Learning at Home

By order of the governor of Virginia, APS schools are currently closed through the end of the academic year. Learning plans are in place through Canvas, Seesaw and other platforms through April 3. More information will be forthcoming at that time. Spring break will happen as planned April 6-13.

father and daughter doing homework together with words Learning at HomeDuring this period of closure, here are details about instruction and technology.

INSTRUCTION
Please note the last day of the third-quarter grading period has been altered due to the school closure. All teachers will now complete their grading of third-quarter content by March 20, and it will only include student work submitted by that date. Report cards will still be sent home to families at the end of April as previously scheduled.

  • For Early Childhood and Elementary students (PreK-Grade 5), instructional materials have been prepared and should have been distributed by individual schools either in hard copy or electronically. The materials are now available in ParentVUE. To access them, please login to ParentVUE (see this link for login help).  To access the files attached to your student’s record in the Documents area:
    • Click the drop down in the upper left corner to select your student.
    • Click Documents.

    Click the Link for the document that you want to download.

  • Secondary students (Grades 6-12) will be able to access assignments using Canvas. Teachers will spend the week of March 16 fulfilling their normal duties and working to transition course content, assignments and activities online.

We want to acknowledge that we can never replace the work our teachers do with students in our classrooms; no one expects learning to be as effective as what teachers accomplish directly with students. These activities are meant to help our students maintain their existing skills and knowledge, extend their learning, and prepare a foundation for topics and concepts to come in the fourth quarter.

During our school closure, teachers will provide instructional activities that both review previously taught information and introduce new topics and concepts. While teachers have been instructed not to grade assignments or quizzes of newly-introduced topics or concepts, they may offer assessments to inform their teaching. These formative assessments will be used to monitor student progress and evaluate the effectiveness of instructional activities.

Teachers will be able to grade assignments assigned prior to Friday, March 13, for use when calculating third-quarter grades. It is important to note that the last day for students to submit third-quarter assignments is Friday, March 20, unless otherwise arranged with the teacher.

Students Enrolled in Online Courses
Students enrolled in online classes will continue to progress through the course based on guidance from the specific provider being utilized. School counselors will be available to students throughout the closure and available to offer support and guidance, as well as provide passwords for assessments.

Students Enrolled in Dual-Enrolled Classes
Dual-enrolled students are enrolled concurrently with Arlington Public Schools and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).  NOVA currently expects that course objectives be taught and assessed. APS and NOVA will work together closely throughout the closure to evaluate the situation and ensure that student assessments are appropriate given circumstances at the time. Students or parents/guardians with questions or concerns should contact Tyrone Byrd at tyrone.byrd@apsva.us.

Students Enrolled in Advanced Placement Courses
While Advanced Placement teachers will continue to offer new concepts and topics throughout the school closure, they will not grade assignments or assessments.

International Baccalaureate
Washington-Liberty High School has worked closely with their International Baccalaureate counterparts and together, they have agreed to be flexible during any school closures. Fortunately students have submitted their Extended Essays and allowed us to amend our internal assessment calendar as needed.

For students who receive special education services, IEP teams will use student performance data to determine make-up services. Case carriers will collaborate with classroom teachers and related service providers to modify assignments and activities as appropriate for students. The Office of Special Education staff will work directly with teachers to identify activities for students should schools be closed for any length of time.

TECHNOLOGY
If students experience technical difficulties, they should contact their school. Each school has an email address for technology questions or issues related to internet connectivity (Global Protect), and our core student digital learning systems such as Canvas, Google and SeeSaw. This mailbox will be monitored by the school ITC. A list of email addresses can be found at https://www.apsva.us/digital-learning/digital-learning-device-help/

Comcast is now providing two months of free internet access for qualified families through its Internet Essentials program. This program is normally $9.95 a month. More information is available from Comcast at https://www.internetessentials.com/

Families that have requested MiFis (wireless internet cards) will be able to pick them up from Kenmore Middle School or Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School. Information Services staff will contact these families to determine the more convenient location and pickup date.


COMMUNICATION

Stay connected with us. We will be providing updates as they happen on our COVID-19 webpage. Additionally, families will receive regular communication and updates through our normal APS channels.

If you have specific questions about instruction, please email instructionalactivities@apsva.us