Fall Reopening Plan
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Fall Reopening Plan

Thank you for your patience as we develop the Academy of Tucson Fall 2020 Reopening plans. The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We are navigating unprecedented planning challenges for the 2020-2021 school year in real time, with variables changing rapidly. In our best efforts to keep our AOT families informed, we want to provide timely updates of our plans.

Please know that our plans are subject to change depending on possible adjustments in guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), the Arizona Department of Health and Services (ADHS) and Governor Ducey’s office. Physical distancing will play a significant role in our return to campus.

Reserving your child’s preferred setting is critical!

In that effort, we request that you not delay in responding to future communication from your school principal or other personnel.

Roadmap to Reopening: Academy of Tucson will be starting school as planned via distance learning on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

When it is determined safe and prudent to return to campus we will transition to a model which will incorporate distance and in-person learning while abiding by the most current CDC guidelines.

For now, let’s address three important questions:

  • What does distance learning mean for my child?
  • What does blended learning mean for my child?
  • What does in-person learning mean for my child?

Distance learning

  • All classes will be led by Academy of Tucson teachers.
  • As needed, students will have access to school-issued Chromebooks.
  • Access to virtual "specials" throughout the semester. 
  • Social and emotional supports will be available to promote student and family well-being.
  • Students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities such as performing arts and high school athletics, following the in-person guidelines and safety measures.
  • The special education team will work with families to schedule required in-person therapies, including teletherapy when appropriate.

Blended in-person student learning

  • Students will participate in a blended model that provides both in-person and distance learning experiences. For example, a student may learn in-person on Monday, Wednesday & Friday, on one week switch to Tuesday and Thursday the following week. On the days the students are not on campus, they will learn remotely using a teacher-provided digital curriculum. 
  • While on campus, students will adhere to all in-person learning protocols. This model allows for physical distancing by reducing the number of students in the classroom.
  • Students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities such as performing arts and high school athletics, following the in-person guidelines and safety measures.
  • As needed, students will have access to school-issued Chromebooks. Social and emotional support to promote student and family well-being.

General daily safety measures

Hand hygiene

  • Frequent hand washing will be encouraged at regular intervals throughout the day with both soap and water and hand sanitizer.

Face coverings

  • The most recent Governor's Executive Order (as of July 23, 2020) states that schools must require masks above age 5. The CDC recommends the use of face coverings for anyone above age 2. Face coverings are mandated in the classrooms and outside when social distancing is difficult.

Visitors on campus

  • No outside visitors or volunteers except for the safety and well-being of students.
  • Parents will report to the front office and not go beyond unless it is for the safety or well-being of their child.
  • All visitors must follow all safety protocols.

Training and signage

  • Training will be provided for all employees, students and parents on the expected safety protocols. Signage will be posted and visible throughout the campus.

In-person student learning

Before leaving home

  • A parent will check their child for any symptoms that would prevent them from attending/remaining at school.
  • A parent will check that their child has at least one clean face covering and a filled and labeled water bottle with them.

At school

  • Physical distancing will be expected.
  • Face coverings are required, per local mandates and CDC guidelines.
  • Students will proceed directly to their classrooms; common and recreational areas will be closed before and after school.
  • Student transitions will be minimized.
  • At elementary recess, classrooms will stay together and limit the sharing of equipment.
  • The Principal will meet with families to address concerns of students with unique health considerations
  • The social and emotional needs of our students and employees continues to be a priority and will be a focus for the 2020-21 school year.

In the classroom

  • Desks will be physically distanced and facing forward.
  • Materials will not be shared.
  • Electives/specials will observe classroom physical distancing and safety protocols.
  • Cleaning solutions will be available in the classroom for spot sanitization as needed. Sanitization will take place between AM and PM sessions.

At lunch

  • Students will eat in the classroom when possible. Class groupings will be spaced apart when classroom dining is not an option.
  • Additional lunch groupings may be added to allow for physical distancing.

Athletics and extracurricular activities

  • Athletics will follow league-recommended guidelines.
  • Visual and performing arts will follow specific safety protocols that include frequent sanitation of shared instruments and no sharing of woodwind instruments or supplies when possible.
  • Student and staff field trips or travel have been canceled for fall semester.
  • School events (assemblies, concerts, etc.) will be modified or rescheduled. Virtual events will be held whenever possible. Within the school ecosystem the preferred method is Zoom.

General daily safety measures

Hand hygiene

  • Frequent hand washing will be encouraged at regular intervals throughout the day with both soap and water and hand sanitizer.

Face coverings

  • The most recent Governor's Executive Order (as of July 23, 2020) states that schools must require masks above age 5. The CDC recommends the use of face coverings for anyone above age 2. Face coverings are mandated in the classrooms and outside when social distancing is difficult.

Visitors on campus

  • No outside visitors or volunteers except for the safety and well-being of students.
  • Parents will report to the front office and not go beyond unless it is for the safety or well-being of their child.
  • All visitors must follow all safety protocols.

Training and signage

  • Training will be provided for all employees, students and parents on the expected safety protocols. Signage will be posted and visible throughout the campus.

Latest Updates

  • AOT Superintendent Update

    August 4, 2020: Superintendent Update

    Academy of Tucson board of directors voted unanimously to extend distance learning through the end of the first semester.  Read More
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    Superintendent Update

    An update from Academy of Tucson Superintendent Jose E. Garcia on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  Read More

We Want to Hear from You

Do you have questions about reopening, distance learning or enrollment? We are here to help. Give us a call today. 
 

Elementary School: 520-886-6076

Middle School: 520-749-1413

High School: 520-733-0096

Campus Tours:  
To ensure everyone's safety, our campuses are open for tours 9 AM-3 PM by appointment only. In accordance with the Tucson/Pima County mask mandate, masks must be worn during tours. Please call to schedule.

An AOTMS student distance learning at home.