Huffman News 9/21

September 21, 2020

The Huffman Commitment

We will work with every student, staff member, and family to develop and maintain a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning community. We are committed to continuously improving our professional practices and take responsibility for the academic, social, and emotional growth of every student. We believe all people can grow in a positive direction.

Principal's Note

Dear Huffman Families,

I hope you had a terrific weekend.

I'm sure many of you may have questions with the recent announcement coming from our Superintendent. If the decision making criteria allows, the hope is K-6 students will be able to return to the school building during the second quarter on October 19. I encourage you to review the Risk Level Decision Criteria. This site outlines the updated criteria being used to make this decision. This is different than previous guidance. Much of the information outlined here comes directly from the CDC: Indicators for Dynamic School Decision Making that has recently been updated. We are so excited to see students while we also understand each family and staff member has a varying degree of anxiety and concern.

Our teams at ASD are working diligently on detailed safety procedures to mitigate the risk of transmission. As Dr. Bishop shared, ASD acknowledges the virus will be among us in our community and we cannot entirely prevent its spread. We are learning how to live and work while minimizing the risk to ourselves and others by implementing robust and layered mitigation strategies in alignment with the latest CDC guidance. ASD will consistently monitor information and review data as part of the decision making process. There is also little doubt that some schools will experience covid related disruptions as we navigate a return to school. There are strict procedures schools will follow in the event of confirmed exposure as well as detailed communication plans.

At Huffman, we are developing plans and procedures and will implement risk reduction strategies while providing a well rounded education and school experience. I understand families must make difficult decisions and I fully respect and support you as you navigate this process. Please reach out if I can assist or answer any questions about the options ASD provides.

Many of the protocols and risk mitigation techniques come directly from the guidance and research outlined in the three resources shared below. I share this not with the expectation that parents read all of the fine details, but rather to provide you some of the resources we are consulting to guide our work as we plan to bring students back to the building.

Thank you for your feedback in the previous family surveys. I have shared that feedback with ASD leadership.

As always, please feel free to reach out if I can assist in any way.

All the best, Chris

Chris Opitz, principal

Click on the Survey Below to Answer 2 Quick Questions

Virtual Running Club

Huffman is excited to collaborate with Rabbit Creek Elementary for our first ever Virtual Running Club!

  • What: 6 Fun Cross-Country Running Practices. These practices are OPTIONAL. Just a fun way for you to get out and explore some different locations, stay active and have fun!

  • When: September 14th - October 2nd (3 weeks to complete)

  • Where: 6 different location in the South Anchorage Area (Huffman School, Rabbit Creek School, South High School and Service High School areas)

  • How: Complete practices on your own at any time, with family and in any order. *Route Substitutions Allowed

***Prizes for students who complete 6 practices and submit their record sheet to

Complete details included in the link below. Students can print their own packet or pick-up a copy at library book pick-up.

Huffman Virtual Running Club Information Packet

What is your Family's Intent for the 2nd Quarter?

With the likelihood of students returning to the building, I've heard from a few families hoping to change programs (ASD Virtual to In School and vice versa). I understand this is a difficult decision for many families. If you know you will be making a change, please give the office a call at 742-5650 to share your intent. This will help us with planning. I am happy to consult with you to answer questions and discuss the best timing to make a change. Thank you.

When to Stay Home, When to Come Back to School

Please review this document. Nurse Krista will continue to share information and guidance for families.

Return to School - Masks are Required

If and when students return to the school building, masks are required to be worn. I encourage you to watch this video from our health experts called, Face Masks 101. More detailed information will be provided from our Healthcare Services department as we move forward.

Please take the time to have your student practice wearing a mask.

Are you on the list to Pickup Library Books this week?

Please check the list HERE. If you see your student's name (alpha by first name) on the list, you made the deadline and are scheduled for a pick up this Thursday. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to RETURN library books if you are done with them. If you do NOT see your student's name on the list, you are NOT scheduled for a pick up this week. Please email Mrs. Schroeder with any questions.

If you want to order books for next week, be sure to visit Mrs. Schroeder's Library Link on your student's Clever page.

Library Pick Up / Drop Off: Thursday, 9/24, from 4-6pm.

News from Nurse Krista

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