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Posted: October 16, 2020

2020-2021 APS Handbook for Student Success Addendum

This year's Student Handbook includes an addendum that outlines student and staff expectations during learning in the red (remotely) and yellow (a mix of in-person and online).

The 2020-2021 school year will be an unprecedented school year. Throughout the school year, APS schools may move back and forth between fully virtual instruction, hybrid instructional schedules, and fully face to face instruction.

Student Characteristics

The following characteristics from the APS Handbook for Student Success are essential for all students and staff interacting with each other in any virtual or face to face educational environment.

  • Trustworthiness – Being honest in one’s actions and words
  • Respect – Showing high regard for self and others
  • Responsibility – Being accountable for one’s actions and words
  • Fairness – Treating everyone fairly
  • Caring – Showing concern for others
  • Citizenship - Being an informed, responsible, and caring participant in the community

Virtual Learning Guidelines

The following guidelines are shared to maximize our students’ learning environments when they are participating in virtual learning.  

  • Attend class every day, on time
  • Actively participate in class
  • Do not share online class links with individuals not enrolled in the class
  • Do not join or “bomb” other classes
  • Dress appropriately
  • Follow the district dress code
  • Maintain an environment that is free of distractions
    • Including cell phones or other electronic devices not being used for instruction, toys, animals, or other people
    • The background behind a student must be appropriate of the learning environment, nothing that is vulgar or derogatory to others or promotes illegal activities.
  • Use appropriate language for an educational setting
    • Do not disparage, threaten, harass, or bully others

Violations

Violations of any of the above may result in administrative action which includes:

  1. 1st offense – staff/parent conference
  2. 2nd offense – staff/parent conference and/or restorative practices
  3. 3rd offense - staff/parent conference and/or restorative practices
  4. 4th offense – removal from synchronous learning

In-person Learning Guidelines

The following guidelines are shared to maximize our students’ learning environments when they are participating in in-person learning. 

  • Attend class every day, on time
  • Follow screening protocols before attending school*
  • Actively participate in class
  • Dress appropriately
    • Follow the APS dress code
  • Use appropriate language for an educational setting
    • Do not disparage, name call, threaten, harass, or bully others
  • Do not be on school grounds or any APS property when not assigned to be there
  • Wear a mask** on the school bus and school grounds (minimal exceptions for students with medical exemptions)
  • Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of the face to contain respiratory droplets
  • Maintain appropriate social distance from others

Violations

Violations of any of the above may result in administrative action which includes:

  1. 1st offense – staff/student conference
  2. 2nd offense – staff/parent conference
  3. 3rd offense – staff/parent conference and/or restorative practices
  4. 4th offense – suspension

All aspects of the APS Handbook for Student Success are in effect in all settings, virtual, hybrid or fully face to face. Consequences for infractions will be assigned as outlined in the handbook and may include parent conference, restorative practices, suspension from a class or classes. 

Screening

Passive Screening – Occurs at home prior to leaving for school

  • Parents should take daily temperature of students when able to - Internal temperature of less than 100.4 degree per CDC guidelines.
  • Students must complete a daily questionnaire prior to arrival to the school.

Active Screening – Occurs at school

  • Schools will set up process for screening visitors
  • Students displaying symptoms will be placed in a designated isolation room
  • Staff or visitors with symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 will not be allowed on campus

Face Masks

Allowable face masks include

  • Face masks made of two or more layers of cloth
  • Disposable masks for people who forget to bring their masks to school.
  • Face masks with a clear plastic window or that are made of clear plastic material
  • Surgical, procedural, N95 or KN95 masks that are approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Face coverings that do not meet state guidelines

  • Masks that have exhalation valves or vents
  • Bandanas
  • Scarves
  • Neck gaiters (also known as neck fleece)
  • Face shields (can be worn in addition to a mask)