Reimagine Learning Update September 8th


  • AAPS Reimagine Learning Update
    September 8th

    Hello AAPS Students, Parents, Staff and Community,

    Many thanks to all for your support with an excellent virtual opening day of the 2020-21 school year. It is truly remarkable to see our students, teachers, staff and leaders connecting in virtual classrooms across our AAPS schools.  We achieved high attendance on this first day of the school year, and more students are coming online each day this week as we move forward together. 

    Food Distribution

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9th, will be the one food distribution for this week due to the Labor Day Holiday. In addition to the mid-day distributions, we are also adding late afternoon pick-up locations from 4:30 to 6 PM at Huron, Mitchell, Pathways, Pioneer and Skyline beginning tomorrow. Starting the week of September 14th, food distributions will take place on Monday and Thursday. For full details on the food distribution program, click here.

    We also encourage families to complete the Free and Reduced Family Meal Application.

    Device Distribution

    Last week over 15,000 devices were distributed to AAPS students. For families still in need of a device for students, we will have an additional device distribution this week on Thursday, September 10th, and Friday, September 11th, at the Balas Administration Building. Please fill out this 1:1 Form to select the date and time for device pick-up that works best for you. We plan to continue to schedule device pick-ups regularly in the coming weeks as necessary until all student needs are met.

    Families in need of a hotspot for connectivity can fill out this 2020-21 Student Mobile Hotspot Request Form, and a member of the IT Department will call to discuss the best option for each family.

    For questions about device distribution or other technology issues, please call 734-997-1222 or email family_techsupport@aaps.k12.mi.us.

    Although this 2020-21 school year isn’t beginning with in-person instruction, our teams are working hard to ensure every student is connected and learning in our classrooms and that every child feels valued, cared for and supported within this AAPS community. 

    Please continue to reach out to your teacher, principal or any of us on the AAPS team as we move forward together; we are here to serve you. 

    Sincerely,

    Jeanice K. Swift
    Superintendent of Schools
    Ann Arbor Public Schools


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.