APS Learning Models for 2021 – 2022

Dear APS Community,

Thank you again for your continued flexibility, grace and partnership throughout this school year. Together, we have supported and encouraged our students and staff through many transitions, challenges and celebrations. I am so proud of and grateful for the APS community.

We look forward to ending this school year with excitement and optimism about the 2021-22 school year. As such, we wanted to provide you with as much information as possible, so that you can make the learning model choice that is best for your student for the next school year.

APS will be providing three different learning models. However, not all models will be available for all grade levels. Please watch the video above and read through the information included to make the choice that is best for your student. Please note that all APS families will need to make a choice by June 4. If you do not notify your child’s school of a selection, your student will automatically be placed into the fully in-person learning model.

Preschool: In-Person Learning Only
Preschool students will all learn fully in-person at school every Monday through Thursday. There will NOT be a remote or flex option for preschool. We know that remote learning at the preschool level is not serving students’ needs. Preschool students need to develop fine motor skills, play with others and learn to resolve conflict. All of that happens best in the in-person learning model.

Elementary and Middle School (Grades K-8): Fully In Person, Fully Remote or Flex (Until Dec.)
APS will be providing three learning models for K-8 students next year: fully-in person learning at school, fully remote learning from home and a more flexible option also known as “Flex”. Please note the Flex option will only be available for the first semester, which ends in December. 

  • Fully In-Person Learning at School: Choosing fully in-person learning at school means that students will attend school for full days Monday through Friday every week. We know that in-person learning is what is best for most students. This traditional model allows students to build relationships with their teachers and fellow students and to work together to create a positive school culture. If you would like to choose this option, we ask that you let your child’s school (for the 2021-22 school year) know by June 4. School staff will be asking parents and guardians to either fill out an online form or to let them know via phone or email.
     
  • Fully Remote Learning from Home (Online Program): For families that choose fully remote learning from home, APS will have an online program for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Please note that you will be selecting the remote learning option for the entire 2021-22 school year. These students will learn from fully remote teachers and will NOT be connected to teachers or other students at their home schools. Occasionally, fully remote learning students may receive in-person services at our remote learning sites. This may include services for students with special needs or testing that requires students to be in person. The elementary remote learning site will be located at the current Century Elementary School building. The middle school remote learning site will be at South Middle School. Students will be expected to log online and join live remote teachers (synchronous learning) for parts of the day every day. They will also be expected to be self-directed and working independently (asynchronous learning) for some of the day. If you would like to choose the fully remote option for the entire 2021-22 school year, we ask that you complete this application form by June 4. There are about 2,000 spots available for students in Grades K-8. APS will conduct a lottery, if necessary, to determine acceptance into the online program. Families will be notified about acceptance no later than June 25.
     
  • Flexible Option “Flex” (For First Semester): The “Flex” option will only be available during the first semester for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Flex option allows students to stay connected with their home schools remotely with the ultimate goal of getting students back to in-person learning by January 2022. This means that students will be learning online, but with teachers and students from their home school. For students in the Flex option, learning will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning. This means that for some of the day, students will participate in a live class that is occurring in-person through an online platform, like Google Meet (synchronous learning). For other parts of the day, students will be expected to be self-directed and working independently (asynchronous learning). Students will not have access to live specials classes including art, music and physical education (PE). Families will have the option to transition to in-person learning at the end of the first quarter or at the end of the first semester. Once again, the Flex Option will ONLY be available for the first semester. Starting in January, families will need to choose either fully in-person learning or fully remote learning and then stick with that for the remainder of the school year. If you would like to choose this option, we ask that you let your child’s school (for the 2021-22 school year) know by June 4. School staff will be asking parents and guardians to either fill out an online form or to let them know via phone or email.

High School (Grades 9-12): Fully In Person or Fully Remote
For high school students, there will be two options: learning fully in-person at school five days a week or learning fully remotely from home. 

  • Fully In-Person Learning at School: Families that choose fully in-person learning at school means that students will attend school for full days Monday through Friday every week. We know that in-person learning is what is best for most students. If you would like to choose this traditional option, we ask that you let your child’s school (for the 2021-22 school year) know by June 4. School staff will be asking parents and guardians to either fill out an online form or to let them know via phone or email.
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  • Fully Remote Learning from Home (APS Avenues): High school students who choose the fully remote option will be able to do so through APS Avenues. Please note that you will be selecting the remote learning option for the entire 2021-22 school year. Similar to the K-8 program, these students will learn from fully remote teachers and will not be connected to teachers or students at their home schools. Students will be expected to log online to a learning management system every day. Students will be working mostly independently (asynchronous learning) according to their own schedules. However, evening and Saturday tutoring may be required if students are not completing their work. If you would like to choose the fully remote option for the entire 2021-22 school year, we ask that you complete this application form by June 4. There are about 500 spots available for students in Grades 9-12. APS will conduct a lottery, if necessary, to determine acceptance into the online program. Families will be notified about acceptance no later than June 25.

Health & Safety Continue to be our Top Priority 
We want to emphasize that in-person learning will be safe as we continue to follow the latest guidance on health and safety protocols. We plan to require all APS staff to be vaccinated next year and we encourage all students who are eligible to get vaccinated as well.

Over the next two weeks, please take some time to talk with your student, family, teacher and school staff to make the best learning model choice for your student. Each student is unique and school staff may provide additional insight about your student’s learning strengths, needs and preferences. 

Thank you again for your continued partnership. Enjoy a safe and memorable summer and we look forward to seeing you for the 2021-22 school year!

- Superintendent Rico Munn

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