COVID-19 Response

Effective Tuesday, March 17, all school district buildings and facilities will be closed through April 24 to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Depending on public health guidance, it's possible the closure could extend even further. The last day of school for students will remain Friday, June 19, and Monday, June 22 for staff. 

WHY? 

Governor Jay Inslee has mandated that all Washington schools close to help combat the spread of coronavirus. 

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 

  • Learning opportunities for families using technology resources 

  • 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

  • Spring Break will remain a break; no services will be provided during this time (April 6-10) 


HOW: 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. 

  • No services offered during Spring Break (April 6-10) 

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

HOW: LEARNING RESOURCES 

Our team has worked hard the last couple weeks to develop a resource to help. 

Our goal has been to develop an approach that partners with families to promote continued learning, maintain community, and support well-being. This has included the following considerations:

  • With learning, our primary goal is to solidify understanding of standards previously taught and ensure competence;  
  • Learning resources that support exposure to new content or concepts are intended as an opportunity to “explore and try,” not to achieve competence;   
  • Not all students will have the same level of access during the closure, and therefore we cannot assume that students will return to school having accessed learning opportunities during the closure. 

The resource we’ve created is 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

HOW: 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 wellbeing 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 will begin distributing laptops to elementary families beginning on Monday, March 30. Parents should check their email for more information. If you did not receive an email, please contact Robert Pohl, rphol@asd103org. Secondary students will have their take-home devices through the closure. Please treat them with care. We do have a limited number of hotspots for families that do not have WIFI. More information can be found 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



More information will be coming frequently. Thank you for your patience with this rapidly changing situation. 

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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