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📶 Parents: Internet Access at Home

FREE Internet Access

Low-income families can sign up for 60 days of FREE Comcast Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to qualified households for $9.95 per month.

  • Comcast is also increasing internet speeds for all existing customers who have Internet Essentials.

  • To sign up, applicants can simply visit internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers: 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

  • View the flyer.

Lifeline Services from CenturyLink: On a limited income? You can save money with Lifeline services from CenturyLink. This government assistance program can help you save on your monthly local phone service or qualifying broadband service. Lifeline provides a discount of $9.25 on monthly service for qualified subscribers. For information on Lifeline discounts for broadband service view the CenturyLink Lifeline Overview.

Free Public Hotspots: In addition, you can access the internet through Comcast public hotspots for free. Follow this link https://wifi.xfinity.com/ to locate a Comcast hotspot near you. Once near a hotspot, connect to “xfinitywifi”

☀️ Students & Parents: Find Independent Learning Opportunities Here ☀️

Follow the links below to gain access to learning resources that can be used all summer long.

❗️ Student Registration Is Open!

  • To complete a preschool screening for Early Childhood Education, please click here.

  • To register new Kindergarten through 12th-grade students, please click here.

Please email Centralized Admissions at admissions@aurorak12.org or leave a detailed message at 303-326-2200 ext. 28064 if you have any questions. The Early Childhood team can be reached at ecedepartment@aurorak12.org, as well. We will get back to you!

Talking Points-

  • We are in the midst of provisioning all staff with Talking Points access. Teachers will be able to send you text alerts about class and you can have that translated into your preferred language. Click here to learn more!

Family Support

APS Offers Grab-and-Go Meals at 47 Drive-through Locations!

Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. All others will be charged $4.75 for grab-and-go meals. Grab-and-go suppers (super snacks) will be free for anyone age 18 and younger.


Mental Health Support Available

During the extended school closure, after school hours or on the weekend call Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255), or text “Talk” to 38255. This service is available 24/7 year-round. If this is an emergency please dial 911.

The walk-in clinic is available between 8:00am and 11:00pm daily at Anschutz Medical Campus 2206 Victor Street, Aurora, CO 80045

On and after March 30, between 8:00am and 3:30pm you can contact your student’s school counselor, social worker, or psychologist through Google Hangouts. Please go to the Mental Health & Counseling website to find the name and contact information for your child's school mental health provider.


Comcast Internet Essentials Internet Access

If you do not currently have internet access at home and live in a Comcast area, you can sign up for Comcast's Internet Essentials service. It is available to all qualified households for $9.95/month.

To sign up, visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers: 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

Help video for walking through the installation process


Looking for Support Around Digital Safety?

Start on our Digital Citizenship Page: Digital CitizenshipThere are also a lot of great resources at Common Sense Media: Online Resources for Digital Citizenship


i-Ready Diagnostic Administration for Parents

Here are checklists to help prepare your students for taking the i-Ready Diagnostic assessments at home. The purpose of these assessments is to get a sense of how your student is doing on different skills in Reading and Math. Teachers do not use this assessment for a grade. The information teachers learn from this assessment helps them provide support to your student. Students will take these assessments in grades K-8 and in grades 9-10 only in Reading if they have a READ plan.

You can find the checklists here:


Parent Support For Remote Learning

Understanding Remote Learning

Most interaction between teachers and students will happen online starting at Google Classroom and/or Seesaw (PK - 2 students only). Students can use Clever to access their Google Classroom(s) and once in Classroom, their teacher will post links to assignments, videos, lessons, and other learning opportunities. Students will use Google Meet to connect with their teacher via video meeting and can also use Google Chat to send a quick message.

Use Your Home Computer Or An APS Chromebooks For Instruction And Communication

You can set up your home computer to be used by your child/children for remote learning and communication. Please see the "Help" section below for guidance.


Your Child Will Use Clever To Access Everything

The Clever Portal will automatically be a tab when your child signs in to Google Chrome. The Clever Portal has sections at the top of the page called "Remote Learning" with buttons that will take your child to school content, eBooks, additional resources, and back to this website.


Google Training

Tons of resources to help you help your child with all things Google: Google Jr Training Series 2020


Tips for Parents To Support Remote Learning

Establish a routine or schedule: During any big transition, consistency is key. Try to keep normal meal and bed times, and start learning when school typically starts each day.

