AAPS Update March 12th

  • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    Friday, March 12, 2021

    AAPS Food Distribution and EBT Cards

    The Ann Arbor Public Schools has shifted food distribution to Wednesdays. The distributions will provide food for seven days: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Two new afternoon distribution locations were added at Carpenter and Scio Farms on March 10th. Full details on the food distribution program, including distribution times and locations, are available here.

    Another round of EBT payments will be mailed home to eligible Free and Reduced Lunch families beginning the end of March from the State of Michigan. If your home address has changed recently, you must update it with your student’s school. For more information, including how to update your address, learn more here: EBT Card Information.

    Hybrid In-Person School Breakfasts and Lunches

    Families will need to order student lunches using the new AAPS Online Student Lunch Ordering system. For the rest of this school year, families will not be charged for breakfast or lunch, but you must register for the program in order for your student to receive a free lunch on their hybrid in-school learning day. Questions? Contact AAPS Food Service at 734-994-2265.

    AAPS COVID Metrics Dashboard Update

    This week’s update of Washtenaw County’s COVID cases and where that places AAPS according to the current CDC guidelines is available here.

    Student Immunizations

    State law requires students in Young 5s, Kindergarten, 7th grade and any that are new to AAPS must provide proof that your student has been vaccinated according to the state vaccine schedule or a vaccine waiver from the Washtenaw County Health Department prior to coming to school. For more information on childhood vaccines, visit the CDC Vaccine Information for Parents Page

    Free immunizations for those without insurance are available to ALL AAPS students at two AAPS buildings. The U of M Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools Clinics at Pathways to Success Academic Campus and Scarlett Middle School offer immunizations by appointment only.  

    Students With Special Needs Hybrid In-Person Information Session

    The Student Intervention and Support Services Department is hosting a virtual community meeting to share information about the Hybrid In-Person option for students with special needs including IEPs and 504 Plans on Monday, March 15th. The meeting can be watched here starting at 5 PM and after that any time on demand.

    Hybrid In-Person Secondary Survey and Community Sessions

    Families with students in middle school and high school can expect to receive their registration survey on Monday to choose to either remain virtual or opt to attend in-person. Schools will be hosting community sessions to share more information regarding the hybrid in-person option next week.

    Spring Break Guidance

    The Ann Arbor Public Schools, Washtenaw County Health Department and Washtenaw Intermediate School District will be following all CDC travel guidance and recommendations and expect everyone in our school community to do so as well. Learn more here.

    Class of 2021 Message

    The Ann Arbor Public Schools is working to develop plans for the Class of 2021, including in-person graduation ceremonies. Click here for more information. 

    Excellence in Virtual Instruction Awards

    284 Ann Arbor Public Schools teachers and other staff members were nominated for Google’s Excellence in Virtual Instruction Awards. Congratulations to all of the nominees, and thank you for going above and beyond to ensure our students receive the very best under these especially challenging times.

    Youth Art Month

    March is Youth Art Month. In art class, elementary students will take part in preparing a favorite piece of artwork to display. They will be directed to ask a grown-up to tape up their art along with a title card and a homemade “YAM” (Youth Art Month) logo in the front windows or doors or other locations where people will get to enjoy them.  In lieu of our usual displays downtown, we will transform the neighborhoods of Ann Arbor into galleries!  The AAPS art department appreciates your help making this happen and hopes your family will be able to celebrate with an Art Walk around your own neighborhood during the second half of the month.  Art should be up by 3/15.

    Additionally, all students are invited to participate in the FoolMoon Mandala Project. Details, dates, instructions and a demo video are available here. The Mandala project is sponsored by WonderFool Productions and facilitated by TreeTown Murals and is highlighted in a PBS segment on Under the Radar Michigan.

    Young Citizens of the Year Award

    The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Young Citizens of the Year award. This award recognizes outstanding community service (non-school-based) by Washtenaw County high school students.  Thanks to generous support from the Robert Bruce Dunlap Memorial Fund, each of the Young Citizens of the Year will receive a $3,500 scholarship to the college or university of their choice. The deadline to nominate is March 29th.

    NAAPID at Night Poster Contest Winners

    Congratulations to our AAPS NAAPID at Night Poster Contest Winners, which were announced on March 8, 2021, at the 17th Annual NAAPID at Night event. This year featured the artwork of five AAPS student winners:

    • Grand Prize:  Manisha Datar, 8th Grade, Clague Middle School
    • Lower Elementary 1st Place: Rida Sean Zetoune, 2nd Grade, Logan Elementary
    • Upper Elementary 1st Place:  Amit Vuppala, 3rd Grade, King Elementary
    • Middle School 1st Place:  Mina Zetoune, 6th Grade, Clague Middle School
                                               Adit Vuppala, 8th Grade, Clague Middle School