COVID-19 Response

All schools will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year, to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. Governor Jay Inslee extended the closure in an announcement on Monday, April 6. 


SERVICES WE WILL PROVIDE

The Anacortes School District will continue to provide some services to support students and families during this challenging time, including: 

  • Breakfast and lunch for students who need them 

  • Continuous learning 

  • Outreach to families to ensure student safety 

  • Childcare at district facilities for families of healthcare providers, first responders, families experiencing homelessness, others with critical needs, and essential ASD staff

FOOD SERVICES 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any child ages 1-18 (and any child receiving special education services up to age 21) living on Fidalgo Island. 

  • Beginning Monday, March 23, we will deliver meals to bus stops in the morning. The locations and times can be found here

  • If you live within 1/2 mile of Anacortes High School, your pick up location remains AHS (east commons curbside) between 11-noon. 

  • To help us adequately plan for enough meals, please fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/48cEoyd9WkRdgcYa8

  • Children must take food from the site; we are unable to offer space for people to eat on site 

  • Food to Go is providing food deliveries on weekends. Please fill out their form here. 

Food Services Questions? Contact: Paula Lindbo (360) 503-1328 or plindbo@asd103.org 


LEARNING RESOURCES 

Continuous learning is required for all students. We will cover the most important content - "essential learning" - for each grade and subject level. The highlights of our approach are: 

  • Considering state guidelines, district-required student learning time at home will not exceed 30 minutes per day for pre-K; 45 minutes for K-1; 60 minutes per day for grades 2-3; 90 per day minutes for grades 4-5; two hours per day for grades 6-8 and 2.5 hours per day for grades 9-12.

  • Learning goals, content and expectations for students in the same grade level and course will be similar. 

  • No work assigned after the closure and before April 27 will be graded or counted toward a student’s progress. The state is making recommendations in the next week on grading. We will notify families how we plan to approach grading by April 24. 

  • Starting April 27, essential learning and any assessments for each class will be communicated on Monday morning. Elementary teachers will email families using a standard template, while middle and high school principals will send one document with the weekly assignments for each class in a shared Excel file. Middle and high school assignments will be posted on the district’s learning management system, Schoology. No new assignments may be added to a class once the Monday schedule goes out. 

  • Teachers will conduct one virtual meeting of about 40 minutes a week, with schedules shared on Monday. Elementary teachers will conduct this meeting with their class to check in, build community and review the week’s learning goals. Middle and high school teachers will facilitate a meeting focused on social-emotional well-being and topics related to advisory. In addition, middle and high school staff may conduct optional class meetings for any course they teach by communicating such offerings in the Monday schedule. Teachers at all levels may also facilitate smaller group meetings with students to differentiate and support learning.

  • For most school work, students will be asked to complete assignments by a certain date and time, following a schedule that works best for students and families.

RESOURCES 

We’ve created a webpage called Anacortes Learns. The page has tabs for grade levels. On this page, you will find:  

  • Learning Ideas

  • Learning Resources 

  • Directions to access your child’s individual classroom or middle school and high school course webpages

The Learning Ideas and Learning Resources pages provide families access to a broad set of standards-aligned resources. These resources are for independent learning, and you can find a lot of great content in the core subject areas as well as enrichment ideas.  

Learning Questions? Contact: K.C. Knudson (360) 503-1214, kknudson@asd103.org

CHILDCARE AT DISTRICT FACILITIES 

Any family meeting the following criteria will be offered child care services for students in grades K-12 during the school closure: 

  • Currently enrolled in ASD, and 

  • Living on Fidalgo Island, and 

  • Parent or guardian is a first responder or medical/health/ elderly care professional, or is verified as eligible for McKinney-Vento services, or children with critical needs, or children of essential ASD staff. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. If you meet the above qualifications, and will need childcare during the school closure, please fill out this enrollment form

Additional childcare may be available through the YMCA: (360) 707-7733 

Childcare Questions? Contact: Nicole Mortimer, nmortimer@asd103.org, (360) 333-9961 
SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

  • Special education services will not be offered during the school closure, though learning design and resources will seek to support all.

  • Scheduled IEP and re-evaluation meetings must still be held; the district will seek to provide virtual options for these meetings.

  • During the closure we will plan for fully implementing student IEPs and 504s upon return to school.

Special education questions?  Contact: Fran McCarthy (360) 503-1216, fmccarthy@asd103.org

 

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

The district is working in partnership with area agencies and Island Hospital to continue to provide mental health services to identified students.

  • A secure HIPAA/FERPA compliant platform has been acquired that allows our team to provide teletherapy during the closure. Therapists will be reaching out to communicate directly with families regarding the continuation of services.
  • We will continue to provide resources to all families to support child well-being and self-care within the home.
  • Also see this available resource from Yale University and our RULER program:  Managing Anxiety Around Covid-19
 

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

During the school closure, Technology Services will continue to respond to support requests made by students. We ask that you contact us at (360) 503-1220 or you may contact a technician directly per this memo.

We have distributed laptops to all elementary families. If you did not receive one, you can request one here: https://sites.google.com/asd103.org/anacorteslearns/tech
There are also several local providers offering free or low-cost Internet and computers.  To learn more about these programs, please visit:
Xfinity Internet Essentials - https://www.internetessentials.com/
T-Mobile Lifeline Program - https://www.t-mobile.com/offers/lifeline-program
Frontier Lifeline Program - https://frontier.com/resources/discountprograms/lifelineprogram/washington

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND WELL BEING

Public health officials emphasize that the purpose of school closures is social distancing. King County’s Health Department just came out with helpful guidance for parents and families on how to achieve social distancing while maintaining good mental health. I encourage you to read through the information here



General questions? District Office - information@asd103.org, (360) 503-1200 

 

OTHER RESOURCES: 

Skagit County Health Department  Skagit Public Health Talking Points – General Mental Health Talking Points by grade level 

“Flattening the Curve” - why social distancing can slow the virus Talking with your Kids About School Closures




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