this full-time remote program provided families a much-needed option during the pandemic," said Superintendent Justin Irish. "However, based on the cost of the program, responses from the survey, and feedback gathered throughout the year, we have decided not to offer the program moving forward."
The district will continue to explore cost-effective options for families who prefer to keep their students in a remote-learning program. Our priority is to identify a program that will provide students with an at home learning option while at the same time sustaining strong connections with and continuing to be a member of the school district. This will meet the needs of students and families while maintaining critical state funding it receives for each student.
Families that are currently enrolled in ASD@Home need to re-enroll their student with the Anacortes School District for next school year. Elementary students will not automatically be assigned to their previous elementary school. Families who re-enroll by May 15 will be given priority. If the district can provide a contracted, virtual model, we will announce that later this spring and offer families the opportunity to transfer.
As a result of closing the ASD@Home program, Principal Ryan Pike will return to his previous Teaching & Learning Programs Director-research, assessment, and evaluation. Pike initially held this position two years ago and served as Whitney's principal and Cap Sante's principal. Pike served last year as co-principal at Anacortes Middle School.
"Ryan has served many functions at the district, and we feel his qualifications best fit the district's needs to work alongside staff and community to enhance data gathering processes, testing requirements, and school improvement processes," said Irish. "He will be able to support student growth in this role and provide needed analysis to make system-wide changes to support teachers, staff, and student learning."
Currently serving as interim principal at Anacortes High School, Kecia Fox will resume her role as assistant principal at AHS and principal at Cap Sante. The district will search for a new assistant principal at Anacortes Middle School.
"I want to thank Kecia for stepping in to fill a critical leadership role at the high school this year," said Irish. "She helped navigate the staff and students to a successful return to in-person learning, and her leadership has been invaluable."
In an announcement to high school staff, Fox expressed appreciation for the opportunity to lead the high school through a challenging year.
“I have enjoyed working with our high school staff, students, and families this year,” said Fox. “I have been pursuing my doctorate as well, so made the difficult decision to not apply for the high school principal position. I am focused on pursuing opportunities aligned with my passion for equity in education. While I’m interested in pursuing district level leadership, I look forward to continuing to serve our community at both AHS and Cap Sante, as well as supporting the successful transition of Daniel Williams as our next high school principal.”
All changes will take effect for the 2021-22 school year.