Latest Elementary School Boundaries Split Lyon Village

Latest Elementary School Boundaries Split Lyon Village
On Tuesday, Nov 24, the Superintendent announced a third revision to the elementary school boundaries, scheduled to change for the Fall 2021 school year. In this newest proposal, APS proposes to split Lyon Village into two elementary schools, with the western half going to Science Focus and the eastern half going to the new school at Key. Revised Map Find Your Planning Unit

The Superintendent plans to make a formal proposal to the school board for a vote on Dec 3. The last opportunity for public comment will be on Dec 1 at a public hearing. Sign Up to Speak Sign-ups close at 5PM on Nov 27 (Friday).

“Missing Middle” Advocate Targets LV

“Missing Middle” Advocate Targets LV
Emily Hamilton, housing advocate and Director of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University was quoted in ARLnow saying… “North of the Clarendon Metro station is the largest chunk of that quarter-mile circle where there is low-density housing… It’s certainly a spot where denser development would make economic sense.”… “There is a missing price point in Arlington both because of the county’s high-income and the region’s unwillingness — compared to other coastal regions — to permit multi-family housing.”

Most of Lyon Village south of Key is in the bullseye.

Tax Hikes Ahead?

Tax Hikes Ahead?
Tax revenues are projected to be down 25% this year and 12% next year unless the County Board takes action. At the Nov 24 County Board hearing Board Chair Libby Garvey said. “Our guidance to the Manager today starts what I expect to be a difficult conversation with our community about priorities, cuts to programs and services, and potential tax increases over the coming months, as we focus our limited resources on defeating this deadly virus, preserving our social safety net, protecting public health, and supporting our students and those in our community who face food and housing insecurity.”

Board member Christian Dorsey said the Board does not take the possibility of tax increases lightly, but cautionined against prioritizes that harm marginalized citizens who have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic.

Actions and priorities under consideration include:
● Reducing programs and services where necessary
● A real estate tax rate increase, increased cigarette taxes, and a plastic bag tax
● Increasing the stormwater tax rate
● Funding affordable housing, focusing on preventing evictions and providing housing grants
● Funding the COVID-19 response, including the anticipated vaccine program
● Opening the Lubber Run Community Center and Long Bridge Aquatics and Fitness Facility
● Implementing Rank Choice Voting in Arlington
● Revenue sharing between the County and Arlington Public Schools, giving 47% to APS

● Dec 9 virtual Budget Community Forum hosted by the County Manager
● Feb 2021 County Manager proposes budget
● Apr 2020 public hearings
● Apr 2020 Board adopts FY 2022 budget
● July 1, 2021 begins 2022 Fiscal Year
Email Comments News Release ARLnow Story

Where to Get COVID-19

Where to Get COVID-19
On Nov 22 Arlington’s COVID-19 positive test rate was 7.1% (A positive test rate above 5 is considered high). The infection rate was 1.22 (An infection rate above 1.1 is considered high).
  County public health staff interviewed 539 residents diagnosed with COVID-19, identifying sites outside of their homes where they may have been exposed:
 48% going to work
 38% going to one or more restaurants
 17% traveling out of the DMV area
 12% going to a gathering (e.g., wedding, funeral, or party)
 7% going to a gym
To protect against COVID-19 spread, everyone should avoid close contact with people who do not live in their household, wear a mask (cloth face covering), practice social distancing, and frequently and properly wash hands. News Release

Survey: County Food Scrap Collection Program

Survey: County Food Scrap Collection Program
Arlington County is considering expanding residential organics collection to include food scraps. Scraps would be collected with yard trimmings in the green cart. Scraps can be loose or in paper or compostable bags. There would be an additional charge of about $12/year. Respond to their Survey before Fri, Dec 4. Additional Information

Arlington COVID Positivity Above 5%

Arlington COVID Positivity Above 5%
The World Health Organization advised that positivity rates should remain at 5% or lower for at least 14 days before reopening. Arlington’s 7-day moving-average positivity rate is now 6.8%. It has been above 5% since Nov 7.
Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Testing webpage

In Arlington, Lyon Village (ZIP 22201) has the lowest number of COVID-19 cases per capita. Arlington Data Dashboard
Getting COVID Testing in Arlington

