Student Wellness Affidavit Regarding COVID-19

Anchorage Public School requires all parents to complete and sign our 2021-22 Wellness Affidavit form in order to promote a healthy school environment. By signing this form you attest to keep your children at home if they manifest symptoms of COVID-19 listed on the document.

Thank you for keeping our school community safe!

PikMyKid Dismissal App

We are looking forward to your child starting school next week!  In preparation for next week, we are reaching out to remind you that our school utilizes PikMyKid to help organize the school dismissal process and improve safety.

This program is a phone application that you download onto your smartphone (found in the app store).  During the school year the PikMyKid app will allow you to choose a dismissal option, notify the school of pick-up changes and authorize others to pick-up your child from school.  The program will also alert you when your child has been picked up or walked home, as well as help us organize the car line during pick-up. 

Prior to your child attending school next week we ask that each of our parents complete the following steps:

1.      Download the PikMyKid app in your Apple or Android app store.

2.      Both parents should register within the app with their personal current mobile phone number. If you do not think the school has your mobile number on file or if your child does not appear in your app’s home page, please contact anchorage.webmaster@anchorage.kyschools.us with your child’s name, grade, and updated contact information for you. 

3. Read the following PikMyKid Frequently Asked Questions

Q – How does the school know when I am on campus to pick up my child? 

A – When you arrive to pick up your child from school, you will open your app and announce that you have arrived by selecting the green “announce” option that will appear on your opening screen.

Q – Why did the green “announce” button not work?

A – More than likely you have location services disabled on your phone or within the PikMyKid app.  For the system to allow you to announce, “location services” must be enabled, otherwise the system cannot recognize that you are within our geo-fence.  Another possibility is that you are designated to pick up the student, but you have logged into the account with your spouse’s username and password rather than your own.  Be sure to enable location services and login with your own credentials. 

Q – What do I do if I forget to delegate a transportation change?

A – Please notify the front office if you have not delegated the change prior to the last 30 minutes of the school day. Otherwise we will call the parent to verify that your student has permission to leave in the alternate transportation mode.

Q – I have selected a change to the Pickup Mode, and have selected for it to be recurring, however it is not working.

– You may not have selected an end date.  When programming a recurring pickup mode or delegated person, you must indicate the time span.  If it will recur all year you can scroll the calendar forward and select the last day of May.

Q – What if I do not have the app?

– In order for the system to work best the app and announcing via that system should be utilized. The placards will also work but will take a bit more time as we have to enter each individual number into the system to dismiss the student.  You can find the app in the app store under “PikMyKid.”

Q – What do I do if I can’t get the app and account setup?

– A common issue is that your cell phone number is not on file in our system.  If your cell number has changed please email Webmaster and we will make sure that it is correct in our PikMyKid system.  You may contact PikMyKid support at support@pikmykid.com.  If they are unable to assist, you may also email the webmaster account.

 Q – What are the Dismissal Options during the school year?

– During the school year parents have the following dismissal options that you can program within the app:

FRONT CARPOOL:  Select this option if your child is in kindergarten or first grade, or has a sibling in kindergarten or first grade, and someone will be picking them up in a car.

FRONT PARENT WALKUP:  Select this option if your child is in kindergarten or first grade, or has a sibling in kindergarten or first grade, and someone will be walking up to the school front lawn area to pick them up.

BACK CARPOOL: Select this option if your child is in grades second through eight, and does not have a sibling in kindergarten or first grade, and someone will be picking them up in a car.

BACK CARPOOL WALKUP: Select this option if your child is in grades second through eight, does not have a sibling in kindergarten or first grade, and someone will be walking up to the school to pick them up.

INDEPENDENT WALKER:  Select this option if your child will not be picked up by an adult and has permission to walk or bike home independently at the end of the school day.

SIBLING PICKUP:  Select this option if your child will be walking or biking home after-school, but should not be released to do so until an older sibling who is designated as an “Independent Walker” arrives at the designated location to accompany them home.

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS:  Select from the list of afterschool programs if your child will be staying after school to participate in an activity or to attend Homework Help. Homework Help is currently unavailable.

Q – Do I have to program my child’s dismissal plan every day?

