AAPS School Day Schedule

AAPS Daily Schedule for 2020-2021

The AAPS School Day is going to look quite different for the 2020-2021 school year. The year is starting fully virtual with families having a choice of learning options.


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2020-2021 School Day Start & End Times

For many years, there have been efforts and requests for high school students to start later to better fit with their sleep schedule.

However, after initially announcing an 8:30a start time for everyone, the district has returned to staggered start times. Now, elementary students will start at 8:10a and middle school at 8:20a. The district did not provide any context when they made the change. However, my daughter’s high school principal said it was in response to the need for some older siblings to get their younger siblings started for the day.

  • Elementary
    • Start Time: 8:10am
    • End Time: 3:13pm
  • Middle School
    • Start Time: 8:20am
    • End Time: 3:23pm
  • K-8 Schools
    • Start Time: 8:20am
    • End Time: 3:08pm
  • High School
    • Start Time: 8:30am
    • End Time: 3:21pm

When schools start to transition to hybrid learning, I am not sure how busing will work between social distancing and the close start-end times at different buildings. With in person learning being phased in with elementary first, they have time to work out transportation details.


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School Day Schedules

At the August 19 Board Meeting, AAPS shared the school day schedule for each level. It was published to their website on August 25 (Slides 26-29).

Throughout all levels, synchronous instruction will be provided Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday. Wednesdays will be a day for asynchronous work and enrichment. My daughter’s high school said for four day weeks, they will drop the asynchronous day and shift the synchronous days. They are doing that the first week of school and the next instance is the week of November 2 (Election Day is off on November 3). I assume other schools in the district will follow the same policy (especially at middle and high school).

Elementary School Day

At the August 19 Board Meeting, Dr Swift shared the following schedule for the school day. This schedule will be in place on Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday.

TimesClassSynchronous
8:10-8:40aMorning MeetingSynchronous
8:40a-noonCore Academics
Special Education Services Provided
Blend of Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities
Synchronous via push-in or small groups
noon-12:48pLunch/RecessAsynchronous
12:48-1:18pCore Academics
Special Education Services Provided
Blend of Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities
Synchronous via push-in or small groups
1:18-2:58pSpecials, Small Groups, Interventions,
Enrichment, A2 Stretch
Optional Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities
2:58-3:13pClosing CircleOptional Synchronous
Synchronous is Live Video Sessions, Asynchronous is independent work

At a previous meeting, it was noted that recess is not included on the schedule. Each class will have their own recess schedule during core learning blocks to maintain social distance on school playgrounds while in hybrid mode.

Just like in person school, the core learning blocks will include a mix of teacher instruction and independent student work. I would expect to get more details on breakdown of the core academic blocks from your child’s teacher when school starts.

Wednesdays will include roughly 3 hours of asynchronous core academics. It is suggested to do the work in the morning because enrichment options from A2 Rec & Ed will be available in the afternoon. Special Education Services may also be provided in a synchronous or asynchronous manner on Wednesdays.


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Middle School Day

The Middle School will be operating with A and B schedule days with 3 classes meeting each day. The number of classes each day was reduced to 3 to allow for fewer touch points in a day and also to allow for each block to include both synchronous and asynchronous time.

This schedule will be in place on Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday.

TimesClassSynchronous
8:20-8:50aAdvisorySynchronous
8:55-10:35aLearning Block 1Blend of Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities
10:40-12:20Learning Block 2Blend of Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities
12:20-1pLunchAsynchronous
1-3:08pLearning Block 3 & SEL CheckoutBlend of Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities
Synchronous is Live Video Sessions, Asynchronous is independent work

On Wednesdays, students can expect an asynchronous morning with assignments.


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High School Day

All AAPS High schools will be operating on a semester with block scheduling this year. The change is probably the biggest for Skyline and Pathways moving from a trimester to a semester schedule. With the block schedule, a regular schedule will include 3 blocks a day with longer class periods. The odd number blocks will meet on Monday/Thursday and the even number blocks will meet on Tuesday/Friday. An optional 7th hour is available for all students. The 7th hour class will meet all 4 days for 65 minutes instead of twice a week for longer.

This schedule will be in place on Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday.

TimesClassSynchronous
8:30-10:15aBlock 1 or 2Blend of Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities
10:25a-12:10pBlock 3 or 4Blend of Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities
12:10-12:40pLunchAsynchronous
12:45-1:25pAdvisorySynchronous
1:35-3:20pBlock 5 or 6Blend of Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities
3:30-4:35pOptional 7th HourBlend of Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities
Synchronous is Live Video Sessions, Asynchronous is independent work

On Wednesdays, high school students can expect assignments in every class and should plan to spend roughly a school day working on these assignments. They do have flexibility in when they work on these assignments. However, they are not required to be posted until the start of the school day on Wednesday.


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