Elementary School

Students in all grade levels will engage in both synchronous (live–online) and asynchronous (independent–online or offscreen) learning 4 days per week, Tuesday through Friday. Mondays will be teacher planning days and will also involve small-group interventions for some students conducted synchronously, as necessary. All students will participate in independent/ asynchronous learning on Mondays.

APS is committed to providing engaging, safe, and inclusive online learning environments where all students have the opportunity to learn and grow. New instructional content will be offered to all students. Elementary instruction will include all core content areas; “specials,” such as physical education, art, and music; as well as lessons to support social-emotional learning. Attendance will be required and student work will be graded.

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First Month Back – What to Expect

The first few weeks of school are designed to allow teachers and students time to build new routines and establish a strong community as a foundation for learning. This will be an important time of transition as students adjust to the distance learning environment, learn how to make transitions throughout the day, and meet their teachers and classmates. Students will acclimate at different paces depending on their unique circumstances and comfort levels with technology. Teachers will provide students with time to adjust and ask questions regarding virtual classroom expectations, while gradually incorporating new content as part of the core curriculum.

Our initial priority will be building community, addressing students’ social-emotional needs, and making sure they are prepared to learn. We anticipate there may be some challenges in the first few weeks, but teachers and staff are committed to supporting all students in every way possible.

We ask for your support and patience during the first few weeks of school, as teachers and students adjust to the rhythm and routines of distance learning.

K-5 Sample Daily Schedule

Families should receive student-specific schedules from their individual schools during the last week of August.

MONDAYS K-2 TUES-FRI
(5 hrs 20 min/day)*
GRADES 3-5 TUES-FRI
(5 hrs 20 min/day)*
  • 2 hrs 40 min.
    asynchronous learning activities
  • +Additional synchronous
    small group instruction sessions
    for some students
  • Option to hold Specials (Art, Music, PE)
  • TEACHER PLANNING
Morning Message (15 min) Morning Message (15 min)
Phonemic Awareness (10 min) Reading Instruction (15 min)
Reading Instruction (15 min) Independent Work Session (Literacy) (35 min)
Independent Work Session (Literacy) (30 min)
Movement Break (10 min) Movement Break (5 min)
Writing Instruction (15 min) Writing Instruction (15 min)
Independent Work Session (Literacy) (30 min) Independent Work Session (Literacy) (35 min)
Movement Break (10 min) Movement Break (10 min)
Math Workshop (60 min) Math Workshop (60 min)
Lunch & Recess Break (50 min) Lunch & Recess Break (50 min)
Content (Science or Social Studies) and/or SEL (30 min) Content (Science or Social Studies) and/or SEL (30 min)
Movement Break (5 min) Movement Break (10 min)
Specials (Art, Music, PE) (30 min) Specials (Art, Music, PE) (30 min)
Closing Reflection (10 min) Closing Reflection (10 min)

*Immersion students will receive Math and Science instruction in Spanish, and instruction in both Spanish and English Language Arts.

Pre-K Sample Schedule

Pre-K MONDAYS Pre-K TUES-FRI
(5 hrs, 20 min per day)
  • 1 hour of asynchronous learning activities
  • Additional synchronous small group instruction for some students/ individual or small group interventions
  • Teacher Planning/CLT meetings
Morning meeting (15 min)
Caring Connections/SEL (15 min)
Movement/SWPL/Music (5 min)
Snack & Chat (15 min)
Movement/Community Building (5 min)
Mini Lesson (Language/Literacy or Math (15 min)
Bathroom & Handwashing (5 min)
Independent Work Session/ Play-Based Activities/ Asynchronous Learning (30 min)
Small group instruction (30 min)
Independent Work Session/ Play-Based Activities/ Asynchronous Learning (30 min)
Lunch (50 min)
Rest/Quiet Time/ Reflection or Asynchronous Learning Activities (60 min)
Specials (Art, Music, PE) (30 min)
Closing Circle (15 min)

 

Primary Montessori Sample Schedule

Primary Montessori MONDAYS Primary Montessori TUES-FRI
(5 hrs, 20 min per day)
  • PreK Students: 1 hour asynchronous learning activities
  • Kindergarten students: 2 hours 40 min asynchronous learning activities
  • Additional synchronous small group instruction for some students/ individual or small group interventions
  • Teacher Planning/CLT meetings
Circle Time/ Movement/ Grace & Courtesy Lessons (15 min)
Caring Connections (15 min)
Individual and Small Group Instruction (60 min)
Lunch and Unstructured Play (50 min)
Specials (Art, Music, PE) (30 min)
PreK: Rest/Quiet Time/ Reflection or Asynchronous Learning Activities Kindergarten: Small Group Instruction (45 min)
Closing Circle (15 min)