– No, your child’s “default dismissal mode” is Front Carpool.  On days they will be going home via their default dismissal mode, parents do not have to program a change in PikMyKid.  Additionally, when a student has a recurring after school activity or other transportation change, parents can create a recurring schedule in PikMyKid in order to minimize the need to enter dismissal changes daily.  If “Front Parent Walkup” will not be the most frequent manner in which your child is picked up from school, and you would like one of the other options as your child’s default, please just email anchorage.webmaster@anchorage. kyschools.us with your preference and we will make the change for you within the program.

To learn more about PikMyKid you are invited to visit the link below and read the new user guide:

APS Enrichment & Athletic Activities Booklet 2021-22

For a complete list of student extracurricular activities, please click on the following link.

2021-2022 School Calendar

Click here to view the student calendar for the upcoming school year as approved by the Board.  The calendar mirrors the calendar recommended by the Calendar Committee, with the exception of the inclusion of a non-flex staff professional development day on Friday, March 11, 2022.  The insertion of the day will reduce student learning days from 174 to 173 and will increase the opportunity for staff to engage in professional development to support their work.  The conversion of the day from an instructional day to a professional development day is in keeping with our Board’s commitment to investing in our staff. Should any school days be missed, they will be made up at the end of the school year, as there are now additional days built in the calendar.

REACH Alerts: Severe Weather/Emergency Status/School Closing

In the case of severe weather, emergency status or unexpected closings, delays and dismissals we will enable the ​REACH Alert System​ that sends school alerts via text messages, phone calls (cell or landline) and/or emails.

To register for REACH Alert, simply follow the following steps:

  • Go to ​reachalert.com and click on MY ACCOUNT ​and then select CREATE ACCOUNT ​to establish your initial account.
  • Follow the prompts.
  • When prompted for Network Name, enter Anchorage School and click on the school name when it appears in the dropdown list.
  • When prompted for a role, select parent.
  • Be sure to select to receive “alerts”.  Individuals only registering to receive “Reminders” will not receive school closing information.
  • Upon joining the school network you may also want to click on​ JOIN ​and select the​ City of Anchorage ​network.

If You See Something, Say Something! A Reminder About The S.T.O.P Tipline

The Safety Tipline – Online Prevention, or S.T.O.P! Tipline, is designed for use as an online reporting/prevention tool. If students, parents or community members know of an unsafe situation in school (bullying, weapons, drugs or alcohol, etc.), they can anonymously pass on that information to school personnel by using this basic email format.

What is it? This Tipline in no way replaces the face-to-face open communication and relationships built at our school. The S.T.O.P. Tipline is one more tool available for use by students or parents to report suspicious activity and unsafe situations at school. One unique attribute of an online tipline is its availability. Students, parents or community members can submit information day or night. Some students may feel more comfortable utilizing an online format to report a situation instead of a face to face meeting with school officials. A benefit of the Tipline is to add another layer of accessibility between students and trusted school personnel. This Tipline is not for immediate response. If anyone needs immediate assistance, they should dial 911.

How does it work? Students, parents or community members click the Tipline link on the Anchorage School website and choose whether they want to submit a tip about 1) Bullying, 2) Violence or 3) Other risky behaviors (i.e. alcohol, drugs, self-harm, sexual abuse or theft, etc…). Next, they fill-in the check boxes and provide an explanation of the behavior and click submit. Tips may also be called in to the Tipline at 866-393-6659 if that method is preferred. Anchorage administrators will be contacted by The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to investigate tips in a timely manner and take the appropriate next steps.

Stay Informed With All Of The Latest Anchorage Public School News

Email
Email is the most efficient way for the school to contact parents. If you know someone who has not been receiving messages, either from a classroom teacher or from the Anchorage Webmaster, please ask that person to contact the Communications Coordinator, Adrienn Carman, at adrienn.carman@anchorage.kyschools.us to let her know so that we can get all families up-to-date on our email system. If your email address changes during the school year, please let Adrienn or the front office know.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal
Infinite Campus offers two Portal Apps, Parent and Student, to help you manage everything with 24/7 access to real-time information. The Portals display what is currently happening in the classroom so students and parents can understand, monitor, and participate in the educational process. They allow users to stay up-to-date on grades, assignments (both due and missing), attendance, announcements, schedules and more. Mid-term report cards will not be sent home, but are available on IC. Both apps are available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

If you have not yet set up your IC Portal and need help doing so, please contact Communications Coordinator, Adrienn Carman, at adrienn.carman@anchorage.kyschools.us. She will assist you in setting up your portal account.

