The reopening plan for the American Academy of Innovation as submitted to the Utah State Board of Education may be viewed here: AAI RE-OPENING PLAN.
On Wednesday (July 29) our board unanimously approved our re-opening plan. This summary highlights the portions of the plan that have a direct impact on students and families. There will likely be a myriad of questions and responses. We kindly ask you to consider the plan in the broader context of what is best for all students and what is best for the school community. The plan summary is as follows.
Modified School Start Date
- Friday (August 14) is still the start of school; however, on that day we are asking for students to log in to Microsoft Teams and join their squad for 30 minutes starting at 9 am.
- Monday through Friday (August 17 to 21) will be an orientation week.
- Students will attend school two days during that week. Scheduled times for your student to attend orientation will be finalized and communicated on Thursday (August 6) after Registration. The other days will be spent on assigned work.
- Orientation days will introduce, teach, and practice regular school procedures, tasks, and changes.
- The first day back will be spent with their mentor teacher from 9 am to noon. Lunch will be provided by the school for all students on this orientation day.
- The second day will be spent with their squad teacher doing AAI’s in-house placement testing (NWEA).
- The regular A/B schedule will start on Monday (August 24).
Modified Daily Schedule
- Grades 6 to 10 have been organized into a track system. This track system is designed to minimize the exposure of students outside of their track. Essentially each track will stay with the same group of students during the school day.
- School release time to be at 2:30 pm. (We were moving this direction anyway, but with the Covid-19 demands on sanitation, cleaning, distance learning, and communication, we felt the modified release time would remain appropriate.)
- Lunch release schedules will be spaced to minimize student numbers in the cafeteria.
- Facility doors will open Monday thru Thursday at 8:15 am. Doors will close at 3:00 pm. Seating will be available for students who arrive early or need to wait after school. The facility schedule will change as temperatures drop or during inclement weather. Office hours will be from 8 am to 4 pm. (The front office will be available by phone or appointment before or after facility hours.)
- Closed campus lunch for all grades. Parental waivers are available.
Personal Hygiene Procedures
- Handwashing stations will be utilized upon arrival, before and after lunch, and as deemed necessary by teachers or students.
- Hall passes will be issued to only one student at a time for each classroom.
- Correct hand sanitation procedures will be taught and practiced explicitly through Squad and signage.
Respiratory Hygiene Procedures
- Face coverings are required by State mandate when inadequate ventilation or social distancing is not an option inside the building.
- When face coverings are not a viable option due to a health condition or disability, an exemption or accommodation may be pursued.
- Coughing, sneezing, singing, etc. procedures will be taught and practiced explicitly.
Collective Sanitation Procedures
- Students and teachers will clean and sanitize all high contact surfaces each time a new group of students enter or leave a classroom.
- Students and staff will clean and sanitize all high contact surfaces during lunch each time a new group of students arrives or leave.
- Squads will assist with cleaning and sanitation of hallways and high-frequency contact surfaces.
- Daily symptom checks and verification to be done before school attendance. This is the responsibility of parents, but the school will assist if necessary.
- Ongoing self-monitoring will be practiced. Students will be asked if they are experiencing any symptoms and should be comfortable responding to questions about fever, cough, shortness of breath, aches and pains, sore throats, and loss of smell.
- Teachers and staff will also be monitoring for these symptoms throughout the day.
Isolation & Quarantine
- If/when symptoms are discovered, students may be asked to self-isolate in the sick room. Dedicated sick room to be used for isolation.
- If/when more than one symptom emerges, students may be asked to self-quarantine in the quarantine room. Dedicated quarantine room to be used for quarantine.
- Schools are considered critical workplaces and abide by modified quarantine guidelines. Thus, if you have symptoms of Covid-19 and believe you may have been exposed, you should contact your healthcare provider for further guidance; however, you may choose to still attend school so long as you are exhibiting no symptoms.
Please email your questions in regards to reopening to Scott Jones at email@example.com.
The letter from Director Scott Jones sent to families on Thursday (July 23, 2020) outlined three learning options available to your students. These learning options are not temporary measures and will be available to AAI families ongoing.
To discuss learning options at the American Academy of Innovation, please email Academic Director, Ryan Hagge, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our Learning Options page to learn more.