Return to School


August 11, 2020
Update from Superintendent Dr. Scott McWilliams

I hope this email finds you and your family well. Our teams returned to their schools last week on Thursday, August 6, and we are working hard to ensure a smooth and successful start to the 2020-21 school year. We are starting the school year with students on August 27 in Phase 2 Hybrid Learning. In the long and proud history of Auburn-Washburn, there has never been a need to offer a Phase 2 Hybrid Learning environment, so this is a new experience for us all. We will do our absolute best to effectively meet the academic needs of your students in this environment. The working relationship we maintain with you will be important for us, and most importantly, for your students. Our ability to work well together and to communicate effectively as we continue navigating this COVID-19 created environment is essential.

The purpose of this email is to share the following updates to keep you informed:

  • Based on currently known facts, we are starting the school year with students in Phase 2 Hybrid Learning. If COVID-19-related conditions change for the worse at any time during the school year, Phase 1 Remote Learning becomes a viable option. If COVID-19-related conditions change for the better at any time during the school year, Phase 3 On-Site Learning becomes a viable option. This environment COVID-19 creates is fluid and can change quickly. As parents, I encourage you to have a family plan in place, if needed, for any of our three phases.
  • Based on feedback, a few minor adjustments to the Safely Forward in Auburn-Washburn Plan have been made.
  • The 2020-21 school wall calendar is now available.
  • In Phase 2 Hybrid Learning, approximately 50% of students will be placed into Group A and the other 50% of students will be placed into Group B. Building principals will inform parents of student groupings, A or B, later this week. Group A is all Mondays/Tuesdays and Group B is all Thursdays/Fridays that school is in session.
  • For elementary parents wanting to learn more about Phase 2 Hybrid Learning and Phase 1 Remote learning, see this document.
  • For WRMS and WRHS parents wanting to learn more about Phase 2 Hybrid Learning and Phase 1 Remote learning, see this document.
  • Some building principals have already shared a "due date" for families selecting Phase 1 Remote Learning instead of Phase 2 Hybrid Learning. To help us evenly split students into group A and B, please complete the Return to School Questionnaire and Remote Learning Form as soon as possible confirming your family decision for Remote Learning. The deadline is end of day tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12.
  • For students to receive free or reduced price lunch, parents must complete and submit an application annually. We encourage parents to complete and submit this form even if they are uncertain if they qualify. There are no negative consequences for completing the form. Learn more and start the process.

Information will continue to be shared with you from your student's school as well as from central office. There are many moving parts to put into place this school year; some of those parts come from the building while others come from the district, so clear communication will be sent from each location.

We look forward to working with your students this upcoming school year!

Take Great Care,

Dr. Scott McWilliams
Superintendent of Schools