Hello, this is a message from the Augusta School Department. Last night, the School Committee unanimously voted to move the first day of school for only elementary to September 10. Cohort A students first day will be September 10, Cohort B students first day will be September 11. Kindergarten students' first day is September 14 and PreK is September 15. Cohort C students, remote only, families will need to pick up devices, back to school paperwork, meals and other materials on Wednesday, September 9 between 9-10 am. Cohort C remote families will be receiving a call from their child’s teacher on Tuesday, 9/8, and will confirm pickup for Wednesday. This week we learned that breakfast and lunch will continue to be at no cost to families. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we work hard to reopen school during these unprecedented times.
A Guide to Masks, Face Coverings, and Face Shields
On August 5th, the School Board supported a framework that included a hybrid model for in-person learning and an option for all remote learning. We will be starting school in the hybrid model. Students will be assigned to a cohort. One cohort will be attending school in person Mondays and Thursdays and one cohort will be attending school in person Tuesdays and Fridays. Students will be assigned learning opportunities on the days they are not in school. Families will have the option for their student to do remote learning and not attend school in person. In order to accommodate as many families as possible, the ASD is surveying families to determine which option they are choosing for their child. Please complete one form per student that attends Augusta Schools. This is NOT final, but it will help the school staff to assign students to specific cohorts. Please complete this survey by Wednesday, August 12th, at 3 PM.
Letter from Superintendent Anastasio - August 20, 2020
Parent Survey - English
Parent Survey - Arabic Translation
Letter from Superintendent Anastasio - August 3, 2020
Letter from Superintendent Anastasio - August 3, 2020 translated into Arabic
ASD Framework for Return to Classroom Instruction
ASD Framework for Return to Classroom Instruction translated into Arabic
Cony's Re-opening Framework
Cony's Re-opening Framework translated into Arabic
Elementary Re-opening Framework
Elementary Remote Learning Expectations
Elementary Re-opening Framework translated into Arabic
CATC Re-opening Framework
CATC Re-opening Framework translated into Arabic
CDC recommends that people, including teachers, staff, and students, wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household. Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
· Masks/face coverings must be worn upon entering ASD property and buses.
· A mask/face coverings can include disposable masks or cloth masks.
· A mask/face covering should be at least 2 layers of material.
· A mask/face covering must cover the nose and mouth completely. The covering should fit snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face and be secured with ties or ear loops to hold it in place.
· Any masks/face coverings that incorporate valves to facilitate easy exhaling, gaiters, mesh masks, or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or materials, or vents are not sufficient face coverings because they allow droplets to be released from the mask. Gaiters are not acceptable due to concerns regarding increased transmission of droplets.
· Masks should not cover the student/staffs entire face or head (i.e. toy costume masks, ski masks, helmets, etc.
· Students/staff/visitors must remain identifiable to school staff/administrators while wearing their mask. Students/staff/visitors may be asked by school administration to remove their mask to verify their identity.
· Students and staff should never share or swap face coverings/masks.
· All masks/face coverings must follow current school dress codes.
It is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.
· Face shields may be an alternative for students/staff identified by the district in coordination with the student’s/staff’s medical provider for those with medical, behavioral, other challenges who are unable to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth.
· When approved a face shield must extend below the chin and to the ears, and there should be no exposed gap between the forehead and the shields headpiece.
How to Wash Cloth Face Coverings
Cloth face coverings should be washed after each use. It is important to always remove face coverings correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering.
How to clean
- You can include your face covering with your regular laundry.
- Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the face covering.
Washing by hand
- Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or
- 4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water
- Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection. Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach any other cleanser.
- Soak the face covering in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.
Make sure to completely dry cloth face covering after washing.
How to dry
- Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.
- Lay flat and allow to completely dry. If possible, place the cloth face covering in direct sunlight.