Reopening AMHS

As we approach the start of the 2020-2021 school year, this webpage will serve as a resource for navigating the return to campus. We are excited to announce that we are actively planning for in-person instruction in the fall for all students beginning on Tuesday, August 25 as originally scheduled.

Based on our analysis thus far of the State Superintendent's (OSPI) Guidelines for Reopening Schools, as well as continued review of the CDC and Health Department guidance, we believe AMHS is well positioned to implement these practices.

Throughout the year, we will all need to remain flexible, collaborative, and committed to a growth and learning mindset as we adapt to circumstances that will be beyond our control.

Our continued prayer is for the health and safety of the entire AMHS community. All of us — faculty, coaches, advisors, administrators, and staff — look forward to welcoming students back to campus!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What will school look like in the fall?

Students will return to in-person instruction on campus at AMHS with a daily health screening in place upon arrival for all students, staff, and visitors. We will also be making changes to how we utilize and move throughout the facility and avoid holding larger group gatherings/assemblies until it is safe to do so. All students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear cloth face masks on campus. If you have any questions about the type of face mask your child can wear please contact Jeff Latta jlatta@am-hs.org.

What makes this possible when other schools are announcing hybrid or distance learning models for the fall?

AMHS is unique in that we do not face the facilities overcrowding issues or large populations common to many other high schools. We are blessed with a small school community of under 600 students and staff. Our spacious campus also has 3 separate buildings.

Will we have bus service to AMHS?

Yes, we will be providing school bus service and following safety guidelines for school buses.

What if I am not comfortable with my student returning for in-person instruction and/or what if there are periods of time my student is unable to attend school due to COVID-19 exposure?

Our teachers are being provided with new technology that will allow your student to attend class remotely via video conferencing, if attendance is impacted by COVID-19.

How will you keep students and staff safe?

We are reconfiguring all of our classrooms to implement physical distancing, making alterations to our lunch service, and setting up regular cleaning measures. As we get closer to the start of school, we will continue sharing more specific information with you about these plans.

What changes are being made to the facilities?

In order to make this work, we will be using some of the larger spaces in our school as classrooms. While classrooms may look and feel different, these adaptations will allow our phenomenal and creative faculty an opportunity to maximize in-person instruction.

What if school closures should be imposed again in the upcoming school year?

While we hope to remain open for in-person instruction, we will continue to adhere to any health and safety requirements. In the event of mandatory school closures, we are prepared to implement new and improved plans for Distance Learning. This would involve remaining on our regular school day schedule and holding video conferences with live instruction daily.

What is our plan for the 2020-2021 school year?

We have been actively preparing for in-person instruction this fall, but will continue to make decisions grounded in the safety of our community if there is a need to adjust these plans.

What if it is too risky to hold in-person instruction at various points this year?

As a reminder, we are prepared to operate in 3 modes of instruction in the upcoming school year when needed: in-person, hybrid, and distance learning.

What if I am not comfortable with my student attending in-person instruction?

Families have the choice of allowing their students to attend 100% remotely when in-person instruction is provided.

How will distance learning be different this year?

In all 3 models, we will remain on our regular school schedule and hours, with attendance reported in PowerSchool daily. All classes will meet at their scheduled times for live instruction.

What do the 3 modes of instruction include?

• In-Person: Traditional, face-to-face learning with health & safety protocols implemented.

• Hybrid: Alternating 2 days in-person with 2 days of distance learning for smaller groups.

• Distance: Daily synchronous instruction via video conferencing and our online platform.


COMING SOON - TOWN HALL/PARENT MEETING

Please join us for a town hall parent/guardian meeting with the AMHS Administration on Wednesday, August 5th from 3:30-4:30pm In this meeting, we will be presenting our reopening plans and sharing any updates based on the most recent public health and safety guidance.