Since we have received many questions, this document will serve as a location for us to answer the questions that many of you might have. Please check back frequently; we are adding more questions and answers as we work through the process of our reopening plan.
Q. When was the reopening plan due?
A. The plan was due on July 31st. It can be viewed by going to: ACSD Reopening Plan.
Q. Who put the plan together?
A. Several of our staff were involved in putting together preliminary plans that our Reopening Committee reviewed and adjusted prior to approving. The Reopening Committee is made up of representatives of all of our stakeholders including parents, students and staff.
Q. Will my child be able to attend school every day?
A. We are working to ensure that we can have at least grades PK-6 attend every day. By converting some rooms used for special areas and supports into classroom space, we may be able to have all of the students attend and still be able to use social distancing in classrooms. That is likely not going to be the case at the 7-12 level. Due to numbers of students and classrooms we are planning to use a hybrid manner of instruction meaning that a group of students will attend on one day and another group on a different day. We are still working out the format that best fits for all of the needs of our students.
Q. Will I have the option to keep my child home and have instruction happen in a remote manner even if the district is able to provide in person or a hybrid situation?
A. The answer is yes. We understand that there are reasons why a family would want to keep their child home and so, we will offer the opportunity for remote or virtual learning whether we can bring students in or not.
Q. How will we be able to share our choice?
A. The district will be sending out a survey to determine your preference. That survey should be distributed as soon as we have confirmation on the grade levels for a fully in-person or hybrid format.
Q. Will the school day schedule be the same?
A. The schedule may be similar but likely not the same as last year. We will need to stagger arrival and dismissal times to avoid students entering and leaving the building in a group. More specific information will be shared with families later in August after we get word from the governor regarding the format that we will be able to plan on to start the school year.
Q. What other ways do you expect school to be different?
A. The most significant difference we expect to be in the social aspect of school. Given the social distancing and mask requirements students will not have the same opportunities to communicate and “hang out” with one another that they are accustomed to. The same requirements will prevent students from gathering in hallways between classes or having close conversation at lunch time. We are looking at other ways to allow students to socialize with one another, but whatever we come up with will look different than what they are used to.