The Anacortes School District will begin its fall school year in a fully remote model, based on recommendations by the Anacortes School Board. Superintendent Justin Irish provided an update to the board earlier this week, outlining the complexities required to offer in-person instruction, including transportation challenges, health screening, social distancing guidelines, limited space, and staffing constraints. District staff continue to plan the learning model for the fall, as well as support for students receiving special education and English language services.
The school year will begin on Monday, September 14. Families will have two options to choose from once registration opens on August 17: ASD Hybrid and ASD@Home. The ASD Hybrid model will include an eventual phased-in approach to in-person learning. ASD@Home is a fully remote option, with a parent or guardian as the primary teacher/ coach and ASD staff offering support. Current AMS Principal Ryan Pike will lead ASD@Home.
A District steering committee meets regularly to decide our learning model, health and safety guidelines, transportation, food and nutrition services, and communications. The committee includes district administrators, supervisors, and employee bargaining representatives.
A Community Stakeholder group is also meeting regularly to set our guiding principles, review decisions with an equity frame, and ensure that our decisions meet our students' and families' needs. This community stakeholder group includes representatives from the City, Port, Skagit County Health Department, Island Hospital, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Anacortes Schools Foundation, Samish Tribe, as well as parents and students.
We are committed to ongoing, transparent communications with our families, staff and students. We will provide regular weekly updates, virtual Q&A sessions, and informational videos through our social media pages and district website. Please also reach out if you have questions, comments or concerns: email@example.com or (360) 503-1200.
Upcoming Virtual Q&A Sessions
The district has scheduled several virtual Q&A sessions that are open to staff, students, families and the general public.
August 12 - 5:30 p.m (https://asd103.zoom.us/j/98720575752)