Austin Achieve Public Schools will begin the school year on Monday, August 17th. All scholars will participate in distance learning for the first three weeks (8/17-9/4).

This is an unprecedented situation. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we respond to this dynamic situation and work to support our scholars, families, and staff throughout the closure.

FAQ

Teaching & Learning

When is the first day of the 2020-21 school year?

The first day of school is Monday, August 17th, 2020.

How long will mandatory distance learning last?

Per the Order of Control Measures for In-Person School Campus Instruction,  all scholars will participate in distance learning through at least Friday, September 4.

What will the distance learning schedule be?

Lower Elementary School: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM – view the full schedule here.

Upper Elementary School: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM – view the full schedule here.

Middle School:  8:30 AM – 1:15 PM – view the full schedule here 

 

High School: 9:30 AM – 4:38 PM – view the full schedule here

 

Will the online curriculum be consistent with the curriculum used in the face-to-face environment?

Yes, we are committed to providing the same high quality, TEKS-aligned instruction, whether scholars are participating in distance or on-campus learning. 

Will lessons be live-streamed or delivered through pre-recorded video?

Elementary School: Scholars will be provided with opportunities to engage in live ZOOM classes or pre-recorded videos in addition to independent, self-paced learning assignments.

 

Middle School: Scholars will participate in daily live streams and have independent online work time. On Fridays, scholars will have pre-recorded elective and PE videos to engage with.

High School: Scholars will participate in daily live streams of all 8 classes and have independent offline work time.

How much of the learning will be live instruction versus independent, self-paced learning?

It will be a combination of both live-streamed instruction or pre-recorded videos and independent, self-paced learning assignments. 

Will assignments be due every day or every week?

Scholars will have daily assignments they are required to complete. 

How will distance learning be different from at-home learning this past spring?

 

To ensure that we are providing a high-quality distance learning experience for all, we are committed to:

  • Technology for all
  • Internet access for families in need
  • Increased communication and access to teachers
  • Daily ZOOM engagement with teachers and classmates

How will enrichment and intervention be handled?

Scholars in need of enrichment or intervention support will have time automatically built into their daily schedules. 

Will my child be offered Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Yes, scholars across all grade levels will have SEL lessons built into their daily or weekly schedules. 

How will scholars participate in specials or extracurricular classes like art or PE during distance learning?

Elementary – Scholars will receive pre-recorded videos from specials (Art, PE, Performing Arts, Computer Science) classes as a part of their weekly instruction. 

 

Middle – On Fridays scholars will have pre-recorded videos to engage with for PE and elective classes. 

High –  Scholars will engage in daily live-streamed classes from all of their scheduled teachers as part of their instruction.

Will there be athletics and after school activities like clubs?

Per the Order of Control Measures for In-Person School Campus Instruction,  athletics are prohibited until Monday, September 7th. There will be no in-person club meetings during this period. 

Distance Learning

My family does not have access to the internet, what should we do?

Families without internet access will be given free WiFi through a school-issued mobile hotspot and/or community partnership.

 

In an effort to ensure Americans have necessary access to online resources, qualifying households with students can get 60 days of FREE access with a Spectrum Internet account. For more information or to enroll, please call 1-844-579-3743. Additionally, all Spectrum hotspots throughout the city have been made public. To find a hotspot near you, click here.

Health & Safety

What is the Coronavirus or COVID-19 virus?

The Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Currently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports several cases in the United States, including Texas.

Is there a difference between coronavirus and COVID-19?

Yes. There are multiple strains of coronavirus. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. This is the strain of coronavirus that is currently being monitored by the CDC.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

-Fever

-Cough

-Shortness of breath

What can I do to prevent being infected or spreading the virus?

-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

-Wash your hands frequently.

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

-Stay home when you are sick.

-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a covered trashcan.

-If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).

-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

COVID-19 Resources

Official Federal, State, and Local COVID-19 Information:

www.cdc.gov: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s official website.

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/: The State of Texas’ official COVID-19 Information website.

www.bit.ly/AustinCOVID19: The City of Austin’s official document containing resources, information, and updates on COVID-19.

Free COVID-19 Testing:

Rental Assistance

Workforce & Unemployment Information:

–  www.bit.ly/Covid19Jobs: List of available jobs in the Austin area.

www.bit.ly/TexasUnemployment: Application to receive unemployment benefits if you have lost your job due to COVID-19.

Utilities Assistance

www.bit.ly/ATXPaymentArrangement: If you are unable to make your utility payments to the City of Austin, you may set up a monthly payment installment plan here.

www.bit.ly/ATXAssistancePrograms: If you are on a low or fixed income and participate in certain local, state, or federal assistance programs, you may qualify for utility waivers and discounts from the City of Austin. See if you are eligible and apply here.

Technology Assistance

www.bit.ly/SpectrumCOVID19: Spectrum is temporarily offering free WiFi access to households with K-12 or college-aged scholars. You must be a new Spectrum customer to qualify for this offer.

Food, Supplies, and Childcare Assistance

– Austin Achieve’s Child Nutrition Department is providing FREE meals to all members of the community via on-campus pickup or delivery. If you would like to register for this service, please call 512-522-4190.

https://www.ccctx.org/: Catholic Charities of Central Texas is holding drive-through events for diapers and personal hygiene kits at 1625 Rutherford Lane. For more information, including dates and times, call (512) 651-6100.

https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org: The Central Texas Food Bank has locations across Austin and can help get you food, including groceries and hot meals, at no cost.

https://elbuen.org/wellness/food-pantry/: El Buen Samaritano provides free emergency food assistance for families with financial limitations.

– For more resources, including diapers, food, formula, and supplies, call Texas Health & Human Services at 211.

At-Home Educational Resources

www.brainPOP.com: This free, child-safe website contains videos, games, and quizzes related to all school subjects. To access all features, use the Austin Achieve login: 

Username: aaps2020

Password: aaps2020

www.natgeokids.com: This website offers science, history and ecology videos, games, quizzes and reading materials for young scholars.

www.highlightskids.com: This child-friendly website offers fun reading, games, arts and crafts, and more.

www.khanacademy.com: This website offers in-depth videos across all subjects and is perfect for middle school to high school-aged scholars.

www.bit.ly/aapscrashcourse: This YouTube channel offers fun, animated videos for subjects like history, science, psychology, and more, and is perfect for middle to high school-aged scholars.

Tips on Staying Healthy

www.bit.ly/AAPSHealthTips: Read this list of tips from the World Health Organization (WHO) on staying healthy and protecting yourself and your family from COVID-19.

www.bit.ly/AAPSMentalHealth: Read this article for simple tips on taking care of your mental health during COVID-19.

www.bit.ly/AAPSparenting: This article offers ways to help your child deal with the disappointment of school, activities, and other events being canceled due to COVID-19.