📶 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.
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”
💫 Wellness in APS
Health and Wellness is a Priority in Aurora Public Schools! The mission of the APS Wellness Committee is to foster and support a district environment that promotes the total well being of students, families and staff. Follow this link: Wellness in APS to learn more about the wellness resources available to you and your family.
💬 TalkingPoints Text Messages from Teachers
All staff now have TalkingPoints access. TalkingPoints allows teachers and other school staff to send you text alerts about class and school activities. TalkingPoints automatically translates into your preferred language both when the message is sent to you and then again when you reply. Click here to learn more!
► Accessing the APS Middle and High Report Cards from the Infinite Campus Parent Portal
Parents now have the ability to view/print APS middle school and high school report cards from the Parent Portal for their student(s). These are the report cards for students in grades 6 – 12. Here is a link for a helpsheet that can be shared with parents - The elementary standards based report card can also be made available on the portal, please submit a helpdesk ticket if you want to enable these report cards.
❗️ 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 email@example.com or leave a detailed message at 303-326-2200 option 6 if you have any questions. The Early Childhood team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. We will get back to you!
General 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.
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
Communication With Your Child's Teacher
Please use email - You can find staff emails on your child's school website. See school websites here.
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.
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.
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
Please refer to our Safe Schools Policies and Regulations Handbook for a list of offenses and detailed definitions.
Technology Support & How To Guides
Need Personalized Human Help?
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.
Family Technology Support Videos
Series of informative how to videos translated in eight languages (Arabic, Karen, Spanish, Nepali, Swahili, Amharic, Karenni, and English)
Use Your Own Computer For Instruction
Download and install Google Chrome on your home computer (Not needed if you checked out APS chromebook)
How To Turn On And Sign In To An APS Chromebook
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?
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.
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.
How To Use Google Meet
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
Comcast Internet Essentials
Online Tools Your Child Will Use
English Language Arts (ELA)
K-5 i-Ready Reading
K-5 i-Ready Mathematics
Seesaw (Grades P-3)
Seesaw helps teachers organize content and foster better communication. Your child's teacher will have a Seesaw classroom where announcements, online meeting links, lessons, and all learning opportunities including additional instruction will take place.
Google Classroom (Grades 3-12)
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.