Learning Models

Hybrid Learning Model

In a hybrid learning model, 50% of the students will attend school in-person, while the other 50% will attend school online for two days and then reverse so that those who were online will attend school in person for two days while the others are online. 

On Wednesdays, all students will learn online while schools are cleaned. Students in school will utilize a learning management system (LMS) as their core tool and learn through direct instruction, small group and individual instruction methodologies. 

Students learning at home on alternating days will also utilize the LMS as a primary tool to engage in reading, writing, mathematics and all content areas, and when possible--partner with classroom peers engaging in the same learning, through book clubs and small group work, as examples. In both the classroom and at home, the blended learning methodology becomes the common through-line of the instructional program.

Overview: 

  • Students in the hybrid model will be divided into 2 cohorts: A or B
    • Cohort A will attend school in-person Monday & Tuesday
    • Cohort B will attend school in-person Thursday & Friday
    • On Wednesdays- both cohorts will participate in at-home learning
  • Students will follow a regular school day schedule
  • Attendance will be taken both in-person or at-home 
  • Hybrid (home) will offer synchronous & asynchronous learning
  • Students will receive feedback
  • Regular grading system will apply
  • APS classroom teachers teach students directly in the hybrid learning model
  • Cohorts A & B will follow a similar time and academic schedule
  • Specialists and IA staffing will provide additional support for some students when learning at home
  • Hybrid Learning Model students and teachers are not the Remote Learning Academy students and teachers

Remote Academy

Families may select this option for their children or implemented due to a full closure. Students will have their own APS teachers in the remote academy, however these are separate from the hybrid teachers. 

In some select cases, mainly at MS and HS, students in the hybrid and/or remote academy may be provided a Virtual High School course, Commonwealth Approved Virtual course, or independent virtual course option at the selection and cost of the district, in order to meet the demand for remote learning and our wide range of course offerings. 

Students will use the learning management and follow a similar academic and time block schedule as students in the hybrid model, which will allow for live, synchronous learning opportunities when possible and teacher collaboration. Attendance will be taken, feedback will be provided, and the regular grading system will be used. In the event of a full school or district closure, hybrid students would attend fully remote with their hybrid teachers, and remote academy students would continue to attend fully with their remote academy teacher.

Overview: 

  • Families may select this option for their children to return to school this fall
  • The remote academy will be implemented for all students should the district be required to move to a full-remote model 
  • Similar schedule to remote learning days in the hybrid model
  • Attendance will be taken 
  • Students will receive feedback
  • Regular grading system will apply
  • Direct, live, synchronous instruction will be provided with asynchronous learning opportunities
  • Remote Academy students and teachers are not the same as the hybrid model students and teachers

We have designed the hybrid and remote academy to be instructionally equivalent. Although the models are different formats by virtue of two (2) days in-person/three (3) days remote and five (5) days remote, both the hybrid and remote models follow nearly the same schedule and offer a blend of synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning. Both models also deliver a similar amount of synchronous learning opportunities and the same standards, curriculum and assessments for students.

Cohorts

  • Cohorts for elementary students were announced on Wednesday, September 2nd through the Aspen Family Portal. Middle schools will announce their cohort assignments on Tuesday, September 8th through the Aspen Family Portal. AHS will announce a date when parents and students can expect the release of cohorts and schedules.
  • It is our goal to keep K-5 siblings together in the same cohort (A or B). Siblings who are on the same bus run, may sit together in the same seat
  • Due to the complexity of scheduling at the secondary level, we are unable to guarantee that siblings in 6-8 and 9-12 will be in the same cohort (A or B) with each other, or their K-5 sibling(s)
  • There are factors in creating student cohorts such as designing balanced instructional groupings and managing bus load capacity, therefore APS is unable to accept family requests for their child(ren) to be part of a specific cohort. Students will be assigned into cohort A or B

Learning Models FAQs

APS teachers will begin their school year with ten (10) days of professional development; specific schedules and classes will be developed when our teachers return and as they prepare for their classes. Our work throughout the summer has been focused on ensuring equity in both the hybrid and remote academy models and that each option maintains the high quality of instruction our families expect. We have posted the plans the district submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

  • Can I move my child from one learning model to another model during the school year? 
    • The district's policy is that students can switch from one model to the other at the end of the term. Extenuating circumstances will be addressed on a case by case basis.
      Grade levelTermTermTermTerm
      KindergartenSeptember 21- January 21January 22 - June 16th 

      Grades 1-5September 16 - January 21January 22 - June 16


      Grades 6-8September 16 - December 10December 11 - March 19March 20- June 16
      Grades 9-12September 16 - November 18November 19 - February 2February 3 - April 8April 9 - June 16
      Elementary families may switch from one model to the other at the end of the term or at parent/ teacher conferences. 
  • Elementary Parent/ Teacher Conferences:
    • Kindergarten Only: November 6, 2020
    • Grades 1-5: November 3, 2020
    • Grade K-5: weeks of March 1 & March 8th, 2021
  • Which learning model will have more synchronous learning?
    • Both the hybrid and remote academy models follow nearly the same schedule, therefore each model will offer a blend of synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning. Both models deliver a similar amount of synchronous learning opportunities and the same standards, curriculum and assessments for students.
  • If I choose the hybrid model, can I decide if my child is in cohort A or B? 
    • No, there are factors in creating student cohorts such as designing balanced instructional groupings and managing bus load capacity, therefore APS is unable to accept family requests for their children to be part of a specific cohort.
  • When will I know which hybrid model cohort my child is placed in? 
    • Each school is currently developing assignments for students in both the hybrid learning model and the remote academy. Building principals will communicate cohorts and class assignments as soon as they are complete.  
  • Will there be a device available for every student? 
    • Yes, the district is committed providing our students with technology for both learning models. 
  • If my child attends the remote academy, will there be an opportunity for a meet & greet with teachers? 
    • The district is evaluating the feasibility of a teacher meet & greet for our students.