Preparing For School Year 2021-2022 FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

AppleTree will continue to follow the “old” CDC guidelines until the end of the school year. Under these guidelines, we will continue to offer a limited number of in person seats to our current families as space becomes available.

Yes, AppleTree is planning to offer a limited number of seats in our full day, five day a week summer program during the month of July for our current students. Any remaining seats will be offered to incoming students. Please look for an announcement and registration information the first week in May

Yes, AppleTree is planning to offer full-time in person instruction next school year. This means students will have an option to attend school five days a week. Before and after school care will also be offered.

We recognize everyone may not be comfortable with their child attending in person instruction. Therefore, if needed, we will continue to offer distance learning. Parents will be provided with the opportunity at set intervals of time throughout the school year to select their child’s learning preference (in person or distance learning).

We are very early in planning for the Fall. We are working to update and expand lessons we used this fall to build our distance learning program for the 21-22 school year.

AppleTree’s maximum class size is 20 students. We average 16 per class. Each in person class size will be dictated by enrollment for each grade level.

AppleTree’s leadership considers getting the COVID-19 vaccine to be a private, personal matter. We are not requiring AppleTree staff members to be vaccinated. However, we have provided an opportunity for those staff members who wish to be vaccinated, to obtain an appointment to do so. We anticipate that most, but not all, staff will be vaccinated by the time school starts in the Fall.

As we have done throughout this school year, we will consult with the DC Department of Health to quarantine any cohorts of students and staff who were considered exposed to the virus. We follow the Health Department recommendations and require documentation from the student/staff who has tested positive for the virus. This documentation, in consultation with the Health Department, dictates when the student/staff is allowed to return to school.

Yes.

We have a full-time person dedicated to disinfecting high-touch surfaces continuously throughout the day.

The school building is cleaned and disinfected every evening by our full-time custodial staff.

Yes. For example, if a student or a group of students is quarantining, they will participate in distance learning instruction.

Yes. For logistical purposes generally, we do not want students to frequently toggle between in school and full-time distance learning programs; however, we will have designated times throughout the school year where parents can choose to move their student from distance learning to in-person learning.

*This information outlines AppleTree’s plans based on current CDC guidelines, local guidance, and health metrics. Families will be informed of any changes that may impact the plans outlined on this page. – April 2021