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Hearts & Minds at Home

The AOS Hearts & Minds at Home virtual learning program is available to students in certain circumstances.

Students who are in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 will participate in Hearts & Minds at Home (HMH), assuming they feel well enough to do so. Families may also elect to participate in HMH following an application process and committing their children to HMH for the duration of an entire trimester. This option is primarily intended for those with medical reasons that place them at a higher risk when on campus. Emerging research as well as evidence from our own community demonstrates that there is simply no replacement for in-person learning, but we will continue to offer HMH to students who meet a certain criteria to ensure their instructional needs are met.

HMH entails students participating in their daily schedule through a live feed via the Zoom online platform. The teacher will interact with HMH students when possible, as the Zoom platform allows for two-way interaction. Kindergarten-8th-grade students utilizing HMH will be provided with a school-issued device. Because virtual instruction has proven to be difficult and largely ineffective with our youngest learners, Jones Center HMH instruction will happen almost entirely offline and through tactile materials provided by the child’s teacher.