APS Return to School 2020

Introduction

There is no question that the 2020-21 school year will look different than anything we have previously encountered. Our goal remains to continue to provide engaging, high quality education and related services for all. There are many issues to take into consideration including class schedules, remote or in-class instruction, transportation, extracurricular activities, social-distancing, and the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff to name just a few.

The Governor, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will provide directives for the safe reopening of all districts in Massachusetts. The mandates from these officials must also align with the directives from our local departments of Public Safety and Andover’s Health Division. A list of updated communications from DESE is listed below. 

Our plans will not only address health and safety, but also how we can learn from the experiences of the past months and enhance our remote instructional approaches. 


Previous COVID-19 Information

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What are the three components districts must provide to DESE in their plan to return to school?

On June 25th, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released preliminary guidance for the reopening of all Massachusetts school districts.

In summary, all schools in Massachusetts are required to draft three components in the plan for return to school in the fall: An in-person learning plan with safety requirements, a hybrid learning plan in which students learn partially in-person and partially remotely, and a complete remote learning plan. DESE recently released a Frequently Asked Questions document, which holds answers to commonly asked questions. 

In-Person Learning Definition

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Hybrid Learning Definition

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Remote Learning Definition

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DESE Continuum for Schools

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Communications 

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will be providing all districts in Massachusetts with requirements and recommendations for re-opening for the 2020-21 school year. The links below provide documents released by DESE. We anticipate this will be updated frequently, please check back often. 

How to Contact Us 

The district distributed a survey to all APS families on June 10, 2020 for families to provide feedback. This survey closed on June 19th and we will share the results with the community when they become available.

To provide additional feedback, please email the COVID-19 group at covid-19@andoverma.us 

Previous communications from the 2019-2020 school year regarding COVID-19 can be found by clicking the image to the right.

APS Return to School Working Group Delegates

Delegates to the working group were chosen based on a diverse representation of grade-levels, areas of expertise, educational and extracurricular focus. The APS Return to School Task Force thanks these delegates for their contribution.
Lauren Annarelli Scott Armstrong Matthew Bach Jennifer Black Cindy Button Sara Calleja
Nicole Campbell Rita Casper Dr. Kenny Chan Gina Chaves Steve Chinosi Allyson Croswell
Linda Croteau Kathy Crowley Scott Darlington Aixa De Kelley Julie Diehl Dan Donovan
Caitlin Dotolo Stephanie Driscoll Heather Eigen Ryan Fielding Krista Galligani Julian DiGloria
Carol Green Matthew Hall Jennifer Hunt Susan Hunter -Jones Melissa Jacobo Jamie Kaplan
Jennifer Kolar Gail Koutroubas Chris Krueger Mysha Kuhlmann AHS Student Bill Martin
Lisa McDonough Paul Murphy Steve Nembirkow John Norton Rebecca Perry Kayley Pettoruto
Jackie Pitts Wayne Puglisi Elizabeth Raponi Donna Ruseckas Suzanne Saindon Jennifer Sands
Amy Schramek Betsy Spiegel Jennifer Srivastava Claire Stahley Renee Theodorou Karen Torres
Sean Walsh Mary Lu Walsh Karen Waters Tamara Wheeler Joseph Yarid AHS Student