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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender-based harassment) in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Some key issue areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment.
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal Financial Assistance.”
Title IX, Education Amendments 1972
Sexual harassment for the purposes of Title IX is defined as:
- Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school’s education programs or activities.
- Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as those terms are defined under federal laws called the Clery Act Summary and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
- Quid Pro Quo Harassment*
Questions, complaints or requests for additional information regarding these laws or issues should be directed to:
Megan Lonergan - Staff Attorney and Title IX Coordinator
Brandon Wright - Student Engagement Coordinator and Title IX Investigator/Designee
15701 East First Avenue Suite# 206
Aurora, Colorado 80011
303-326-2440 x- 62440
*Quid pro quo literally translates as “something for something.” This type of harassment occurs when a person in authority, usually a supervisor or instructor, demands sexual favors in exchange for a job, promotion, grade, or other favorable treatment. In quid pro quo cases, the offense is directly linked to the individual’s terms of employment or academic success or forms the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting the individual.
Forms coming soon!
Student Complainant / Student Respondent
- Student / Student (Formal Process Report Form)
- Student / Student (Summary Report Form)
- Student / Student (Informal Process Report Form)
Student Complainant / Employee Respondent
- Student / APS Employee
Employee Complainant / Student Respondent
- APS Employee / Student
Employee Complainant / Employee Respondent
- Employee / Employee
Other Complainant / Other Respondent
Information coming soon!
- Title IX Basics Training
- Title IX Investigator / Decision‐Maker Level 1 Training
- Title IX Appellate Decision-Makers Training
- K-12 – Virtual Certified Title IX Coordinator Training
- PREK-12 TITLE IX ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING & CERTIFICATION COURSE
Investigation Resources (Staff access only) Links coming soon!
- Investigation Process
- Investigation Checklist
First Days of School and Revised District Calendar
As we begin the new school year in a fully remote learning mode, we will need additional time to provide professional development for teachers and school staff about remote learning, curricular resources, health guidelines and more.
The APS Board of Education approved a revised calendar for the 2020-21 school year. We will provide an additional week of professional development by delaying the first day of school for students by one week. This means that most students in grades 1-12 will now start school remotely on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Students in kindergarten and preschool will now start school remotely on Monday, Aug. 24. Please check with your child's school for more specific information on start dates.
You will also notice that instead of the previously scheduled Fall Break, students and staff will have the entire week of Thanksgiving off. In addition, Winter Break has been extended by an additional week in January. There are other calendar changes throughout the school year, so please review the calendar thoroughly.
Student Schedules during Remote Learning
After implementing remote learning access this spring, we will be shifting to provide more rigorous, engaging and standards-based learning for students this fall. Students will take part in live classes from home. This means students will sign on and learn in real-time from teachers through video on their laptops (synchronously).
In addition to live learning, students will also be asked to watch lessons and complete assignments as they learn on their own time (asynchronously). Both of these remote learning modes (synchronous and asynchronous) will be used and teachers will be regularly checking in to support students.
On Mondays through Thursdays, students will be learning synchronously and asynchronously. On Fridays, students will mostly be learning independently on their own (asynchronously) to provide teachers and school staff with additional time for training, data analysis and planning.
Sample daily schedules for students in grades Preschool-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 were presented to the APS Board of Education during their meeting on Tuesday night. As an example of what a schedule for each grade band might look like, please take a look at slides 10-13. Schools will be communicating more detail about student schedules in the coming weeks. Please contact school staff if you have specific questions about your student’s schedule.
We may also be able to bring small groups of students into schools for specialized instruction. Schools will work with families to accommodate this need.
As a reminder, school staff will be working with families of children with special needs who are on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan to determine how services will be provided. Students who are English Language Learners will continue to receive additional language development support.
Mental Health Supports for Students
As reflected in the sample schedules, social-emotional learning will be a key component of remote learning. In addition, all students will continue to have remote access to mental health resources including APS psychologists, social workers, counselors and other school staff. The health and wellbeing of our students is our top priority. Click here for more information on APS mental health resources and supports.
Temporary Attendance Policy
To address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the mandates to educate children, the Board of Education implements the following temporary attendance protocols for the 2020-2021 school year.
Athletics & Activities
APS and CHSAA Approves High School Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys Golf, Boys Tennis and Softball for Fall Season
In accordance with guidance from the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), APS has approved high school boys and girls cross country, boys golf, boys tennis and softball for the fall season. Other traditional fall sports are unable to be played under current state health guidelines. These include football, gymnastics, boys soccer, spirit, unified bowling and girls volleyball. CHSAA recently released its full 2020-21 calendar. The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. As such, all teams must continue to adhere to the protocols outlined by CHSAA, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and APS with symptom and temperature checks, cohort tracing and positive case management procedures. Please read the health guidelines and protocols to participate in APS athletics for the 2020-21 school year.
