Due to COVID-19, AME remains closed

Anna Maria Elementary staff and students will not return to school until April 15 — at the earliest — due to the continued spread of COVID-19.

As spring break ended March 20, parents and school employees were preparing to teach students remotely using a learning management system, “Schoology,” according to a statement from the Manatee County School District.

“Schoology” allows teachers to create lessons and communicate with students.

The service provides “virtual learning for kindergarten through 12th-grade, allowing users to create, manage and share academic content,” according to schoology.com.

Lessons will be delivered via email or to homes by Monday, March 30, according to the statement.

Families who need access to computers and technology will be provided with learning tools to get lessons.

“Next week, our teachers and schools will be working hard so they can be prepared to begin delivering lessons,” a March 17  district notice read.

“I’m stressed just thinking about how to work from home, cook for my second-grader and managing online school,” parent Sierra Hall wrote March 19 in an email to The Islander.

Private schools in the area also are closed.

Anna Maria resident Ashley Matelau has a son in middle school and a daughter in high school at Bradenton Christian School.

Matelau told The Islander, “The kids are doing online school while I continue to go to work and so far it’s been OK.”

“The thought of spreading coronavirus to someone with a compromised immune system or an elderly person is too much of a risk, so we will stay home for as long as it takes,” she added.

For Danielle Canup, AME parent of two, a job in health care does not give her the opportunity to work from home.

“At first I thought it was a huge inconvenience because I don’t have the option to work from home but I’m optimistic it will work out,” she wrote in a text message to The Islander March 20.