Superintendent's Update December 4th
AAPS Superintendent's Update
Hello AAPS Students and Staff, Parents and Community,
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to partner in our work to serve our students and families through this COVID pandemic fall and winter.
Here are the updates for this week:
Safety Net and Supports for Students and Families
The Ann Arbor Public Schools team continues work to extend a safety net to students and families impacted by COVID-19, including food distribution, technology and connectivity and community health support. Food distribution continues at more than 20 sites on Mondays and Thursdays. Full details on the food distribution program are available here.
To keep students, families and staff safe during the current uptick in cases of COVID-19, ITD has moved to an “appointment only” device pick-up/drop-off process for the remainder of December. We ask students and families to call the AAPS Tech help desk at 734-997-1222 to arrange for support.
Parental Controls for AAPS Devices
Many parents continue to ask questions about how they can add parental controls on their child’s AAPS device, such as blocking YouTube and limiting access to non-educational games. AAPS is using Securly, a cloud-based subscription service that offers K-12 Internet content filtering to give parents this option. Learn more about Securly and sign up here.
Fall 2020 Water Testing Update
Recognizing additional risks to the water system in older, unoccupied buildings, we have proactively expanded our existing water testing program to include E Coli and Legionella in addition to our ongoing Lead in Drinking Water Testing Program. Initial testing results have indicated elevated levels of Legionella at a few locations, and focused work is in progress to mitigate this situation; more details, including testing results, are available here. We will continue to post updated test results to this location so that all in our community are aware of our work and progress with mitigation.
New Youth Programs from Rec & Ed
The early fall Rec & Ed youth classes were such a hit that we're back with a late fall line-up of fun, active and enriching youth classes. Both free and fee-based classes are available. The free class line-up includes the outdoor classes Let's Play! for PreK-5th grade and Stay Active, Stay Fit! for middle school. Fee-based classes include soccer training, art, and scavenger hunts. Note: For outdoor classes, AAPS COVID Protocols will be observed, and masks will be required for students and staff at all times.
Check out all of Rec & Ed's free and fee-based youth classes and activities at aarecedonline.com.
AAPS COVID Metrics Dashboard Update
AAPS weekly update of the COVID-19 Metrics Dashboard was published today and can be viewed here.
These continue to be challenging days, and we appreciate all your continued work in support of our students and staff, families and neighbors through this difficult time. It is our outreach and connection, our support of each other, that brings us together and unites us as an Ann Arbor community, even while we are physically apart.
Jeanice Kerr 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.
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.