APS Cancels Athletics for Grades 6-8 for the 2020-21 School Year
Due to strict social distancing requirements and the lack of district transportation options, APS made the difficult decision to cancel all middle school and P-8 fall and winter athletics for the 2020-21 school year. This includes boys and girls track, girls soccer and co-ed wrestling. Please know this was an extremely difficult decision to make. However, students will have opportunities to participate in select after-school activities and clubs remotely.
Meal Distribution - Free Grab & Go Meals for Students who Qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch
As we start the new school year on Aug. 18, it is critical for every APS family to complete a free and reduced lunch application. This supports various district programming, not just the meal program. During remote learning, families will be able to pick up meals at any of our 47 districtwide drive-through grab-and-go school locations. There will be a pickup time from 10:45-11:30 a.m. at these 47 schools. There will also be an evening drive-through grab-and-go from 4:45-5:30 p.m. at APS’ five comprehensive high schools. Nutrition Services staff members will ask for student names, grades and dates of birth at pickup locations. If you have children who attend multiple schools, you will only need to drive to one location to pick up meals.
Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. All others will be charged $4.75 for grab-and-go meals. Grab-and-go suppers (super snacks) will be free for anyone age 18 and younger.
If we transition to in-person learning, we will be sharing more detailed information about transportation in the coming weeks.
Fully Remote Learning at Home
After implementing remote learning access this spring, we will be shifting to provide more rigorous, engaging and standard-based learning for students this fall. Students will have opportunities to take part in live classes from home. This means students will sign on and learn in real-time from teachers through video on their laptops. For example, a student may be assigned to sign on from 8-9 a.m. for their English class and then 9:15-10:15 for their math class.
In addition to live learning, students will also be asked to watch lessons and learn on their own time. Both of these remote learning modes will be used and teachers will be regularly checking in to support students.
We may also be able to bring in small groups of students into schools for specialized instruction. Schools will work with families to accommodate this need.
Please know that we have a strong plan in place for APS teachers to receive specialized training and coaching to provide rigorous remote learning that supports students academically and socially-emotionally. More than 1,000 teachers have already engaged in training opportunities over the summer and we are thankful to have such dedicated teachers in APS.
School staff will be working with families of children with special needs who are on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan to determine how services will be provided. Students who are English Language Learners will continue to receive additional language development support.
All students will have access to mental health resources including APS psychologists, social workers, counselors and other school staff. The health and wellbeing of our students is our top priority.
Health Guidelines at Schools
If we return to in-person learning at a later date, face masks, coverings or face shields will be required for all students and staff while in school. Accommodations will be made for individuals who have trouble breathing or other medical concerns that would be affected by wearing a mask.
We would also need to limit movement within buildings and restrict interaction between cohort groups if we return to in-person learning. This means that meals will likely be served in classrooms rather than having students transition to cafeterias. In addition, we would have increased signage throughout our schools about social distancing and frequent hand washing.
We would also be deep cleaning our buildings regularly and monitoring for symptoms in order to quickly isolate anybody who may be showing symptoms. Our nurses will continue to play a key role in providing information and sharing best practices with APS staff, both during fully remote learning and when we return to in-person learning.
COVID-19 Testing for APS Staff
The APS Board of Education approved an agreement with COVIDCheck Colorado, a social benefit enterprise of the Gary Community Investments Company on Friday. Thanks to this new partnership, APS will be covering all costs for staff to have regular testing for COVID-19 starting in August. COVIDCheck Colorado complements organizations’ strategies to reopen by providing access to accurate and affordable COVID-19 testing, symptom tracking and contact tracing tools to help Coloradans safely return to school, work and daily life.
- Please read the latest APS staff message about signing up to get tested for COVID-19.
- APS staff: please sign up here to get tested for COVID-19.
Regular testing, masks, social distancing, meals in classrooms and sanitizing our facilities are just some of the many ways that we are planning if we transition to in-person learning. We will keep you informed here of the many health and safety precautions that we are putting in place informed by local and national experts.
As cases of COVID-19 are confirmed positive or when exposure is confirmed, Aurora Public Schools will continue to keep this information updated on our website. Please see the information below that details current COVID-19 tracking. Once the Tri-County Health Department has confirmed that a case has been resolved, we will remove it from the tracker below.
We have created an email address to respond to specific concerns related to the district’s COVID-19 response. If you have concerns about current health guidelines or protocols that are in place, please send an email to email@example.com. Please know that we will work to respond within three business days or as quickly as possible. This email address was created to respond quickly and directly to individuals who share concerns. As such, we cannot respond to anonymous emails or those that do not include any specific information.
If you would like to report a non-COVID-19 concern about a threat to student or staff safety, please contact Safe2Tell. Callers may remain anonymous. The number is 1-877-542-SAFE (1-877-542-7233).