AAPS Update January 15th


  • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    Friday, January 15, 2021

    MLK Day - No School

    All Ann Arbor Public Schools schools and offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18th.  Many community engagement events are planned; you may see additional information on a few events in this update. 

    AAPS Food Distribution Adds Dinners

    The Ann Arbor Public Schools continue to distribute food on Mondays and Thursdays. These distributions now include dinner bowls. Full details on the food distribution program, including distribution times and locations, are available here.

    AAPS Rec & Ed Free Programs

    Rec & Ed continues to offer free programs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, both virtually and in-person, outside school buildings across the community. Our programs are designed to keep kids active through fun virtual and outdoor activities, providing a safe opportunity to be active and social. Registration for all winter Rec & Ed programs is now open. For dates, locations and registration, click here.

    AAPS COVID Metrics Dashboard Update

    AAPS weekly update of the COVID-19 Metrics Dashboard was published today and can be viewed here.

    Updated Frequently Asked Questions

    With this week’s announcement of a plan to transition to offer a hybrid in-person learning option we know parents have many additional questions. We have updated our FAQ section and answers can be found here.

    AAPS Excellence in Virtual Instruction Award

    Nominations are now open for the AAPS Excellence in Virtual Instruction Award. Sponsored by Google, the award recognizes exceptional AAPS educators during this challenging year. To learn more about the award and nominate an educator by February 16th at 5 PM, click here.

    AAPS Board of Education Swears in New Trustees and Elects Officers

    At their organizational meeting this week, the AAPS Board of Education welcomed two new trustees and elected officers. Details here.

    University of Michigan MLK Children and Youth Program

    The 22nd annual MLK Children and Youth Program takes place on January 18, 2021. Celebrate the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with programming for children and youth via zoom. Information and registration here.

    The University of Michigan 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Keynote: 

    Where Do We Go From Here  
    Additional information, including streaming link can be found here

    Eastern Michigan University 2021 Martin Luther King Celebration - 

    We the People Speak: No Justice, No Peace
    Full schedule of events here

    Youth Discussion with Washtenaw County Prosecutor

    The Washtenaw Alliance for Children and Youth will host a virtual youth discussion with Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit on Tuesday, January 26th, at 5 PM. Link to the town hall here.


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.

    Connection+ Supports

    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.