Take time to check in with your child: If possible, pick a specific time each day to check in with your child. Questions you may want to ask include: What are you learning today? Are there materials you need? What did you enjoy about today? What was challenging?

Provide time for physical activity: Physical activity is important for everyone’s wellbeing. There are many resources with great ideas for physical activity, play, and discovery.

Stay updated on communications from your child’s teacher and school: School staff will provide virtual opportunities to engage and support students and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.


English Language Learners

Supports for English language learners will be provided in coordination with remote learning opportunities. Please be assured that English language development teachers will continue to support their students as well by encouraging oral language practice through the remote learning format as well as at home (with parents, siblings and other family members). Encourage your student to share discussions they had with their teacher and/or classmates, video they watched or ideas that were shared. This can spark further discussion which is beneficial for their English language development. Additionally, here are suggestions for online English language practice. These online resources for oral language practice can be accessed by students independently or alongside a parent or guardian.


Exceptional Student Services

If your child receives special education or related services at school, please read through this letter thoroughly. The document addresses SPED academics, general curriculum, Individualized Education Program (IEP) services and meetings, evaluations and more.


For Preschool Students

Please make time to read to your child daily. The Sora eBook library found in Clever has a "Perfect for Preschool" collection available, too.

Practice oral language development by talking about what you've read with them, and the events of the day.

Preschool students will not be expected to engage in a full-day or half-day online schedule but rather will be greeted and connected to their teachers as often as once daily via google hangouts/google classroom/google meets and/or by phone or email connection.

Instructional resources will be shared with you directly so you can access a variety of activities and lessons to support your young child's learning at home. Your child's preschool teacher may guide you to specific resource selections to best support elements of your child's learning they deeply know and understand from where they left off in instruction with your child before spring break.

If your preschool student has a disability, your child's preschool teacher and special education providers will collaborate in developing a schedule with you to ensure continued support with your child's individual education program goals and objectives.

Virtual play dates are another way you can engage your child with distance learning and connection to their peers and friends during this time. "Google Hangouts" can be utilized for face to face connection with peers that can be very meaningful to young children who will likely be concerned about how their friends are doing too.

The activities and tasks that children complete at home will not be used as an assessment or counted toward a part of your student’s grades. However, your insight and collaboration about their progress with their learning can inform observations your child's preschool teachers can continue to make in the My Teaching Strategies GOLD platform.

Families should review the virtual learning pathway for PK - 5 and select from the menu of resource options that are indicated for preschool-age children. The activities can be done more than once.


Academic Integrity - Code of Conduct Expectations

Aurora Public Schools takes academic integrity very seriously and expects a full commitment to it from each student. Students participating in our emergency remote learning plan are agreeing to the following statements:

  • I will not submit work completed by or copied (in full or in part) from another person . This includes classmates, friends, parents/guardians, siblings, etc.

  • I will not submit work copied (in full or in part) and pasted from the Internet. This includes exact sentences, paragraphs, videos, logos, images, templates, etc.

  • I will not submit work that reflects the ideas of another person, regardless of whether or not I use the other person’s exact words.

  • I will work independently on all assignments.

  • I will not allow others to copy my work.

  • I will not misuse content from the Internet.

  • I will not use translators to complete assignments in world language classes.

  • I will not use any external materials or testing aids on assessments.

  • I will properly punctuate and cite all ideas from others I wish to use to support my own ideas.

  • I will contact my teachers for help in avoiding plagiarism.


Behavioral Integrity Remote Learning Code of Conduct

Aurora Public Schools takes behavioral integrity very seriously and expects a full commitment to it from each student. Students participating in our remote learning plan are agreeing to the following statements:

  • I will actively participate in all online platforms while honoring my classmates’ voices, experiences and situations.

  • I commit to being present in live meetings and doing my best to eliminate all distractions.

  • I will abide by the virtual classroom expectations set by the teacher.

  • I will refrain from using inappropriate, offensive or abusive language in my speech, writing or images I share on my electronic device.

  • I will not display inappropriate, offensive or abusive material on my device screen.

  • I will wear clothing that follows the expectations set in the Safe Schools Policies and Regulations Handbook while my webcam/camera is in use for remote learning activities.