Anchorage Public School Website
Our website, https://anchorage-school.org/, is the hub of information pertaining to the school. News articles, links to teacher webpages, staff email address links, sports schedules, lunch menu, School Board and Council news – this is the center of communications. If you want to receive notices as items are posted to the website, then you may subscribe to the website by clicking “Follow” at the bottom right of the homepage. Don’t want to have to go to the internet to access the website all the time? Don’t worry – we have an app for that!

Anchorage Public School App
Download our free school app by searching Anchorage Public School in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The app, created by two Anchorage Alumni, provides a tool for students, families, and teachers to easily access Infinite Campus as well as the school’s website, lunch menu, email, calendar of events and sports schedules.

Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to see snapshots of things going on in the classrooms or at APS in general.

Instagram – AnchorageAnchors
Twitter – @APSAnchors

Facebook – Anchorage Public School

REACH Alerts:  Severe Weather/Emergency Status/School Closing

In the case of severe weather, emergency status or unexpected closings, delays and dismissals the superintendent will enable the ​REACH Alert System​ that sends school alerts via text messages, phone calls (cell or landline) and/or emails.

To register for REACH Alert, simply follow the following steps:

  • Go to ​reachalert.com and click on MY ACCOUNT ​and then select CREATE ACCOUNT ​to establish your initial account.
  • Follow the prompts.
  • When prompted for Network Name, enter Anchorage School and click on the school name when it appears in the dropdown list.
  • When prompted for a role, select parent.
  • Be sure to select to receive “alerts”.  Individuals only registering to receive “Reminders” will not receive school closing information.
  • Upon joining the school network you may also want to click on​ JOIN ​and select the​ City of Anchorage ​network.

If you opted to receive text alerts, REACH Alert will send a text message to your cell phone immediately upon completion of your registration. Please enter the 4-digit number on the registration screen and then click the word VALIDATE. ​If you do not receive this message, please call REACH Alert at (877) 307-9313 for assistance. After you have completed the registration process, you may add other phone numbers and email addresses. From your dashboard page, click on the second tab at the top of the page – CONTACT INFO​. From this page you will see where you can add and delete numbers and addresses.

If you already have registered for REACH Alert through the City of Anchorage, your place of employment, child care center, another school, or any other organization you can skip the registration process and simply go to www.reachalert.com and login to your current account and click on JOIN NETWORK on the right side of your dashboard page.  Enter Anchorage School and click on our name in the dropdown list and follow the prompts.

Official announcements for school closing may also be heard over WHAS radio and local TV stations. Listen for Anchorage Public School information. It is important to remember that Anchorage School does not follow Jefferson County’s decisions on school closings.

On Monday, September 13, 2021, APS will send out a “test” message via REACH Alert in order that parents will know if they have registered correctly to receive APS alerts.  If you believe you are registered and do not receive the test message on September 13 please email anchorage.webmaster@anchorage.kyschools.us for assistance.

Infinite Campus Portal

The Infinite Campus Parent App provides real-time access to grades and assignments for 3rd-8th grade, attendance, mid-term reports, schedules, announcements and more. See the linked document for additional information for new and returning users.

  

School Calendar On Your Devices

The school calendar can be added to many mobile devices and personal computers. To add the calendar click the following link and follow any prompts. Some devices make the addition without any prompts, but may require a restart of the device. The best way to know if your device in compatible is to try the link on the device and see what happens.

https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/anchorage-school.org_t16nd3040fobtj0cofs0kivqj4%40group.calendar.google.com/private-9e04ec71b6a7925a4d1d9c7f68a2eae9/basic.ics

Calendar events that are added to the school website (www.anchorage-school.org) will then automatically sync to your device.

Tip: If you haven’t restarted your device lately, take a moment to reboot. Phones sometimes fail to detect updates to the calendar, and this is the easiest way to resolve this issue, keeping you up-to-date with events at Anchorage School.

 

APTA on Facebook

Stay connected to your Anchorage School friends and informed of school events by “liking” the PTA’s fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anchorage-PTA/107209339336069