K-8 Transitioning to Fixed Blended on Oct 13

K-8 In-Person Learning Transitioning to Fixed Blended on Oct. 13
Posted on 09/23/2020
K-8 In-Person Learning Transitioning to Fixed Blended on Oct. 13

As we have mentioned in previous communications, our intention is to bring students into our classrooms for in-person learning as soon as possible. In consultation with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, and following a review of COVID-19 related data for South County and the region, we have determined that we will move students in grades K-8 who chose In-Person Learning to Fixed Blended (hybrid learning with staggered attendance) beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13.

For families with children in kindergarten through eighth grade who chose In-Person Learning:

  • Students (K-8) with last names beginning A-K will attend in-person classes at their school on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on Oct. 13, 2020.
  • Students (K-8) with last names beginning L-Z attend in-person classes on Wednesdays and Fridays starting on Oct. 14, 2020.
  • All students participate in virtual instruction on Mondays. 
  • As a reminder, families are committed to their original choice of learning option for the first semester of school.
  • Families who have students with different last names are grouped by the last name of their oldest child. 
  • All meals will be provided at no cost, including a grab-and-go breakfast as students enter the building and lunch served in the classroom. Drive-thru Grab & Go meal service will also continue; more information to come.
  • Bus service to and from school will be available at a reduced capacity. Routes will prioritize students who reside more than 3.5 miles from school, but we will transport as many students as possible on each route while maintaining health and safety guidelines More information will be shared separately on bus routes and safety protocols for impacted families.
  • All students must wear a mask while at school or on the bus, per the St. Louis County Department of Public Health mandate. Mask breaks will be allowed when appropriate and it is safe to do so.
  • Families must review the COVID-19 Daily Wellness Check and ensure their children are symptom-free before sending them to school. If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms, please keep them home and notify your child’s school office: Fever of 100°F or more; chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; or diarrhea.
  • Families and staff are asked to contact the district as soon as possible if they, or someone in their household, think they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or test positive for COVID-19. Families should email covid@afftonschools.net to inform the district.
  • Each school will be sharing additional information with our K-8 families about our on-campus protocols next week. On our website, you can find a summary of What to Expect, as well as our health and safety measures and positive case protocol.

Fixed Blended Schedule beginning October 12, 2020

For students in grades 9 through 12 who chose In-Person Learning:

  • There is no change through 1st Quarter. Students will continue with 100% Distance Learning, the same virtual instruction they are currently participating in, until further notice.
  • Affton High School will focus on increasing scheduled in-person learning opportunities as appropriate.

For families with children who selected Affton’s Virtual Academy or Virtual Academy Plus:

  • There is no change. Students continue to participate in online learning. 
  • Our schools will focus on increasing scheduled in-person learning opportunities for Virtual Academy Plus students as appropriate.

For families with preschool students:

  • There is no change. All tuition-based programming at Affton Early Childhood will continue to be suspended until further notice.

Communication on COVID-19 Cases
Affton School District will notify all families and employees within the building via email if we are aware of a positive case in a school (student or staff). We will be limited on the information we can legally provide, but any student or staff member identified as a close contact of a suspected or positive case will receive a separate, more detailed notification. Families and staff can also view an overview of cases using the district’s COVID-19 dashboard, housed on our website at http://afftonschools.net/covid19/dashboard.

As with any new situation, the virtual start to the school year has had some challenges, but it’s also had many successes. We’ve been impressed by our students, staff, and families' hard work and dedication to make this possible and keep instruction engaging for our students. We are looking forward to our first step in bringing K-8 students back into the classroom and will take every precaution to keep students and staff safe during in-person learning. As always, thank you for your patience and continued assistance as we work together to support our students and their learning.

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