Please be aware that changes have been made to the Anchorage Independent School District’s 2020-2021 Return to School Plan, which can be found here. Changes to the plan are based on new requirements, which the state added to the Team Kentucky Healthy at School guidance. Please keep in mind, the plan is based on current state requirements and guidance, however the plan is fluid and is subject to change as further guidance is received from the state. The significant change which will impact students is that multi-layer face masks will be required to be worn by all students and staff without a documented preventing medical condition, at all times, except during lunch, designated snack times and when students are socially distanced outdoors.
We understand and appreciate that there will be mixed reactions to this change to the plan. We encourage everyone to remain focused on the silver lining which is our students being able to return to in-person instruction on Monday, September 28, 2020. As many of you know from personal experience, while it seems difficult at first to wear a mask for long periods of time, with repetition and through trial and error of finding a mask that is a good personal fit, over time one begins to forget they are even wearing a face mask.
New changes announced this week include reporting requirements for schools and parents related to positive COVID-19 cases within the school or home. Our school will be sending parents detailed information regarding the reporting and where to access the data on our website. Please watch for the email. We would also like to share with families that the entire staff will be participating in additional training and simulations on September 24 and 25 to prepare for the return of students. With the extensive public health guidelines a refresher of August training and an introduction of new guidelines and strengthened procedures is needed. In order to allow time for the training, your children’s learning plans on those dates may include only asynchronous instruction. Please be assured however that their lessons will continue. If you have questions related to our Return to School Plan, please feel free to submit here.