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Anacortes School District News & Events - 2/4/22

Welcome to the district's bi-monthly newsletter! At the bottom of this newsletter, you'll find a link to the Community Bulletin Board.

January Pride out now

The latest issue of the Anacortes Pride is out now. Check out this issue for stories about:
  • The high school's digital media program
  • Financial literacy at Cap Sante
  • Winter athletes
  • Your Shout Outs and more!

The Anacortes Pride is the district's quarterly newspaper that is mailed to all households in Anacortes. For questions, feedback, or extra copies, please contact Torhil Ramsay in the Superintendent's Office: or (360) 503-1211

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week is Feb 7-11. Please join us in thanking all of our school counselors for everything they do to support our students! You'll get to learn a little more about some of them and their work throughout the week on the district's Facebook page.

Thank you Counselors!

Black History Month

Career & Technical Education Month

February also offers an opportunity to recognize our tremendous CTE program! Our high school students have access to a wide array of CTE courses, including metals, robotics, personal finance, digital media and more! Thank you to all of our CTE staff!
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Feb 8 Election - Please Remember to Vote!

The Anacortes School Board approved two resolutions on November 18, 2021, placing two ballot measures before voters for the February 8, 2022 election.

  • Both measures are replacement levies, taking the place of expiring levies approved by voters in 2018.

  • The two combined, estimated rate of $1.28 per $1,000 valuation is 32 cents lower than previously approved rates in 2018.

  • Both levies fund services for students that are not provided by Washington State.

More information can be found on our website:

How did the district spend its COVID relief money? (ESSER Funds: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief)

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Signs of Suicide (SOS) update

The counselors are continuing to implement Signs of Suicide curriculum at the middle and high school. This implementation has successfully promoted proactive, preventative skills for students' health and well-being. It has also allowed students to ask for help and school teams to support students who require assistance. A big thanks to the secondary counselors for their efforts and careful planning for a successful implementation.

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Our Test to Stay program is up and running for high school students and expanded to siblings, and all staff. We do not yet have enough volunteers to expand to other schools, however, at this time, all other students can access the Test-to-Stay program at the high school by referral from their school office. This optional program is recommended by the Washington State Department of Health as a mitigation measure to keep more students in school, in person. Tests are offered, with parental consent, to students who are deemed a close contact and are not fully vaccinated.

Tests are administered, with parental consent (Test-to-Stay consent and self-registration), Monday-Friday, 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. You do not need to make an appointment; just show up and line up outside along the west side of the main AHS building. Do not go into the high school until you receive a negative test result.

More information about our Test-to-Stay Program can be found on our website:


We need your help! We need more volunteers to keep our Test-to-Stay program running and expanded into other schools. Please contact Dianne Szerlong if you are interested in volunteering: 360-503-1217 or email at

More information about the Test-to-Stay program can be found here:

If you have questions about the Test-to-Stay Program, contact COVID Coordinator Dianne Szerlong at 360-503-1217 or email at

Flow Chart

Skagit County recently published an updated flow chart for COVID screening and quarantine guidelines. This is in line with state DOH updated guidelines. A new flow chart for a symptomatic person at school is posted here.

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Human Resources would like to thank our substitutes for their continued support in filling outstanding sub assignments this year. It is no small job to enter a different classroom each day, jump into different lesson plans, and work with new students, but our substitutes do every day, and the District thanks you!

We are still actively recruiting new substitutes for a variety of positions. Please apply online at

For questions, please reach out to Shelby Vander Kooy in Human Resources -

Interested in volunteering, please connect with Laura Dennis in Human Resources at

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  • Feb 21: No School; Presidents Day
  • Feb 28: K-5 Half Day (students only): Conference Planning

An updated school calendar is on our website. May 31, which was reserved for a snow day, will now be a regular school day.

Click the link below to find items submitted for our community bulletin board: