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Reopening update for all schools

Reopening update for all schools
Posted on 10/01/2020
Reopening updates

District staff continue to work on plans to reopen schools to some limited in-person learning. We are starting with elementary students in early November. K-3 students will return on Monday, November 2, and grades 4-5 will return on Monday, November 9 on a half day schedule, split into morning and afternoon cohorts. 

A visual timeline is posted here

 

Split Day Model - K-5

(K-3 begins Nov 2; 4-5 begins Nov. 9)

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9:00 - 11:30 a.m. *

AM cohort of each class

No students on campus; remote learning only.


Staff: Professional Learning Communities

AM cohort of each class

11:30 - 1:00

No students

Teacher lunch & planning

Cleaning protocol

No students

Teacher lunch & planning

Cleaning protocol

1:00 - 3:30 p.m.*

PM cohort of each class

PM cohort of each class

*Staggered start and dismissal times to allow for transportation at elementary schools. See transportation schedule below.


Elementary Transportation Schedule 

 

A Schedule

MTE Drop Off

ISV Drop Off

FID Drop Off

8:55 AM

9:00 AM

8:55 AM

First Bell

9:00 AM

9:05 AM

9:00 AM

Last Bell (Car Riders)

11:30 AM

11:30 AM

11:30 AM

Last Bell (Bus Riders)

11:15 AM

11:20 AM

11:15 AM

MTE Pickup

ISV Pickup

FID Pickup

11:15 AM

11:20 AM

11:15 AM

 

B Schedule

MTE Drop Off

ISV Drop Off

FID Drop Off

1:15 PM

1:20 PM

1:15 PM

First Bell (Car Riders)

1:00 PM

1:00 PM

1:00 PM

First Bell (Bus Riders)

1:15 PM

1:20 PM

1:15 PM

Last Bell

3:30 PM

3:30 PM

3:30 PM

MTE Pickup

ISV Pickup

FID Pickup

3:30 PM

3:35 PM

3:30 PM

 

Why this model for elementary? 

Earlier this summer, we thought we could go with a 2-full day schedule for all students. This proves problematic for elementary aged students. A return to school for 2 full days would mean your student would not have any in-person teacher contact for 5 days. 

 

Challenges with a full-day return for elementary students

For example, Student A would go to school from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday is a remote-learning day for all students to allow for cleaning at buildings. Thursday and Friday would remain remote-learning days for Student A while their teacher is teaching students on Thursday and Friday. Student A would return to school on Monday, not having interacted with her teacher since the previous Tuesday. This model does not best support our earliest learners who need consistency particularly in learning key math and literacy concepts. 

 

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.


Meals

The half-day schedule also reduces the need for additional staffing for lunch, recess, and teacher planning time. Students will eat meals either before or after they arrive at school. Meals continue to be offered by our Food Services Department. Times will be adjusted for students to pick up meals after morning classes. 

Weekly meal sign up sheets are available here: http://www.asd103.org/departments_and_programs/food_and_nutrition_services


Why can’t some students “zoom” into the live classroom?

Teachers will be teaching the same lesson in the morning for the morning group and repeating that lesson in the afternoon for the afternoon students.  We expect that our teachers will be completely focused and attentive to the group of students in front of them. Zooming the lessons in the morning and afternoon puts an unnecessary burden on the teacher to monitor two groups of students simultaneously.  Secondly, ASD Schools have exceptional technology infrastructure to support general web browsing, it was not built to support the bandwidth necessary to support simultaneous livestreaming from all classrooms.  Plans are in the works for upgrading that infrastructure next summer using a combination of Technology Levy and Federal Erate dollars.  Finally, there are FERPA related privacy concerns and contractual obligations that prevent us from engaging live streamed classroom lessons.


Schedules for A/B Split 

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. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your principal. 


Childcare

We recognize that this places a hardship on families, especially with childcare. The YMCA and Boys and Girls Club have expanded some of their services. Child Care Aware of Northwest Washington can also help families find childcare: 1-800-446-1114, https://www.ccanorthwest.org/


Survey Results 

We received more than 1600 responses from our recent survey about reopening schools - thank you! 

96% of respondents want their students to return to in-person learning. Feedback from families can be categorized into 4 main themes: overall support for a return to in-person learning; general concerns about returning; support for the half-day schedule; concerns about the half day schedule. 


Middle and High School 

We are moving forward with opening middle and high school to some in-person instruction as well. We will likely bring middle school students back in early December. High school students are not able to return until 2nd semester starts on February 8. The high school master schedule, graduation pathways, and classroom spacing requirements poses particular challenges at the high school. We have more flexibility at the middle school, with a 6-period day. The daily schedule is still being determined for middle and high school students. We plan to survey families about their preferences in the coming weeks. 


Sports 

While team sports continue to be on hold until the Spring, some of our high school coaches will begin working with students in small groups, beginning on Monday, Oct. 5th. For more information, please contact Athletic Director Erik Titus, etitus@asd103.org or (360) 503-1305


Updates from Skagit County Health Dept 

Disease Activity and Metrics

You can see the current metrics for the state here: https://www.coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/covid-19-risk-assessment-dashboard .  This data has an intentional lag period incorporated to allow for data to be final prior to presenting. These graphics show that we have had a decreasing disease activity in Skagit County.  Please be aware that we have seen a moderate upsurge in new cases these most recent few days and this is not yet shown in the charts below.  Because of this we expect we will stay in the Moderate disease activity level for the immediate future.

Our hospitals are still reporting adequate capacity and public health continues to have capacity for case and contact investigations and support of people in isolation and quarantine.  Our metrics for reaching cases and contacts within the state targets remain consistently good.


Quick prevention reminders

Remember, outside is safer than inside, fresh air is best, and face coverings and distancing are essential to prevention.


Coming up: 

  • Information about the health screening & attestation process will be coming soon. 

 
Questions? (360) 503-1200 or information@asd103.org


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