Visual & Performing Arts, Music, Library & Media, Health and Physical Education

Andover Public Schools believe that the visual arts, physical education, performing arts, engineering, health, and media education are essential parts of Andover's core curriculum. These disciplines provide meaningful social-emotional learning opportunities, ways to build community and engage all types of learners.

For the hybrid learning model, all students will receive instruction in the visual arts, general music, media/library, and health and physical education at all levels. Students at the elementary level will rotate to a different special subject about every six weeks. This model will minimize exposure for students and staff and allow for more cross-curricular and deeper learning experiences. Middle School and AHS students will continue to have access to beginning, intermediate, and advanced level courses in all disciplines. 

Visual Arts

  • All students (both hybrid and remote) will have their own basic art supplies to fully access the curriculum. 
  • The visual arts teachers will supply additional materials in the classroom. Any shared materials or equipment will be cleaned with DESE guidelines. 
  • Visual Arts teachers will work on developing conceptual projects to allow for students to choose materials whenever possible.

General Music K-8

  • General music classes will follow all DESE guidelines for singing and playing instruments and focus on core standards of creating, responding, performing and connecting. 
  • Music courses will integrate technology such as Music Play Online, Google Chrome Music Maker, Soundtrap, and SMART Music. 
  • Music classes may be held outdoors.. When not outdoors, music teachers will visit the classroom at the Elementary level. 
  • Students in all models will have access to materials for performance and music creation. 
  • Lessons will be planned to limit shared equipment and equipment will be cleaned in accordance with DESE guidelines.

Band, Chorus and Strings 3-12

  • Students have full access to instrumental music whether in a hybrid or remote model. 
  • Students can sign-up for strings lessons starting in grade 3; instrumental band in grade 4.
  • Elementary Band and Strings lessons will take place virtually on at-home days. 
  • Elementary students will be grouped into small cohorts that fit their schedule, instrument, and their experience level.  
  • Elementary choral opportunities may be available virtually later in the year. 
  • No singing or playing of wind instruments will be permitted until/if guidance changes.
  • All students will have access to SMART Music to facilitate playing.
  • Instrument pick-ups and parent information sessions will be facilitated in the fall within the guidelines of the district and DESE.  
  • Information will be provided to families/students for safe practices related to instrument cleaning and maintenance. 


Library / Media

  • Library and Media will continue to be a vital part of an elementary students’ in-person schedule and the remote academy. 
  • All requests for library books must be done electronically via the online catalog system.  
  • Librarians will utilize APS provided technology and APS approved technology tools to deliver instruction.
  • Librarians will make e-texts, videos, and online databases available for students at levels and in both hybrid and remote formats. 
  • Librarians will work to provide requested material and return previously borrowed material for remote academy students.

Physical Education and Health

  • At all levels, students will continue to have Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education and Health as a part of the student’s in-school schedule.
  • In Pre-School,  Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education will be hybrid 
  • Students in the Remote Academy will have access to synchronous and asynchronous experiences in PE and Health.
  • Physical Education will plan to conduct instruction outdoors as weather permits. Gyms in all schools will be utilized and socially-distanced activities will be conducted. 
  • Any shared materials or equipment will be cleaned with DESE guidelines. 
  • We will meet all the other requirements outlined in DESE guidance released in July.  

*This information was posted on August 24, 2020 and will updated as needed.