School Board Update

July 28, 2022

Reid Goldstein New School Board Chair

On July 1, 2022, the Arlington School Board held its annual organizational meeting for the 2022-23 school year and elected Reid Goldstein as Chair and Cristina Diaz-Torres as Vice-Chair. The new Chair and Vice-Chair terms begin immediately and will continue until June 30, 2023.


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School Board Member Liaison School Assignments for SY22-23

Please click on the link below to see which Board Member is the liaison to your school. You can also see their other liaison assignments. https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/C-12-School-Board-Member-Liaison-Assignments-2022-2023-2-1.pdf

Share Your Comments on Draft School Board Policies

Review and comment on draft APS policies that are available for public comment on the APS Engage website. Comments can be provided by August 18 on the following draft policies:


School Board Now Accepting Applications for School Board Advisory Councils for the 2022-23 School Year

The School Board Advisory Councils and Committees provide the School Board and administrators input and feedback on the instructional and support programs, facilities, and operations of the Arlington Public Schools. The School Board values input from parents and members of the community as part of the APS decision-making process on operations, teaching and learning, and student support. The School Board is now accepting applications to serve as members of some School Board Advisory Councils. Click on the link to read more: https://www.apsva.us/post/school-board-now-accepting-applications-for-school-board-advisory-councils-for-the-2022-23-school-year/

Middle School Mathematics Placement Letters Now Available in ParentVUE

Middle school mathematics placement recommendation letters are now available in ParentVue. For more information about middle school mathematics placement, visit the Mathematics Office.


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Updated Health & Safety Measures for Summer 2022

APS is committed to providing learning environments that are healthy and safe for all students. We continue to adapt our COVID-19 mitigation measures based on current conditions in Arlington, following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).


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School Board Appoints Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Michael Hodge is a human resource (HR) professional with more than 15 years of diverse experience, which includes working for local government and school systems. He successfully held various positions such as HR specialist, generalist, supervisor, and senior leadership roles, as HR Manager and Deputy Director of HR Operations with the District of Columbia Government, and Director of HR Staffing for the Baltimore County Public Schools.


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School Board Appoints Director of Talent Acquisition and Management

Paige Tucker has been appointed as the Director of Talent Acquisition and Management (Licensed Staffing) effective Sept. 1. Tucker brings over 20 years of experience in education in Virginia.


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School Board Appoints Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Dr. Dimar Brown has been appointed as Talent Acquisition Coordinator, effective Aug. 15. Dr. Brown has over 13 years of experience in designing, implementing, and measuring education (college access), workforce development, and talent acquisition programs. His work in K-12 consulting and post-secondary administration has allowed him to convene and lead diverse cross-functional teams and projects.


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School Board Appoints Executive Director of Student Services

The School Board appointed Dr. Darrell Sampson as Executive Director of Student Services. His appointment begins Sept. 1 Dr. Sampson has 22 years of experience in education and has worked as a leader to make connections between academic achievement, college and career readiness, and the wellbeing of students, staff, and families.


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School Board Appoints Principal of Taylor Elementary

Katie Madigan has over 20 years of experience at both the elementary and middle school levels. She is an Arlington resident and parent. Madigan holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kenyon College, an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of New Hampshire, an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Marymount University, and an Ed.S. in Education Administration from the University of Virginia. She also has a gifted endorsement from the University of Virginia.


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More Administrative Appointments

The School Board made administrative appointments at the July 19 School Board meeting. The board approved Kashina Saunders as the Supervisor, Employee Relations, effective August 15. They also appointed Raymond Franklin Jr. as the Senior Paralegal in the Division Council Office, effective August 1. They also appointed Elisabeth Lua as the Family and Consumer Engagement (FACE) Coordinator, effective August 1.


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NEW for Summer School: No Charge for Breakfast and Lunch for Summer School Students

Starting July 6, students who attend summer school will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost.


Click on the link for free and reduced meals application: https://www.apsva.us/post/new-for-summer-school-no-charge-for-breakfast-and-lunch-for-summer-school-students/

Register New Students Now!

Registrations are currently being accepted for the 2022-23 school year. Only students new to APS need to register.


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Virginia Preschool Initiative is Free - Enroll Now

The Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) is a high-quality Pre-K program for four-year-old children at Arlington Public Schools and is free to all eligible families. View a recording of our Pre-K Virtual Information Night to learn more about VPI.


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School Start and End Times for SY 2022-23

Please click on the link for the start and end times for the new school year: https://www.apsva.us/school-locations/school-start-end-times/

Immunization Information for the New School Year

As you look forward to summer, make sure you include immunizations and physical exams in your plans, so you are ready for the new school year! Read the full list of requirements on our website.

SY 2022-23 Calendar

To view next year's 2022-23 Calendar, click on the link: https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/2022-23-Calendar.pdf.

Extended Day Registration Information for Summer 2022 and School Year 2022-23

Extended Day registration for the 2022-23 school year is open. To get additional details please click on the link: https://www.apsva.us/extended-day/

Apply Now to be a Substitute

APS is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated applicants to provide instructional support to ensure adequate coverage within the schools when teachers and assistants are absent due to personal, sick, and professional development leave. Visit the APS website for details and complete an application today!

COVID-19: In-School Testing/Protocols for Students/Health and Safety Information

Aegis is providing weekly in-school COVID testing. Click on the link below to sign up for FREE testing: https://my.primary.health/r/arlington-county-public-schools?registration_type=student


APS has moved to a 5-day isolation period for students who test positive for COVID-19. Previously, isolation for students was for a period of 10 days. This change aligns with the recommendations of the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health. Students may return to in-person instruction on day six, if on day five the student has no symptoms (or symptoms are improving), AND has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, AND is able to wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10. Click here to read more.


To read APS' up to date Health and Safety information, please click on the link: https://www.apsva.us/school-year-2021-22/health-safety-information/

Arlington County Public Health Division COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Scheduling

Arlington County’s Public Health Division is offering free walk ins and scheduled appointments to individuals 12 and up. View schedule at https://www.arlingtonva.us/covid-19/vaccines/registration/


Please note: Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive their free COVID-19 vaccine.

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How to Contact APS

There are several ways to contact APS for help with your questions or to provide input. Who to call and how to engage depends on what you need.
- NEW Family Information Line (703-228-8000) – APS now has a central Family Information Line to assist families with questions concerning transportation, Virtual Learning Program, registration, Extended Day food services, technology, or general questions. This line is open on school days from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Transportation will take calls from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you call and are sent to voicemail, leave a message and someone will respond to you within 24 hours.
- Engage with APSengage@apsva.us remains the contact for providing input on current APS initiatives.
- Contact Your School – For specific school-based issues or concerns regarding students, families are encouraged to contact their child’s school directly so the issue can be quickly resolved.
For more information on who to contact, please visit the Contact APS webpage.

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