APS Parents and Guardians:
We are excited to welcome our students back for in-person learning through a hybrid model next week. Students in our “A” group along with preschool students will begin in-person learning on Jan. 19. Students in our “B” group will begin on Jan. 25. Please see this calendar that indicates the “A” and “B” weeks. Please note that preschool students will learn in person every week. When high school students are learning in-person during their “A” or “B” weeks, they will only attend half days.
Our top priority is to keep our students and staff safe. I ask for your partnership in ensuring that we all adhere to the important health and safety protocols that we have in place.
Free COVID-19 Testing
All Colorado residents including students, can access COVID-19 testing free of charge at any CovidCheck Colorado site. To sign up for testing, visit covidcheckcolorado.org. CCC has sites throughout the metro area, including the APS Professional Learning and Conference Center (PLCC) north parking lot location. We encourage all of our students and staff to get tested prior to returning to school.
Keeping Students Safe
As we prepare for in-person learning, we want to ensure that we do all we can to keep our students and staff safe. Please partner with us by adhering to the following practices:
- Keep your children home if they are sick. Check for symptoms every day by completing self assessments and always check your child’s temperature. If your child has a temperature of 100.0 F or higher, keep your child at home. Additional symptoms to look out for are a cough, sore throat, tiredness, nausea, loss of taste or smell and shortness of breath.
- All students must wear face masks while on the bus and at school. Please continue to practice mask wearing with your children at home.
- If your student was exposed to someone (within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes) who tests positive for COVID-19, please keep your student at home for the quarantine period determined by your medical provider.
- Reinforce and teach frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Make sure to provide your school with a current telephone number where you can be reached.
- Ensure that someone is available to pick up your children within an hour if they are showing symptoms.
- Report your child’s absence each day to the school including the reason for the absence and, if sick, please report illness symptoms on the attendance line.
- Also, please remind your children about social distancing. This means keeping several feet between themselves and others. I know some children may want to hug or high five others. Instead, please show your children how to give a friendly wave or thumbs up from a distance.
While students are at school, we will keep the same group of peers and staff members together for the entire day as much as possible. If any students are showing symptoms, they will be isolated from others immediately and we will ask their parents/guardians to pick them up from school as quickly as possible. We ask all parents and guardians to please keep their emergency contact information updated through Parent Portal. Also, please have a plan for picking up your students from school if school staff contact you.
If your child has been potentially exposed to an individual at their school who has tested positive or is showing symptoms of COVID-19, you will be notified and provided quarantine guidance. Please know that all APS school nurses and administrators have received training and continue to receive updated information and guidance.
By working together, we can keep our students and staff safe and healthy. Thank you for your support.
- Superintendent Rico Munn