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2021-2022 Anchorage Independent School District Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Update: August 26, 2021
We are reaching out to inform families that we have revised our 2021-2022 Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction to remove the requirement that indoor volunteers attest that they have been vaccinated and to expand our masking exemptions to align with the recent Emergency Administrative Regulation (702 KAR 1:195E) approved by the Kentucky Board of Education.
You can access our revised plan here.
We would also like to share with families that we received new Guidelines for Quarantine After Exposure in K-12 School Settings as well as a Description of Who Should Quarantine from the Kentucky Department for Public Health this week. Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) staff assist us with understanding the guidelines and determining, based on our school model, individuals that are required to quarantine or self-isolate.
As a reminder, all APS staff and students that test positive for COVID-19, as well as those staff and students that have been determined to meet the guidelines for quarantine through school contact, must be reported by our school district to LMPHW. Different from last year, we are being asked to submit a copy of the positive COVID-19 test results to LMPHW. If a student receives a positive test result on an at-home COVID-19 test that is not proctored by a medical professional, we encourage you to additionally seek a professionally-administered PCR COVID-19 test. When you call to report a positive individual, if a lab report is available, please also email a copy of the COVID-19 test results to Nurse Misty Killinder at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (502) 245-2124. Soon we hope to be announcing a VIP test site for our school community that will allow for same-day testing and results. If you have a positive case to report outside of school hours, please contact Kelley Ransdell at (502) 303-1415.
As always, we are striving to ensure that all of our Anchorage School community remains healthy and safe as we navigate the 2021-2022 learning year. We encourage all members of our school community to socially distance, both when indoors and outdoors, in order to minimize the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission.
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Update: August 4, 2021
We are reaching out to inform families that we have revised our 2021-2022 School Plan to include the following guidelines related to visitors during the school day:
“With superintendent or principal approval, visitors will be admitted for events such as walking new students to class during their first week of school, attending student performances, and attending committee or other school meetings. Lunch visit restrictions remain in place due to students being unmasked during that time.”
In error, the first plan allowed visitors to attend afterschool events, but prohibited visitors during the school day. With masks required of individuals in both settings, we were able to relax the school day restrictions outside a formal review and approval process.
You will find other minor edits to the plan, aimed at providing our school community access to our facility and aimed at continued alignment with Team Kentucky Guidance for K-12 School Operations. For example, the most recent guidance released on July 29, 2021, no longer includes a “Test to Stay” option for school districts, so we have removed “Test to Stay” as an option in our plan. You can access our revised plan here.
We would also like to share that our new procedures formally go into effect tomorrow, as August 5, 2021 is the first official day of the new school year for our staff.
You may have noticed when visiting that APS has been a beehive of excitement and activity as staff prepare to welcome students on August 11th. We hope that our students and their families had a relaxed and fun-filled summer and look forward to our hallways soon filling with students and their laughter and our classrooms filling with inquisitive minds. If you have questions as you prepare for the first day of school, please call APS or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anchorage Independent School District 2021-2022 Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction
We are excited to welcome students on August 11, 2021, for the first day of school! The Anchorage Independent School District is pleased to be continuing in-person classes daily for the 2021-2022 school year.
We want to take this opportunity to assure our families that APS will not shift from in-person instruction to virtual instruction, due to COVID-related issues, unless ordered to do so by the Department of Public Health, the Local Health Department and/or the Governor. Students will return to school in August to a learning environment that will include a requirement for all individuals to wear face masks and that will flexibly remove layered COVID-19 prevention strategies in response to the COVID-19 vaccine being available to elementary students and/or changes in recommendations from federal and state health officials.
At the close of the 2020-2021 school year our district had over 97% of our students return to in-person learning five days per week. This allowed for our team to ensure continuity in supporting our students’ academic and social and emotional needs. We look forward to starting the new school year having all of our students back in person and will be suspending our virtual model. Over the course of the school year, should a full class or grade level of students fall into quarantine, we will shift them to virtual instruction to provide educational services for those students during the quarantine window.
To protect individuals who are not fully vaccinated, during the upcoming school year we will continue many of the health safety practices that are included in the Team Kentucky Guidance for K-12 School Operations for In-Person Learning. At the following link, you can find an overview of prevention measures that will be in place at APS at the start of the upcoming school year: Anchorage Independent School District 2021-2022 Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction.
We are pleased to include in our plans an announcement that lunch will be offered free to all APS students during the 2021-2022 school year through AISD participation in a nationwide federal school meal program designed to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 on families. For more information about the 2021-2022 federal free lunch program please click HERE.
We want all members of the Anchorage School community to understand that school operations during the 2021-2022 school year may be fluid with decisions occurring that may lead to changes in strategies and procedures. Anchorage Independent School District commits to a regular review of community and APS student health data, as well as newly released CDC, DPH and LMPHW COVID-19 related guidance and requirements. Families can expect timely communication if there are resulting changes to this plan, up until, and throughout, the 2021-2022 school year. We ask that everyone continues to support our students, our school and each other as we work together to ensure an outstanding 2021-2022 school experience regardless of the circumstance. We would like to close by extending a very special thank you to the Anchorage School community for your continued patience and your unwavering support of our community school.