Demand AAPS provide transparency and an achievable plan for in-person learning

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Ann Arbor families are disappointed with the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) approach to returning to in-person learning and the lack of parent/family engagement in that process.

We ask AAPS do the following:

1. Establish an independent panel of experts in pediatrics, mental health, child development, disability studies, and education to provide biweekly recommendations and updates to the Board of Education and community related to both the COVID metrics and the well-being considerations for students.

2. Immediately begin providing a choice of in-person services for students with IEP (Individualized Education Program) and Section 504 (disability accommodation) plans either at home, in a community-based Connections+ setting or at a school building with proper safety protocols.

3. Track and publicly report measures of student health and achievement during virtual learning, including student engagement measures, IEP measures, student attendance, relevant test scores, and mental health data.

4. Publish a concrete plan for what hybrid learning will look like so parents and teachers can plan, including logistics such days/times students will be in school, start date target/goal, and how any quarantines will be handled.

5. Provide a regular update to parents and the Board of Education regarding how AAPS is supporting teachers while also establishing a secure anonymous way for teachers to raise concerns without being identified by either their employer or union (e.g., reporting hotline run by an independent legal firm).

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