CURRENT RETURN LEVEL: 1
The Phased Return to Hybrid In-Person Learning Plan defines five levels of return, prioritized by students’ level of need and ability to access learning remotely; the plan is based on guidance from the Virginia Department of Education, as well as regional and local health metrics in consultation with the Arlington County Public Health Division.
RETURN LEVELS AND OVERVIEW
Level 1 students began in person on November 4, 2020. Level 1 is currently underway for students with disabilities. APS is also providing in-person learning support for identified elementary students at Drew, Hoffman-Boston, Ashlawn and Randolph Elementary schools four days per week. At the secondary level, high schools are providing a in-person work spaces and support for identified students. Level 2 Return (Prek-5th grade students and Career and Technical Education (CTE) students enrolled in the Career Center) and Level 3 Return (all secondary students who select hybrid, in-person learning) will occur at a later date to be determined, as health and operational conditions allow. If community health conditions worsen, APS, in collaboration with the Arlington County Public Health Department, will pause at the current level, reverse, or suspend all in-person instruction.
APS Phased Return to Hybrid, In-Person Learning Plan
|LEVEL||OPERATING STATUS||STUDENT GROUP(S)||STATUS/TIMING|
|LEVEL 0 (Grey)||Full Distance Learning||All students||Sept-Oct.|
|LEVEL 1 (Red)||In-person distance learning supports for select students with disabilities (SWD) and other identified elementary and secondary students||SWDs who require direct support to access the curriculum as presented via distance learning. In addition, In-Person Learning Support Program provided for identified elementary and secondary students.||November 4 (UNDERWAY)|
|LEVEL 2 (Orange)||Schools and offices open with limited required reporting. Majority of students learn from a distance. Select student groups will participate in Hybrid, in-person learning.||
Early Learners – All PreK-2nd grade students, including English Learners and students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students (list of courses included in Level 2)
|Early Learners – All 3rd-5th grade students, including English Learners and students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).||TBD|
|LEVEL 3 (Yellow)||Schools and offices open. Students participate in a hybrid model (distance and in-person).||All Secondary Students Choosing Hybrid/In-Person Learning||TBD|
|LEVEL 4 (Green)||Schools open at 100% capacity for in-person instruction.||All students.||TBD|
SELECTION PROCESS FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
APS provided an opportunity for students and families, as well as staff, to complete a selection process indicating preferred instructional model in the summer and fall 2020.
Staff: Staff were surveyed in early October with the survey closing October 16.
The selection process for Level 3 families (middle and high school students) concluded Dec. 7. LEARN MORE
Level 1 and Level 2 families have already completed the selection process. Learn More
UPDATED Hybrid In-Person/Distance Learning Model
The hybrid in-person/distance-learning model delivers in-person instruction in APS schools, with physical distancing and health and safety measures in place to protect students and staff, per CDC and VDH guidelines. In this model, students will receive synchronous instruction 4 days per week, Tues-Fri, attending school in-person on two consecutive days each week, and attending virtually the other two days. Mondays will give teachers time for planning and also for small-group interventions and office hours, as necessary.
Face coverings/masks are required for students and staff while at school/work unless medically exempt. See the APS Mask Policy