School Board Update
January 3, 2023
Arlington School Board
Welcome Our New Board Member
Ms. Zecher Sutton has two daughters in Arlington Public Schools and has been an active community member. She served as chair of the APS Advisory Council on Teaching and Learning. She served on the PTA board at Randolph Elementary, a Title I International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school. She was the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished County Service Award from Volunteer Arlington & the Leadership Center for Excellence.
January 5, 2023 School Board Meeting
The School Board Meeting scheduled for January 5, 2023, has been canceled. Our next meeting will be on January 19 @ 7 pm.
School Board meetings are broadcast live below, and the live feed is available on Comcast Cable Channel 70 and Verizon FIOS Channel 41.
Work Session on January 10, 2023
Our second Work Session with the Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning (ACTL), will be on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, @ 6:30 pm.
Meetings are available for viewing live on the APS website:
Broadcast on Comcast Cable Channel 70 & Verizon FIOS Channel 41
January Schedule of Board Meetings, Work Sessions, and Advisory Council and Committee Meetings
Public Comment at School Board Meetings
Public Comment on Agenda and Non-Agenda items will be heard at the beginning of the meeting and will be limited to 1 hour. At each meeting, the Board will hear from a maximum of 30 speakers, and each speaker will have up to 2 minutes to comment. There will be 20 slots reserved for speakers to sign up online in advance. Speakers will no longer have the option to select the call-in service. As of the November 10 meeting, speakers will only have the option to speak in person.
New this school year: There will be 10 slots reserved for speakers to sign up in person between 6:15 p.m and 6:45 pm. (No speaker forms will be accepted before or after these times).
Additional information will be posted at https://www.apsva.us/school-board-meetings/sign-up-to-speak/
Share Your Comments on Draft School Board Policies
- F-2 Goals (Facilities and Operations)
- I-9.1.5 Exemplary Projects
- I-22.214.171.124 High School Credit at the Middle School
- J-5.3.1 Homeless Education Services
School Board Approves 2023-24 SY Calendar
APS Elementary - School Wide - Student: Teacher Ratio Report SY 2022-23
Congratulations to Arlington’s 2022-23 Reflections Contest Winners
County & Schools Collaborate on Opioid Response Efforts
Learn more and read about our response efforts.
Randolph Teachers Bring Ancient Greece to Life for Students
Every Student Counts – Career & Technical Education
Attention Rising Middle and High School Families: Upcoming Dates
- Secondary Option Program Deadlines: Interested families must complete an online application and submit all required documents by Fri, Jan. 13, 2023, at 4 p.m. Learn more: Middle School I High School
Nominate an APS All Star Today!
The APS All Stars program recognizes outstanding employees who go above and beyond their normal scope of work to ensure that all students thrive and excel. Learn more about the program and nominate someone today! We’ll recognize our next group of All Stars in October.
Stay Safe from Illnesses this Winter
Preparing for Inclement Weather
- The first seven inclement weather days will be treated as traditional “snow days.” If the allotted days are used, APS will revert to full distance learning (virtual) days.
- NEW: Extended Day and Check-In programs will now close at the same time schools close in the event of an Early Release due to weather conditions (previously Extended Day remained open until 4 p.m.).
- Decisions impacting the following day will be announced by 6 p.m. Morning decisions will be announced by 5 a.m., as needed, based on conditions overnight.
You can learn more about the weather codes and other important details on our website.
Complete the Free & Reduced Meal Application for Meal Benefits
FLU/COVID-19/RSV PCR TEST
As the school year begins, we recognize the concern in our community about how monkeypox could impact students, their families, staff, and teachers. We want to provide you with information to address this and to establish precautions APS will implement to promote the health and safety of our community.
According to the CDC, the risk of monkeypox to children and adolescents is low at this time. The risk of monkeypox transmission in school settings is also currently low. However, anyone- including children- can be infected if they have close skin-to-skin contact with someone who has monkeypox.
APS Updates COVID Guidance
APS is making a few adjustments to COVID protocols based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Overall, most COVID-19 protocols have not changed. Primary changes are related to contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation procedures. View the updated COVID-19 Protocols and FAQ online. We will continue to adjust our protocols based on local conditions and the latest guidance and will communicate changes as needed.
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.
How to Contact APS
- 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 APS – email@example.com 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.