April 2, 2021 - Elementary Post Spring Break Message
Hello AAPS Elementary Parents and Students, Staff and Community,
I am sharing this message today as an update for families and staff as a result of the escalating COVID situation currently occurring in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County and across Michigan. We take this situation very seriously and continue to monitor the COVID case numbers very closely each day in partnership with our Washtenaw County Health Department public health partners.
We will continue to hold the health and safety of our students and staff, families and community as our top priority in all the decisions we make, as we have worked to do throughout this COVID pandemic. This priority of health and safety will not change.
We understand that our families are concerned about the current rise in COVID cases in Michigan as this situation is rapidly evolving during this spring break week, and whether there will be an adjustment to our return to in-school hybrid learning plan at the elementary level for this coming week following spring break.
We will continue with preschool through second grade in the hybrid learning format following spring break, beginning on Monday, April 5th, as we have planned.
However, as we approach this post-spring break week, it is imperative to ensure we all follow the COVID mitigation strategies that we all know well. We will continue strictly practicing the wearing of masks, social distancing, and personal hand hygiene in our AAPS classrooms and across our schools.
The following COVID health reminders are important for all of us as we all have the responsibility to support the health and safety of everyone in our community:
- The Daily Student Screening must be completed each day for each child prior to arrival at any AAPS school campus.
- If children have any symptoms at all, if families have travelled over spring break, or if other concerns exist, families should choose to have their students remain virtual during this upcoming week or for as long as may be needed to ensure health and safety.
- The Washtenaw Intermediate School District and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are hosting a free rapid testing clinic tomorrow, on Saturday, April 3rd at the WISD, 1819 S. Wagner from 10 AM to 4 PM. Pre-registration is required and available here. Families must continue to monitor for symptoms after testing.
We understand that our AAPS families fall along a wide continuum of comfort, needs and preferences in choosing the best plan for their children during this spring school quarter and that these circumstances may change based on COVID developments. Our AAPS spring return to in-school learning plan is designed so ALL parents have the option to choose for their student(s) to remain virtual at any time.
We strongly encourage parents with concerns about returning to in-person school, given the rise in COVID cases, to continue to take advantage of the virtual learning opportunity. Students are in attendance in their classrooms and are receiving instruction alongside their classroom teacher whether they choose in-person or are joining their classroom virtually. This is an important option designed into our AAPS return plan for this spring and should be utilized as families choose, for as long as families choose, through the end of this 20-21 school year.
We will continue to closely monitor the COVID situation each day during the coming weeks and will update our families, staff, and community as soon as possible if there is any further adjustment needed to the return plan.
Jeanice K. Swift