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Frequently Asked Questions for School Year 2021-22

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

    • Health & Safety

      • How will families be notified of a COVID-19 positive case or cases?

        Given the Delta variant, will APS revert back to the hybrid model – at least for students under 12 not eligible for vaccination?

        Will APS provide access to COVID-19 testing? Will random testing be conducted?

        What happens when students test positive or are deemed a close contact?

        Do fully vaccinated students have to quarantine?

        What is the new exception for close contacts in a K-12 school?

        When contact tracing, how will those involved know if students were engaged in consistent and correct usage of well-fitting masks?

        How long does a close contact have to stay at home and can they return after a certain number of negative tests?

      • What steps is APS taking to improve air quality and ventilation on school buses?

        Why do lunch plans vary by school?

        How is APS ensuring mealtime is safe for students?

        What is the outdoor lunch plan? What steps is APS taking to provide more consistent outdoor lunch at every school?

        What is the plan for instruction during quarantine?

        What is APS doing to keep class sizes smaller when students return?

        Will staff be required to be vaccinated?

        Will APS mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for children as a requirement before entry into school? Why or why not?

        How many staff and students have been vaccinated?

        Will schools be using appropriate HEPA filters in the classroom?

        Is APS planning to keep windows open in classes and on buses? Are there any new measures for the upcoming school year since there will be far more students in the building? UV Air Filtration?

        How will younger students engage in phonics and other reading lessons with masks on, given the importance of being able to see and hear during those lessons?

        When will face coverings be required? Who are required to wear face coverings and why are they being required?

        What other mitigation measures will APS put in place as part of a layered approach to safety?

        Will health screenings be required?

        Will students still be required to follow social distancing guidelines in APS buildings even if they are wearing masks?

        Will buses run at normal capacity? Will masks be required on buses?

        What steps has APS taken to ensure the air quality and ventilation in schools is safe?

        Have air purifiers or other measures been taken in large spaces like classrooms?

        Will masks be required for recess and PE?

        What is the mask requirement for athletics and band?

        Will visitors and volunteers be allowed in schools?

    • General Information, School Year Schedules and Academic Information

      • What is “accelerated learning”?

        What is the plan for instruction during quarantine?

        Does APS have a contingency plan in the event schools must close? What would trigger a closure or transition to distance learning?

        What is APS doing to keep class sizes smaller when students return?

        Have air purifiers or other measures been taken in large spaces like classrooms?

        How will younger students engage in phonics and other reading lessons with masks on, given the importance of being able to see and hear during those lessons?

        Is Extended Day provided for Middle School students?

        Will Extended Day have normal hours?

        Are there any changes to transportation for the 2021-22 school year?

        When will I receive bus assignments and information?

        Will APS continue to provide meals?

        Will qualifying families continue to have access to free Internet Essentials by Comcast?

        Will students be on devices in class all day?

        Why is there a 5-day break from Sept 3-7?

        Why does school start on August 30 this year?

        What is the plan to address student mental health?

        What is the plan to support student learning at the start of school?

        Will buses run at normal capacity? Will masks be required on buses?

        Can I switch my student from virtual to in person at any time or do I have to wait? and vice versa?

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

    • Virtual Learning Program (VLP)

      • Why did APS list that it has spent nearly $11 million of ARPA funds on virtual learning? Is that accurate?

        Why is APS spending more money on the Virtual Learning Program than regular in person classes?

        Can I switch my student from virtual to in person at any time or do I have to wait? and vice versa?

        How do I make the change to in-person instruction? 

        Will the Virtual Learning Program offer concurrent instruction?

        Once we request a change, how soon can my student(s) make the switch to in-person?

        Will families new to APS be able to choose the Virtual Learning Program?

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

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

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

        What does the K-12 Virtual Learning Program entail?

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

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

        Will students in the K-12 Virtual Learning Program receive any materials, handouts or kits to support their learning? 

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

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

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

    • Option Programs and Immersion

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

        Will elementary students enrolled in option programs who select the K-12 Virtual 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

      • 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 virtual 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 Virtual Learning Program?

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

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

        How will students with disabilities transition to in-person instruction?

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

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

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

        Will Students with Disabilities enrolled in the Virtual 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 Virtual Learning Program?

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

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