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Winter Break

The winter break for students starts on December 24, 2020. Students return to virtual learning again on January 4, 2021.

December 7, 2020 School Board Meeing

At the Board meeting last night, it was decided that a potential return to face to face instruction could happen earlier than originally proposed. We could return January 11, 2021. Things are still very fluid and much could happen between then and now. Click the headline to see the letter composed by Superintendent Dr. Curci explaining this in more detail.

Remote Learning To Take Effect November 23, 2020

At the ARSD Board Meeting on November 16, 2020, the Board voted to move the elementary school into remote learning starting on November 23, 2020. The attached documents will be sent home with elementary students on November 18, 2020. Due to the shift in remote learning, class rosters may be modified to better support our students. If your child's class has changed, you will be notified.

School Picture Make-Up Day!

We have scheduled a picture makeup or retake day with LifeTouch for Tuesday, February 2nd. They will only be here for a couple hours in the morning. Full time cyber students should plan to arrive between 10:00 and 10:30.

Important COVID-19 Update for the ARES

Please see the attached letter from Dr. Curci concerning a confirmed positive case in the elementary. A phone call has gone out to all families and administration have begun contacting those families who have been in close contact with case. We are working with the Department of Health and will update our families with any new information, if necessary.

My Child Woke Up Sick, Now What?

Now that we have had about a week of face-to-face learning under out belts, I wanted to clarify how we will be using the virtual school option!

Where Can I Go For Internet Access?

We are updating our list of locations around the community for families to connect to hot spots for remote learning. Please check back often to see updates!

Start of School Welcome Back Letters and Inserts

I want to thank all of our families for their patience during this very unusual time! I apologize for having to provide such long communications and detailed plans. I know how overwhelming it can be to see documents that are 14+ pages long! The amount of detail is only meant to try to keep our families as informed as possible. Communicating electronically and checking websites isn't how we normally do business, but it is our best way to communicate with our families during these changing times. We are doing things virtually to stay connected with all of you.

Please stay connected to our website as well as alert for informative calls from school. These days leading up to the first day of school will be busy and I will share information with families to keep you updated. Attached are the letters that will be mailed home on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Questions About Choosing The Right Learning Options?

Families have questions and I am trying my best to provide answers! While I can't make your every wish come true, I have done my best to reimagine how learning opportunities look in our elementary school. These new learning pathways take into consideration student and staff needs as well as guidelines. I apologize for the length of this document, but I tried to be as clear as possible. I wanted to give you a document that you could read over and discuss with your family. If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I feel for all of the ARES families and wish we found ourselves in less stressful times. I am proud of what we have been able to offer our families. I am proud of the learning the staff has done to become teachers in an online world. Trust me when I say, we all want to be back to normal in the classroom with all our students. Until then, we have to make the best of this situation. Our students, your children need us to pull together to work as team to get through this. Please understand that this information provided in this document could change at any point in this school year. The foundation of what is presented will not change so it does provide a big picture idea for students, staff, and families.
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