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Suspension of Face-to-Face Classes Extended through April 19, 2020

(updated March 20, 2020)

We have missed having your children at school so much this week! Each time I see a family walking outside it warms my heart as it gives me an opportunity to “yell” a hello from a distance and to ask the students how they are doing. 

I am emailing to let you know that this afternoon, in a conference call with Governor Beshear, school districts were asked to extend the suspension of face-to-face classes through April 19, 2020, with school tentatively reopening to face-to-face classes on April 20, 2020.   To join in the efforts by our state to “flatten the curve” and protect our citizens, Anchorage School will be extending our suspension of face-to-face classes through April 19, 2020.  Please be advised that there is a possibility that the closure may be extended beyond April 19, 2020.  During this time period, all extracurricular activities, athletic events, and all school and community activities scheduled to be held at our school, are canceled.  Our custodial staff will be continuing their work to deep clean our school to make sure we are ready to open when Governor Beshear determines that it is safe for us to do so.

I am grateful for the tremendous work our parents and teachers are doing to provide our students the best distance-learning experience possible.  Our school team is continuing to learn how to best meet the needs of our families in our distance-learning efforts and will continue to make changes as we learn how to better meet the needs of our students and families.  I applaud our staff, as we continue to hear from parents that the best instruction their students are receiving is through the videos and Google Meets that are provided directly by our teachers.  What a testament to the expertise of our teachers that our students prefer instruction of our own teachers over that of the host of software programs and professional videos which we can access as resources!

Remember, March 30, 2020 through April 3, 2020 is still our spring break!!  We are asking our students, teachers and parents to unplug from school-related email and instruction during this period, as it will provide a well-deserved and much-needed opportunity for everyone to relax a little more and focus on their family.

The safety of our school community during this state emergency is our top priority. It is our hope that by taking these measures now, we can limit exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  For the latest information on COVID-19 in Kentucky, please visit:  www.kycovid19.ky.gov

Remember, to help stay healthy, the Centers for Disease Control recommends:

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick (fever, cough, sneeze, and difficulty breathing).

·         Avoid close contact, stay at least 6 feet away from others.

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

·         Stay home when you are sick.

·         Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. To avoid coughing into your hands, you can cough into your elbow.

·         Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

·         If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

·         CDC states that wearing a facemask will not protect the general public from COVID-19.

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, guidance can be found at the following link:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html.  If you have a COVID-19 question or concern, you can dial the Kentucky Department of Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-722-5725 and you will be directed to someone who can help. 

 

We appreciate your understanding and patience and will continue to provide updates.  Families with concerns should contact me at kelley.ransdell@anchorage.kyschools.us or (502) 245-8927.

Kelley Ransdell

 

Anchorage Public School Closure Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 (updated March 12, 2020)

Dear  School Community,

Yesterday, in a conference call with Governor Beshear, we learned that we should be ready to close school as early as Monday, March 16, 2020.  This morning we participated in a webinar that included representatives from various health agencies in Kentucky and learned more about the developing situation.

Based on our own assessment of the information we are receiving, and our concern for the welfare of our students, staff and school families, we are suspending face-to-face classes and activities beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.  These efforts are an attempt to help protect citizens of Kentucky and to provide time for the health officials to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  At this time, students are scheduled to return for face-to-face classes on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Anchorage Public School will remain open tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020.  However, if your family does not wish for your child(ren) to attend school tomorrow, those absences will be excused.  Perfect Attendance awards are discontinued moving forward, per CDC recommendations.  We are delaying closure until Monday to provide families the weekend to make arrangements.  

Please be advised, all extracurricular activities, athletic events, and all school and community activities scheduled to be held at our school, are canceled until further notice beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.  During the closure, we will also be deep cleaning the school.

Since late February we have been making preparations to provide distance learning for our students.  Alternate delivery of instruction will begin Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Parents should check their email Tuesday evening for their child’s Daily Learning Plan to be implemented on Wednesday; expect plans to be sent by 5:00 p.m. each day.  This brief delay of implementation of distance learning will provide teachers the necessary time to transition to alternate course delivery.

We ask for parents to exercise some patience during the first few days of our delivery of distance learning, as there will likely be some unanticipated hiccups.  Our staff is committed to addressing those concerns quickly and to ensure that during this period of distance learning our students continue to receive an outstanding learning experience.

For the latest information on the Coronavirus in Kentucky, please visit:  www.kycovid19.ky.gov

To help stay healthy, the Centers for Disease Control recommends:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Stay home if sick
  • Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, wash hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched object and surfaces

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, guidance can be found at the following link:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html

If you have non-school related COVID-19 questions or concerns, you can dial the Kentucky Department of Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-722-5725 and you will be directed to someone who can help.  We will continue to reach out to our governmental partners for additional guidance and information as the situation unfolds.   

