APS/STAR-C Eviction Relief
As you know, COVID-19 has placed a severe hardship on many of our families. Beyond the academic challenges caused by the pandemic, COVID-19 has also made it difficult for many of our families to pay their rent. In an effort to help families stay in their homes, we have partnered with not-for-profit organization Star-C and former Board of Education Chairman Courtney English to provide rental assistance for APS families.
STAR 94 Invites You to Join the $10K Give Back Giveaway
Delta Community Credit Union and Star 94 are in search of students going the extra mile to bring light and joy to their community. Enter through the form on our website to tell us about a student service project. Once your students’ future project is registered, Star 94 will follow up with an e-mail entry form that will describe your project in full, how many participants, the goal, etc.
The deadline for completed submissions is October 26, 2020.
The 1st place school winner will receive $10,000. The 2nd place winner will receive $2,000, while the 3rd, 4th and 5th prize winners will receive $1,000 each.
Click here to find idea starters or submit your plans.
This is the 4th annual contest with previous winning schools from Henry, Gwinnett and Newnan counties. To be a Top 5 school awarded with money for virtual learning, we hope you will explore this exciting competition through the links above.
New Menu Items Taste Test
APS Nutrition Department is extremely excited to announce its 2nd SY21 Chef Kitchen Virtual Student Taste Test provided by Southwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE) on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 5:00 PM. This virtual taste test panel will allow the department to gather student feedback on new menu items for SY21. The student panel will be comprised of APS students representing each school level.
Nutrition is asking Principals to select one student from their school site to participate in the virtual panel. Parents of the selected students must complete the Student Taste Test Participation/Consent form via the link below no later than Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Student participation selection will be on a first-come, first-serve basis; SFE will contact parents to schedule Student Taste Test Kit delivery or pick-up arrangements. Each kit will contain the virtual meeting details and meal preparation instructions. Attached are the selection/participation requirements.
Registration Link - https://forms.gle/MB17QqPRqgKRkmgB7
September 23 – 28, 2020: Principals select students and contact parents to complete the registration process.
September 28, 2020: Deadline to register for participation
September 29, 2020: SFE contacts parents to confirm participation and schedule Student Taste Test Kit pick-up.
September 30, 2020: Student Taste Test will take place at 5:00 PM via Zoom
Parent Portal Access
Parents of students in grades K–12 have access to class schedules, attendance records and grades through the Parent Portal, an easy-to-use, secure communications tool for the district. Additionally, the Parent Portal enables parents to verify household information, including email, home address and telephone numbers.
What you'll need before registering:
*If you did not provide your child's SSN at enrollment/registration, they were assigned an SSN-like number. To receive the last four digits of that number, you will need to contact your child's school.
- Your child's Student Number (It can be found on your student's report card or transcript.)
- The last four digits of your child's Social Security Number (SSN) or the SSN-like number* assigned to your child.
Attendance Awareness Month
September is National Attendance Awareness Month! Help us ensure that your child is getting the best education possible. That is only possible if they are in school day; even virtually. Be reminded that instruction starts at 8:30am daily at Kimberly Elementary School. Students should plan to get online at least 10 minutes early and have already eaten, gotten dressed. We have contests starting today (9/14/20) between the homerooms to see who can meet the 95% Average Daily Attendance for the month of September!
Parent Attendance Handout (ENG) / Parent Attendance Handout (SPA)
Back to School Internet for Families
Your families may qualify if they are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others. Learn how to get them connected today!
HOW TO HELP FAMILIES CONNECT?
- Free for Two Months to New Customers Now Through December 31: We are extending our offer of 60 days of complimentary service for new customers through December 31. Internet Essentials is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
- For all Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program's Internet service has increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.
- Households with outstanding debt owed to Comcast may be eligible for Internet Essentials. We are waiving this qualification if you apply and are approved by 12/31/20. After 12/31/20, standard eligibility rules apply. Click here for all details.
- Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots in business and outdoor locations are available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit http://wifi.xfinity.com/#find-a-hotspot.
APS Internet Safety
All APS students must adhere to Internet Acceptable Use and Information Security Policy and the student code of conduct/student discipline policy. The Student Handbook has guidance on digital citizenship included (page 3) for parents and students; this information will be reiterated in the classroom as well. Some important points include the following:
Students who commit acts considered to be criminal in nature may face disciplinary action. Click here for a copy of the 2020-21 Student Handbook to review virtual guidance, behavioral expectations, and consequences.
- Be respectful. If it is inappropriate face-to-face, then it is inappropriate online as well.
- Be careful with humor; make sure it is not offensive, rude, or disruptive to class.
- If in doubt, before posting, message your teacher for guidance.
- Never share meeting IDs or meeting passwords outside of class.
- Never post inappropriate messages or content in classroom chats or privately.
- Never post what appears to be a threat of violence to any student, staff or school.
As a reminder, students (grades 3-12) at traditional schools (not including charter/partner schools) are required to authenticate (log into the APS Zoom account), before entering a virtual Zoom classroom. Students (grades 3-12) who do not authenticate will not be admitted into the virtual classroom. This increased security measure should alleviate the potential of outside disturbances and add an extra layer of protection and accountability for students and staff.
Students can find step-by-step authentication instructions here.
If your child experiences any difficulties logging into Zoom, please review the login options with them or contact 404-802-1000 for assistance.
APS Student Login Data (Week of 9/14 - 9/18)
We continue to make gains in our student login rates for the fourth straight week. As a district, we achieved a login rate of 96.7%. This represents an improvement of 1.1 percentage points over week three, and 6.5 percentage points over the first week of school.
*The data sources for this information include a number of instructional and technology tools and platforms designed to track student login and activity. These platforms include: Active Directory, Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Console, Cylance, MyBackpack, Seesaw, Imagine Learning, Zoom and Securly*
- 96.7% of students logged in at least once during the fourth week of instruction (an increase of 1.1 percentage points over week three, and 6.5 percentage points over the first week of school).
- Overall, for the first four weeks, 98.3% of APS students logged in at least once (all grades).
- During the fourth week:
- 63 of 63 schools surpassed 80% student login rate (at least once during the week).
- 56 of 63 schools exceeded 90% login rate (at least once during the week).
- We continue to see improvements in login rates for the primary grades (Pre-K and K).
- The login rates for grades 1-12 all exceeded 90% for the week.
- The login rates for grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 all exceeded 99%.
- The average daily student login rate for week 4 was 90.3% for all grade levels, an increase of 1.5 percentage points over the prior week (see graph below).
- The login rate on Friday, 9/18 drop by 2.5 percentage points below the average for the week. This was primarily due to the lower grade levels Pre-K to 2.