Roadmap to Reopening

UPDATED: Virtual Instruction Handbook (August 21, 2020)
As we work together to kick off a successful school year, we now know that we will begin the 2020-2021 school year with students learning at home as part of the online Virtual Academy or 100% Distance Learning through first quarter (August 24 to October 23).

The Virtual Instruction Handbook is designed to provide you with information and resources that will guide our partnership as we learn virtually, including:

  • Attendance
  • Grading
  • Social Emotional Supports
  • Schedules
  • Student and Parent Expectations
  • and more

UPDATED: Roadmap to Reopening (August 16, 2020)
After reviewing your feedback and reviewing updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and St. Louis County, we have made revisions to our Roadmap to Reopening for the 2020-2021 school year. Most notably, all students will be required to wear a face covering or face mask when within 6-feet of another individual.

We've also created a Roadmap to Reopening Summary to highlight important points of the plan:
Roadmap to Reopening Summary - page 1Roadmap to Reopening Summary - page 2

Roadmap to Reopening Affton SSD Family Webinar (August 4, 2020)

Affton Families: Need Help With Internet Access? (July 29, 2020)
We have several options available to try and meet the needs of each of our families who need help with internet access at home. Please complete this form to request internet service for your home:

Final Day to Choose Learning Option (July 26, 2020)
Do I still need to choose In-Person, Online, or Online Plus for my student?
YES! Students will be assigned into either in-person or online classes or cohorts with Affton teachers that stay together all year long.
Depending on the health conditions in our community, we hope to be able to phase our In-Person learners into school buildings after 1st Quarter. Our Virtual Academy and Virtual Academy Plus students will continue learning together online throughout the school year.

  • Log into the Parent Portal on a computer or tablet; it does not work well on cell phones.
  • As a reminder, be sure you are on the Parent Tab. Your email address is your login name, and you can click Forgot Password for it to be sent to you.
  • At the top right of your student dashboard, please change Academic Year to 2020-2021.
  • For assistance with Tyler SIS, please contact Sally Onkle.

Families of returning Affton School District students who do not select an option for each of their students by July 26, 2020, will be automatically enrolled in In-Person Learning and will be opted out of bus transportation.

An Important Update from Dr. Bracht (July 25, 2020)

Affton Begins 100% Distance Learning

What We Know:

  • In-Person Learning will begin in 100% Distance Learning at home for the 1st Quarter.
  • This decision does not affect students opting for the Online or Online Plus Learning options.
  • From Melissa Mendoza, Affton Education Association (AEA) president: “The AEA endorses the district’s plan to begin the school year in 100% Distance Learning at home. We believe this is the safest course of action to protect not only our teachers and staff but our students as well.”
  • The first day of school for all students will be Monday, August 24, 2020.
  • Distance Learning is not the same as the Continuation of Learning, which was a response to an immediate crisis last spring.
  • Students will not face 6 straight hours of screen time. 
  • There will be set times for direct instruction, small group or individual instruction, and then independent work time. 
  • Not all independent work will be on the computer, some time will be spent reading and practicing skills in other ways. 
  • All assignments and standards will be covered just like in-person.
  • Flexibility will be key. Video recordings of any direct instruction will be available for students and parents to access at a time that works best for their family.
  • Student attendance will be tracked.
  • Online assignments and assessments will be graded.
  • As we move forward, our decision-making will remain guided by health, safety, equity in learning, science, and the many needs of our stakeholders in the midst of a dangerous global pandemic.
What We Don’t Know...Yet:
  • Health conditions will be reevaluated prior to the end of 1st Quarter on October 23 in the hopes that a Fixed Blended schedule would be possible.
  • Daily schedules by school or grade level will be made available in August.
  • Childcare will be a real need for many of our families. We are hoping our community will help us wrap our arms around solving this challenge together.
  • Affton Early Childhood will move forward with in-person programming at reduced capacity with additional health and safety guidelines in place. More information to come.

Have questions or concerns? Please reach out to us here.

Roadmap to Reopening Update Webinar (July 23, 2020)

Roadmap to Reopening Schools (July 20, 2020)
As we get closer to the first day of school on August 24, we know you are ready to learn more about our plans. Today, we want to provide you with an update on the plans we’ve developed to support our students, staff, and families as we continue to face uncertain times.

As of today, the district has not made a definitive decision on how the school year will begin for those who choose the In-Person learning option. We are still considering the Onsite, Fixed Blended, and Distance formats due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 rates at this time. The input and feedback we receive during the week of July 20 will be critical in making a determination that is right for Affton students, parents, and staff. The district will announce this decision on or before August 5, 2020.

Despite the changing circumstances and challenges presented by continued public health uncertainty, Affton School District remains committed to providing the best possible learning environment and outstanding educational learning experiences for every student in our care. Our Roadmap to Reopening prioritizes both the health and safety of students and staff, as well as the delivery of high-quality learning options focused on excellent and equitable outcomes for all students. Learn more about what to expect.

Choose Your Learning Option
Starting July 20, families can begin choosing how your student (grades K-12 only) will attend Affton School District by selecting a learning option: In-Person, Online, or Online Plus. Please log in to the Parent Portal and indicate your learning choice and transportation need for each child in your family by July 26, 2020.

