AAPS Update April 30th

  • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    Friday, April 30, 2021

    Superintendent’s Message

    We look forward to welcoming students in grades 4 through 12, whose families choose, to in-school hybrid learning on Monday, May 3rd. This week’s Superintendent Update includes information about the spring return to in-school hybrid learning, a community call to action to prioritize the safe reopening of AAPS schools, summer learning opportunities, and back-to-school Fall, 2021. Read the entire 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, May 1st. 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.

    Summer and Fall 2021 Planning

    We are preparing now for a full back-to-school in Fall 2021 as well as summer programs. Registration for summer programs is open, and we will be hosting a community forum on summer programs on Thursday, May 6 at 6 PM. 

    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 related 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

    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, may be found here.

    First Day of School Fall 2021

    While the full calendar of the 2021 school year has not been finalized, the first day of school has been set as Monday, August 30, 2021.