Return to School Plans
Dear AAK Families,
We are excited to announce our return to in-person learning for our students! AAK wants to be respectful of how difficult it is to continuously change plans. We will operate in an in-person, Monday-Thursday model as outlined below unless guidance significantly changes. We will continue to offer a 100% remote option for our families.
To ensure we are meeting the academic needs of all of our students we are asking families to commit to either in-person four days a week or our 100% remote option. Opportunities to transition into full in-person after the Sept. 22 initial commitment will be limited based on the availability of seats in classrooms.
We will use this form as your commitment. Forms need to be submitted no later than September 22nd. If you do not submit the form, we will assume you want 100% remote. If you have already submitted your form, you do not need to submit again unless your decision has changed. We will use the most recent form submitted.
- In-person learning will follow the same guidance from the health department for mask-wearing and social distancing that is found here
- In-person learning will have a gradual start to allow for appropriate procedures to be taught and practiced.
- We will start with full day hybrid K-5 on September 30, 2020
- We will send out a letter with your track based on the beginning of year survey by Wednesday, September 23
|Mon, Sept 28||Tues, Sept 29||Wed, Sept 30||Thurs, Oct 1|
|Current Model||Current Model||Track A Full Day K-5||Track B Full Day K-5|
|Mon, Oct 5||Tues, Oct. 6||Wed, Oct 7||Thurs, Oct 8|
|Track A Full Day K-5||Track B Full Day K-5||Track A Full Day K-5||Track B Full Day K-5|
- Full In-Person learning Monday-Thursday will begin on October 12, 2020 for all students.
- School hours are 8:15am-3:20pm
- Drop off will begin at 7:50am
- Pick up will be staggered by grade level (older students will be released with their younger siblings)
- K-1 3:00pm
- 2-3 3:10pm
- 4-5 3:20pm
- Breakfast and lunch will be offered Monday-Thursday
- Meals are available for free for all children 18 and under and can be picked up on Mondays and Wednesdays for remote learners
- Friday will be 100% remote learning for all students
- Fridays will focus on the arts and personalized learning
- Extended Day Programming will not be offered at this point
- Staffing Model:
- Each grade level will have an online support staff member
- Remote lessons will continue on the currently utilized platforms
- Online support staff will post lessons and work with all students to increase academic and cognitive engagement
- Teachers will plan all in-person and remote lessons
- AAK Wellness, Art, and Music teachers will focus on integration of arts into core academics
Thank you for your input and support as we navigate through this difficult year. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
The AAK Administration
AAK Full-Attendance, Full-Schedule Plan
Complete plan and rationale can be found here.
- AAK will operate a full-schedule, four-day week with all students doing remote learning on Fridays.
- AAK will form cohorts of students who will learn and move together during the day with reduced contact to limit the incidence of exposure and possible spread of illness.
- AAK will expect staff to wear masks to the extent possible, and will recommend students to wear masks.
- AAK will implement health protocols for screening, detecting and responding to exposure and infection.
- AAK will offer a remote learning option for all families that can be utilized in the event of an outbreak, or for family preferences/health concerns.
AAK Hybrid Learning Model
- AAK will offer a combination of in-person and at-home learning
- Students engage in learning five days a week; they attend school two days of the week and have at-home learning the rest of the week.
- Student groups rotate attending school, with 50% of the students at school per day, Monday through Thursday.
- Each Friday, 100 percent of students will engage in at-home learning while teachers plan for the following week’s lessons.
- Provide online direct instruction lessons, supplemental activities, and skill checks.
- Larimer County Health Department regulations and procedures are followed.
- The number of students are limited in a room to comply with social distancing measures and health requirements.
- Our free before and after school care will still be provided during the days students participate in in-person learning.
- Students are divided into groups with a priority placed on having siblings in the same group.
- “A Track” attends school Mondays and Wednesdays with at-home learning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
- “B Track” attends school Tuesdays and Thursdays with at-home learning Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- Each Friday, 100 percent of students will engage in at-home learning while teachers plan for the following week’s lessons, and collaborate and engage in professional development to best support students.
Hybrid At-School Learning Priorities
- Lessons focus on priority standards.
- Social and emotional learning are integrated throughout the day.
- Specials are provided in a modified schedule rotating every 6 weeks.
- Teachers provide whole group and small group instruction.
- Lessons are highly engaging with supplemental at-home activities being provided
Hybrid At-Home Learning Priorities
- Teachers provide instructional materials for subject areas. Students apply their learning and preview new content.
- Specials teachers may provide weekly lessons.
- Students have access to pre-recorded video lessons and practice during the week.
- Interventionists and service providers offer instruction to support learning.
AAK Mostly Remote Plan
- Most students will engage in a 100 percent remote-learning environment four days per week.
- Smaller, select groups of students will meet for in-person learning, while following social distancing protocols (face coverings, maintaining at least 6 feet of separation, washing hands frequently, etc.) These groups will be selected based on needs of the students.
- Larimer County Health Department regulations and procedures are followed while students and staff are in school buildings
- Students learn remotely from home and have scheduled check-ins at school in small groups with their teacher. Frequency and length of check-ins is based on health guidelines and orders.
- Service providers will collaborate with teachers to offer support for students.
- All nonessential visitors, volunteers and activities will be restricted at schools.
AAK Remote Learning Plan
- Instruction is predominantly delivered via technology but may also include use of tangible learning materials.
- Teachers provide instruction and lessons using computer-based and/or activity-based lessons. Instructional materials are distributed on a regular basis. Lessons are structured consistently to avoid confusion, following the same schedule and means of access each day.
- Interventionists and service providers support learning with consistent instruction.
- Curriculum approach includes:
- 90 minutes per day in Kinder-2nd Grade
- 120 minutes per day in 3rd-5th Grade
- Consistent lessons per week in subject areas, including specials
Return to School Preferences
This form is our attempt to be transparent with our community and attentive to community concerns and input. We are completely aware that any departure from conventional school operations will be disruptive for many students and families (including our AAK staff) so we are seeking input to help us create the best balance of supports and service. Thank you for helping us make the best plan possible as we transition through and beyond the COVID pandemic.