School Board Update

January 6, 2022

Agenda for the January 6, 2022 School Board Meeting

The agenda for the January 6 School Board Meeting is posted on BoardDocs at:

https://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/arlington/Board.nsf/vpublic?open. Subject to change.


Due to the State of Emergency issued in Virginia ahead of the approaching winter storm on Thursday evening, the School Board will hold its regular January 6, 2022 meeting virtually. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. 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 Allegiance

3. Recognitions: New Board Member Mary Kadera


C. CONSENT ITEMS:

1. Minutes

2. Personnel Actions

3. Arlington School Board Code of Conduct for School Board Members

4. School and Program Liaison Assignments

5. Civic Association Liaison Assignments

6. Career Center Building Level Planning Committee (BLPC) Membership - REMOVED FROM AGENDA

7. Grievance #2021-11-12-1


D. ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. Board Announcements:

January 12, 2022 – Virtual Policy Subcommittee Meeting, 8:30 AM

January 13, 2022 – Closed Meeting, 5:30 PM, School Board Conference Room

January 13, 2022 – Work Session #2 with the Advisory Council on Teaching & Learning (ACTL), 6:30 PM, Board Room

2. Superintendent’s Announcements and Updates


E. PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA AND NON-AGENDA ITEMS:


F. MONITORING ITEMS:

1. Policy Revisions


G. ACTION ITEMS:

1. Middle School and High School Programs of Study


H. INFORMATION ITEMS:

1. I-1.34 Early Childhood Preschool Programs

2. I-11.5.2.31 Student Acceleration

3. I-7.2.9.30 Program Differentiation

4. I-7.2.6 English Learner Services


I. NEW BUSINESS:


J. ADJOURNMENT

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. All speakers must sign up in advance and indicate whether they want to speak in person or to call into the meeting. A lottery process will continue to be used to select speakers if more requests than available slots are received.


Additional information will be posted at https://www.apsva.us/school-board-meetings/sign-up-to-speak/

January Schedule of Board Meetings, Work Sessions, and Advisory Council and Committee Meetings

Superintendent’s Jan. 5 Update

Please read Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán's update at

https://www.apsva.us/post/superintendents-jan-5-2022-update-covid-19-updates/

14 Teachers Earn National Board Certification

The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announced that 14 Arlington Public Schools teachers successfully earned their National Board Certification. National Board Certification is a priority for APS. To date, there are more than 220 APS teachers who are a National Board Certified Teachers. APS ranks second in Virginia for the number of National Board Certified teachers. Read more by clicking on the link: https://www.apsva.us/post/14-teachers-earn-national-board-certification/

Nominations are OPEN for Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard of 2021

Virtual High School Information Sessions

As a follow-up to the Virtual High School Information Night this past November, all APS high schools and programs would like to invite students and families to their virtual school-based information nights. In these sessions, families of students entering high school in the fall of 2022 will meet the staff at the school, learn about the school and available programs, and engage in a Q&A session.


Join the virtual information session by visiting the links below.


Additional information on the transition to high school and high school option programs is available on the High School Options webpage.


School, Session Date, Session Link


H-B Woodlawn

Jan. 10, 2022, 7 p.m.

H-B Woodlawn Session

School Board Open Office Hours

For the 2021-2022 school year, the School Board will hold Open Office Hours twice a month on Monday evenings or, due to holidays, Tuesday mornings. Open Office Hours is a forum for Board members to listen to comments and concerns, and to discuss various topics with community members. Each Board member will share what they heard during Open Office Hours with the entire Board and the Superintendent.


Board members will meet individually with participants to ensure everyone has the same opportunity to share their opinions. To participate, individuals must sign up ahead of time using the SignUpGenius link that will be posted on the APS homepage and at https://www.apsva.us/contact-the-school-board/open-office-hours/.

Volunteering at APS

Thank you to everyone who volunteers in our schools. As part of our vaccination requirement for staff, COVID-19 vaccinations are now also required for those who want to volunteer in our schools. For those who were already approved to volunteer, you should have received a notice via email to renew your application and provide verification of your vaccination status. You can fill out the application online and find additional information regarding volunteering on the APS website.

APS to Change Vendors for In-School COVID Testing

Effective Jan. 1, 2022, APS will partner with CIAN Diagnostics to administer weekly in-school COVID surveillance testing as part of a CDC grant through VDH. Read more by clicking the link: https://www.apsva.us/post/aps-to-change-vendors-for-in-school-covid-testing/

COVID-19 Testing

OArlington Public Schools has two testing partners (CIAN Diagnostics and ResourcePath). CIAN Diagnostics (starting January 1, 2022) provides weekly optional surveillance training for students and employees in addition to mandatory testing for employees who have an approved vaccine policy exemption. ResourcePath (starting January 1, 2022) provides daily athletics and activities at the comprehensive high schools, special event drive through, and symptomatic/exposed testing. Additional information is available on the APS website.

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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