  • I will not be involved in cyberbullying as defined in the Safe Schools Policies and Regulations Handbook.

  • I will only visit school approved internet sites.

  • I will not give out my personal information to anyone.

  • I will inform my teacher if I see something inappropriate or uncomfortable online.

  • I will not change device settings without permission.

  • I will not use someone else's credentials to log on or log on as someone else.

  • I will not share the passwords or links that are provided for Google Classroom, Google Meet or Google Hangouts, unless I have permission from my teacher to do so.

  • I will not post any educational materials including class videos, documents, and other multimedia to social media without permission from my teacher.

Behavior that violates our district conduct and discipline codes can result in consequences. Some violations may also be referred to law enforcement.

Consequences can include but are not limited to:

(09) Detrimental Behavior: Harassment - Sexual, Discriminatory, Bullying/Cyberbullying, Sexting

(12) Other Violation of Code of Conduct - Cell Phone/Electronic misuse, Computer/Internet misuse

How To

Need Personalized Human Help?

Email the APS help desk - helpdesk@aurorak12.org

Or, call the APS help desk 303-340-0520, ext. 28203 and leave a message.

💥PLEASE: When using the help desk email (using the link above) or leaving a help desk voicemail, please include the name of your child, grade, school, and your call back number in addition to your question. If you have issues with your child's Chromebook and need it replaced, please contact your child's school.


💥Use Your Own Computer For Instruction💥

  1. Download and install Google Chrome on your home computer (Not needed if you checked out APS chromebook)

  2. Video tutorial on signing in to your Chrome account


💥How To Turn On And Sign In To An APS Chromebook💥

View the help sheet for step-by-step instructions

NOTE: if using APS chromebook, add yourself (the student) and sign on using your @aurorak12.org Google email address and password. If you are using a personal device, be sure you are using a Chrome browser and that you have created a Chrome account for your aurorak12.org Google account. To see how to set this up, see the links above.

Get to Know Your Chromebook

What Is My Child's Google Username & Password?

You can find your child's Google username and password in Infinite Campus - Learn more here.

Also, your school's secretary and child's teacher can get you the username and password, too. Please email them. You can find staff emails on your child's school website. See school websites here.


Go To & Log In To Clever

Use this link to get to APS Clever: clever.aurorak12.org - Use the student's Google username and password if prompted.

Video - Logging into Clever from Home Computer

Help Sheets in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Nepali, Oromo, Somali, Vietnamese

P-5 students will be issued Clever "badges" that have a QR code they can use to sign in to Clever using the camera on their computer as an alternative to typing in their username and password. Teachers will email your student's QR code to you. Here's a video showing how to sign in using the Clever Badge.


How Students Join Their Teacher's Google Classroom

Here is a cheat sheet that shows how your child will join their teacher's classroom and how classroom is set up.

Video Tutorial on helping your child join a Google Classroom


How To Use Google Meet

Google Meet is a tool that your child's teacher will use to to video call them. - Learn more about it here. Google Chat can be utilized for text conversations. See how here.

Parents can use Google Meet or Google Chat to communicate with your child's teacher, too. Both can be used both on a computer and on a phone so parents and teachers can chat and video call. It is recommended to download and install the Google Meet and Chat apps for your iPhone or Android device for even easier and convenient school communication.

Getting Started With Sora eBooks

Click here for a helpsheet on getting started with Sora, or click here for video instructions


Comcast Internet Essentials

Help video for walking through the installation process

Student Resources Information

i-Ready Support

English Language Arts (ELA)

K-5 i-Ready Reading

Math Instruction

K-5 i-Ready Mathematics


Google Classroom

Classroom helps students and teachers organize assignments, boost collaboration, and foster better communication. Your child's teacher will have a Google classroom where announcements, Meets, lessons, and all learning opportunities including additional instruction will take place. Learn more here.


Choice Reading

P/K-12 Sora eBook Library Over 6000 ebooks and audiobooks curated for Aurora Public School's PK-12 students. What is it?

Click here for a help sheet on getting started with Sora, or click here for video instructions


Communication With Your Child's Teacher

Please use email - You can find staff emails on your child's school website. See school websites here.


Preschool eBooks

Sora eBook Library Preschool Collection