Instructional Models 2021-22

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In-Person Model  |  Distance Learning Model

APS will offer five days of in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year for all students to learn in safe, healthy and supportive learning environments. APS will also offer a separate K-12 Distance Learning Program to serve students who, for a variety of reasons, may choose to continue learning remotely.

APS is committed to ensuring all students receive the academic and social-emotional learning supports they need to learn, grow and thrive.  Our plans are based on best practices gained during 2020-21, and anticipated progress with COVID-19 vaccinations and health metrics. APS will continue with mitigation measures to provide the safest possible in-school experience, based on evolving guidance from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

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In-Person Model

In-person instruction will operate as normally as possible, with continuing guidance from the CDC and VDH .

  • 5 days of in-person instruction per week, Monday-Friday
  • Normal bell schedules
  • All classes in person with teachers present
  • Concurrent instruction limited to secondary Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and selected specialized classes
  • In-person specials and electives, shared materials, based on guidance
  • Scheduled library visits or open checkout, based on guidance
  • Normal breakfast and lunch period in cafeteria; Outside lunch options available
  • Normal bus capacity, with health screenings possible, per guidance
  • Extended Day offered, normal enrollment and operation
  • Normal heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) operations; Maximum outside air ventilation during occupied hours and 2 hours before/after; Certified Air Cleaning Device (CACD) in every classroom
  • Distancing will not be possible on a consistent basis

K-12 Distance Learning Program

APS will offer a separate K-12 Full-Time Distance Learning Program during the 2021-22 school year to serve students who, for a variety of reasons, choose to learn remotely. Students will carry a full course-load and attend all classes online. Students enrolled in the program will maintain connection and alignment with their school of record for reporting, student services, extracurricular activities, and graduation.  Pre-K will not be offered in this model.

    • 5 days of synchronous, teacher-led instruction, with time for asynchronous learning
    • Schedules, curriculum and pacing aligned with traditional school
    • Dedicated administrator and staff focused on high-quality distance learning
    • Students maintain connection to their school of record through their counselor, and extracurricular activities and sports
    • All core courses and most electives offered; Virtual VA courses to supplement
    • Concurrent instruction limited to secondary Dual Enrollment, AP, IB, and selected specialized classes
    • Career & Technical Education: mix of full-distance and concurrent classes; Auto Tech, Collision Repair, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology/Barbering and Electricity in-person only
    • Workspace provided for students who need additional support
    • Meal services will depend on guidance from the USDA/VDOE
    • Extended Day and Pre-K not offered
    • Student will be instructed in the distance learning program
    • Student place held in option program for 2022-23
    • Elementary Immersion students will participate in Spanish Language Arts classes
    • English Learners:
      • Bilingual Family Liaisons will support communication
      • ACCESS for ELs will be conducted in person
      • Elementary Immersion students will participate in Spanish Language Arts classes
    • Special Education students:
      • Services will be delivered in alignment with the IEP
      • Case carriers will be assigned from the school of record
      • APS is committed to inclusive practices
    • Gifted students:
      • RTGs from school of record provide screening/services
      • Virtual clusters created across grade levels if appropriate