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.
A. CLOSED MEETING – If needed
B. REGULAR MEETING OPENING - 7 PM
1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. CITIZEN COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA AND AGENDA ITEMS:
- 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
C. CONSENT ITEMS:
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)
D. MONITORING ITEMS:
1. School Year 2020-2021 Update
F. INFORMATION ITEMS:
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-188.8.131.52 Communications
5. Proposed Revisions to School Board Policy J-8.3.1 School Health
G. NEW BUSINESS:
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 https://www.apsva.us/school-board-meetings/sign-up-to-speak/. 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
https://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/arlington/Board.nsf/vpublic?open 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:
- October 21, 2020: Joint School Board/County Board Budget Work Session, 5 p.m. Watch streaming live in HD on Arlington TV's Youtube channel or broadcast on TV on Comcast Xfinity 25 or 1085 (HD) and Verizon FiOS 39 & 40
Calendar Survey for the 2021-22 School Year
The Draft APS Calendar for the 2021-22 School Year is posted at https://www.apsva.us/engage/2021-22-school-year-calendar/.
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 https://survey.k12insight.com/survey.aspx?k=SsSRTVsQSSQsPsPsP&lang=0&data=. 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:
- Tu. Oct. 20 Virtual Staff Office Hours for Elementary School Boundary Process in English & Spanish: 7 - 8:00 p.m. Join the Microsoft Teams Live Event
- Community Questionnaire on Elementary School Boundary Process closes tonight at 11:59 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 6 Facebook Live videos on Elementary School Boundary Process (English and Spanish): 12 - 1 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/ArlingtonPublicSchools
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 www.apsva.us/engage/fall2020elementaryboundaries/.
Superintendent's Weekly Update
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 https://www.apsva.us/school-board-meetings/watch-school-board-meetings/.
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 https://www.apsva.us/dyslexia-conference-2020/
School Board 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 https://www.apsva.us/contact-the-school-board/open-office-hours/.
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:
- The APS COVID-19 webpage has the latest updates and new FAQs about instruction, technology, meals for students, family resources and more.
Schedule Change for Week of October 26: https://www.apsva.us/post/schedule-change-for-week-of-october-26/
Annual APS Middle School Information Night Set for Oct. 26: https://www.apsva.us/post/annual-aps-middle-school-information-night-set-for-oct-26/
Family Return Selection Process for Elementary and CTE Students (Level 2) Closes Wed, Oct. 21: https://www.apsva.us/school-year-2020-21/selection-process-for-families/
APS Broadcasting WiFi Network Outside of Four Schools: https://www.apsva.us/post/aps-broadcasting-wifi-network-outside-of-four-schools/?utm_source=wifi&utm_campaign=f5oct9
APS to Resume Athletic Workouts for Students: https://www.apsva.us/post/aps-to-resume-athletic-workouts-for-students/
Changes to Meal Sites and Drop-Off Locations Beginning on Mon, Oct. 5 https://www.apsva.us/post/changes-to-meal-drop-off-locations-begin-mon-oct-5/
P-EBT Benefit Update for Families: https://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/pebt.cgi
APS to Launch Family Technology Call Center: https://parentacademy.apsva.us/
Explore Videos and Resources for Parents: https://parentacademy.apsva.us/
The Annual Online Verification Process (AOVP) Begins on August 31:https://www.apsva.us/post/the-annual-online-verification-process-aovp-begins-on-august-31/
Comcast Internet Essentials Details: https://www.apsva.us/digital-learning/internet/
Food Resources from Arlington County: https://www.apsva.us/post/food-resources-from-arlington-county/
- Need assistance? See who to contact at https://www.apsva.us/post/who-to-contact-for-help/
Questions related to APS and the change in operations due to COVID-19 can be sent to email@example.com