APS Return to School Plans for 2020-21

The information contained in the tiles below will be updated frequently. APS Return to School planning is on-going and we appreciate your patience as we continue to add the protocols and specifics to each topic.

School Start & Dismissal Times

School start and dismissal times will differ from previous years due to transportation guidance and the need to keep students and staff physically distanced and safe. Additionally, our goal is to mirror a school day for our students and teachers in either the hybrid or remote models.

Grade LevelStart/ Dismissal
Pre-K9 AM - 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM - 3 PM
Grades K - 58:45 AM - 3:15 PM
Grades 6 - 87:45 AM - 2:20 PM
Grades 9 - 128:15 AM - 2:51 PM

Term Dates for 2020-21 school year

Students will be required to complete 170 school days this year. As a result of the changing schedules, term dates are as follows: 

Grade levelTermTermTermTerm
Pre K & KSept. 21- Jan. 21Jan. 22- June 16

Grades 1-5Sept.16 - Feb. 2Feb. 3 - June 16

Grades 6-8Sept. 16 - Dec. 10Dec.11 - March 23March 24- June 16
Grades 9-12Sept.16 - Nov. 18Nov.19 - Feb. 2Feb. 3 - April 8April 9 - June 16

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

2020- 21 Modified School Year Calendar
2020-21 Calendar

Changes to the 2020-21 School Year calendar

On Thursday, December 3rd, the School Committee voted to approve modifications to the current (2020-21) school year calendar.  

The changes stem from public feedback requesting the days for professional development and early release days be moved to Wednesdays for the rest of the school year in order to maximize the potential for in-person learning under the hybrid model. Wednesdays are a remote learning day for all students in the district. 

These changes will begin on Wednesday, January 7, 2021. 

This year, DESE also has reduced the number of required days for students from 180 days to 170 days.

School Committee Policy EBC - Supplemental

The Andover School Committee recognizes the resulting disruption of the traditional school day and year; concerns of students, families, APS staff, and the community; and the potential for issues to continue impacting public education, all as a result of the COVID-19 emergency declared by the Governor. Updated policy changes implemented during the COVID-19 emergency can be located on the School Committee's Policy page.

Learning Models


Health Protocols

Health and Safety

Cleaning and Safety Protocols


Special Education




Schoology & Technology


Food Services

Food Services

SEL & Mental Health

SEL and Mental Health



Arts, Music, Library & Media, Health and P.E.




Andover High School

Andover High School

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Current APS Communications - Return to School Plans 2020-21

For questions, please email the COVID-19 team.