Returning to Learning

Dear ALP Families,

On June 29, 2020, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order that schools are not permitted to start with in-person instruction until August 17, 2020. ALP appreciates your patience and understanding as we prepare to start school during these ever-changing and uncertain times. Our goal is to provide appropriate and reasonable options for our students and families.

At our July 2nd Governing Board meeting, it was decided that we will start the 2020-2021 school year following our current calendar on August 3rd, 2020. This decision allows us to maintain our fall, winter, and spring breaks as scheduled. We know that many families plan on these times and we want to be as consistent as possible and not change our previously approved calendar.

Governor Ducey’s Executive Order will not allow in-person learning until at least August 17, and it is very possible that this date may be extended  This will require that our instruction for all students will begin remotely on August 3rd. 

Moving forward, we want to provide the most consistent educational opportunities for your student. In order to plan and staff appropriately we ask that all parents/guardians select the learning pathway that you prefer when in-person learning can resume.

Option 1: In-person/on-campus learning

This option is for those families who wish for their students to return to in-person/on-campus learning when it is permitted. This option includes:

  • Typical 5 days a week schedule
  • Preventative safety measures and enhanced cleaning protocols
  • Physical distancing may not always be possible but will be implemented when feasible
  • Mask/face coverings are required, per the municipal ordinance, when physical distancing is not possible
  • Lunch, recess, and specials will happen with modified schedules
  • Instruction in core content, Mandarin, and Spanish
  • Limited sharing of devices, supplies and curriculum materials as much as possible
  • Social-emotional support provided
  • Integration of Google Classroom to support learning
  • Homework Club and After Care offered

Option 2: Online Learning:

This option is for families who prefer their students to continue their learning online only. Depending on the number of students requesting the online platform, the need to reallocate teachers may be possible.

  • 5 days a week; attendance and participation is required and held to state accountability
  • Devices can be provided to students if necessary
  • Instruction in core content, Mandarin, and Spanish
  • Social-emotional support provided
  • Google Classroom will be used as the primary learning platform for communication, lessons, assignment and weekly updates
  • Accountable grading practices and ongoing feedback
  • Specials will continue to be offered via online instruction
  • The standards taught through the online option align to the in-person model to ensure consistency in case families want to change learning pathways
  • Homework Club and After School services will not be available

We understand that this is a difficult decision, and we know that some families may want to change after the start of the school year. Here are some considerations to take into account when deciding if you want to change learning pathways:

  • This change can happen at any time but will require consultation with the Principal for optimal planning
  • Grades remain with the students and are transferred from one learning pathway to another

I know that there are still unanswered questions. Thank you for your patience while we navigate through executive orders, statutory requirements, and the realities of COVID-19 in Arizona at this time. More specific information will be provided as soon as it is available.

Of course, should you have any questions, please contact our office.

Yours in Education,

Renita Myers, Principal

To see our Distance Learning Plan, please click here