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  • Deadline for Families, Employees to Submit Hybrid Model Choices Extended to Monday, Oct. 19

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 10/15/2020

    Families and school system employees will have an additional four days to decide how they wish to proceed in light of the Board of Education’s approval of a hybrid instructional model that is set to begin next month, Superintendent George Arlotto announced today.

    The deadlines for families to indicate which of three models in which they wish to enroll their child and for employees to indicate their intentions regarding applying for leave, accommodations, and teaching in a hybrid model have been moved from Thursday, October 15, to 5 p.m. on Monday, October 19. Families should go to www.aacps.org/oct2020familyreopening and employees should go to www.aacps.org/oct2020employeereopening to submit their responses.

    “This is a complex issue and I realize these decisions are very difficult ones for our families and our employees,” Dr. Arlotto said. “We are continuing to add more information and answers to frequently asked questions to our websites and I want our families and employees to have the time necessary to process that information.”

    Under a plan approved by the Board of Education on October 7, students in ECI and prekindergarten through second grade will begin hybrid classes on Monday, November 16, attending on either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday and engaging in virtual learning on other days. All students and teachers will work virtually on Wednesdays to allow for a thorough cleaning of school buildings.

    On Monday, November 30, students in grades 3 through 5 will return in a hybrid format, operating under the same guidelines as students in ECI and prekindergarten through second grade.

    Anne Arundel County Public Schools will continue to work with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health and closely monitor health data to make further decisions, including those that impact middle school and high school students. The current timeline has a goal of beginning to bring those students into buildings beginning in mid-December.

    Families have the option of whether to have students take part in the hybrid format or remain as virtual learners for either the semester or the full year. Families who do not provide a response will have their students enrolled as virtual learners for the remainder of the school year (the Virtual Full-Year Model).

    Only families of students in ECI, prekindergarten, or grades 1 through 5 need to submit their preferences at this time. Families of middle school and high school students will have that opportunity at a later date.

    Families who have made a choice and wish to change that choice can do so by logging back into the survey using the confirmation number they received on their first submission along with their student’s date of birth and student ID number.

    Under the plan approved by the Board, the school system will also continue to increase the number of students taking part in in-person learning at its developmental centers and specialty sites. Teachers will return to their classrooms and begin teaching virtually on Monday, November 2.

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  • October 2020 AACPS Roadmap to Reopening - For Educators

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 10/9/2020

    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 Thursday, October 15, 2020 by midnight (12:00 AM).  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.

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