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7/30/20 Update on Fall Planning

Dear ASD Families:

I hope you are enjoying this weather and staying cool. With the decision last week to open school in a full Distance Learning model, we have been working to develop the best possible online education offerings. All of our energy is focused on creating, training and supporting a great Distance Learning program.

The program in September will be very different from last spring. In the spring we did emergency remote learning, it was not planned. Staff across the district stepped up in creative, thoughtful and caring ways. It was a good experience for some students and staff and it did not work for others. The Distance Learning program for the upcoming year will be different and better for students and staff.

Here are some of the components for the upcoming year:

  • Teachers will teach and connect with their classes daily.
  • Students will follow a consistent school day schedule five days per week and it will include specialists and electives.
  • Students will be expected to attend classes daily and attendance will be taken.
  • Grading practices will return to normal.
  • Technology will be provided to meet the needs of students and staff.
  • We are standardizing on SeeSaw (K-2 option) and Google Classroom (3-12) as common platforms for learning across classrooms.
  • We will have training materials for families to better support their students.
  • When health conditions improve to allow for in-person instruction, we will transition when we can meet Department of Health guidelines.

We are committed to providing clear communication with our community and staff as we make decisions.  We are working on sample school schedules and an FAQ. We will continue to keep you informed about the plans.

Sincerely,

Dr. Alan Spicciati

Superintendent