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Message to Anchorage School Families (2020-2021 Non-Traditional Instruction Learning Model; Updated August 14, 2020)

Anchorage Families, 

Thank you so much for your patience as I know you have been eager to learn how APS will deliver Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) in the fall of 2020.  The school website now includes detailed information regarding the Non-Traditional Instruction Learning Model.  Reading this information will answer many of your questions; for those questions that remain, please utilize the Submit a Question feature provided on the website.

In addition to the information on the website, I want to highlight changes in the schedule that will be implemented during NTI .  

First, our NTI schedule has been adjusted from last year to incorporate more synchronous instruction (live instruction via Google Meet); asynchronous instruction (online instruction but independent of the teacher) will also be provided for students when appropriate.

Second, a significant change to our NTI Schedule is that we will not offer a Wellness Wednesday.  By ending each school day early (core instruction ends by 1:45 at the latest each day), we have created a time for students to step away from the screen.  This also allows an extended period of time for teachers to work with students one-one one, meet with parents or dive into planning and grading.  This shortened school day is in addition to a 60 minute school-wide lunch and physical activity break.  We have also built in time for students to engage with Essential Arts teachers once a week. We  believe that following a schedule that more closely mimics our In-School Learning model will allow for an easier transition when we return to campus. Links to each grade level schedule are included at the end of this message.  

Information pertinent to the start of the school year is detailed below. 

Meet the Teacher  

Links to a Signup Genius for each homeroom teacher are available at the end of this message.  Please make an appointment to Meet your Teacher!

At the meeting you will:

  • Meet your child’s homeroom teacher
  • Become familiar with the classroom – students can even find their seat!
  • Leave supplies the teacher has requested as well as pick up materials the teacher may want your child to have at home.
  • Enter the school building using directions that will be sent out prior to the Meet Your Teacher event. 
  • Be asked to follow COVID-19 safety procedures. (Please note the school will have specific protocol to follow which includes a temperature check upon entrance, COVID-19 wellness questions to respond to, specific entry and exit points, and mandatory mask requirements for all family members attending.  Additionally, the visit is limited to immediate family members only and building access is limited to the scheduled time and classroom area only.)  

Please note that families that would prefer to set up a virtual visit with their child’s teacher should email Ms. Haile (kelly.haile@anchorage.kyschools.us).  Alternate Chromebook pickup procedures will be emailed to these families.

Chromebook Distribution

  1. It is to our students’ advantage to use the school-issued Chromebook, especially our youngest students. Chromebooks will be ready for pick up at the Meet your Teacher event.  
  2. To prepare students for non-traditional instruction, teachers will:
  • Guide students to log on –  confirming username and password.
  • Provide quick tips for Chromebook use
  1. Chromebook contracts for grades K-5 will be available in homerooms upon retrieval. Contracts must be signed before a chromebook is issued. A link to the contract is provided here for reading prior to arrival. This will help maximize the meet and greet time if the contract is read before the meeting. 

The faculty and staff could not be more eager to begin the school year – regardless of the learning model in use.  We are simple READY for our Anchors to sail into this new year along with us!

NTI:  Grade Level Schedules

Kindergarten

3rd Grade

6th Grade

1st Grade

4th Grade

7th Grade

2nd Grade

5th Grade

8th Grade

 

Meet the Teacher:  Schedule an Appointment

Kindergarten

Ms. Breetz

Ms. Flannery

Ms. VanNevel

3rd Grade

Ms. Bixler

Ms. Liford

Ms. Stuart

6th Grade

Gomez

Sangster

Sloan

Wooldridge

1st Grade

Elder

Thornton

4th Grade

Campbell

Holt

Robinette

7th Grade

Fisher

Lamoreux

Wilson

2nd Grade

Babey

Hafling

Hall

5th Grade

Broyles

Jones

Just

8th Grade

Crouch

Johnston

VanKlompenberg



Message to Anchorage School Families (2020-2021 School Calendar Revision; Updated July 27, 2020)

At a press conference yesterday, July 27, 2020, Governor Beshear announced the recommendation that no in-person classes should occur until on or after August 17, 2020.  He explained that this recommendation is being made because Kentucky continues to see a rise in case positive percentages due to asymptomatic spread and we have not yet realized a reduction in daily positive cases from other mitigation strategies. 

