AAPS Update April 23rd

  • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    Friday, April 23, 2021

    Superintendent’s Message

    We look forward to welcoming students in grades 4-12, whose families choose, to in-school hybrid learning on May 3rd; they will join students in self-contained and preschool through 3rd grade who have been participating in in-school hybrid learning this spring. We will continue, as we have committed from the beginning, to also offer a fully virtual learning experience through the remainder of this 20-21 school year. Read the full message here.

    AAPS Food Distribution 

    The Ann Arbor Public Schools has shifted food distribution to Wednesdays. The distributions will provide food for seven days. Full details on the food distribution program, including distribution times and locations, are available here.

    Free COVID-19 Testing

    The Ann Arbor Public Schools is offering free COVID-19 testing at Huron from 12:00 - 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 24th. We encourage all AAPS staff and families to be tested prior to return to school or if you have already returned. More information and how to register here.

    COVID-19 Vaccine Information

    Every vaccine we achieve in Ann Arbor contributes to a safer community for our students, many of whom cannot yet receive vaccination, and for all of us. The Washtenaw County Health Department has information about the COVID-19 Vaccination, including how to make an appointment here and other locations that are offering the vaccine here.

    Communication about COVID-19 Cases at School

    Following Washtenaw County Health Department guidance, AAPS principals will notify their school communities when there is a student or staff case of COVID-19 that was on a school campus during the individual’s infectious period. The infectious period is determined using the case investigation process in close consultation with the WCHD. This official communication is sent to the school community and to the classroom if needed. Any close contacts needing to quarantine are notified directly by the school.

    We are aware that there are many other cases among AAPS students and staff who have not been on a school campus during their contagious period. From time to time, building principals or the district may communicate in general about these other cases. 

    Important Information for Parents

    We are grateful to parents for following the Super Six protocols to protect their student’s and school’s health. With numerous cases in the district and community, please take care to do the following. 

    • Pre-screen your child daily using the district questionnaire
    • Keep all students home if anyone in the household shows symptoms or tests (+)
    • Let your principal know ASAP if there’s a case in your household or student, and answering the call from a school nurse 
    • Understand that despite all efforts at physical distancing, your student may need to quarantine based on a classroom case. WCHD determines details of any quarantine needed. 
    • Contact your school nurse with questions - bit.ly/NurseCareCorner 

    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. The AAPS COVID Case Dashboard is here.

    AAPS Breaches of Racial Equity and Title IX Concerns Hotline

    The AAPS encourages individuals who wish to share concerns or experiences, racist attitudes and practices in relation to the Pioneer High School Investigation, or other AAPS schools, to contact Bonnie Mayfield or Jill Wheaton at PioneerHighSchoolInvestigation@dykema.com. More information and the AAPS Breaches of Racial Equity and Title IX Concerns hotline here.

    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 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.

    Supports for Transition to Hybrid In-Person Learning

    To help prepare students and families to make the transition to hybrid in-person learning, we are sharing a variety of slides, narratives and videos here. We also have shared what the instructional model will look like and a school building tour here.

    May 4th is Now a School Day

    May 4th was initially posted as no school due to Election Day. However, with no Ann Arbor election that day, AAPS will be in session on May 4th. Carpenter Elementary will be on all virtual/remote learning due to an election in Pittsfield Township. The full calendar is available here

    Summer and Fall 2021 Planning

    We are preparing now for a full back-to-school in Fall 2021 as well as summer programs. Slides from this week’s presentation to the Board of Education on the summer school programs are available here. Registration for summer programs opens Monday, April 26th.

    Rec and Ed Summer Camps

    Registration is open for early childhood through 8th-grade summer camps. Half-day and full-day options are available starting June 14th. Scholarships are available, and camps are expected to fill quickly. More information, including camp descriptions and direct links to registration here.

    Medication Take-Back Event

    Saturday, April 24th, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Michigan Open, in collaboration with Michigan Medicine and the Ann Arbor Police Department, is holding the Ann Arbor event at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish from 10 AM to 2 PM. Details here.