July 20, 2021

Dear ACSD#1 Employees, Students, and Families

This letter provides an overview of what parents, students, and employees can expect when school resumes on August 26, 2021.  These suggested guidelines can change dramatically in the coming weeks, so we will be communicating frequently through all media channels to assist parents with their decisions regarding the return to school.

As of July 20, 2021, the recommendation for starting school in-person can be summarized in three areas as described below:

SUMMARY

  • ACSD#1 will resume full in-person learning at all schools in the district on August 26, 2021
  • ACSD#1 will provide layers of prevention and permit optional use of face coverings to ensure the safety of students and staff
  • ACSD#1 will NOT offer Curriculum Based Virtual Instruction (CBVI) for remote learning

In-person Learning

Recent CDC guidance states that in-person learning is a priority for school districts, and recent guidelines have retained many COVID-19 safety procedures especially for students age 11 and under who will not be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine when school starts on August 26, 2021.  The school district will continue to monitor the number of cases of COVID-19 and the community transmission rate to adjust procedures to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Layers of Prevention

ACSD#1 will continue to take precautions and provide layers of prevention to ensure the safety of our employees and students:

  • The CDC reports that “vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic.” ACSD#1 highly recommends eligible staff members, parents, and students to get a vaccination prior to the start of school.  The CDC and the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) provide valuable information regarding vaccination.
  • Physical distancing is also an effective strategy, and ACSD#1 will ensure at least 3-foot distance in classrooms with an emphasis to provide greater distancing at the elementary and middle school levels since students will not be eligible for a vaccination.
  • Face coverings are currently optional during summer school. The CDC guidelines recommend use of face masks indoors when physical distance cannot be maintained and when a person has not received a vaccination.
  • ACSD#1 has continued to improve ventilation and air quality and enhanced cleaning and disinfection in school facilities, and there will be ongoing improvements for ventilation systems with recent federal funding.
  • Handwashing will continue to be an important layer of prevention and hand sanitizer will still be readily available in district facilities.
  • ACSD#1 will require that students or staff who are ill to stay home and to seek medical attention or COVID-19 testing when necessary. The school district will continue to follow CDC quarantine and isolation guidelines as necessary.  Students or staff who have COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home.

No Remote Learning – CBVI Will Not Be Offered

The school district will not offer Curriculum Based Virtual Instruction (CBVI), the remote learning instructional model for this 21-22 school year, but strategies will be implemented to ensure that students who must quarantine or isolate for periods of time will be able to remotely access lessons and instruction.

These recommendations are current as of July 20, 2021. The school district will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and transmission levels in the county, and the district will continue to assess the health protocol procedures and layers of prevention to ensure the continued safety of students and employees.  If circumstances change, the school board will consult with local health officials, and if necessary, revisit the layers of prevention and provide further guidance.

Sincerely,

Jubal C. Yennie