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Dear AACA Parents and Caregivers:

As our regular school year comes to an end on June 1, 2020; we are preparing to continue distance learning for ESY beginning June 8, 2020. We are also working hard to prepare for the 2020-21 academic school year, which is set to begin this Fall in August. Right now, we have no information from the California Department of Education or County Public Health on what guidelines we will have to follow, assuming we’re allowed to reopen our campuses. We receive our direction from these agencies and then work with our contracting school districts and SELPAS to develop plans that are as consistent as possible. As we sit in this wait-and-see position, we know that our neighboring districts are in the same place. We are preparing for several different scenarios for the coming year, which include a normal return to school, a hybrid model (Distance Learning and in-person combined), a staggered attendance schedule, and a Distance Learning model. If we have to remain with Distance Learning, please know that it will be conducted with a focus on structure and consistency, and that we will work closely with our teachers, providers, and support staff to make sure they are comfortable and supported with these modes of instruction. Until we receive our guidelines from the county and state agencies, we do not know which direction we are pursuing. Because we know that every other district/school is in the same position, please understand that any information you might have heard about districts or schools having a set plan for next year is simply not true. As we have more concrete information to share with our AACA families, we will share it. As always, make sure that your email addresses are current in your child’s files and on remind also know that you can check on our website for updates, as well as, our social media for the most current information available.

Additionally, AACA Administration will be scheduling “town hall” meetings with our parents/caregivers so that we can answer questions and hear your concerns. In the interest of privacy, please know that if you have student specific questions you may email your site administrator at any time, otherwise our meetings will be more of an open forum.

As always, stay well and be safe.

AACA Administrative team

Greetings,

Virtual Learning - It is our aim to ensure that avenues are taken as it pertains to quality assurance and ease of access. In keeping consistent with this mantra, it has been identified that the application of Licenses that Microsoft has made free during these troubling times will prove to be most effective in the delivery of distance learning. AACA will be assigning all of our students licensed autismacademy.org email addresses that enables all features of MS teams. The biggest advantage to full access is being able to see calendared meetings with links to join. We found that for many students appointments were being scheduled far in advance (by a variety of service providers) which was creating a large volume of emails for the parents, making it difficult to find the appropriate link to the corresponding meeting.

We will send a follow up email later in the week when the new accounts are ready for use. If a parent desires to have his or her own credentials, apart from their child…please use the form linked below to indicate your first and last name.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Lm3BANnMlEuncPXzDA2tv_YspfPp0SRFq4aNoG22iR5UMElMRDc4U1hNTDlWVE5GWFUxRVo2VjkwSi4u

If you already have the TEAMS application running on your phone or computer simply sign out of the current account and login with the new credentials provided to you. For those of you who have not downloaded the TEAMS application go ahead and do so (via itunes, android marketplace, or pc/mac download link https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/download-app)

The format for your children will be their lastname@autismacademy.org and passwords will be emailed separately.

If you have any questions please feel free to email abernstein@autismacademy.org

Antelope Valley

Phone: (661)946-1234 Fax: (661) 946-5678

6742 East Avenue H, Lancaster CA 93535

 

Chatsworth

10824 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Chatsworth CA 91311

 

Phone: (818) 882-0200 Fax: (818) 882-0206

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