School Board Update

September 21, 2021

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

The Arlington School Board’s September schedule of Board Meetings, Work Sessions, and Advisory Council and Committee Meetings is now available at

For more information, contact the School Board Office at 703-228-6015.

Sept. 9 School Board Meeting Highlights

Highlights from the Sept. 9 School Board meeting include:

  • The Superintendent reported on the First Day of School. Watch the report here
  • The School Board approved their 2021-2022 Priorities. Learn more here
  • The School Board appointed Caitlin Sherman as Assistant Principal at Taylor Elementary School. She is currently a Student Support Coordinator. Her appointment begins Sept. 10.


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. A maximum of 15 speakers will be allowed to comment in person and the remaining slots will be given to call-in speakers. 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

Superintendent’s Sept. 15 Update

Please read Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán's update at
Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

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 October 15 on the following draft policies:

2021 School Bond

On Election Day, November 2, Arlington voters will be asked whether to approve $23.01 million in School Bonds to maintain and improve school infrastructure and address continued enrollment growth in Arlington County. Read additional details at 2021Bond_English_Final-Final_Formatted_Sept.-15.pdf (

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.

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.

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


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