Frequently Asked Questions 3/22/20


ACSD#1 anticipates that the school closure due to coronavirus may be longer than April 3, 2020, so we are currently working on a virtual learning model to assist the education of our students and provide some assurance for our families. If we are unable to re-open schools on April 6, 2020 we will implement a virtual learning program.

What is Virtual Learning?

Virtual Learning is a system for learning and teaching using the internet and special software.

The district is moving forward with a virtual learning model during the next couple of weeks in anticipation that we may not be able to get back in school for an extended period of time. We have initial challenges of providing remote communication with our teachers, and then we will work with our families to provide access to remote learning tools. We are also working on issues of access, equity, and accountability (see below).

What is the Time Line for Implementation?

The district plan as of March 23, 2020 is the following, but this may change with the uncertainty of the coronavirus spread.

  • Starting on Monday, March 23rd, teachers will begin to work to set up remote communications, so they can work from home. Our expectation is that most of this week will be spent getting schools prepared to do virtual learning if we are unable to return to school on Monday, April 6, 2020.
  • On Tuesday, the district plan to distribute meals, the Grab and Go program, will start at five schools. Families should have received communication regarding the program, but if you need additional details, please call the district office at 307-721-4400 or send an email to info@acsd1.org.
  • Starting Wednesday, teachers will be contacting families and students either by email or phone to say hello and make a contact with students. You should hear from your child’s school this week.
  • There is no expectation that students will be doing academic work during the next two weeks, but we will have enrichment activities and ideas posted on our website throughout the week.

What is the expectation for students if the district implements virtual learning?

The district plan for students is currently being developed. We anticipate that teachers will provide lessons, so that students can download a lesson and work at home. We will not ask teachers or students to work 6 or 7 hours a day. We are mindful that teachers and students will need flexible schedules in order to balance school and family duties during this time. We will develop schedules for both the elementary schools and the secondary schools and send a communication to students if we need to implement a virtual learning model.

What if we do not have Internet access or a computer to work at home?

The district will be distributing a technology survey and contacting families by phone to access the technology needs in our community on Friday, March 27, 2020. We may need to follow up with parents via phone. If you have not completed a survey or talked with someone from the district by Tuesday, March 30, 2020, please email us at info@acsd1.org. We anticipate that we will need to distribute some computers to families and provide an Internet solution for families.

How are you going to provide services for special education students or other learners who cannot equitably access virtual learning?

If your child receives special services through an IEP, 504 Plan, or English Learner Plan, case managers and/or counselors will contact families to provide support and establish services.

Is the district providing meals for students who receive free and reduced lunch services?

The district will begin a Meal Distribution Program, Grab and Go, starting March 24, 2020 at five locations from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. Parents should have already received information about the program. If you need further details, please click HERE or call our offices at 721-4400.

Will students and teachers have to make up the school days that school is not in session?

The district will not have to make up lost school days between March 23 and April 3, 2020.

Will ACSD#1 still have Graduation Ceremonies for Seniors?

It is still too early to make definite plans about graduation, but ACSD#1 officials are exploring scenarios if the coronavirus spread continues through June 2020.

When and how will a decision be made to start back to school?

The coronavirus spread is uncertain at this point, so the school district will continue to seek guidance from the Governor’s Office, Wyoming Department of Education, Albany County Health Officials, and the Albany County Community Management Team in order to make decisions about returning to school. The Governor’s executive order is through April 3, 2020, but the spread of coronavirus has changed rapidly during the past weeks and days. We will continue to communicate via school messenger, email, and our website.