ASD Set to Return Grades 3-6 as Early as February 1st

The Anchorage school district is planning to return grades 3 to 6 back to the classroom, along with their staff, February 8 — with some schools returning as early as February 1. The email from the Anchorage School District can be found below.

Dear ASD Families,

In line with its phased plan to begin in-person learning, the Anchorage School District will bring elementary students in grades 3-6 back into school buildings beginning Monday, Feb. 8., with a handful of schools resuming as early as Feb. 1.

The decision to bring grades 3-6 back comes in light of improving community health conditions, as well as widespread support from elementary principals, teachers, and parents.

“Bringing our youngest students and staff back into school buildings last week was a huge success,” said ASD Superintendent, Dr. Deena Bishop. “We continue to build confidence in our mitigation procedures across the District, and elementary principals are eager to welcome the rest of their students in their buildings.”

Bayshore, Birchwood ABC, Bowman, Inlet View, Nunaka Valley, and Willow Crest will bring all or a portion of their student body back to in-person learning on Feb. 1.

The District continues with its plan to bring all middle and high school students back to in-person learning on March 15 after spring break. Until then, middle and high schools will continue offering small-group, in-person classes for students who need additional support. 

“Our students were all extremely excited for their first week of in-person school and quickly began adapting to the various safety protocols,” said Bishop.  “While visiting numerous schools last week, I witnessed widespread excitement among students and staff alike.” 

Parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their school’s safety and mitigation plans that can be found on the ASD website here. These plans are unique to each school and include a detailed description of the measures taken to provide a safe and productive learning environment for students and staff. Parents should contact their school with specific questions about returning to school.