How will younger students engage in phonics and other reading lessons with masks on, given the importance of being able to see and hear during those lessons?

posted Aug. 11

While students and staff will wear masks as one of the many measures APS is taking to mitigate transmission of the coronavirus, teachers are preparing to deliver phonics instruction in ways that can maximize visual cues. Some examples of this include delivering phonics instruction outside so that the teacher and students can take their masks off and videotaping themselves demonstrating mouth formations so that they do not have to take their masks off while inside. Parents can also consider equipping their child with a clear mask so that teachers can see students’ mouth formations.

Administrators will work with teachers to ensure that they are employing creative strategies to help our young students demonstrate their learning in ways that are safe and effective.