Dear ACSD#1 Students, Employees, and Families,

This has certainly been a difficult time for Albany County.  We have increasing COVID-19 positive test results in the county, and we have endured the constant smoke and poor air quality due to the Mullen Fire.  I appreciate the work our employees are doing to educate and serve students.  We are continuously improving the virtual instruction model,  and the middle school and high school teachers are working hard to improve virtual learning during the alternating days that students are unable to attend school in-person.  In uncertain and stressful times, some people are unable to assist other people, but ACSD#1 employees have demonstrated time and again that we are willing to go above and beyond to help students and families–the transportation department has worked hard to figure out ways to get students to school with the limitations of social distancing; the food service department has consistently prepared, delivered, and made meals available for students and families from the inception of the pandemic in mid-March; custodians have cleaned, sanitized, and cleaned some more to ensure that buildings are safe for students and employees; teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators have logged countless hours to find ways to keep students and employees safe and at the same time find ways to engage students in meaningful learning opportunities.  I cannot even begin to thank the nurses enough for their expertise, caring, and ability to educate students and families about COVID-19.  We know this has not been easy for anyone, but we know that we will rely on each other for support and encouragement.

We Would Like Your Feedback

During this unprecedented time, ACSD#1 continues to operate elementary schools full time. The size of the elementary schools and the classrooms permit the school district to operate with a physical distance of 6 feet between students and staff, which is one of the key mitigating factors to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.  Our larger secondary schools (Laramie Middle and Laramie High School) have operated an alternating schedule where half of the students attend on one day and the other half of the students attend the next day. The fewer number of students each day allows for students and teachers to maintain the appropriate six foot distance.

ACSD#1 has not had a case of COVID-19 transmission in the schools, but we have had a number of people affected by household members who have tested positive and subsequently needed to be quarantined.  We have had some students and staff members who have tested positive, but state health orders and communication with school and district administrators have allowed the school district minimal disruption of school operations. Department of Health protocols of contact tracing and notification have limited the risk and exposure for students and staff.

As we approach the end of the first quarter, we are reassessing the operational strategy and the needs of students, parents, and teachers.  Please share your responses to this brief survey.  We will use this information to understand preferences of students, parents, and employees.   Please complete the survey by Friday, October 24, 2020.

Sincerely,

Jubal C. Yennie

Superintendent