May 10 Summer School Update


Message Revised on 5/12/21

Dear APS Families,

I am writing to inform you about necessary changes in APS summer school programming. We are unable to serve all students previously identified as eligible based on available staffing and resources. The following elementary students will be enrolled in the full in-person and full distance learning summer strengthening programs:

  • All PreK students in their 4 year old year (rising Kindergarten) who received a summer school eligibility letter.
  • Students with disabilities who have Extended School Year (ESY) or Recovery Services on their IEP.
  • Students with disabilities who are enrolled in countywide special education programs (PreK Special Education Programs, MIPA, Life Skills, Interlude, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and Communication)
  • English Learners (EL) levels 1 and 2 and Temporary English Learners (TEL-students who have not been assessed yet but are presumed English Learners)

We understand that this decision is disappointing to families whose children will not be able to participate in summer school and regret that we are unable to serve all elementary students who met the initial eligibility standards as we cannot accommodate waitlists. APS is committed to ensuring that these students will have targeted instructional resources available to them throughout the summer via Lexia and Dreambox. Their teachers will assess their learning needs at the start of the 2021-22 school year to determine curricular areas that may require accelerated learning support.   

Secondary Summer School
More detailed information about secondary summer school programming will be shared with parents and guardians the week of May 17, once we have a better sense of the following:

  • which students will be eligible to participate in summer school as evidenced by having earned a D or E in a course they need to graduate or be promoted from 8th grade;
  • whether secondary students with disabilities are eligible for ESY or Recover Services;
  • which EL students have not evidenced sufficient English language acquisition.

Town Halls Next Week to Answer Questions
Should you have questions or concerns, please plan to participate in a virtual town hall meeting focused on summer school on Mon, May 17 from 6-7 p.m.  A virtual town hall meeting specifically focused on the delivery of services during summer school for students with disabilities will be held on Tue, May 18 from 7-8 p.m. The meetings will be conducted via Microsoft Teams and you can find more information online.

Bridget Loft
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning