AHS students back in classrooms starting Thursday

Remote learning still an option

Students will be returning to Aberdeen High School this week as the district’s in-person learning option begins on Thursday. District Superintendent Dr. Alicia Henderson said with that, every student in the district will have the option of in-person learning by the end of the week.

The high school’s third trimester started Monday. Aberdeen Student Body (ASB) and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) student leaders were in the building last week creating back-to-school videos welcoming 9th graders to AHS and videos reviewing new school procedures like social distancing protocols.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Friday that he plans to require all school districts offer an in-person option by April 19 for students across the state. Aberdeen said their district is already in compliance and that students at all grade levels will have the option to report to class or continue remote-learning by Thursday, March 18.

Parents seeking help with remote learning can find the next in a series of online technology meetings this Wednesday. The district said they partnered with some parent volunteers to offer help sessions every Wednesday at 7 p.m. through Zoom. Henderson said in her letter to parents that they developed the offering after a survey found many parents wanting to learn more about their online class-management system called Canvas. Find a link to the weekly sessions on the district’s website asd5.org.

Superintendent Alicia Henderson also announced last week that PreK – 3rd Grade students will be able to attend school in-person four days per week after spring break. The district’s letter to parents explained that currently, students are divided into Cohorts A and B, with each cohort attending two days a week. Starting Monday, April 12, students can attend school in-person on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The daily schedules are not expected to change.

“Our principals have been busy double-checking classroom measurements, class enrollments, desks, and student supervision coverage to see if it could be possible,” Dr. Henderson said. “We are now able to move forward with the additional in-person days while maintaining the required social distancing.” The Transportation Department is also gearing up and will be ready for April 12, she said.