In last week’s message, I shared that ACSD#1 will be using a three-phased, deliberate approach to reopen schools in the fall. We are planning for a number of precautions, and more than likely we will have to address the very important issues of sanitation, screening, and spacing to ensure the safety of students and staff when we reopen schools in the fall.  There is still a great deal of uncertainty throughout the nation, but easing restrictions and lessons learned from other nations and school districts across the country will inform policies and procedures to guide reopening plans.

During the next two weeks, we will allow building access for teachers and students, so students can retrieve personal items and return items to the school.  Building principals will be communicating with families this week to share instructions on how to safely enter a building and the times allotted for individual students.

Surveys: Gaining Information to Serve our Community

We asked parents to complete a survey starting on May 1, 2020, and we have already learned some important lessons from the more than 1,300 responses we received from parents about the Virtual Learning Plan. The lessons learned can inform plans if it is necessary to implement a remote learning model sometime in the future.

All employees will receive an end of the year employee engagement survey starting today, and this will help us plan for summer school and reopening schools in the fall.  We have been checking in with employees every few weeks, and this will be the last survey this year. Thank you for your past participation in surveys, and please take the time to share your perspective about how we can improve our response to COVID-19 and how we can continue to take care of our employees.

We will also survey students in grades 6 -12 later this week, so we can learn how the last two months have been for our students.  We will distribute the student surveys through their parent’s email to gain permission and ensure student confidentiality.  Our students’ voices are important to the education we provide in ACSD#1, so please anticipate receiving the student survey by the end of the week.