I am grateful for the wonderful teachers in ACSD#1, and I look forward to celebrating and acknowledging our teachers throughout the week. We have hosted a celebration event at the end of the year for the past two years to recognize our retirees as well as acknowledge milestone years of experience, and the teachers who have attained continuing contract status.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to have the ceremony this year, but we will recognize each of these groups on our website starting Wednesday, May 6, 2020.   Our recipients will receive their gifts at the end of the year, but please check our website starting Wednesday for the names of our retirees, teachers recognizing milestone years of experience, and teachers receiving continuing contract status.

Virtual Learning Plan Update

This has been a challenging but exhilarating last 45+ days, but as we prepare for the end of the school year, I wanted to share some of the things that are happening in ACSD#1.  First, we distributed a parent survey last Friday, May 1, 2020 asking parents their perceptions of the Virtual Learning Plan and suggestions they may have for the next few weeks.  The anonymous survey can be accessed on this Parent Survey May 2020 link.  We will review the results this week and continue to review comments for the next couple of weeks to help us improve how we deliver this model (if we need to continue in a virtual learning model this summer or even next fall).  We presently have more than 900 responses, and I look forward to learning what has worked well and what we can do better.

Graduation Ceremony update

The Senior Events Committee (Graduation Ceremony) committee is meeting this week, and they will make a recommendation for school board consideration at their work session on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.  We hope to have plans formulated this week, but final school board approval will be made at the regularly scheduled May 13, 2020 school board meeting.

End of the Year Plans

As the state eases the stay-at-home restrictions during the next couple of weeks, we intend to relax our remote working requirements as well.  We will start permitting limited personnel back in buildings once our reopening plans have been established and have been approved by county health officials.  We intend to develop plans for small groups of students to reenter school buildings to retrieve personal items, and we also intend to provide all personnel an opportunity to clear classrooms and retrieve personal items.  These preliminary plans can change with modifications to the current health orders from state and county health officials.

I will update this blog frequently during the next couple of weeks as plans are developed and the school district is given more latitude to relax remote work requirements.