At their July 27, 2020 meeting, the Anchorage Independent School Board approved a revised 2020-2021 school calendar in order to be in compliance with the changing state requirements for Kentucky school districts. To access the revised school calendar please visit the Anchorage Public School webpage at www.anchorage-school.org, and click on “Parents”/”Calendar 2020-2021”.  Some highlights of the revised calendar are as follows: 

  • The first day for students will be Tuesday, August 25, 2020
  • The last day for students will be Friday, May 28, 2021
  • Our eighth grade graduation celebration is tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 28, 2021

I know we all hope there is a decrease in positive COVID-19 cases to allow for schools to provide the option of in-person instruction on or after the date established by Governor Beshear.  By pushing our start date a few days after the earliest possible date to hold in-person classes, we hope to avoid beginning the year with non-traditional instruction.  We miss seeing our students, teaching our students in-person, and hearing their laughter in our hallways.

Just a reminder, Anchorage Independent School District’s 2020-2021 Return to School Plan can be found here.  We are revising our plan in response to this most recent calendar change and will have those revisions complete soon.  All aspects remain unchanged, with the exception of dates influenced by the new calendar.  We are additionally making needed revisions to our Back-to-School E-Packet which families will receive this week.

Please keep in mind, our current plan is based on current state requirements and guidance; however, the plan is fluid and subject to continued change as new guidance is received from the state.  

We appreciate your patience with the changes to our plans and want you to know that with each change our excitement is only growing for the start of the new school year.  Each decision we have made has been grounded in what is best for our students.  Our goal throughout the summer has remained steadfast and is to not just get through this public health emergency but to continue to provide the best learning and school experiences possible for our students.

Take care,
Kelley Ransdell

Message to Anchorage School Families
(Updated July 13, 2020)

Dear Anchorage School Families,

We are excited to release Anchorage Independent School District’s 2020-2021 Return to School Plan which can be found here.  This evening it will be posted on our school’s webpage as well.  In the plan you will find you have two Learning Model options for your child.  An At-Home Learning Model and an In-School Learning Model.  We appreciate all the parent responses to our June survey which helped to inform the development of our plan and these options.

Please keep in mind, the plan is based on current state requirements and guidance, however the plan will be fluid and is subject to change as further guidance is received from the state.

There is a lot of information for our families to study, so I am keeping this communication brief.  Students returning to the In-School Learning Model will find many improvements that are aimed at helping to protect the health and safety of our staff and students.  Those improvements include the following:

  • Over 145 new desks to replace shared tables
  • Over 50 new portable tables to provide spacing during lunch
  • All classroom desks spaced at least 6’ apart and facing the same direction
  • Individual clear lightweight portable desk sneeze guards
  • Faucets, soap dispensers, towel dispensers and toilets are all touchless
  • Foot pulls on compatible doors
  • School-themed floor stickers to provide a visual of 6’ spacing
  • Thermal-scan thermometer checks upon arrival
  • Daytime housekeeper performing hourly disinfection of commonly-touched surfaces and restrooms
  • Three additional water bottle fillers
  • Modifications of HVAC system to increase fresh air exchange
  • Additional touchless hand-sanitizing stations throughout the school
  • Increased use of outdoor areas when weather permits

After you review the plan and related information, please submit a Learning Intent Form for your child as soon as you have made a decision, but no later than July 25, 2020.  We are providing as wide a window as possible for parents to make decisions, but hope that many families will be able to respond more quickly as it will provide us more time to make plans for your child.

With all the uncertainties we are facing, your school team remains focused on our primary mission, which is to unite with the Anchorage community to equip all students with the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and mindset that will inspire and empower them to make a positive impact on their community and world.  Each decision we have made has been grounded in what is best for our students.  Our goal is to not just get through this public health emergency but to continue to provide the best learning and school experiences possible for our students.

Take care,
Kelley Ransdell

Message to Anchorage School Families
(Updated June 26, 2020)

At a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Beshear discussed highly anticipated guidance for schools and districts on how to safely reopen for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing pandemic.  The Team Kentucky Healthy-at-School Guidance can be found here.

The guidance addresses multiple areas, such as mask wearing, social distancing, wellness screening and sanitation.

With the guidance now in hand, we are working to finalize our APS Return-to-School plans and look forward to releasing those to parents in the coming weeks.   We are certainly blessed by many advantages that will make our transition to reopen school easier, such as small class sizes, a full-time school nurse and school counselor on staff, and a well-equipped custodial department.  Our large classrooms coupled with small class sizes will afford students many opportunities to be relieved of wearing a mask, while still adhering to the expectations included in the state guidance for Kentucky schools.


