Starting on January 18th, AHS students will move to remote learning for a 2-week period. Ashland School District has released the following email to families of Ashland High School.
As the Omicron variant spreads through the community, it has created unique challenges to our ability to keep the high school staffed at a level needed to be safe and effective. We have already been highly impacted with a high number of staff that have needed to stay home due to exposure and have to quarantine. The same can be said for a higher number of students than ever that are quarantining due to exposures or positive cases. Most of these exposures are happening in the community.
In order to be proactive and preserve the health and safety of our students and staff, the high school will not be open for classes this Thursday and Friday, 1/13-1/14. Students will be able to work on missing assignments from home, study and should check in with their teachers via Zoom Office Hours (schedule posted below). Students will earn positive attendance Thursday and Friday by attending Office Hours, having two way communication with their teacher through email or by submitting assignments through Canvas. Students that do not have a device at home can come to school in order to access their teacher’s Canvas pages from the library or our computer labs. We will have staff to supervise students. Transportation and food services will run as normal for these students.
Additionally, there will be no in-person instruction from Jan. 18-Jan. 27. Teachers will provide asynchronous activities for students to work on at home. These assignments will be posted in Canvas. Students that do not have a device at home or do not have internet connectivity can come to campus to access Canvas from the library or our computer labs.
This means that we are not going to hold formal finals for semester 1. Teachers may have asynchronous projects or other summative assignments that students can complete from home instead.
Starting today all extracurricular activities are postponed through January 30th. That includes athletics practices and competitions, theater and all club activities. We anticipate resuming all extracurricular activities on January 31st.
Our kitchen will continue to provide pick up meals for students every day that we are in distance learning.
We will continue to communicate with families as things progress. We anticipate re-opening in-person instruction on Monday, January 31 for the start of Semester 2. We do not want to be in distance learning for any longer than is absolutely necessary.
AHS stands committed to our students safety and to their education.
Benjamin Bell, Principal