APS Weekly Update 11-5-20

APS Weekly Update 11-5-20
Posted on 11/11/2020

Thurs. Nov. 5, 2020 

Merkle’s Mental Health Moment  


Dr. Erich Merkle, Pupil Adjustment Program, Office of Special Education, Akron Public Schools 

Lately, there seems to be so much happening that depletes our internal capacity to maintain some level of optimism and  general happiness. Today's societal challenges, ranging from the raging COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, economic  downturns, and political divisiveness, among so many other topics, can all deflate our moods - if we allow it. Fortunately,  psychological science reminds us that happiness is within our personal control. Reporters at CNET offer these pointers to  

improve our happiness, even in these incredibly challenging times. Now let's cue an internal chorus of Bobby McFerrin's  Don't Worry, Be Happy as we try to shift our activities and mind frame. 

APS open enrollment now accepting applications for 2021-22 school year 

Open enrollment applications are now being accepted for the 2021-22 school year. The deadline is Friday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.  The OE application is available online only this year. Open enrollment is required for Akron Early College High School, Miller  South School for Visual and Performing Arts, National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM (NIHF STEM) middle and high schools,  Akron Early College High School, Firestone CLC’s Akron School for the Arts and its International Baccalaureate program.  

Families wishing to enroll in a school outside of their designated neighborhood school must also complete an open  enrollment application. Please note: if you have an elementary school student who is currently open enrolled and an  incoming kindergarten student and you wish to also open enroll for 2021-22, you should apply for open enrollment at this  time. Do not wait until next summer. Also, if you are applying to Akron Early College High School, Firestone Performing Arts  School, Firestone International Baccalaureate program, Miller South School VPA, NIHF STEM Middle School and STEM  High School, there may be school-specific required applications or auditions. Apply today. 

Board approves winter sports plan  

The Akron Board of Education approved a plan to start winter sports immediately. The board voted 5-2 at a special meeting  Monday, Nov. 2 to approve the start of contact sports, namely basketball and wrestling, with requirements for COVID-19  testing. The board voted 4-3 in favor of starting non-contact sports, such as bowling and swimming. There will be no  mandatory COVID-19 testing for these sports. 

District continues to work on plans for in-person supports 

The district is continuing to work on plans for in-person supports to supplement our learning platform. These additional  supports will open our buildings to many of our students for additional mental health services, therapies, hands-on learning  time for industry credentials, additional academic help and support for English language learners. Additional supports are  expected to be in place by the end of November or the start of December. More details will be coming in the Weekly Update  and on our Learning 2020-2021 page at akronschools.com.  

SPARK kindergarten readiness program now enrolling 

SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) is now enrolling three- and four-year-old children for its FREE  kindergarten readiness program. Children will receive free books and supplies, fun activities, resources, support and MORE!  All children who will attend Akron Public Schools are eligible. Complete the SPARK Inquiry Form to apply. For more  information, download the SPARK flier.  

Rent, mortgage, water/sewer assistance available for families 

Rent, mortgage and water/sewer assistance is available to low-income Summit County residents who have been impacted  by COVID-19. The funding is part of the CARES Act stimulus package and eligible residents must be at or below 200% of  the federal poverty guideline level ($52,400 for a family of four) and have fallen behind on payments due to COVID-19.  Assistance can be applied to outstanding rent, mortgage, water, and/or sewer bills for service after April 1 until the program  ends on Dec. 30. Call CA at 330.940.1120 for more information.  

Winter HEAP application process now open 

Applications are now open for the winter HEAP program. Interested individuals must schedule a phone interview (no in person interviews will take place this year). Call Akron Summit Community Action at 866.504.7400 to schedule an  appointment. HEAP Specialists will provide an email address to send required documentation. Interested applications may  also begin the application process by clicking here. For more information, download the flier.  

APS plus After-Hours Support for students and families 

APS plus After-Hours Support assists students and families with K-12 tutoring and academic support, family support  services, social-emotional urgent support, technology and Google Classroom troubleshooting. Hours are Monday-Thursday  from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. It will be closed on holidays. Call 330.761.7943 for assistance. For  information, visit akronschools.com.  

College & Career Academies of Akron Eighth Grade Showcase underway  APS eighth graders have a chance to meet with teachers, community members and older students to take a big step toward  their future during the annual Eighth Grade Showcase. Students will learn about graduation requirements, opportunities for  college credit and ways to explore CCAA pathways and available programs that link academic subjects to college majors  and career opportunities. Click here to view the showcase. 

All the resources below have clickable links for your convenience. 

General resources 

Akron Summit County Library 

APS Covid-19 Dashboard 

APS District Website 

APS Family Resources  

APS Learning 2020-21 Google Site Get 2 School/Stay in the Game Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Parent and Caregiver Resources Summit County Public Health 

United Way 2-1-1 Resource Referral 

Forms and downloads 

Bullying/harassment Complaint Form Help Desk Form 

Educational and mental health resources  5 Things Parents Can Do to Support Learning at  Home 

9 Tips for Parents Navigating Online Learning 22 Remote Learning Tips for Parents 

CDC: Help Children Learn at Home 

Online Learning Tips for Families 

APS social media  

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