  • Log into the Parent Portal on a computer or tablet; it does not work well on cell phones..
  • As a reminder, be sure you are on the Parent Tab. Your email address is your login name, and you can click Forgot Password for it to be sent to you.
  • At the top right of your student dashboard, please change Academic Year to 2020-2021.
  • For assistance with Tyler SIS, please contact Sally Onkle.

It’s essential that parents make these choices in a timely manner so we can plan accordingly for teachers, staff, and classroom/course enrollment to support our students. We know these decisions will be challenging, so we’ll do our best to help by providing the details you’ll need to make an informed decision.

Families of returning Affton School District students who do not select an option for each of their students by July 26, 2020, will be automatically enrolled in In-Person Learning and will be opted out of bus transportation.

Health & Safety
We will be implementing new procedures for health and safety this year. These procedures will impact how we live, learn, and work together and will require us to support each other as a community.

During the 2020-2021 school year, the district asks parents for their support in getting students to and from school on a daily basis. Due to the health and safety precautions that will be required for bus utilization, the district will have limited bus transportation capacity. Please note that bus service to and from school can only be guaranteed for those students who reside more than 3.5 miles from school. We will try to serve as many students as possible that live less than 3.5 miles from school and request transportation. Families that live the farthest from their school will be given priority.

Based on guidance from health officials and feedback from parents and staff, these new procedures have been built around the following priorities:

  • Students in grades 3-12 and all staff are required to wear cloth face coverings at school
  • Students in grades K-2 may wear face coverings but are not required
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces throughout the day
  • Monitoring symptoms and temperatures at home before attending school
  • Maintaining social distancing whenever possible; keeping students in small groups and limiting the mixing of groups; staggered times for movement throughout the building
  • Hand hygiene practices and education, including scheduled time for frequent hand washing and access to hand sanitizer in classrooms and throughout the building
  • Increased circulation of outdoor air when possible
  • Rearranging furniture to allow for social distancing whenever possible
  • Cleaning buses between routes, wearing masks on buses, opening bus windows to increase air circulation, encouraging driving to school if possible
  • Adjusting large events, activities, and gatherings for social distancing
  • Limiting the presence of visitors in Affton buildings

Have a Question?
We have launched this new webpage featuring the latest information for families and staff. This includes answers to questions we anticipate many of you will have. We realize you may have unique questions or concerns that will not be addressed. Rest assured, we will make ourselves available to help you get the information you need. Additionally, our principals will be sharing details specific to your child’s school.

When you log into the Parent Portal to select a learning option for your student, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback on our draft plans for the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, you can share your honest feedback, questions, and concerns with us here.

We are grateful to our teachers, leaders, staff, and health professionals who provided a great deal of input and collaboration on our Roadmap to Reopening, as well as our families, who shared an enormous amount of helpful feedback in all of our surveys and along the way.

Depending on the spread of illness in our community, it’s important to know we may need to activate some or all of our plans at different times during the year. We know communication will be more important than ever this school year, while we also remain flexible and agile with decision making.

Regardless of changing circumstances and with a focus on the health and safety of our staff and students, Affton School District will continue to focus on relationships while providing an excellent learning experience for every student.

Update on Learning Options (July 12, 2020)

Students will have two learning options for the 2020-2021 school year: In-Person and Online. Please see the video above and find additional information on the graphic below regarding Affton Everywhere Learning Options.

We know our families will have many questions about the specifics of these options, as well as our plans for Health & Safety and Equity in Learning for next school year. Please be assured that we'll have additional information on all of these topics when our plans for reopening are shared with you next Monday, July 20.

Affton Everywhere Learning Options

Return to School Guidance for St. Louis-Area Schools (July 7, 2020)

To maintain consistency among area school districts, a sub-group of area superintendents, health care professionals, and health department personnel developed the following return to school guidance. The recommendations included are endorsed by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, EducationPlus, and Independent Schools of St. Louis and are subject to adjustment as conditions change. Click here to see the Return to School Guidance we will be considering.

Resocialization of Sports in the St. Louis Region (July 1, 2020)

We’re excited to begin introducing athletics back into the life of Affton High School. Phase 1 begins this week and includes small group workouts held outdoors, socially distanced, with health screenings, temperature checks, and masks required when distancing can’t be maintained. Click here to see the regional guidance we are following.

Please note that the Affton High School track will be closed to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in July from 8am - Noon. In order to protect the health of our coaches and student athletes, we will not be able to accommodate any others on the track during these times. We appreciate your understanding and support of our school community.

Roadmap to Reopening Schools (July 1, 2020)

Affton School District leaders are working throughout the summer to prepare for our students’ return to school and learning in August. Our goal is to provide high-quality instruction and learning opportunities in a clean and safe environment for students and staff.

Our Re-Entry Task Force, which includes teachers, staff, parents, healthcare workers, principals, and administrators, is planning for a variety of scenarios so we can best prepare to provide school in-person, virtually, or maybe a hybrid of both, depending on guidance from St. Louis County Health.

During our planning, we are considering the feedback our parents, teachers, and community have provided. The top themes that have emerged are centered around Health & Safety, as well as Equity in Learning. You can see the input we've received so far here:
Our return to school plan will include heightened levels of cleaning and disinfection, additional times for students and staff to practice hand hygiene, physical distancing where possible, and guidance on the use of personal protective equipment, like face coverings. Affton School District will be closely following the recommendations of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.

More information will be shared with our staff and families the week of July 20. As always, we appreciate your patience during this time of uncertainty.
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