AAPS Update February 26th
Ann Arbor Public Schools
Friday, February 26, 2021
AAPS Food Distribution and EBT Cards
The Ann Arbor Public Schools will distribute food Monday, March 1st and Thursday, March 4th at the regular locations and times. Food distribution will shift to one day a week on Wednesdays only starting March 10th. The Wednesday distributions will provide food for seven days: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Two new afternoon distribution locations will start at Carpenter and Scio Farms on March 10th. Full details on the food distribution program, including distribution times and locations, are available here.
Another round of EBT payments will be mailed home to eligible Free and Reduced Lunch families beginning the end of March from the State of Michigan. If your home address has changed recently, you must update it with your student’s school. For more information, including how to update your address, learn more here: EBT Card Information.
In-School Hybrid Option Approved
Wednesday, the Board of Education approved plans to offer an in-school hybrid option starting with Stage One on March 25th. The decision follows a new partnership with Michigan Medicine and IHA to provide vaccinations for K-12 staff in Washtenaw County as well as antigen testing for AAPS staff and students. Registrations are being shared today to families in Pre-K, elementary school and self-contained classrooms to be completed by March 8th. Please check your spam folder for the email from A2Schools@aaps.k12.mi.us if you have not seen the registration. A transportation survey will also be shared for eligible students. Registration for middle school and high school students will be available in the coming weeks.
Updated CDC Guidelines
The CDC updated their guidance for schools this month. We have posted highlights of this guidance and what it means in the AAPS 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.