Return to Learn Resources
Many resources are available to students and families regarding Return To Learn (RTL) planning. Included on this page are resources used to create the District’s RTL plan for 2020-21.
Return to Learn Delivery Model Vocabulary
On-Site – When instruction is delivered in our buildings with face-to-face instruction. On-site delivery will be used within a hybrid approach as well as if all students and staff return to campus.
Remote Campus – The parent-selected 100% online instruction delivery model is organized as a separate instructional site. This delivery model was formerly known as “Hybrid 2”.
Hybrid – Delivery model where students will experience 50% of their instruction on-site and the other 50% online. Students would be organized in A/B cohorts and assigned days.
Phased-In Hybrid – Represents the delivery model that will begin the 2020-2021 school year where students will attend 1 day a week for the first 4 weeks. Those days will represent approximately 25% of the student population who did not select the Remote Campus 100% online option.
Required Continuous Learning – This delivery model will be utilized in the event that sections of the District (a student, classroom, building, or all buildings) need to close due to the pandemic. Opportunities to interact with staff and students would occur virtually.
Request to Transition Between Learning Models
Parents can, throughout the year, request to transition between learning models. Below are instructions and the delivery model change request form.
Request To Move Between Delivery Models Instructions
At the September 17, 2020 special meeting, the School Board voted to administer Education Services in the 50% Face-to-Face Hybrid Instructional Delivery Model starting Monday, September 21, 2020. A hybrid calendar has been published.
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Food Service Information
To Go menus for Remote Campus and Hybrid learners when not on-site.
Update: The Ames Community School District is excited to share we will offer a free breakfast and lunch each school day to every child in our community.
Building Implementation Plans
Each building is developing implementation plans that will include practices specific to their spaces. Those plans will be posted on the Return to Learn website when complete. Community meetings are scheduled August 18 through 20.
|August 18, 4:30 p.m.||Northwood|
|August 18, 6:00 p.m.||Fellows|
|August 18, 7:30 p.m.||Ames High|
|August 19, 4:30 p.m.||Meeker|
|August 19, 6:00 p.m.||Mitchell|
|August 19, 7:30 p.m.||Ames Middle||Watch Recording
|August 20, 4:30 p.m||Edwards||Watch Recording
|August 20, 6:00 p.m.||Sawyer|
COVID-19 Decision Matrix
The development of this matrix was done in collaboration with Mary Greeley Medical Center, Story County Public Health, and Story County Emergency Management. The following matrix and associated recommendations do not apply to students/families that have requested online learning as their primary model of instruction.
Response Process – Positive COVID Case
The following is the ACSD process for responding to a student/staff member testing positive for COVID-19.
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Health Office Information
The 2020-2021 school year is going to look a bit different than in the past. We realize these changes will pose more challenges to our students, staff, and families. Please review the following information and also share with your student(s).
Face Covering Guidelines
At this time during the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is required that cloth face coverings be worn during the school day by staff and students for those who are able. There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. The guidelines model the CDC Recommendations, but have been modified to fit the needs specifically for our school setting.
Updated results from Parent/Family Return to Learn Survey that closed July 22, 2020.
Virtual Community Meetings
Elementary and Preschool Return to Learn Community Webinar
Tuesday, July 14, 5:30 pm
Middle School and High School Return to Learn Community Webinar
Wednesday, July 15, 5:30 pm
Other Helpful Links
Infinite Campus Announcement
A recent change to Infinite Campus may have inadvertently caused messages to filter to your spam/junk folder in your email. If you have not received messages from the Infinite Campus Messenger system after July 7, 2020, be sure to check your spam/junk folder. Mark messages from firstname.lastname@example.org as not spam/junk.