Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQ were last updated in Dec. 2020. These answers still apply, but for the latest information, please use the links on the left to explore health & safety information, and the hybrid and full-distance instructional models.

    • General Questions

      • What safety procedures and modifications are in place for Winter Sports to keep athletes safe?

        Will students be able to participate in Orchestra in the hybrid/in-person learning model? What about Band & Chorus?

        Why are Mondays still asynchronous?

        For students in the hybrid/in-person model, will parents have to accompany their children to school or the bus stop?

        Will Extended Day be offered for students selecting the hybrid model?

        What is APS’ plan for returning students to in-person learning?

        Will my student’s teacher change as we move into different return levels?

        If my student stays in full-time distance learning, will anything change as we move through the Return Levels 1-3?

        Can I change my mind about my student’s learning model later, regardless of what model I choose now?

        How will lunch be handled during in-person instruction?

        Will meals-to-go still be available at all school and drop off locations?

        Will APS offer ACT/SAT testing?

        How can I provide or update my student’s information with APS?

        What services and resources is APS providing to Special Education students, English Learners and Gifted students?

        How can my student receive Free and Reduced-Price Meal service for this year?

        How can families schedule IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meetings?

        What is the status of high school sports for the upcoming school year?

        How do I reset my ParentVUE password?

        What additional services can I expect to be offered if my student struggles with social-emotional concerns?

    • Transition to Hybrid/In-Person Model

      • Will students be able to participate in Orchestra in the hybrid/in-person learning model? What about Band & Chorus?

        For students in the hybrid/in-person model, will parents have to accompany their children to school or the bus stop?

        Will Extended Day be offered for students selecting the hybrid model?

        What is APS’ plan for returning students to in-person learning?

        Will my student’s teacher change as we move into different return levels?

        If my student stays in full-time distance learning, will anything change as we move through the Return Levels 1-3?

        What does the hybrid model look like for high school?

        If my elementary student had (synchronous) specials on Mondays in full-time distance learning, will that still happen in the hybrid model?

        Can I change my mind about my student’s learning model later, regardless of what model I choose now?

        If there is a change in teachers, how will the transition be handled?

        What work has been done to improve air quality and ventilation prior to opening?

        How will APS respond if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in a classroom?

        What steps is APS taking to keep teachers, staff and students safe?

        What health screenings will be required?

        How will bus transportation be modified?

        What is included in the hybrid model?

        Will face coverings (masks) be required?

        Will parents be restricted from coming into the building and walking their children into their classrooms, the gym or the cafeteria?

    • Instruction and Learning

      • Will students be able to participate in Orchestra in the hybrid/in-person learning model? What about Band & Chorus?

        Why are Mondays still asynchronous?

        Will Extended Day be offered for students selecting the hybrid model?

        Will my student’s teacher change as we move into different return levels?

        If my student stays in full-time distance learning, will anything change as we move through the Return Levels 1-3?

        What does the hybrid model look like for high school?

        If my elementary student had (synchronous) specials on Mondays in full-time distance learning, will that still happen in the hybrid model?

        If there is a change in teachers, how will the transition be handled?

        In the hybrid model, will students in school have 100% live instruction, or will some instruction be online?

        What services and resources is APS providing to Special Education students, English Learners and Gifted students?

        How can parents support their students during distance learning?

        How does the Full-Time Distance Learning model differ from the distance learning students received in the fourth quarter of the 2019-20 school year?

        How does APS plan to provide special education services with distance learning at the start of the school year?

        What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous instruction?

        How will APS support our youngest learners in the full-time distance model?

        What support will be provided for English Learners?

        How will immersion be handled via distance learning?

        Will CTE courses be offered in the full-time distance learning model?

        What is included in the hybrid model?

        How will instruction be delivered at the start of the school year in the full-distance model for students who are English Learners?

    • Technology

      • Where can students and families get help with a technology question?

        What steps is APS taking to ensure that all students have access to the needed technology for online learning?

        How can qualified APS families apply for free high-speed internet access?

    • Health & Safety

      • What safety procedures and modifications are in place for Winter Sports to keep athletes safe?

        For students in the hybrid/in-person model, will parents have to accompany their children to school or the bus stop?

        How will lunch be handled during in-person instruction?

        What work has been done to improve air quality and ventilation prior to opening?

        How will APS respond if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in a classroom?

        What steps is APS taking to keep teachers, staff and students safe?

        Will face coverings (masks) be required?


View older FAQ that were posted over the summer of 2020 as we prepared to return to school