APS to Transition to Remote Learning Except for Preschool, Kindergarten and Students with Specialized Learning Needs

 

APS Community,

As we shared with you previously, we continue to review our decision matrix regularly. In the latest data reviews, we are still below our internal criteria for implementing social distancing learning. Social distancing learning is the hybrid model that we started on Monday, October 12 for the second quarter for students in grades 1-8.

Community transmission of COVID-19 continues to increase at a concerning rate. During a special Board meeting tonight, the Board of Education provided direction to transition most students in grades 1-8 back to fully remote learning. This is the model that we operated in for the first quarter of this school year. This transition back to fully remote learning for most students in grades 1-8 will start on Monday, October 26. 

We will continue to evaluate data and make our next decision by Monday, November 9. If we transition to a different learning model, the transition for high school students would happen on Monday, November 16. For students in grades 1-8, the transition would happen after the Thanksgiving holiday.

We recognize that our students with specialized learning still need as much in-person instruction as possible. As such, the following groups of students will continue with in-person learning as they did during the first quarter. This includes the following groups of students: 

  • Preschool and Kindergarten students
  • Students with special needs on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) who require in-person learning
  • Newcomer students who are in the early stages of English language development
  • Career and Technical Education students at Pickens Technical College  

Transportation will be available for these groups as it was during the first quarter.

Most schools will be maintaining remote learning schedules similar to the first quarter. If you have specific questions about your child’s remote learning schedule or need access to any materials to engage in remote learning, please reach out to school staff.

Free Grab-and-Go Meals
APS will continue to offer free meals for families. Families can pick up free meals at any of our 47 drive-through grab-and-go locations. Meal pick up is from 10:45-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Most APS high schools also have an evening pick-up time from 4:45-5:30 p.m. 

Social Emotional Supports for Students
Social-emotional learning will be a key component of remote learning. In addition, all students will continue to have remote access to mental health resources including APS psychologists, social workers, counselors and other school staff. The health and wellbeing of our students is our top priority. Click here for more information on APS mental health resources and supports.

School-Time Remote Learning Childcare
We have partnered with organizations throughout our community to offer school-time childcare. Our plan is to continue offering care for students at the current offsite locations (Colorado Community Church, Dayton Opportunity Center, and Salvation Army) and to temporarily provide care at seven school locations until four City of Aurora Parks and Recreation Centers open in the near future. Students will be supervised by professional childcare staff while they are at the remote learning centers.

This service will be available Monday through Friday and space is limited. In order to support instruction for remote learning, priority will be given to APS staff members. All parents will be responsible for transportation to and from the sites. Before and afterschool care will not be available while students are learning remotely.

Please note that there may be a cost for care at the remote learning centers.  

Below is a list of providers and their remote learning center locations. Registration will begin tomorrow (Friday) after 3 p.m. To register your child, follow the links for each provider. If you have specific questions, please reach out to the providers directly. 

LOCATION ADDRESS

PROVIDER

CONTACT INFORMATION

REGISTRATION LINK

Colorado Community Church
14000 E Jewell Ave. 
Aurora, CO 80012

Rocky Mountain Kids

720-877-5765 
rmkcolorado@gmail.com 

www.rmkcolorado.com  

Dayton Opportunity Center
1445 Dayton St.
Aurora, CO 80010
(Limited Hours at this location 7:00am-3:30pm)

Rocky Mountain Kids

720-877-5765 
rmkcolorado@gmail.com 

www.rmkcolorado.com

Salvation Army
802 Quari Ct.
Aurora, CO 80011

YMCA

720-289-0232
ccarlson@denverymca.org

www.denverymca.org/child-care/before-after-school-care/aurora 

Aurora Frontier
3200 S. Jericho Way
Aurora, CO 80013

Rocky Mountain Kids

720-877-5765 
rmkcolorado@gmail.com

www.rmkcolorado.com  

Murphy Creek
1400 S. Old Tom Morris Rd.
Aurora, CO 80018

Rocky Mountain Kids

720-877-5765 
rmkcolorado@gmail.com

www.rmkcolorado.com  

Vista Peak
24551 E. 1st Ave.
Aurora, CO 80018

Rocky Mountain Kids

720-877-5765
rmkcolorado@gmail.com

www.rmkcolorado.com  

Elkhart
1020 Eagle St.
Aurora, CO 80011

YMCA

720-289-0232
ccarlson@denverymca.org

www.denverymca.org/child-care/before-after-school-care/aurora 

Dartmouth
3050 S. Laredo St. 
Aurora, CO 80013

YMCA

720-289-0232
ccarlson@denverymca.org

www.denverymca.org/child-care/before-after-school-care/aurora 

Tollgate
701 S. Kalispell Way
Aurora, CO 80017

Rocky Mountain Kids

720-877-5765 
rmkcolorado@gmail.com

www.rmkcolorado.com  

Montview
2055 Moline St.
Aurora, CO 80010

Boys and Girls Club

720-671-0847
JazminM@bgcmd.org

www.bgcmd.org/clubs


Technology Devices

Every APS student should have a technology device such as a tablet or Chromebook checked out to them. Students will use these devices for learning while they are remote. If your student does not have a technology device, please work with your child’s school to check out a device. 

Remote Learning Behavior Code
We have developed a Remote Learning Behavioral Code of Conduct and we ask that you review it regularly with your student. Please remember that all synchronous (learning in real-time from teachers online) classes will be recorded. We will use the recorded classes for instructional purposes only and will not share them publicly. For example, the recordings may be provided to other students who were absent during the class or to other teachers for training purposes. 

Fall Break and Winter Break
The APS Board of Education approved a revised calendar for the 2020-21 school year. Instead of having a Fall Break, students and staff will have the entire week of Thanksgiving off. In addition, Winter Break has been extended by an additional week in January. There are other calendar changes throughout the school year, so please review the calendar thoroughly.

Athletics and Activities
Under CHSSA guidance, off-season athletic workouts for high school students will be held as scheduled. Clubs and Activities will continue to be provided remotely.

We will continue to evaluate data and make decisions that are in the best interest of students, staff and families. Please know that our focus remains on providing as much in-person learning as is safely possible within our current conditions. We will continue to share information about any upcoming transitions with you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your continued flexibility and support.

- Superintendent Rico Munn