Health and Safety Guidelines for In-Person Learning


  • We suggest that small learning groups or “pods” follow the health and safety steps below in order to protect both the students and the adults involved in supervising the student groups as well as anyone else living in the participating households. These health and safety guidelines are followed by AAPS staff and contractors and will continue when in classroom instruction resumes.

    These health and safety guidelines  are based on requirements and recommendations from the State of Michigan Governor’s Order, Washtenaw County Health Department and CDC guidelines.

    Please be aware that these requirements and recommendations may change at any time. 

    Numbers of Students Per Learning Group or “Pod”

    According to Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-110, groups who meet inside should not exceed 10 people. AAPS recommends that learning groups or “pods” should not have more than 6-7 students at one time with a limit of 3-4 adults. It is also recommended that in order to follow this order student and adult numbers may need to be reduced considering siblings and other adults living and working in the home that is hosting the learning group or “pod”.

    From a space perspective, there should be enough room for a 6+ foot perimeter around each child in the learning group. 

    Symptoms of COVID-19, Prevention and Protocols

    We recommend that all families are participating in the learning group or “pod” be very familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19 to protect everyone involved. 

    Symptoms of COVID-19

    Pursuant to guidance from the CDC and guidance from the Washtenaw County Health Department, the symptoms of COVID-19 are:

    • Fever (100.4 or higher)
    • New cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Chills
    • Headaches
    • Muscle aches or body aches without any other explanation
    • Vomiting or diarrhea

    COVID-19  Prevention Efforts

    AAPS recommended COVID-19 Prevention FAQs

    Daily Screening Protocol

    AAPS recommends the learning groups or “pods” require daily screening of students and adults prior to the start of each learning day. This daily screening of students will be required of each family before students arrive at school when AAPS resumes in person instruction.

    We recommend checking students prior to entering the pod for these symptoms focusing on symptoms that are new and/or that aren’t related to another condition.