As we move into the winter months, I want to share information about a change to our inclement weather protocols. We are making these changes that will be effective for the rest of the 2020-21 school year.
Rather than declaring traditional snow day closures, we will instead have fully remote learning days for students. This will apply whether students are learning in person or remotely. Please note that APS will maintain its current schedule of students learning synchronously (in real time online with teachers) on Mondays-Thursdays. Fridays will remain asynchronous learning days when students learn mostly on their own time.
These remote learning days during inclement weather will help us ensure that we can meet all instructional minutes as required by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) without adding days to the school year.
If we anticipate inclement weather in the forecast, we will alert staff as quickly as possible. This alert will ideally be sent by noon the day before a remote learning day. This will allow both staff and students to take home any technology and materials needed for remote learning the following day.
With enough advanced notice, our Nutrition Services staff will provide grab-and-go meals in preparation for snow days. These meals will be provided at our high school evening locations during the evening pick-up from 4:15-5 p.m. on the day before inclement weather is expected. Families would need to pick up their meals in advance because Nutrition Services staff would not be expected to report to work on snow days.
As a reminder, when students are learning in person, it is important that students bring their technology devices to and from school every day. Also, please keep devices charged as much as possible. As with all remote learning days, teachers will be taking attendance.
If we make the decision to transition to a remote learning day due to inclement weather, the news will be shared as quickly as possible via the following:
- Phone calls, emails and text messages sent to parents/guardians
- Local television and radio stations
- The APS website
- Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- The APS Emergency Line (303-326-1080)
- The APS mobile app
This year’s events and different learning settings have created unusual circumstances that demand flexible solutions. I want to thank all those from the Aurora Education Association and school and district staff who worked together to come up with a solution that is in the best interest of students, staff and families. I thank you all for your continued support.
- Superintendent Rico Munn