• Benchmarks for Reopening AESD

Requirements for In-Person Instruction

  • On September 1, 2020, 

    AESD Governing Board approved our reopening process to start in-person instruction for families who selected this model. Please find the outline of the process and the communication plan below.

    Our area has met the benchmarks to allow reopening. Please stay connected to your emails for further communication regarding our transition week prior to welcoming our students who selected in-person instruction.

    For distance flex students, daily schedules may shift to accommodate the combined in-person/distance flex learning model.

Current Benchmark Data for AESD

  • October 22, 2020

    Benchmark thresholds have been met.

    AESD will continue offering in-person, distance, and flex learning while monitoring metrics daily. We thank our community for following the mitigation strategies. 

     

     

  • *Data as of October 22, 2020

    Update 10.22.20

    For information on finding our metrics from Maricopa County Health, click here

     

AESD's Plans:

  • AESD is following the metrics and benchmark established by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health

    • Benchmark thresholds need to be met before in-person instruction (transition to Hybrid- families who selected in-person will return and distance flex will remain online)
      • Cases: Two consecutive weeks with new case rates below 100 per 100,000 people
      • Test percent positivity: Two consecutive weeks of <7% positivity
      • COVID-like illnesses percentage in the hospital: Two consecutive weeks with percent of hospital visits showing symptoms of COVID-like symptoms below 10%

     

    • Additional approval for a transition week (remaining virtual) to provide transition time, additional collaboration and professional development and finalization of procedures to receive students on campus
      • Transition week (September 28 - October 2)  remaining virtual learning for half-days Monday through Friday.  This will allow for final preparations and professional development.
      • Schedule for learning labs:
        • Monday and Tuesday: available through typical school day
        • Wednesday thtough Friday: learning labs will close at the end of half-day instruction. Please ensure you have childcare arranged.

Communication

  • AESD will monitor the data as it is released on Thursdays. The data will be posted on our website weekly. 

    For planning purposes, prior to transitioning to in-person model, a survey to families who selected in-person model will be sent to verify intention to return. Distance Flex and Digital Academy will remain remote.

    • If you selected in-person and prefer to stay in the Distance Flex model, you may do so by selecting that to the survery that will be sent. 
    • Distance Flex will have the opportunity to transition to in-person, if they desire, at the end of the quarter.

    A communication will be sent to all families, once benchmarks have been met, to initiate the half-day transition week for those who selected in-person models.

     

Benchmark Thresholds

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    • Benchmark thresholds need to be met before in-person instruction (transition to Hybrid- families who selected in-person will return and distance flex will remain online)
      • Cases: Two consecutive weeks with new case rates below 100 per 100,000 people
      • Test percent positivity: Two consecutive weeks of <7% positivity
      • COVID-like illnesses percentage in the hospital: Two consecutive weeks with percent of hospital visits showing symptoms of COVID-like symptoms below 10%