AAPS Update April 16th
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Friday, April 16, 2021
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 Pioneer from 12:00 - 6:00 PM on Sunday, April 18th. 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.
Spring Return to In-School Hybrid Learning
To ensure additional layers of protection in this school reopening process, we are sharing a call to action that we all work together as a community in the following priority areas to stabilize, reduce COVID case levels, and preserve the opportunity for our students, staff and families to experience a strong and healthy finish to the 2020-21 school year.
We strongly urge students and families to support this effort in the following ways:
- Obtain COVID testing for all students prior to return to school and consistently during the coming weeks. It is advised that students and families are tested together when possible. Drive-thru testing events will be offered at our schools, and testing is free. The data from testing will be critical to inform all of us as to our progress through the current COVID surge and reduce the number of COVID cases in our schools and community.
- Every member of our community, age 16 and above, should confirm a plan to obtain COVID vaccination at the earliest possible date. 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.
- Please exercise caution in any social gatherings with members outside the home family unit.
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.
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. As we plan for the 2021-22 school year, we have opened pre-enrollment for neighborhood schools, Young 5s and in-district transfers. Information is available 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.
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.