March 18, 2022 - Masking in the AAPS Schools

AAPS lead, care, inspire graphicSuperintendent Update: Masking in the AAPS Schools

March/April 2022

Friday, March 18, 2022

In holding the health and safety of our students and staff and sustaining full staffing for in-school learning as critical priorities, we will continue with universal masking in the AAPS. 

We are delighted to observe a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases among students and staff, in AAPS classrooms and across our Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County community. 

While preferences with masking may differ widely, we understand clearly the priorities that matter for most for all in the AAPS: 1) health and safety, 2) sustaining critical in-school learning and 3) restoring full enrichment opportunities and activities for our students and staff. 

Our focus remains on demonstrating care for our most vulnerable students and staff and achieving full staffing of teams at our schools every day. 

As we continue to open more activities and opportunities for students and welcome volunteers into our schools during March and April, we will continue to closely monitor case levels in the AAPS and hope to observe a sustained decline in COVID cases as we also engage in many more activities, including some larger group activities. The masking strategy has served as a layer of support throughout this year; we will continue to take a cautious approach this spring.