ASD Staff Insider

Important info for ASD staff - 1/7/22

Welcome to our bi-monthly staff newsletter! This goes out every other Friday to all staff, with a preview of the Education Insider - our newsletter for families. You'll find links to the Education Insider and Community Bulletin Board below.

Notes from Justin

Welcome back! I hope you had a fabulous holiday and that you experienced joy with family and friends.

Even though the symptoms are less severe, the Omicron variant is highly contagious. We continue to update our contingency plans and do everything possible to avoid returning to remote learning. I appreciate all of your hard work, flexibility, and positive attitude as we face a potential spike in cases.

We are continuing to revise our coverage plans to avoid closing schools. The good news is that Connie and the HR team have done a fabulous job recruiting substitutes for classified and certificated positions. We are also hiring permanent substitutes - one for each building. Based on the HR team's hard work, I am confident that we will survive the January peak without returning to remote learning. It may be challenging, but I believe we will weather this storm. Thank you for your trust and your partnership to make sure we are effectively managing our working conditions. It is a pleasure to partner with our collaborative employee groups; I appreciate you! We are in this together.

Please keep our students closest to our hearts and thoughts as we manage their day-to-day needs. They, like us, are stressed to the max. They, like us, need to be seen, valued, and heard. And, as we move forward, I hope you continue to find joy in seeing their eyes light up because of the conditions you create for them.



United Way Campaign Update

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our United Way fall campaign! Together, we donated over $9,000 to United Way of Skagit County. While we didn't quite meet our goal, we received donations across all buildings and departments. This money will go toward helping local families in need. Thank you for your generosity!

You can still donate if you want:

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Please refer to our Strategic Plan and the actions we are collectively taking this school year to reach our goals.

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COVID Coordinator

We recently hired Dianne Szerlong as our new COVID Coordinator. Dianne will help set up the district's Test-to-Stay program. The Test-to-Stay program is a protocol from WA DOH guidance to schools. It provides on-site rapid testing for unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID at school. As long as they continue to test negative they continue to stay in class during their modified quarantine periods.

You will receive more information once the Test-to-Stay program is up and running in the near future. We look forward to implementing the test-to-stay program to help keep students in school safely.

Contact Dianne:, or (360) 503-1217

COVID-19 Updates

While the CDC has recently changed their quarantine guidance, all Washington schools must continue to follow the State Department of Health guidelines, which remain the same as they have been this school year. If and when guidance changes from our local health authorities, we will update everyone.

K-12 Schools need to continue to follow state and local health department guidelines, which currently remain the same as they have been all school year:

Our COVID dashboard of positive cases reported among our staff and students is posted here:
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Budget Codes: Our Finance Department is working on updating budget codes. We'll have more information in January.

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

Superintendent Irish and Executive Director of Finance Mike Sullivan are currently making the rounds at staff and community meetings to provide information about the levies.

More information can be found on our website:

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Password Reset Portal

We’ve heard loud and clear that password changes take too much time and are completely inconvenient to learning, teaching, and working. We’ve also heard that people would like to be able to do it on their own. Starting today, we've made the process of resetting your password much easier for you! To get started, you’ll need to enroll in the service by answering three security questions. You can learn more about enrollment by visiting our passwords page on the Technology Services website.

After enrolling you can reset your password or unlock your account simply go to on any web connected device. Choose the “Forgot your password” link and you’re on your way to resetting your password without a phone call. Enroll today! You’ll thank yourself later knowing that you can reset your password anytime.

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We continue to recruit for paras, subs in all positions, and coaches. We are also going to hire permanent subs that will be able to rotate buildings and positions, and fill in as needed. Please refer to our HR page for openings:
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