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APS Plan to Return to In-Person Learning on Monday, Jan. 10

APS Plan to Return to In-Person Learning

APS staff and families, we are preparing to reopen our schools for in-person learning on Monday, January 10, 2022.

In order to do so efficiently, effectively, and safely, we are implementing some new protocols, reinforcing many existing protocols, and bolstering our resources.

Here’s what you need to know:

We are offering optional but strongly encouraged testing for staff and students in every APS cluster this Thursday, Jan. 6 and Friday, Jan. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. Download the testing locations here: https://bit.ly/3HFNY8n

We need parents to consent to having your students surveillance tested. Access the consent form here: https://tinyurl.com/HealthyAPS

We will be hosting COVID-19 vaccination events for eligible APS students (ages 5 and older), APS families, and APS staff on Saturday, January 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Sutton 7/8, Long MS, Maynard Jackson HS, and Mays HS. Register today at http://tinyurl.com/apsvax

We will follow our updated decision-making matrix for pivoting to virtual learning on an as-needed basis (for individual schools).
Upon our return to in-person learning:
We will continue our mandatory twice per week staff surveillance testing.
We are increasing our student testing to twice per week.
We will implement a new test-to-stay protocol (which is also known as a modified quarantine) at all schools and APS work sites for students and staff beginning Tuesday, January 18, 2022 (with orientation and training for school and district staff beginning Monday, January 10, 2022).

Below we have outlined these measures in detail for you. We will continue to provide updates as we gather additional details and receive your questions. We are providing you with as much notice as possible so you can prepare, as well as report illnesses and anticipated absences.

We must all be ready for several weeks of fluctuations as APS continues to monitor incoming data and pivot to virtual learning on a case-by-case basis, per class and per school, as necessary. However, if we all do our part, in-person learning can be maintained wherever possible, much as we have done throughout this pandemic.

Our strength is that we have been here before. Our longstanding practices and procedures put us in the position of being prepared versus reactive. While the spike in positive cases may result in various impacts to our service delivery and operations, we now have the confidence of knowing what must be done in many different scenarios.

Parents, in order to be successful we need you to consent to having your students surveillance tested. We also need APS community members to get vaccinated and/or boosted to reduce the number of severe cases in our community. As a reminder, you can consent to testing by accessing the form here: https://tinyurl.com/HealthyAPS

Principals, teachers, and school-based staff, we need you to communicate with us openly about your concerns and needs so we can address them in a timely manner.

District supervisors and staff, we need you to do the same.

If we all do our part, an outcome where we modify our behaviors to keep students learning in person is possible. That is what APS is striving to achieve. Our core business is teaching and learning, and we have to balance that with the health and safety of all.

Yours in Service,
Lisa Herring