Due to increased coronavirus cases throughout Skagit County, and following Skagit County Health Department guidance, the Anacortes School District will keep its middle and high school students in their current hybrid learning model.
Elementary students will return to full days, four days a week beginning on Thursday, May 6.
Skagit County has moved into a high COVID transmission rate of more than 200 cases per 100,000 population over 14 days. Washington State K-12 guidance states that in communities of high transmission, middle and high school students remain six feet apart if cohorting is not possible. We can move forward with expanded hours for our elementary students, at a 3-feet distance because we can cohort elementary students. All students will observe 6-foot distancing in other instances, such as meal times.
In an announcement, the school district said, "We know this information will be met with mixed emotions. We continue to be committed to expanding in-person learning as long as we are able to follow Washington State K-12 guidance. We believe this guidance will be revised later this spring or summer. Proactively, we are preparing for in-person learning five days a week for preK-12 grade students next fall. "
Elementary principals will be providing further information to families in the coming week.
Wednesdays remain an asynchronous learning day for all students, based on set schedules, staff collaboration and planning, and targeted outreach and support for students.
The district says it remains committed to the health and safety of our staff and students. The district will also continue to follow the guidance of public health officials. We will continue to support our students academically and emotionally.