The AASD Board of Directors held a special Board meeting on Tuesday, January 26 for the purpose of discussing and acting on a Revised Instructional Re-Opening Plan.
Blair County Emergency Management Director Mark Taylor, Altoona City Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Hileman and Dr. Zane Gates each spoke to the board providing information regarding the current COVID conditions within Blair county as well as anticipated availability of vaccines.
After much deliberation and hearing from citizens, the Board approved a plan to transition students back to school.
Beginning February 8, elementary students, K-5, will return to school in a hybrid model. Secondary students, 6-12, will return to school in a hybrid model beginning February 16. Special populations, PreK-12, will return to school in-person, five days per week beginning February 8. A return to a full traditional model for all students may occur when the county is in the Low transmission rate category for two consecutive weeks.
Students will be assigned to one of two groups, A or B and will follow a weekly A-B schedule attending in person either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday and every other Friday. Students will attend class virtually on the days they are not in person.
Families will have the option for students to return to school in the hybrid model, remain in the virtual instruction model, or attend cyber instruction.
Detailed information will be sent to families from building principals. Anyone with specific questions should call their building principal.