Coronavirus Restrictions Tightened

Coronavirus Restrictions Tightened
New guidelines go into effect at 12:01 AM, Mon, Nov 16. Similar restrictions were announced in Maryland earlier this week. D.C. has not announced new restrictions. In Virginia:
● All public & private in-person gatherings limited to 25
● Restaurants & bars must close by midnight
● Restaurants & bars must not serve or sell alcohol after 10PM
● Prohibited possessing alcoholic beverages at a restaurant or bar after 10PM
● Current restrictions already ban bar-style seating in restaurants
● Failing to wear a mask & socially distance made a Class 1 misdemeanor
● Businesses not practicing enhanced cleaning made a Class 1 misdemeanor
● Age for mask wearing in public places lowered to 5
VDH News Release

Nov 16: LVCA Special Meeting on Elementary School Boundary Changes

LVCA Special Meeting on
Elementary School Boundary Changes: Nov 16

When: Mon, Nov 16, 8PM Next Monday
Where: The meeting will be conducted online via Zoom.
A link to the meeting will be sent via the LVCA broadcast email on the day of the event (Nov 16).

MEETING IS ONLINE ONLY: There is no meeting at the Community House.

The LVCA is hosting a meeting on Mon, Nov 16 at 8 PM to discuss the APS Elementary School Boundary Changes.

The goal of the meeting is to determine if LVCA can develop a consensus position to advocate to APS.

All interested LV residents, particularly those with school aged children, are invited.

Boundary Update
The meeting will start with a brief update on the current status of the ever-changing boundary process.

The initial (Oct 5) boundary proposal redrew school boundaries across Arlington. The proposal divided LV students between Science Focus and the new Key school. New boundaries were proposed for Science Focus and Taylor. Parents across Arlington were not happy.

After community-wide feedback, an updated proposal was presented on Nov 5. Under the Nov 5 proposal LV will be split among 3 schools: Science Focus, Key, and Taylor. Some LV parents are not happy.

APS web page with links to the original proposal from Oct 5 and the current update from Nov 5 including presentations, maps and community feedback.
Fall 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process APS

Look up your Planning Unit and current school assignments.
Find Your Planning Unit

Initial Proposal for New Boundaries (Oct 5)

Nov 5 School Board Meeting Presentation

Boundry Map Presented on Nov 5

Initial Boundary Map Presented on Oct 5

Lyon Village Dues Are Due Now

Lyon Village Dues Are Due Now
Your dues support LVCA activities, such as monthly meetings (now on Zoom!), this website, emailed announcements, advocating for Lyon Village, the monthly Bulletin and fun activities such as the 4th of July Celebration and hopefully in the future our annual Halloween Party, Spring Egg Hunt, and Holiday Party. Dues are $7 for individuals or $10 per household. Pay online or by mail.

APS Staff Worried About Unsafe School Reopenings

APS Staff Worried About Unsafe School Reopenings
APS, following its “Level One” plan, has reopened 33 schools for students with disabilities. While teachers remain remote, classroom assistants are helping students within school buildings. Some classroom assistants accuse APS of not following its safety protocols. According to the Arlington Education Association needed improvements include:
● Testing every room for adequate air transfers
● Providing information related to cases, hospitalizations and deaths
● Ensuring staff can stay distant while students eat
● Providing staff with four N95 masks a week.
APS responded that these concerns have or will be addressed.
Story at ARLnow

APS Enrollment Drops 4%

APS Enrollment Drops 4%
APS’ Sept 30 count of PreK-12 enrollment fell by 1,125 students (a 4% drop). Elementary schools in North Arlington: Ashlawn, McKinley & Jamestown have some of the biggest drops. Current planning anticipated a 4% increase. Current APS planning had anticipated a 4% increase.

SchoolJun 2020Sept 2020Change
Science Focus733643-90

More at ARLnow

Nov 9 LVCA General Meeting Police & Missing Middle

LVCA General Meeting Police & Missing Middle: Nov 9
When: Mon, Nov 9, 8PM TONIGHT
Where: Virtual via Zoom About Zoom
ONLINE ONLY: There is no meeting at the Community House.

Police Update
The meeting will start with an update from LV’s Community Policing Team.