Message to Anchorage School Families
June 12, 2020

Dear Anchorage School Families,

In a press conference this week, Governor Beshear announced that the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) will be working with leadership from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to finalize “Healthy at School” guidelines which should be released soon.  School districts across the state are anxiously awaiting the “Healthy at School” guidelines, just as we know parents are anxiously awaiting information from schools.  You can find more information about the work of the state task force here.

Because our school district has not yet received the state guidance, we have not yet been able to make decisions related to next school year.  The decisions we make as a Kentucky public school district regarding returning to school must align with the “Healthy at School” guidance, so while some decisions will be in local control, there will be guidelines that we must follow.  Although it may be frustrating for all of us, any decisions made about the future are subject to continued change as this public health emergency evolves.

Given the “Healthy at School” guidelines have not yet been released, we ask our school community to continue to be patient, and to understand that upon receipt of the guidance it will take time for our district to apply it to our situation.  As we continue to move through summer break, our school community will see dates of events begin to roll out, but they too are tentative and subject to change as guidance is released and as COVID-19 transmission rates and treatments change. 

I do want to assure our families however, that as we plan for an unknown future that has forced so much change and uncertainty on us, we will be working as a school district to retain as much consistency next school year as circumstances will allow, while making adjustments as needed to help protect the health and safety of our students and staff.  We are certainly blessed by many advantages that will make our transition to in-person classes easier, such as small class sizes, a full-time school nurse and school counselor on staff, and a well-equipped custodial department.  Our goal is to not just get through this public health emergency, but to continue to provide the best learning and school experiences for our students.  

While we wait for the guidance, we are not remaining idle and are hard at work planning for next school year.  For example, we are developing plans and making purchases to address issues that we believe will be certainties, such as the following:

  • Maximizing distance between classroom desks
  • Installing Plexiglas where needed to add a layer of protection for students and staff
  • Establishing structures to support the state contact tracing program
    • Creating non-congregate schedules that eliminate, to the extent possible, close sustained proximity between students that are not in the same grade level
    • Revising school arrival and dismissal procedures
    • Revising school lunch procedures that allow for interaction between students in the same grade level, but that minimize between grade level interaction between students
  • Establishing procedures for staff and students to wear masks in common areas
    • Thus far, we have not received guidance that masks will be mandatory for students when they are in their classroom setting.  State health officials agree with superintendents that it would be difficult for a student to wear a mask all day and that it is not in the best interest of their health to do so.  The guidance has been clear however that students without a preventing health condition will be asked to wear masks if they are on a bus for a field trip, walking in the hallways when arriving to school, dismissing from school, or walking in a common area such as when they go to the restroom, etc.  State health officials have confirmed that cloth masks will be acceptable.  We are awaiting a definitive answer about the clear face shield masks.
  • Establishing a schedule that honors the need for students to have time to play outdoors when weather permits
  • Reviewing staff and parent feedback on NTI in order to provide equipment, resources and training needed to continue to improve our distance learning program in the event that we must revert to that model for some period of time

With all the uncertainties we are facing, the school remains focused on our primary mission, which is to unite with the Anchorage community to equip all students with the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and mindset that will inspire and empower them to make a positive impact on their community and world.  Each decision we make will be grounded in what is best for our students. 

In the coming weeks we look forward to releasing more specific information.  In the meantime, we hope that our families find time to enjoy the three R’s of summer…reading, relaxing and renewing.

Take care,
Kelley Ransdell


Message to Anchorage School Families (Updated May 22, 2020)

On this last day of classes, I want to reach out to all of our families to express my appreciation for your tremendous support of our students and school community.  We have missed our hallways and classrooms being filled with students, but as I have shared before, I believe the extraordinary efforts of our staff, parents and students to support one another, and to carry on with excellence in the face of adversity, is a tremendous life lesson for our students, and one that will positively impact their attitudes and approaches to the many life challenges they will face in the years to come.

Now that the school year has ended, I hope each of you will have a chance to take a deep breath and to relax, even if just over the weekend.  I also hope that our students will all have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors this weekend and that they will carry with them a sense of accomplishment for completing their studies despite the challenges.  Please share with your children how proud we each are of how quickly they adapted to the new technologies and new circumstances.

As we look toward the 2020-2021 school year, I know there are still many unanswered questions.   Please be assured however, we are planning to be back in school for the fall, but at the same time are planning for whatever may develop.  Kentucky Department of Education Interim Commissioner Kevin Brown is asking all public school districts to create contingency plans and we are rising to that challenge.  I have attached a letter from Interim Commissioner Brown to public school families in the event that you have not seen his communication. 

