Reopening Plan Frequently Asked Questions

The school board approved the Reopening Plan on Thursday, July 30, 2020, and with the current uncertainty of COVID-19, the plan must be adaptable to new circumstances.  We will update the FAQ on our website as plans change, but most of the detail of the current plan is contained in the Reopening Plan document.   Here are a few of the important frequently asked questions the school district has received.

1. When is the first day of school?

The first day of school for students is August 26, 2020.  The first three days of school (August 26, 27, & 28) will be half days, so the schools can reteach safety procedures and distribute Chromebooks.  The first full day of school will be Monday, August 31, 2020.

The school board approved an update to the annual school calendar to reflect the change in these half days and professional development days for teachers.  The new calendar can be found on the website.

2.  Face coverings? Are they required? Are there specific face masks that are acceptable? Will children be expected to wear face marks all day?  Will my child be given a face mask?

The school board made a decision to require face coverings when school reopens, because of the continued uncertainly of COVID-19 and for the health and safety of students, teachers and staff.  Face coverings as defined by the latest Wyoming Health Order means “a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face.”  All students and staff will wear face coverings throughout the day, but teachers may permit “mask breaks” in classrooms or during outside activities when a 6 foot social distance can be maintained.   All students will be issued a cloth face covering on the first day of school, and the school district will provide instructions on how to properly wear a face covering.

3.  Are there any exceptions or waivers for students who are unable to wear a face covering?

Yes, the current Wyoming Health Order permits exceptions for wearing face coverings which includes “individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, including an individual with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could cause harm or dangerously obstruct breathing.” Please see the current health orders for additional information.

4. How will daily pre-screening health checks be done for in-person learning?

Parents and staff will complete a daily health check survey for their children, which reminds our community to daily consider COVID-19 related symptoms and stay home if symptoms are present.

5.  How will social distance be maintained in the classrooms?

Class sizes will be determined by physical size of the classroom and social distance will be maintained by ensuring that no more than 17 students are in a class.  The school district will reassign teaching assignments and establish class configuration to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained.

6.  Is there an option to not do in-person learning and do virtual learning from home?

Yes, ACSD#1 created an online remote learning model for students who do not feel comfortable attending in person learning.  The Reopening Plan describes and defines Classroom Based Virtual Instruction for students who are unable to attend in person.  Parents are asked to complete a survey if they will have their students do Classroom Based Virtual Instruction starting in the fall.

7.  Is classroom based virtual instruction different than the virtual learning students did in April and May?

Yes, most definitely. Classroom Based Virtual Instruction will be a different experience for students than virtual learning last spring, because the students will have a dedicated virtual teacher who will provide daily lessons that must be completed.  There will be an attendance requirement for logging on to Canvas where lessons, videos, and virtual content will be available. In addition, all courses will reflect the full depth and breadth of the grade level or secondary course content, and all courses will incorporate interactive and collaborative components.

8.  Will all students have access to a computer and the Internet?

Yes, consistent with the 2019-20 school year, all students will be assigned a Chromebook for their use during the 2020-21 school year.  Any student choosing to work remotely with Classroom Based Virtual Instruction who does not have access to internet will be given a HOTSPOT in order to access the internet and complete their online learning requirements.

9.  Will students be able to participate in high school and middle school athletics and activities?

The high school and middle school will follow the guidance provided by the WHSAA. All activity programs will operate to maximize social distancing, and coaches and staff will use face coverings.

Performing arts (band, orchestra, music) will follow program guidance from specific national organizations.  For all activity and athletic programs, enhanced sanitation and cleaning measures will be employed for equipment and surfaces.

10.  What is different about Classroom-base Virtual Instruction

Crisis Education CBVI
Situation & Choice
  • • Moved into Online Learning with a week’s notice
  • • Given “virtually” no guidance from the state in best practice and/or expectations
  • • No time to plan any professional development
  • • All communication had to be done from a distance
  • • Used the summer to plan and prepare for Classroom-based Online Learning
  • • Received the SMART Start Guide from the state
  • • Met with WDE to review the expectations and options available
  • • Provide opportunities to access education
  • • Keep skills in place or to reinforce skills
  • Review/refine previous learning
  • • Promote different ways to approach learning
  • • Grow student skills and knowledge at a parallel pace to on-site classrooms
  • Promote independent learning and organizational skills
Planning & Training
  • • Teachers required to quickly adapt lessons intended for traditional classrooms to online
  • • Families required to change daily routines to adapt to the quick changes
  • • Little to no training for teachers and families
  • • Tremendous need for access to technical help through the IT department
  • • Teachers given time to adjust scope & sequence of content
  • • Families are making a choice for CBVI
  • • Offered 15 hours of training focused solely on online instruction and tools
  • • ACSD#1 students will be 1:1 and will have access to their own computer
  • ACSD#1 has purchased several “Hotspots” that can be checked out to families in order for them to have access to the internet
Student Work Expectations
  • • Time requirements for students varied with K-6 requiring more structure in the day
  • Grades needed to reflect work completed by students while accounting for access issues such as internet, instructional support, and other issues due to the crisis at hand
  • • Classroom teachers will have access to all CORE Virtual Materials and will be able to build their own Canvas shells to house instruction/lessons
  • • Participation and work completion will be an expectation for ALL students
  • • There will be participation assignments for each lesson
  • Intervention time will be planned for either in person or virtually