Missing Middle Housing Study
A discussion of Arlington’s, recently started, Missing Middle Housing Study that is expected to run through 2022.
● Up-Zoning: Changing the zoning of areas now limited to single-family houses to permit duplexes, triplexes, quads, and denser structures.
● How up-zoning relates to Arlington’s agenda for accelerated development, growth, and density.
● Impacts of up-zoning, accelerated development, growth and density on Arlington’s infrastructure (public schools, fire stations, storm and freshwater distribution systems), environment, and budget.
County’s Missing Middle Web Page
Missing Middle Study Timeline
MM Article published by Arlington Civic Assn
Arlington-Analytics Report on MM

● Peter Rousselot from Arlingtonians for Our Sustainable Future will make the case agains the Missing Middle Housing Study and up-zoning.
● The county has declined to provide anyone to explain their case for the Missing Middle Housing Study.

A link to the meeting will be emailed to all subscribers to the LVCA broadcast email on the day of the event (Nov 9); just click the link in the email to join the meeting. Please join the meeting a bit early, like 7:50 PM, so you will be ready when we start promptly at 8 PM. The meeting is limited to 100 attendees so latecomers may not be able to join.

Oct 28 Missing Middle Housing Study Begins

Missing Middle Housing Study Kick Off Event Online
When: Wed, Oct 28 at 7PM
Where: Online Meeting Website
The Missing Middle Housing Study will explore how new housing types could help address Arlington’s shortfall in housing supply and gaps in housing choices.
● What housing types are appropriate for Arlington?
● Where could new types of housing be located?
● What would the infrastructure and environmental impacts be? How could they be mitigated?
● How much would new types cost, and what impact would that have on Arlington’s housing market?

APS Scales Back Elementary School Boundary Changes

APS Scales Back Elementary School Boundary Changes
The Superintendent recommended changes to the 2021 school boundary changes. About 800 students in 22 planning units will be reassigned among Science Focus, Key, Ashlawn, McKinley, Taylor and Tuckahoe schools. This will increase the number of students who walk to school by 600. A separate countywide boundary process is still expected for the 2022 school year. Slides from Nov 5 School Board Meeting (scroll down to slide 24)
Revised Map

Two Catholic Schools Halt In-Person Class

Two Catholic Schools Halt In-Person Class
Positive COVID-19 tests at Bishop O’Connell High School and St. Thomas More Cathedral School have forced a temporary halt to in-person classes.
● St. Thomas More Cathedral School hopes to resume in-person classes Nov 17.
● Bishop O’Connell High School hopes to resume in-person classes Dec 1.
Story at ARLnow

APS Return-to-School On Hold

APS Return-to-School On Hold
Superintendent Durán announced that the planned “Level 2” return for younger and technical education students will be delayed until 2021 due to the increase in local coronavirus cases. However, the “Level 1” return for students with disabilities will proceed as planned on Wednesday Nov 4.
Nov 3 Superintendent’s Letter to Parents

The Arlington Public Schools Superintendent announced that: “health and safety metrics are not where they need to be to proceed with Level 2, Phase 1 Return on Nov. 12 for PreK, Kindergarten, and Career & Technical Education (CTE) students… Compared to Level 1 [for students with disabilities], Level 2 brings a significantly larger group of staff and students into our buildings and classrooms, and that is why the metrics are set to a more rigorous standard… To begin phasing in Level 2 students, we need to see further improvement in the metrics.”
Superintendent’s Letter to Parents APS COVID-19 Dashboard

Re-Name Lee Highway Poll

Re-Name Lee Highway Poll
The Lee Highway Alliance formed a 25-person working group to rename a principal Arlington street currently named after a West Point graduate who took up arms against the United States of America.
  A list of 186 names suggested by the community was narrowed to 20 by the working group. Those 20 names are to be further narrowed down by polling the community to produce a list of 3 to 5 finalists to be submitted to the County Board. The names range from bland to weird with many highly political.
  A web page with the 20 potential names, a brief explanation of each name, and an online poll is now online through Nov 30. The poll permits voting for up to 3 names, but is not offered as a ranked-choice so a relatively small number of votes could determine the final list of names. “None of the above” is not offered as a choice. The poll requires each voter to provide their name, address, and email address prior to voting. The Poll

Clarendon Sector Plan Review Begins

Clarendon Sector Plan Review Begins
The County has kicked off a review update process for the Clarendon Sector Plan, which was adopted in 2006. The study is immediately south of Lyon Village: bounded by Washington Blvd, North Hudson St., N 10th St & Wilson Blvd. What happens in Clarendon has a big impact about what happens in Lyon Village. An Engagement Session is scheduled for Oct 29.
Project Website
Project Documents
Virtual Walking Tour