Reimagine Learning Update September 29th
AAPS Reimagine Learning Update
Hello AAPS Students, Parents, Staff and Community,
We appreciate your understanding and support as we have launched this Fall, 2020 school year virtually. We recognize that this is a challenging time for everyone, and yet it is truly remarkable to see our students, teachers, staff and leaders connecting and engaging in learning in virtual classrooms across our AAPS learning community. I want to thank our students and staff for their impressive efforts to begin this virtual school year well; truly, we are learning together.
I appreciate all who have reached out directly to share your input and feedback as we work to improve the educational experience for our children during these early weeks of the school year. We will continue to refine and improve our processes and ask that you please share your feedback in a fall survey to be shared via email later this week.
We are excited to offer fall Rec & Ed classes, opportunities for our students to connect outdoors or virtually in fun activities, such as dance, soccer, yoga, karate, and tennis offered free for our students on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout this fall. You may learn more and sign up at aarecedonline.com
As we highlight in this Superintendent’s Video update for the week of September 28th (written synopsis here), we continue to work to ensure additional supports for our students who experience specialized learning needs and challenges, we share a more in-depth analysis of our COVID infection metrics and how we are responsibly planning for when we can safely move to a hybrid learning plan, as well as share answers to some of your Frequently Asked Questions that we have received over recent days. In addition, you can explore more detailed information, including the full Return to School Plan.
Thank you for your engagement, care and support of our students and staff, and of the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Jeanice K. Swift
2020-21 Program Offerings
The 2020-21 program offerings include:
- A2 Classroom Connect (PK-12) - a classroom learning opportunity with quality AAPS teachers and staff, curricula and programs, connected to the student’s current AAPS school, that begins virtually. When it is safe, students will transition first to a hybrid schedule (some days virtual and some days in-person) and then potentially to full, in-person learning. At any time throughout this school year, students may access the Classroom Connect classroom virtually.
- A2 Student Link (PK-12) – a classroom learning opportunity with quality AAPS teachers and staff, curricula and programs where students are a member of a virtual classroom linked to the student’s current AAPS school. Students enrolled in a Student Link classroom intend to remain fully virtual through at least the fall semester.
- A2 Virtual (Y5/K-12) – a self-paced, independent learning opportunity with regular connection to quality AAPS teachers where students complete their work in an independent setting; students complete coursework at their own pace, receive quality teacher feedback, guidance and assistance as needed.
During the time of virtual learning and continuing throughout the 2020-21 school year, AAPS students with the greatest needs will be provided additional connections and wrap-around support in small group settings to ensure real-time student and family services are delivered. This network of small learning groups will support students in accessing their AAPS virtual learning classroom, and will occur virtually and/or in-person at in-neighborhood community locations, staffed by community partners and AAPS staff members, using a healthy and socially-distanced approach. Details will be dependent on COVID infection circumstances as we move through the 2020-21 school year.
Specialized Services and Supports
Supports and specialized services will be delivered to meet the learning needs of students, including special education needs detailed in an Individual Education Plan, English learners and other learning needs. This includes service provision, to the fullest extent possible, delivered by professional and highly-qualified staff members.
Accelerated & Enrichment Learning Opportunities
Accelerated learning groups and classes are available for students including advanced placement, university dual enrollment and community resource classes. The AAPS will continue to offer a wide offering of world languages, visual and performing arts, STEAM and Project Lead the Way and environmental education courses.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays, AAPS PK-8 students may choose from a variety of recreation opportunities, including virtual and in-person classes, recreational sports, yoga and fitness, creative enrichment - art, dance, and more. Visit aareced.com for more information.
Daily Social-Emotional and Mental Health Connections and Support for Every Student
Continuing throughout the 2020-21 school year, all AAPS students will be situated and meet regularly in connection groups (previously known by several names across AAPS schools as Advisory, Forum, SkyTime, etc.). These groups build connections, develop relationships and ensure social-emotional daily check-ins and supports are in place throughout the year.