District plans for fall reopening

District plans for fall reopening
Posted on 07/09/2020
Fall reopening table

Anacortes School District will continue to provide teaching and learning opportunities that support students to rise to their fullest potential, embrace the future, and make a difference. Our mission is to inspire every student with quality instruction that promotes creativity, growth, character, individual strengths, and a lifelong love of learning. 

As a global community, we continue to face the uncertainties of this health pandemic. We have learned many lessons over the past several months, and all of us are working together to develop proactive solutions that ensure every student has access to learning. 

Schools will look different next fall. In response, the district has already begun work to prepare for the school's reopening. Our goal is to provide students, staff, and families with options. We are engaging district leaders, employee bargaining groups, community stakeholders, school board members, families, and students in our planning. Equity, health, and safety will be our top priorities. We are developing a hybrid model that will prioritize in-person learning for our early learners, receive special services, and provide a teacher-directed at home learning option. We are also creating a full-time K-12 remote learning school. The first day of school remains Sept 2 (grades 1-12) and Sept 8 for kindergartners. 

Guiding Principles

  • We engage and challenge every student by tapping into their dreams and aspiration
  • We ensure students, staff, and families are safe and supported. 
  • We support the social-emotional needs of all students and staff. 
  • We commit to equity and inclusion in design, practices, and resourcing.
  • We communicate to internal and external stakeholders consistently and transparently.
  • We are in this together. Students, staff, families, and community collaborate and problem-solve.
  • We embrace and plan for uncertainty. 
  • We live within limited resources, and we use those resources creatively. 

Current Proposal

Additional Information 

  • Each scenario will depend on enrollment and space available in our schools; we will ask families to make a preliminary selection next week. This information may drive changes to the proposed scenarios and will help with the planning process. 
  • Students will remain enrolled in ASD, even if families choose our full-time remote K-12 option learning option. ASD teachers will facilitate this model.  
  • We are collaborating with all bargaining units to successfully and safely open schools.
  • What is the most current plan for full-time, K-12 remote learning? 
  • What is the most current plan for hybrid in-person/remote education? 

Safety Guidelines for In-Person Instruction

  • We will reopen with state and local guidance. 
  • At this time, we are directed to maintain a six-foot social distance during extended periods.
  • We will teach and practice healthy hygiene.
  • Face coverings are required for all students, staff, and visitors, per state guidelines. 
  • We will intensify cleaning and disinfection procedures.
  • We will screen all students, staff, and visitors for symptoms and exposure. 
  • Parents will be encouraged to drive students to school, due to OSPI guidelines related to busing. Busing will be available on a limited basis, with health screening and social distancing in place. 

Engagement Process

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 will also schedule Q&A sessions via zoom for parents, staff, and students throughout the summer. These will be advertised through our website and Facebook page. 

Questions? Please contact the Superintendent's Office: 360-503-1211 or


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