AAED & The Safety Of Our Schools

Dear AAED Families,

First, let me thank you for your support and understanding as we, as a nation and community, respond to the unexpected invasion of COVID 19. I am very proud of the way our students, parents, employees, and community leaders have handled the demands we were faced with to protect everyone as we continued to educate our students during the most unusual of circumstances. As you know, there continues to be concerns and questions related to how schools plan to reopen. While we are in the business of educating, our first priority is the safety of our students and our employees. Over the past few weeks, we have been planning, testing, and implementing new safety procedures at each location to prepare for the day that our students return to the classroom. A few weeks ago, we sent out a form for families to choose their desired learning option. Because circumstances have changed and we have updated our learning options since June, we are asking families to fill out this form again. We understand that each family’s situation is different, so we have two options for parents to choose. Both options allow for students and teachers to make meaningful connections and maximize student learning opportunities. The deadline for completing the form and making a choice for phase one of learning is 8/18/20

Option 1: Hybrid Plan

Hybrid learning combines face to face instruction part of the week with online learning at home part of the week. In the context of coronavirus school re openings, a hybrid model would reduce the number of students in the building by moving some of the course delivery online. Students would be on campus certain days of the week and on the other days they would participate in online programming at home:
Student group 1:
On campus M/W, online programming T/Th , Individual sessions Fri
Student group 2:
On campus T/Th, online programming M/W , Individual sessions Fri
This option would allow the much needed face to face instruction for students. Student groups will be assigned and scheduled by AAED to accommodate safe numbers in each classroom. The start day for this learning module is September 8, 2020.

Option 2: Full Remote Learning

Students participate in the learning of new material, interactive lessons, therapy, graded assignments, and assessments remotely Monday-Friday. Teachers hold live meetings and sessions via Microsoft Teams to provide opportunities for interactive support and instruction. Lessons are also recorded so students can watch at their convenience if they were unable to attend live. Teachers will give families updates on progress every two weeks.

Please understand there is no way for us to accommodate every family as we make these decisions. The conditions surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic are continually evolving, and AAED’s Safe Return to School plans will be constantly evaluated to adapt to the continuing trends of the COVID 19 virus. We know everyone has concerns about health and safety, distance learning, the importance of face to face instruction, parents needing to work, the economy, and all of the other unexpected consequences of not being in a traditional school setting during this pandemic. While our desire is to bring students back to school as quickly as possible, we must also continue to prioritize the safety of our students and staff above all. Thank you for your continued support and positivity as we strive to do what is best for ALL our students and employees during these challenging times. I encourage everyone to visit our web page and follow our social media for up to date and accurate information. We will also be sending out information about our new parent communication app called ParentSquare soon. This will be another way for us to disseminate information to families and for parents to communicate directly with their child’s teachers and therapists.


Laura Newcomb

What is COVID – 19?

Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. There are several known coronaviruses that infect people and usually only cause mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold. Information sourced from Maricopa County Department of Public Health. (2020, March). About The Virus. Maricopa County. https://www.maricopa.gov/5488/About

Where To Get The Latest Updates

Please visit www.maricopa.gov/coronavirus for the latest information and news in the Maricopa county area regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Please visit www.pinalcountyaz.gov/PublicHealth/ for the latest information and news in the Pinal county area regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

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