School Board Update

October 20, 2020

Agenda for the October 22, 2020 School Board Meeting

The agenda for the October 22 School Board Meeting is posted on BoardDocs at:

This meeting will take place virtually using Microsoft Teams. Meetings are available for viewing live on the APS website and broadcast on Comcast Cable Channel 70 and Verizon FIOS Channel 41.



1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance


4. Recognitions/Reports

5. Announcements:

  • October 27, 2020 Virtual Work Session on the Instructional Program Pathways, 6 PM
  • October 29, 2020 Virtual Closed Meeting, 5:15 PM
  • October 29, 2020 Virtual Work Session on Elementary Boundaries, 6:30 PM
  • November 2, 2020 -Virtual Policy Subcommittee Meeting, 2 PM

6. Superintendent’s Announcements and Updates


1. Minutes

2. Personnel Actions

3. Aquatics Committee Appointment

4. Grants and Restricted Programs: Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER)


1. School Year 2020-2021 Update


1. School Board FY 2022 Budget Direction

2. First Amendment to Lease Agreement with Highland Holdings LLC

3. Proposed Revisions to School Board Policy K-14.30 Volunteers and Deletion of Policy K-14.31 Volunteer Programs

4. Proposed Revisions to School Board Policy I- Communications

5. Proposed Revisions to School Board Policy J-8.3.1 School Health



Citizen Comment at School Board Meetings

At this time, no in-person public comment will be allowed at Board Meetings, however limited Public Comment will be allowed using a call-in service.

The Public Comment Agenda Item will take place at the beginning of each Board Meeting. ALL public comment will be heard at that time, on both Agenda and Non-Agenda items, and there is a limit of 1 hour for all public comment.

Please note, the deadline for signing up to speak is 4 PM two days prior to the Board meeting. The speaker form is posted at When you sign up you will receive an acknowledgement. The day of the meeting, you will be provided with detailed directions for calling. During the meeting, speakers will be announced in the order that the calls are received.

Upcoming Work Sessions

Agendas and background information for Work Sessions will be posted on BoardDocs at as information becomes available. These meetings will take place virtually using Microsoft Teams. Work Sessions are available for viewing live on the APS website. Dates listed are subject to change.

Upcoming Work Sessions:

Calendar Survey for the 2021-22 School Year

The Draft APS Calendar for the 2021-22 School Year is posted at

The community may provide their input by participating in the 2021-22 School Year Questionnaire open from Oct. 19-30.

The current plan is to have the final calendar proposal go to the School Board as an information item at the November 17 meeting, and for approval at the Dec. 3 meeting.

APS seeking volunteers to serve on the APS and School Resource Officers Work Group

The School Board is seeking volunteers to serve on the work group will include students; parents; staff; advisory council members; community members; and the Arlington County Police. The work group of 48 members will be facilitated by a professional facilitator.

Working group members will participate actively in reviewing research, discussing, and formulating recommendations to the Superintendent and School Board on the relationship between APS and ACPD School Resource Officers (SROs). Each group member will attend the December 2020 kick off meeting, the January 2021 town hall, and monthly work group meetings from January to June.

Work group members will work together to formulate recommendations to the Superintendent and School Board for submission in June 2021.

To apply please vist Applications are available in English and Spanish at this link. Applications in Amharic, Arabic, and Mongolian are posted on the

APS and School Resource Officers Engage page. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 9 and the School Board will approve work group members at the Dec. 3 meeting.

Information, including the application, is available on the Engage webpage.

Fall 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process

APS recently presented its proposed boundaries for 2021-22 that would affect students at eight elementary schools, under the initial proposal. Visit the Elementary School Boundaries webpage for the initial boundary proposal, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and more.

Community Engagement Activities:

The School Board will hold a Work Session on Oct. 29 and a public hearing on Dec. 1. New boundaries will be adopted on Dec. 3. For more information visit

Superintendent's Weekly Update

Please read Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán's update at

The Superintendent will provide a School Year 2020-2021 Update as a Monitoring Item at all upcoming School Board meetings. Watch School Board meetings at

Next School Board Meetings. Oct. 22, Nov. 5

Dyslexia Conference 2020

To acknowledge that October is Dyslexia Month, APS will host s series of virtual events scheduled throughout the month. For information on sessions and free resources, visit

School Board Open Office Hours

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person Open Office Hours are suspended and will be held virtually. Information on how to sign up for upcoming Open Office Hours will be communicated through the normal APS channels the Friday before the scheduled Open Office Hours.

Upcoming Open Office Hours:

Monday, October 26, 2020 with Nancy Van Doren from 5 to 7 PM

Monday, November 2, 2020 with Reid Goldstein from 5:30 to 7: 30 PM

The schedule for Open Office Hours for the 2020-2021 school year is posted at

ACTL, Budget Advisory Council and Aquatics Committee Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-21 School Year

The Arlington School Board values input from parents and members of the community as part of the APS decision-making process. That’s why the school system has established a network of volunteer advisory committees, each one focusing on a specific subject or topic area from instruction to construction.

The Advisory Council on Teaching and Learning (Formerly Advisory Council on Instruction), Budget Advisory Council (BAC) and the Aquatics Committee are now accepting applications.

Information about all advisory groups and applications for the groups can be found on the APS website.

Updates for the School Year 2020-2021

APS has the following information available for families:

Questions related to APS and the change in operations due to COVID-19 can be sent to
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