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Remote Learning

The COVID guidelines below were for the 2020-2021 school year. New guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year are being determined by APS and will be posted as soon they are available.

What You Need to Know About Remote Learning

Teachers will also provide academic intervention during remote learning in order to support student success.

  • Schools decide how best to serve their students.
  • The district has provided schools with parameters for in-person learning. The health of students and staff is top priority, so all schools must meet safety guidelines, including mask-wearing, social distancing, and group size.
  • There is no bus transportation provided during remote learning except for students in the Special Ed in the Red program.
  • Grab and Go Meals will be provided three days a week at all elementary schools and three high schools.

About the Student's Day

  • At least three hours per day providing online instruction to students, which we call synchronous or live instruction.
  • Students required to complete additional assignments or practice activities during the remainder of the school day or asynchronous learning.
  • Breaks throughout the day
  • Office hours with teachers
  • Guidance and assistance to families

Essential Standards

  • Essential Standards are enduring and relevant standards that spiral from one grade to the other and are foundational to learn in one grade to move on to the next grade.
  • Curriculum & Instruction created the list of essential standards using the expertise of the Teacher Learning Network (TLN) and information identified by national organizations like Achieve the Core.
  • This prioritized the standards and left room for teachers to add in other standards

Measuring Student Progress

  • Constant meaningful feedback in the teaching process
  • Communicating with students and families frequently about student progress
  • Asset-base approach
  • Acknowledging the impact of educational disruption and addressing the "COVID-19 slide"
  • Using the essential standards to define grade-level pre-requisites that may need to be re-taught and focus on essential grade-level standards to target student learning
  • Embedding Social Emotional Learning and relationship building into classroom routines and core content
  • Providing an interim assessment schedule and strategy to monitor student academic progress and adjust instruction
  • Outlining focused academic interventions and data collection systems for students who are not making adequate academic progress

Grading and Attendance

  • Grades should represent student proficiency on the essential standards or key content
  • Attendance during remote learning is based on the extent to which a student has engaged in remote learning. 
  • Attendance is not based on student understanding of their classwork or their grade in the class.
  • Attendance is measured on a student's engagement during the remote learning time period. 

Student Engagement

  • Students will need to attend scheduled classes online, access and complete assignments online, and engage in and spend time learning.
  • Teachers will need to communicate with students and families, understand individual needs of their students, and assess and evaluate level of student engagement and progress.
  • Schools and Departments will need to work cooperatively to determine student and teacher needs – resources, supports, professional development; and continue to reach out to families to assess and evaluate needs – resources, supports, technology, connectivity.
This page was last updated on: February 25, 2021.