As we plan for an unknown future that has forced so much change and uncertainty on our families, we will be working as a school district to retain as much consistency next school year as circumstances will allow, while making adjustments as needed to help protect the health and safety of our students and staff.  We are certainly blessed by many advantages that will make our transition to in-person classes easier, such as small class sizes, a full-time school nurse and school counselor on staff, and a well-equipped custodial department. 

After you have had a chance to celebrate the end of the school year with your children and have found some well-deserved time to rest and relax, please consider the summer learning opportunities that we are making available to our students.  You can find information about those opportunities at the following link:  https://anchorage-school.org/summer-2020-learning-opportunities/.  Also, keep in mind, it is likely that many adults and children will continue to experience anxiety related to the effects of this pandemic. If you or your child begin experiencing emotions that are overwhelming, you should reach out to a mental health practitioner. Your health insurance plan may recommend certain telehealth providers or counselors/psychologists that you can connect with over the phone or via teleconference.  In addition, a variety of mental health resources are available on our website under the APS Response to COVID-19 link. 

I will continue to be committed over the summer to keeping you informed, so please be sure to watch your inbox for information from the school.  If over the summer you have questions that arise, please contact me at kelley.ransdell@anchorage.kyschools.us or (502) 245-8927.  Those with an urgent need can contact me after business hours at (502) 303-1415.

Take care,
Kelley Ransdell


Revised 2019-2020 School Calendar (Updated April 21, 2020)

I am grateful to be a member of this school community that has worked together and risen to the challenge that we have been presented.  Together we have reshaped how our students are provided instruction, while simultaneously working toward the larger goal of ensuring that we all remain healthy.  I know as a school we have not been perfect, but the hard work, patience, flexibility, dedication and positivity I have witnessed from our entire school community has been heart-warming.  I am most proud of the many efforts our staff, parents and students have made to support one another, which is a life lesson and experience our children will never forget. 

I understand and appreciate that for many, non-traditional instruction (NTI) fatigue is being reported from students, teachers and parents, not only in our district but across the state. However, students, teachers and parents are also reporting learning success using NTI, and I believe that the continued learning, purposeful projects and assignments, and interactions with school staff and peers are beneficial and healthy for our students during this time that they must be socially distanced from those outside their immediate family.  I hope that our Wellness Wednesdays, which provide optional opportunities for students to engage in essential arts or choice board activities, as well as a time to “catch up” or to connect to their core content teachers for individualized assistance, are helping to combat NTI fatigue.  Our teachers and support staff continue to work hard to be flexible and to follow the NTI Best Practices promoted by the Kentucky Department of Education, which include the following: 

Focus more on feedback to students and not simply on grades

  • Minimize “synchronous” on-line meetings. In other words, don’t make all your digital interactions with students group interactions and don’t require them to occur at a specific time
  • Individual Check-Ins “Are you ok?”
  • Modify the program when we recognize something isn’t working
  • Provide paper packets when needed by a family
  • Implement a “one size does not fit all” approach
  • Simplify instructions for assignments
  • Social/Emotional Learning is key
  • Offering grace

Despite the best practices we have employed, NTI fatigue is real and motivated me to propose a revised school calendar to the Board of Education last night, April 20, 2020.  During the meeting the School Board approved a revised 2019-2020 school calendar. To access the revised school calendar please visit the Anchorage Public School webpage at www.anchorage-school.org, and click on “Parents”/”Calendar 2019-2020”.  Some highlights of the revised calendar are as follows: 

  • There will be school on Friday, May 1, 2020 since the Kentucky Oaks has been rescheduled for September 4, 2020
  • The last day for students will be Friday, May 22, 2020
  • Our eighth grade graduation celebration will still be held Thursday, May 28, 2020

With regards to Kentucky Public School calendar requirements, yesterday, Governor Beshear and Interim Commissioner of Education Kevin Brown shared that unless extraordinary circumstances, logistical hardships or intervening public health concerns exist, all districts will still be required to achieve 1,062 hours of instruction for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Historically, in addition to the 1,062 instructional hours requirement, Kentucky has required public school districts to spread that instruction over a minimum of 170 days, however for the 2019-2020 school year, the 170-day minimum requirement has been waived by the state.  In keeping with our commitment to educating our students, our amended instructional calendar contains the 170-day historic minimum and exceeds the 1,062 hours requirement by 40.17 hours.

If you have questions regarding our revised calendar, or are unclear on how the pass/fail option works for your 3rd through 8th grade student, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at kelley.ransdell@anchorage.kyschools.us.  I look forward to our school community finishing the year strong and can’t wait until our Anchors are able to return to school to fill our classrooms and hallways with their energy and laughter.

