ARPS Distance Learning Initiative: Internet Access for All Students

Students need internet access in their homes in order to fully benefit from the distance learning now being offered by our public schools in this time of crisis – but we know that about 100 families in our school district do not have the financial means to pay for it. We’re asking for your help in closing this gap as soon as possible.

 

With public schools closed at least until May 4th and quite possibly longer, the state is requiring school districts to provide distance learning opportunities to all students. Having no internet access at home is a major barrier to accessing this learning.

 

Based on this state mandate, and in support of the district’s equity goals, the ARPS district is loaning mobile wifi hotspots with monthly data plans to families unable to pay for them, as well as Chromebooks as needed, so that all students can fully participate in the District’s online classes and class meetings for as long as our schools remain closed.

This is an unexpected, unprecedented and critical need. This is why the Parent Guardian Organizations from EVERY school in Amherst are banding together to raise funds needed to defray the cost and support our K-12 students.  We know this is a difficult time financially and emotionally for many families. If you are able to contribute, here’s how you can help (all donations are tax deductible):

 

  • Sponsor a student by funding a mobile hotspot for at-home distance learning ($110)
  • Fund one month of wifi access for one family ($40)
  • Make a monthly, recurring donation to provide ongoing wifi access ($40/month)
  • Make a general donation
  • Help spread the word by sharing with your friends

 

Donations can be made online https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/arps-pgo.  

 

To donate by check, can be mailed to: Tracy Zafian, ARPS PGO Treasurer

51 Blue Hills Road

Amherst, MA 01002

 

Rollout Schedule

  • Week of March 30: Purchase 95 mobile hotspots
  • Week of April 6: Configure mobile hotspots per state law requirements
  • Week of April 13: Distribute mobile hotspots to families who do not currently have home wifi access

 

If you or someone you know needs assistance with obtaining wifi access, please contact Sasha Figueroa at figueroas@arps.org or 413-351-7853.

 

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ARPS Food for Students- Now Providing Meals for Weekends

mealsARPS is very excited to announce that they are able to provide meals for students on the weekends starting this Friday!!  On Fridays each student can take three breakfasts and three lunches. The totes will be marked with the day of the week so that they won’t get the same meal for all three days .

“We know food insecurity creates additional stress and worry for our families and we are very happy we can make this happen.”

To sign up to receive meals, please contact Marta Guevara at  guevaram@arps.org or 413-362-1871

To view the schedule and locations, click here.

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ARPS Yearbook Update

Hello, students and families!

In this difficult time, the yearbook crew is still hard at work, making sure this year is documented! We have some announcements for you.

  1. The yearbook pre-order deadline has been extended to April 10th! After the pre-order deadline, you will still be able to order a yearbook directly to your home, but there will be shipping fees.
  2. The deadline to submit parent “ads” has been extended to April 1st. Ads are quarter-page only. Every parent ad purchased helps to provide yearbooks for students on free/reduced lunch.
  3. We need more photos of YOU! Submit photos of your classes, clubs, or group of friends at school. We are also accepting submissions of photos taken during this time of social distancing- we will have one page of the yearbook reflecting on this unprecedented event in time. Show us what you are up to!

You can purchase the yearbook, create a parent ad, or submit photos at arps.picaboo.com.

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Hola, estudiantes y familias!

En estos momentos de dificultad, el club del anuario continua trabajando muy fuertemente, para que este año sea documentado! Tenemos un poco de información para ustedes!

El tiempo para ordenar el anuario ha sido extendido hasta 10 de abril. Luego del periodo de extensión usted podrá ordenar el anuario directamente a su casa, con un cargo de envío.

El periodo para someter los anuncios pagados por los padres fue extendido hasta el 1 abril. Los anuncios serán de un cuarto de página. Cada anuncio pagados por padres ayudará a proveer anuarios a estudiantes que participan en el programa de almuerzo gratis/reducido.

Necesitamos mas fotos de USTEDES! Pueden someter fotos de sus clases, clubs o grupos de amigos de escuela. También estaremos aceptando fotos durante este tiempo de distanciamiento social- tendremos una página dedicada a la refleccion de este momento sin precedente. Enseñenos los que están haciendo! 

Para la compra del anuario, crear anuncios de padres o someter fotos vaya a ahrs.picaboo.com  

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AP Testing Updates from the College Board

Your health and safety are our top priorities. We know the coronavirus has created new and unexpected challenges. Here’s how the AP Program is supporting you and your school: we’re providing free, live, and on-demand AP courses and developing a new at-home testing option. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3.

 

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Remote Learning Opportunities and Guidance from DESE

Additionally, Distance Learning 2.0 information specific to students within each school (including ARHS) will be forthcoming in the next week.

Dear ARPS Community:

Please see the attached documents that include a letter from Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley and a letter from me regarding remote learning opportunities and guidance.

Best,

Mike Morris, Superintendent

Remote Learning Opportunities Notification and Guidelines.pdf 

DESE Letter to Families_COVID19 3.30.20 (3).pdf 

DESE Spanish Letter to Families_COVID19 3.30.20.pdf 

Querida comunidad de ARPS:

 

Por favor, vea los documentos adjuntos que incluyen una carta del Comisionado de Educación Jeffrey Riley y una carta mía sobre oportunidades de aprendizaje a distancia y orientación.

 

Sinceramente,

Mike Morris, Superintendente

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MIAA Spring Sports Update

The MIAA Board of Directors met on March 30th to determine that the Spring season will begin no earlier than May 4th and will be completed by June 27th, with consideration of June 28th for weather and/or facility needs.

For additional pertinent information regarding the spring sports please see the highlights HERE

The Board put forth a request to the TMC to submit a tournament structure recommendation(s) to the Board by April 9, 2020.  The Board will meet at a later date, not yet determined, to review.

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Mark Your Calendars

May 4- Tentative School Reopen Date

May 4- Spring Sports Start Date (as of 3/30)

June 22- Last Day of School

June 27- MIAA Spring Sports Season Ends

 

All other school events are canceled

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