We have been so excited to see every APS student have the opportunity to attend school every day over the past few weeks. I want to thank all of our students, staff and families for working together to safely increase in-person learning and bring more students back into our classrooms. Together, we have overcome so many challenges this school year and we are looking forward to ending this year with optimism and celebration.
As we shared previously, we wanted to consider further increasing in-person learning for high school students to full days for the final session (Session 8) of this school year. However, after much consideration, we have decided to maintain our current schedule for high school students. This means that high school students will continue to attend school in person for half days every week Monday through Thursday. Cohort “A” students will continue to attend school in the mornings and then learn remotely from home in the afternoons. Cohort “B” students will continue to learn remotely from home in the mornings and then attend school in the afternoons.
We are also maintaining our current schedules for all other grade levels for the remainder of this school year. Students in preschool through 8th grade will continue to attend school for full days Monday through Thursday. Classes at Pickens Technical College will continue with students attending classes in person as scheduled.
Please note that if your student is learning fully remotely from home, they will continue to do so for the remainder of the school year.
COVID-19 numbers have increased in both Adams and Arapahoe counties over the past few weeks. Overall, we are confident in our safety protocols and our mitigation measures remain strong. We thank all of you for adhering to our protocols and working to keep our community safe. We must all continue to do our part by wearing masks, social distancing, staying home if we have symptoms and signing up to get vaccinated.
Governor Polis announced last week that all Coloradans ages 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We are excited about this news because many of our high school students are eligible to get vaccinated. Vaccines must be proven to be safe and effective before they are administered. In the United States, we currently have three vaccines that have proven to be safe and effective at preventing severe COVID-19 disease. Many Aurora Public Schools educators have already been vaccinated and we are excited that eligibility is now open to all Coloradans ages 16 and older.
The Pfizer vaccine was approved for those ages 16 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were approved for those ages 18 and older. Clinical trials for children are currently underway.
If you would like to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Colorado Department of Health and Environment’s website. The CDPHE website also has information about where you and your family can sign up to get vaccinated including several community vaccination sites. You can also call the Colorado COVID-19 hotline at 1-877-268-2926 to ask questions and for assistance to get signed up for vaccination. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Please know that we continue to plan for the next school year (2021-22) with pandemic considerations in mind. We are planning to share information with you about the 2021-22 school year in mid-May. As always, we will continue to keep you updated and we thank you for your continued support.
- Superintendent Rico Munn