Aurora Public Schools Board of Education Notes Newsletter

Welcome to the September 2020 edition of the
APS Board of Education Newsletter!

President's Message
On behalf of the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education, it is an absolute honor to serve our community.

The start of this school year is like no other. Students were welcomed back to classes from their homes. The main focus of the Board of Education is the safety and protection for our students, teachers and educational facilities. Through these unpredictable and unprecedented times, it is vital that we listen to our community and follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Education.

The Board of Education commends the work of our school leaders and teachers. The creativity and innovation in the remote learning environment has been impressive to say the least. We are incredibly proud of our talented teachers and staff!

The Board understands the sacrifices that many families have had to make this school year, and we acknowledge and appreciate the connectedness and unity during these difficult times. It is vital that our focus remains on addressing each student’s social, emotional and academic needs. Now more than ever, it is essential to foster an educational environment that supports students, helping them to develop the necessary skills to become independent and successful learners and engaged citizens who are able to meet challenges with grit and resilience.

We could not be more proud of our teachers and staff and would like to thank them for their hard work, enthusiasm and most importantly their care and commitment to our students.

The Board and the District are committed to academic excellence and supporting our students and families as we continue to navigate this ever-changing landscape together.

As always, it continues to be a pleasure to serve our community.

- Dr. Kyla Armstrong-Romero, APS Board President

Key Board News

The Board of Education Directors are now meeting in person for meetings and following social-distancing guidelines.

All meetings will tentatively be held in person with limited seating and limited public comments due to COVID-19. Live streaming of all Board meetings will continue and are available at Public comment to the Board of Education will continue to be taken via email by Claudia Paz-Blossick at Individuals wishing to address the Board of Education for public comment in person or virtually using Zoom are also asked to sign up by emailing Claudia Paz-Blossick at by 4:30 p.m. on the Monday prior to each meeting. Participation will be limited to the first ten (10) people to sign up. All public comments are limited to three (3) minutes.

The public is able to watch the audio and video of the meeting live online and view any associated screen presentations. A recording of the meeting will be provided online for up to ninety days following a meeting and can be found at

Out and About - Board Members in Our Schools and Community

Debbie Gerkin

Teachers and Students Get Creative to Make Remote Learning Engaging and Rigorous
“Classrooms” look very different at the start of this new school year! With all students in remote learning and many choosing remote learning for the entire year, students have set up their “school” space to make the most of it. Even in these unusual circumstances, instruction is rigorous and students are engaged. I love getting photos of my grandchildren in their at-home learning environment!

Second grader Adam conducts a science experiment at home.

Fifth grader Hannah begins her morning routine.

Inspirational messages, including a quote from Dumbledore, hang above seventh grader Michael’s desk.

APS Education Foundation Meal Fundraising and Virtual Gala
It’s my pleasure to represent the Board of Education as an ex-officio member on the Aurora Public Schools Education Foundation Board. Since in-person learning ceased in March, the Foundation pivoted to focus on fundraising to provide more than 1.8 million meals to students and adults in need! In a recent virtual meeting, Executive Director Jill Ruiter and Foundation President Monica Colbert led the Board in discussions about continued meal support, the APS College and Career Centers, and theme for the foundation’s annual gala this year, Relentless in the Pursuit of Education, which will be held virtually on October 2.

2020 APSEF Virtual Gala takes place on October 2.

Board Meeting with Dr. John Douglas
Though Board meetings have been virtual since March, the Board is now meeting in person and being very careful about social distancing and cleaning protocols. Dr. John Douglas, Executive Director of the Tri-County Health Department, met with us on August 18 to answer our questions about the coronavirus and help us determine metrics and cut points for a safe return to school when the time is right.

Dr. Douglas (bottom right) meets virtually with the APS Board of Education.



September 9, 2020 Edition

Aurora Public Schools

Agendas & Minutes

Upcoming Events

Our Unified Job Description

On behalf of The Board of Education, we extend our sincerest well wishes to the APS community.

We Want to Hear from You!

The APS Board of Education typically meets twice a month on Tuesdays. Time is set aside at the beginning of each meeting for the public to address the Board on items that are not on the agenda.

If you have questions or comments, please join us at one of the meetings. For the complete schedule of APS Board of Education meetings, visit or contact Aurora Public Schools at 303-344-8060, extension 28988.


Aurora Public Schools Board of Education
Educational Services Center 1
15701 E. 1st. Ave., Suite 206
Aurora, 80011

Aurora Public Schools Boardroom
APS Professional Learning & Conference Center
15771 E. 1st. Ave.
Aurora, 80011

Questions or comments? Email us at or call 303-344-8060, extension 28988.

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