Take care,
Kelley Ransdell


Suspension of Face-to-Face Classes Extended through the End of 2019-2020 School Year (Updated April 20, 2020)

Each day we are apart from our Anchors, we miss them more and more, which makes this information even more difficult to share with our families.

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 the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  Anchorage School will continue to join in the efforts by our state to “flatten the curve” and protect our citizens by extending our suspension of face-to-face classes through the end of our school year.  

 

While all activities sponsored by the school district will be in keeping with CDC and state health guidelines, we are committed to providing an alternate opportunity for our 8th graders to be recognized in a graduation celebration. In the coming days, information will be shared with parents of our 8th graders.

 

Please be mindful that during our suspension of face-to-face classes all extracurricular activities, athletic events, and all school and community activities scheduled to be held at our school, will continue to be canceled. Our playground and athletic field will also continue to be closed to public use.  We look forward to eventually easing these restrictions when Governor Beshear and state health officials determine it is safe to do so.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to remind our families that during this ever-changing situation, it is extremely common for adults and children to experience anxiety related to the many effects of this pandemic. Keep in mind, if you would like our school counselor, Sara Wiles, to connect with your child via a phone call or Google Meet, you can reach out to her at sara.wiles@anchorage.kyschools.us. If the emotions you or your child are experiencing are overwhelming, you should reach out to a mental health practitioner. Your health insurance plan may recommend certain telehealth providers or counselors/psychologists that you can connect with over the phone or via teleconference.  In addition, a variety of mental health resources are available on our website under the APS Response to COVID-19 link on the listed Kentucky of Public Health web site.

Thank you to each and every member of our school community for the tremendous efforts you are making to provide our students emotional support, virtual interaction with their teachers and peers and continued instruction.  While social distancing isn’t easy, it is vitally important that we all follow the CDC recommendations in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.   For the latest information on COVID-19 in Kentucky, please visit:  www.kycovid19.ky.gov

 

If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, you can call the Kentucky Department of Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-722-5725 and you will be directed to someone who can help.  Related guidance can be found on their website at www.kycovid19.ky.gov

 

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.  Those with an urgent need can contact me after business hours at (502) 303-1415.

 

Take care,

Kelley Ransdell


Suspension of Face-to-Face Classes Extended through May 3, 2020 (Updated April 2, 2020)

Each day we are apart from our Anchors, we miss them more and more.  The entire staff is looking forward to the eventual return of our students and all the joy and laughter that will fill our hallways, as well as our hearts. 

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 May 3, 2020, with school tentatively reopening to face-to-face classes on May 4, 2020.   Anchorage School will continue to join in the efforts by our state to “flatten the curve” and protect our citizens by extending our suspension of face-to-face classes through May 3, 2020.  Please be advised that there is a possibility that the closure may be extended beyond May 3, 2020. Regardless of the date of our return, 8th grade students will have an opportunity to be recognized in a graduation celebration that is in keeping with CDC recommendations.  During our suspension of face-to-face classes all extracurricular activities, athletic events, and all school and community activities scheduled to be held at our school, will continue to be canceled. Our playground and athletic field will also continue to be closed to public use.  

I would like to take this opportunity to remind our families that during this ever-changing situation, it is extremely common for adults and children to experience anxiety related to the many effects of this pandemic.    Keep in mind, if you would like our school counselor, Sara Wiles, to connect with your child via a phone call or Google Meet, you can reach out to her at sara.wiles@anchorage.kyschools.us.  If the emotions you or your child are experiencing are overwhelming, you should reach out to a mental health practitioner. Your health insurance plan may recommend certain telehealth providers or counselors/psychologists you can connect with over the phone or via teleconference.  In addition, a variety of mental health resources are available on our website under the APS Response to COVID-19 link on the listed Kentucky of Public Health web site.

Thank you to each and every member of our school community for all the tremendous efforts you are making to provide our students emotional support, virtual interaction with their teachers and peers, and continued instruction.  While social distancing is not easy, it is vitally important that we all follow the CDC recommendations in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.   For the latest information on COVID-19 in Kentucky, please visit:  www.kycovid19.ky.gov

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

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (maximize social distancing).
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  
  • If you are sick, wear a facemask if you are around other people sharing a room or vehicle and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them.

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 you can call the Kentucky Department of Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-722-5725 and you will be directed to someone who can help.  Related guidance can be found on their website at www.kycovid19.ky.gov

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.  Those with an urgent need can contact me after business hours at (502) 303-1415.

Take care,
Kelley Ransdell


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.