School Board Update

January 24, 2023

2023 Honored Citizen Nominations

We invite you to nominate outstanding community members for the 2023 Honored Citizens Award. Individuals must meet the criteria below and are committed volunteers who have gone above and beyond in supporting our students and schools.

To read more and nominate someone, please click on the link:

Work Session on January 26, 2023

The Work Session on Gifted Services was moved from Tuesday, January 24, to Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 6:30 pm.

Meetings are available for viewing live on the APS website:

Broadcast on Comcast Cable Channel 70 & Verizon FIOS Channel 41

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

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 February 16 on the following draft policies:

Superintendent’s Update: January 18, 2023

Please read Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán's update at:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest Winners Share Stories Behind Entries

Congratulations to the MLK contest winners! The Superintendent and School Board members recognized them at the Jan.19 School Board meeting. Watch as they share the inspiration behind their visual arts and literary submissions.

Click here for a complete list of their writings and art in a photo gallery.

2023 MLK Contest

Nine Seniors Earn Four-Year, Full Ride College Scholarships

Nine APS seniors received four-year, full-ride scholarships from the Posse Foundation and QuestBridge to attend a partnering university. Congratulations to these amazing students. To learn about each scholarship and to see a complete list of the winners, visit the APS website.

APS All Stars Announced for January

APS proudly recognizes its APS All Stars for January 2023. These employees were nominated by community members, students and peers.

- David Sydney, Williamsburg Middle School
- Melissa Idell, Arlington Science Focus School
- Lauren Worley, Innovation Elementary School
- Shauna Dyer, Kenmore Middle School
- Nibal Hammoudeh, Ashlawn Elementary School

Congratulations to these outstanding staff members! All winners will be treated to lunch this June. Nominate an APS employee today who embodies the school division's mission, vision and values.

Every Student Counts: Providing Equitable Language Comprehension for All Students

In the sixth episode of Every Student Counts, we explore Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA). This language comprehension program supports students reading, writing, listening and speaking comprehension skills. In this video, find out why CKLA is an integral part of providing equitable access and outcomes for all students. Thank you to the teachers and students at Campbell Elementary for this look inside their classroom!
Core Knowledge Language Arts

Important Calendar Reminders Coming this Month

January Calendar Reminders:
  • Fri, January 27: End of 2nd Quarter
  • Mon, January 30: No School for Students (Grade Preparation Day)

ACPD is Hiring School Crossing Guards

OPT In for APS School Talk Text Alerts

Did you miss the text message this morning about APS’ delayed opening?

Your school may not have your cell phone number on file, and/or you may not have opted into the text messaging service. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Make sure your school has your cell phone number in their database, designated as a cell phone. (Your cell number may already be listed as your home number or work number, but it must also be listed separately as a cell phone to receive texts.)

Step 2: Text the word YES to 67587 to opt-in.

Stay Safe from Illnesses this Winter

Winter illness season is here. The flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and COVID are illnesses to be aware of this season. To protect yourself and others, please keep your student home and notify the school clinic if they are sick. Read the full details on our website.

Preparing for Inclement Weather

With winter approaching, APS wants to remind families to review our inclement weather procedures and have a plan in place in the event of a change in operations:

- 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

View updated information about meal prices for this school year. APS encourages families who may qualify for free or reduced-price meals to apply for meal benefits. Applications are available in ParentVUE, on the APS Food Services Webpage or online at


Please click on the link for more information on locations and scheduling an appointment:

Monkeypox Information

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.

Click here to read more.

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

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

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 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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