AAPS Update May 7th

  • Ann Arbor Public Schools
    Friday, May 7, 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 Huron from 12:00 - 3:00 PM onSaturday, May 8, May 15, May 22 and June 5. We encourage all AAPS staff and families who remain unvaccinated 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 2021 Planning

    We are preparing now for a full back-to-school in Fall 2021 as well as summer programs. We hosted an information meeting last night, including responding to questions from parents; if you missed it, you can watch it here.

    Fall 2021 Planning, Registration and Community Information Meetings

    Preparations for a strong Fall 2021 Back-to-School launch continue, including 5 days per week of in-school learning for students; spring enrollment and transition activities are in progress now across our campuses. 

    We will soon share more detailed information and request that existing students and parents pre-register and confirm enrollment in the AAPS for Fall 2021. Our quality AAPS educational programming, featuring our top-notch teachers and staff, and including strong academics, visual and performing arts, STEAM and Project Lead the Way, athletic and enrichment opportunities will continue during the 21-22 school year. 

    Students & families will continue to have the choice of a fully virtual learning program during the 21-22 school year; there is no hybrid instruction in AAPS programming for Fall 2021.

    We will also hold virtual community meetings during May to share information about school year 21-22 and respond to questions students and families may have about programs and options for the 2021-22 school year. A community information meeting will be Thursday, May 13, at 6 PM and we look forward to sharing more information about an exciting back-to-school 2021-22.

    All meetings will be recorded and shared on the A2Schools.org website.

    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.

    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.

    Recognizing the Class of 2021 

    This week we shared with our graduating class of 2021 and their families details about the commencement ceremonies for the class of 2021. We are also planning on ways to celebrate the graduates online and are asking graduating seniors to share 10-second videos answering one of the following questions: What will you remember most from being in the AAPS? What reflections do you have on your unusual senior year? Who was your most memorable teacher, and why? What message do you have for your classmates? Additionally, families can share a photo with the student’s name, school and a few words about future plans that we will post on the district’s social media accounts. Send videos and photos to communications@a2schools.org.

    AAPS Bond Program Spring 2021 Update

    We are hosting virtual community forums to share the latest updates to the AAPS Bond Program, including details of the Preliminary Phase I Plan approved by the Board of Education and seeking feedback on the plan. The community forums will take place:

    First Day of School Fall 2021

    The first day of school has been set as Monday, August 30, 2021, and the full calendar of the 2021-22 school year will be shared as soon as it is finalized. 

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.