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Frequently Asked Questions for School Year 2021-22

Most recent at top of each list; *indicates answer has been updated

    • Family Selection Process

      • How do I change my selection before the deadline?

        *When are my selections due?

        *Can I change my decision?  Why is this process being conducted now?

        *Are there any exceptions to the selection deadline for students with disabilities?

        Why are there set windows to make changes in instructional models?

        Will there be enough time to plan for the separate distance learning program?

        What happens if a student/family does not respond by the deadline?

        How do I complete the selection process?

        Do I have to complete a separate process for each student?

        Why is APS asking families to select a primary reason for their instructional choice?

    • Instructional Delivery

      • Why are there set windows to make changes in instructional models?

        Will there be enough time to plan for the separate distance learning program?

        Will IEP and 504 plans be implemented fully in the virtual model?

        Will students in the Distance Learning Program be able to participate in sports and extracurricular activities at their school of record?

        What instructional choices will APS provide for students during the 2021-22 school year?

        *Why is APS offering two models in 2021-22?

        What does the K-12 Distance Learning Program entail?

        Will students in the K-12 Distance Learning Program stay connected to their home schools?

        Will students enrolled in the K-12 Distance Learning Program be able to transition to in-person learning at their school of record during the 2021-2022 school year?

        Will concurrent instruction be included?

        How will the learning experience, including curriculum and pedagogy, in the distance learning program differ from the in-person instructional model?

        Will students in the K-12 distance learning program receive any materials, handouts or kits to support their learning? 

        *Why is distance learning not available for Pre-K students?

        How will the K-12 Distance Learning Program be staffed?

        How did APS develop the K-12 Distance Learning Program?

        What are the next steps in developing the Distance Learning Program?

    • Option Programs and Immersion

      • Will students enrolled in APS option programs who select the K-12 Distance Learning Program continue in the option program?

        Will elementary students enrolled in option programs who select the K-12 Distance Learning Program be able to receive instruction from teachers at their option school?

        Will an experienced Immersion educator from Claremont or Key teach Immersion Spanish Language Arts with an Immersion curriculum?

        How will APS support virtual students who are missing Immersion Math & Science instruction when they return to in person Immersion instruction?

        APS Policy says that 2nd-5th grade students must take a test to “demonstrate the Spanish language skills needed for entry into the program.” Will 2nd-5th grade virtual students be required to take that test before returning to Claremont for in person instruction?

    • Specialized Services

      • *Are there any exceptions to the selection deadline for students with disabilities?

        Why are there set windows to make changes in instructional models?

        In what circumstances will concurrent instruction be considered for students with disabilities?

        What if I want to change my selection for my student with a disability over the summer?

        How will APS provide students with disabilities meaningful access to distance instruction?

        How will APS support students with disabilities in maintaining connections with teachers, peers, and communities they have formed in their existing schools or programs while they are enrolled in the K-12 Distance Learning Program?

        Will APS plan for flexibility and “on ramps” to enable students with disabilities to return to in-person instruction throughout the school year, when it is safe for them to do so?

        How will inclusion be supported in the K-12 Distance Learning Program?

        Will students with disabilities in the K-12 Distance Learning Program have access to the same opportunities as students who are in-person?

        How will students with disabilities transition to in-person instruction, if the family changes their selection at the designated transition period?

        Will IEP and 504 plans be implemented fully in the virtual model?

        How will students with disabilities’ social-emotional needs be supported in the Distance Learning Program?

        Will countywide Special Education programs be available in the Distance Learning Program?

        Will Students with Disabilities enrolled in the Distance Learning Program have access to classes, extracurricular and social activities at their school of record?

        How will in-person SWD be supported when provided asynchronous work during a quarantine or illness?

        How will APS ensure full compliance with students’ 504 plans and IEPs within the K-12 Distance Learning Program?

        What steps will APS take to ensure English Learners receive the supports they need in the K-12 Distance Learning Program?

        How will high school students be guaranteed access to their school’s full curriculum (APs, IBs, Career Center/electives) in the K-12 Distance Learning Program?

        How will Career & Technical Education (CTE) be delivered in the Distance Learning Program?

    • In-Person Safety, Services and Operations

      • What health and safety measures will APS have in the fall?

        *Will distancing be implemented in the fall? How will APS serve more students in-person safely, given the current distancing requirements?

        *Will face coverings and health screening be required for students attending in person?

        How can APS plan for five days now, without knowing what COVID transmission levels will be in August?

        What is the policy and procedure for handling outbreaks and/or exposures for a class or students/staff within a class?  If they must quarantine due to COVID illness or exposure, will those students/staff have access to virtual education during that quarantine period?

        Will Extended Day be offered in 2021-22?

        How will meals be provided in 2021-22?

        What will bus service look like?