The safety of our students and staff is the top priority of Anchorage Public School. It is our hope that by taking these measures now we can limit exposure to COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding and patience and will continue to provide updates.  Families with concerns should contact me at kelley.ransdell@anchorage.kyschools.us or (502) 245-8927.

 

APS Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) UPDATE (updated March 11, 2020)

Dear Anchorage School Families,
This communication is a part of our continuing effort to keep you informed of the latest developments related to our steps to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) within our school community. This afternoon we participated in a conference call with Governor Beshear and the Kentucky Commissioner of Education.  Using the guidance from the conference call, Anchorage Public School (APS) will:

  • Remain OPEN at this time
  • Continue to hold after-school club events and athletic practices as scheduled
  • Suspend scheduling any new out-of-state school related trips for our students or staff
  • Continue communications with our 8th grade trip partners (Appleseed and Delta Airlines) to obtain information regarding school credit and/or refunds in the event that conditions across the United States warrant cancellation of the trip in the weeks leading up to the planned travel
  • Extend the deadline for 8th grade parents to make the final trip payment
  • Continue field trips as scheduled at this time

APS has implemented these additional procedures in response to the spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky:

  • Revised visitor and contractor sign-in procedures which include requiring thermal temperature scan in the normal range prior to entry to the school
  • Revised visitor sign-in procedures to ask parents/guardians who have traveled outside of the United States within the past 15 days to avoid visiting APS to volunteer or have lunch with their child
  • Revised library procedures include wiping down returned library books prior to reshelving
  • Equipped all restrooms with paper towel dispensers instead of hand dryers
  • Implemented more stringent cleaning and disinfecting of lunchroom tables and chairs between student lunch shifts
  • Provided additional instruction to students encouraging them to sanitize hands prior to entry into the cafeteria
  • Implemented extra precautions at school events, including the availability of additional hand sanitizing stations to attendees and electrostatic spraying to disinfect the occupied space after conclusion of the event
  • Created an “APS Response to COVID-19” link on our school website

As shared in previous communications, in response to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, in late February the APS Administration:

  • Reviewed our infection-control protocols
  • Installed additional hand sanitizing stations and proper handwashing signage
  • Revised visitor procedures, with all visitors asked to sanitize hands and list any areas traveled in the past 15 days outside of Kentucky
  • Revised package delivery procedures with all non-food packages dropped off outside and sprayed with disinfectant prior to school staff bringing items inside the school building
  • Increased instruction and emphasis on proper and frequent handwashing
  • Began planning for distance learning instruction should the need for a multi-week school closure arise

Steps our school always takes to prevent the spread of communicable diseases include the following:

  • Classrooms and offices are disinfected nightly, Monday through Friday evenings, using PUR:ONE and electrostatic spraying technology
  • Doorknobs, water fountains, handrails, locker doors and other frequently touched surfaces are disinfected each school night
  • All classrooms are equipped with hand sanitizer so students can add that layer of protection to their regular hand-washing routine
  • Our School Nurse, Misty Killinder, attends to the medical needs of students as they occur
  • Students are instructed in measures to prevent the spread of germs

We advise that families consider current recommendations for social distancing in Kentucky when making decisions whether to attend school or public events.  Current recommendations, which can be found at www.kycovid19.ky.gov, include the following:

Please also continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on the best ways to combat the spread of Coronavirus and tell your child(ren) to do the same:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Stay home if sick
  • Cover cough or sneeze with tissue, throw tissue in trash, wash hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

The state of Kentucky has created a website with current information about COVID-19 that can be found at this link:  KYCOVID19.ky.gov.  Additionally, the state hotline for COVID-19 questions is 1-800-722-5725.

We continue to follow direction from the CDC, the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness, and will make further modifications to procedures regarding school visitors, school events, and other courses of action as advised.

In the event of a long-term school closure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are preparing to provide students with distance learning instruction. 

We are committed to keeping you informed.  The health and well-being of our students and school community are always a top concern.  We will update you with any additional important information or guidance that we receive.  Families with concerns should contact me at kelley.ransdell@anchorage.kyschools.us or (502) 245-8927.

Helpful links:

https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/anxiety-is-not-the-boss/202002/how-talk-your-anxious-child-about-the-coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/anxiety-in-children/

https://time.com/5776857/how-to-talk-to-kids-coronavirus/

Handwashing: A Family Activity (March 5, 2020)

Handwashing is an easy, cheap, and effective way to prevent the spread of germs and keep kids and adults healthy. Young children learn by imitating the behaviors of adults in their lives. When you make handwashing part of your routine, you’re setting an example for your children to follow.  For more information on teaching kids the five easy steps for handwashing—wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry—and the key times to wash hands, such as after using the bathroom or before eating please visit the following site: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/family_handwashing-508.pdf.  You can find ways to make it fun, like making up your own handwashing song or turning it into a game.