Mask Optional Day, PD, and Conferences

Mask Optional Day

Tomorrow is our first mask optional day and this is just a message with the most important reminders. First, we support any student’s continued use of a mask on these days. Teachers are prepared to support students in their choices on the day.

Be reminded that this mask optional at school does NOT apply to transportation. Buses will remain masked until our next review before spring break. We are extending mask optional to include after-school activities on the mask optional day as well.

I want to thank you in advance for your patience on the many details for opening up activities to a parent audience at events next week. It will follow the testing structure and strategy, but will include the reduced distancing requirements and the relaxed cohort boundaries. Please offer your feedback as you consider your attendance at these events according to the details below.

We’ll report back on how the day goes tomorrow. We are heading into this day with the full student body tested and a minimal number of cases, primarily from home cross infections, identified. Community spread numbers are also continuing a slow downward trend. We all remain hopeful that this trend will continue.

Professional Development Day (PD)

Our teachers will be engaged in a wide range of learning activities and professional collaboration when we gather without students on Friday. We typically schedule two or three of these days per year and they are important opportunities for strategic, curricular, and instructional work. Teachers have much to share with each other in refining our practices and this collaboration opportunity is critical to achieving consistency of practice while also creating space for innovation and wellness. I know you all join me in hoping that this is a refreshing and rewarding time.

Conferences

Equally important is our Parent/Teacher conferences, again presented in a virtual format. The results of these virtual meetings has been well received as it increases parent involvement and optimizes our use of time. We fully expect to maintain this virtual delivery format into the future since it has been so well received and given our record setting participation rates across all grade levels.

Signing up for your conferences is easy and done through our PowerSchool interface!!

Parent Conferences sign-up is open NOW and will close Sunday, April 3 at 17:00.

To access the booking sheet you need to

  1. Log into the parent portal using your My ASW Key through https://www.aswarsaw.org/myasw, and click on the PowerSchool icon. Login to PowerSchool if asked.
  2. Click on the “Spring Conferences Sign-up” button on the left.
  3. Click on the “Sign Up” button to access the Parent Booking
  4. A new page will load with a list of your children and links to their sign-up sheets.

This video will guide you through the process of booking and includes instructions for conference day.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/137WcKmNTVb9aUpYtpSDBbcsh2L07iTtF/view

If you haven’t already set up your My ASW Key account, look for an email that was sent to you on Thursday, March 3, with the subject “Welcome to the ASW Portal and your new My ASW Key” where you’ll find your new parent username ending in @my.aswarsaw.org and your initial password. If you are unable to find this email or are having trouble signing in to your new account, please visit our support page at https://sites.google.com/aswarsaw.org/parenthelp/support or email our support team at help@my.aswarsaw.org

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