The AACPS Board of Education and Dr. Arlotto recognize the many challenges families face as we continue to adapt to best meet the educational needs of our students during a pandemic. We also know that relationships are the key to the success of any school system. We are committed to continuously seeking improvements to the learning experience for all our students and appreciate the flexibility of our students, parents, teachers, and staff as we strive to enhance education during these trying times. With the safety and well-being of all as the priority of any plan, we look forward to the day all of our students return to the classroom.
October 2020 AACPS Roadmap to Reopening - For Educators
Welcome to our October 2020 reopening of schools. This site is designed to support employees as we reopen for in-person learning in waves beginning with the return of all educators to their schools on November 2, 2020. Each learning model is described in more detail on this site so that educators of elementary students can make informed decisions now. Hybrid possibilities for secondary students will be shared as plans progress. Families of elementary-aged students have also been given access to the detailed descriptions of the models so they are best able to make sound choices for their students. Every family of elementary students (ECI, PreK, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 – 5 students) will register their choice from the October 2020 Family Reopening website so that proper preparations for staffing elementary classrooms can be made.
Every Unit I, II, and IV school-based employee is required to register their intent using the Employee Registration Button on this page. The deadline for registering is Monday, October 19, 2020 by 5 p.m. You will be asked to note whether you intend to return to school on November 2, 2020, apply for an accommodation due to healthcare or childcare, apply for leave, or potentially apply for retirement. As you know, we will use family decisions and employee decisions to adequately staff our hybrid and virtual classrooms for the return of elementary students in November.
School-Based Instructional Staff
We realize in these uncertain times that many employees are struggling to secure appropriate childcare for their children. School-based instructional staff will be permitted to bring their school-age children to work with them for a limited period, to facilitate the transition to onsite work. Elementary school instructional staff will be permitted to do so until November 16, 2020, when elementary students return to buildings. Middle and high school instructional staff may continue to bring their own children into their classrooms until the earlier of: a) the date when AACPS students return for hybrid learning at the middle or high schools; or b) Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Staff who are afforded this opportunity must monitor their children at all times within their classrooms, and adhere to all AACPS safety protocols. Failure to do so will result in suspension of the privilege. It is important to note that staff at locations where hybrid instruction is already occurring, such as in our three Developmental Centers and our Center for Applied Technology North, are not eligible to bring their children to school. A form will be made available soon for school-based instructional staff who wish to take advantage of this benefit.
NOTE: Accommodation and leave applications will be processed as expeditiously as possible. We will notify employees as the applications are processed. Please know that it may take 1-3 weeks based on the volume of applications submitted.
3 Learning Models for Elementary Students
2 consecutive days per week of in-person instruction - and 3 days of virtual learning
5 days of virtual learning per week for fall semester with the option to move to Hybrid Learning Model beginning February 2021 (second semester)
Online Learning for the Remainder of the 2020-2021 School Year
5 days of virtual learning per week through fall and spring semesters of the 2020-21 academic year
- 10-8-20 - Guidance for School-Based Staff Return to School Buildings for the 2020-2021 School Year
- 10-8-20 - COVID-Related Accommodations
- COVID-Related Documentation/Forms
Healthcare and Childcare Related Information for Employees
- Health-Related Underlying Conditions
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements (FFCRA)
- Anne Arundel County COVID-19 Data - Case Rate
Board of Education Press Releases and Superintendent Messages
- Press Release on Hybrid Learning from 10/7/20
- Anne Arundel County Health Officer Presentation at 10/5/20 Special Meeting of the AACPS Board of Education
Deadline to Complete: 5 p.m., Monday, October 19, 2020
Sample Employee Registration Form for Review Purposes Only (pdf)
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