P/K-5 School Leaders
Responsibilities, Resources, & Support
Develop a school-wide schedule that documents when teachers will be available. Flexible: Schedule may evolve over time based on lessons learned.
Develop a schedule for support staff (paraprofessionals, office staff, deans, etc.) Flexible: Principal discretion
Communicate & Connect
Weekly communication will be sent to staff by the principal (newsletter or email). Flexible: Additional communication with staff are optional.
All elementary teachers will have a virtual morning meetings with students in their classroom. Flexible: Schools can determine times for the morning meeting, though staggering the times is recommended.
Weekly communication with families (email, text, or virtual). Flexible: Time, Length, Medium Used and Content.
Weekly grade level team meetings will be used for check in, student progress updates, professional learning and/or reading. Flexible: Time, Length, and Content.
Engage with individual teachers weekly as needed (principal and/or leadership team). Flexible: Time, Length, and Content.
Develop a protocol that notifies administration of students not connecting virtually. Flexible: Capturing i-Ready student participation.
Identify roles and responsibilities for all support staff and Specials teachers. Flexible: Nature of roles & responsibilities.
English Language Supports
Embedded Language Supports:
The goal for elementary teachers is to provide embedded supports throughout the day. It is not an expectation that dedicated ELD be explicitly taught through the remote learning format. Instead, teachers are charged with ensuring multilingual learners have access to language supports as needed.
Should you provide an expectation to meet with a small group of multilingual learners virtually, the links below are available to support you in structuring your time with students.
ELAchieve Blackline Masters: Share with your students only the specific document that you will be using to support learning. Password - elachieve
Extending an ELAchieve Unit: There is not an expectation to teach new lessons; however, as teachers are providing embedded supports, this information may be helpful.
Language Services Support
Here are instructions on how to use both phone interpretation agencies we contract with and below. Be prepared to provide your employee ID when calling in.
CTS Language Link (first choice) 1-888-338-7394 Access Code: 24815
Telelanguage (in case an interpreter is not available with the first company) 1-800-514-9237 Access Code: 25800
Google Translate - Watch this video to learn how to use the Chrome extension
Maintain A Healthy Work/Life Balance
Keep lines of communication open between all departments and colleagues, and consult your district leadership if you are having any difficulty in this new frontier of learning and leading. We are here to support you!
Mental Health Support
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 remote learning website to find the name and contact information for the school mental health provider.
Professional counselors can help you manage any type of problem with complete confidentiality, 24 hours a day.
Guidance Consultants can assist you at 1-888-324-2631 or visit guidanceresources.com and register using the organization web ID: APS to create your own personal login.
Completely confidential - APS will never know if you use this program.
Students Use Clever To Access Everything
The Clever Portal will automatically be signed in and all resources available when students sign in to Google Chrome.
The Clever Portal has sections at the top of the page called "Remote Learning" with buttons that will take students to school content, eBooks, Google Classroom, and back to this website.
English Language Arts (ELA) Instruction
Classroom helps students and teachers organize assignments, boost collaboration, and foster better communication.
Sora eBook Library Over 6000 ebooks and audiobooks curated for Aurora Public School's PK-12 students and staff.
ELD Language Supports
Chat & Video With Your Staff
Google Hangouts - For quick chat and "lite" video teleconferencing.
Google Meet - For a more "formal" webinar-style video teleconferencing including features like recording and live closed captioning (great for ELL students!).
Need Personalized Human Help?
The Genius Bar is now open! Get help from our very own experts in instruction, content, ed tech integration, and digital library. Schedule personalized support in a 1:1 or small group online setting, or just pop in to say "Hi!" during office hours. All questions are GREAT questions!
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 make sure the parent includes the name of your child, grade, school, and your call back number in addition to your question. If your parent is having issues with their child's Chromebook and need it replaced, they need to contact their child's school.
How To Use Your Home Computer For Instruction
Go To & Log In To Clever
Use this link to get to APS Clever: clever.aurorak12.org - Use your Google username and password if prompted.
How To Get Started Using Google Classroom
How To Use Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts is a tool that you will use to chat via text with your students and colleagues - Learn more about it here
How To Use Google Meet
Google Meets is a tool that allows you to do your daily video check-ins with students. Learn how to set up Meet in the video below.