Deadline July 20: Families Must Select School Instruction Method
Deadline for families to select a school instruction method is Monday, July 20. Selection must be made online through ParentVUE. There are 2 options:
● Hybrid: 2 days in school and 2 days online per week.
● 4 days online per week (no in school attendance).
Both options include 3-day weekends (no school on Mondays). Families that miss the July 20 deadline will be placed in the hybrid in-school/distance learning option. Changes will not be allowed before school resumes on Aug 31. After Aug 31, change requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
APS Updates School Reopening Plan
APS is planning 4 days of instruction per week with 2 options:
● A “hybrid” option: 2 days in school and 2 days of distance learning per week.
● A 4-day week of distance learning (no in school attendance).
Don’t Be a Victim of COVID Fatigue
As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase across Virginia, the Virginia Department of Health reminds everyone of the ongoing and critical need to practice good health habits to limit the spread of illness.
Larger increases can occur following close gatherings of crowds, travel to COVID-19 hot spots, and simply due to people in close contact in smaller groups and not wearing masks. Please wear a face covering when out in public. Avoid close contact in close groups, and stay six feet or more from others.
There is no safe place. There is only safe behavior
Cherrydale Glass Recycling Site Closing
On Friday, July 10, the glass recycling drop-off bin located at the Cherrydale Library (2190 Military Rd) will be moved to the Madison Community Center (3829 N Stafford St). The new glass recycling drop-off bin will be available starting at 9am on Friday.
The closest recycling drop-off bins to LV will now be the Quincy Park Recycling Drop-Off Center (N Quincy St & Washington Blvd). This is a larger recycling site that accepts a wide variety of recyclables:
● Aluminum cans
● Cardboard (no size restrictions)
● Glass (bottles and jars)
● Metal cans
● Mixed paper (cardboard, magazines, newspapers, office paper, etc.)
Lyon Village Food Drive a Success
LV delivered almost 1,000 pounds of food to AFAC on Saturday morning. Additionally, LV contributed money donations totaling $2,500. LVWC, LVCA, and AFAC thank everybody who helped make the Food Drive a success.
Invitation to Join the LVCA Executive Committee
Help LVCA make a difference for the neighborhood. We are always interested in welcoming new people and have several officer positions needing someone to step in. This could be you!
If you are interested, please email LVCA President John Carten. He will be happy to answer your questions about community needs and how LVCA helps meet those needs.
LVCA will elect new officers for the 2020-2021 year at its next in-person general meeting. Meetings are currently on pause due to COVID-19 restrictions. All terms are for one-year starting in September. Current Members & More Information
NPR: Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities
There is no such thing as zero-risk right now. When deciding what is safe it can be useful to think about risks the way experts do. Risk increases: as more time is spent near potentially infected people; as distance decreases from potentially infected people; as the number of people interacting increases. Indoor places are riskier than outdoor places. Click to Continue Reading…
Understanding COVID-19 Superspreading Events
“Since most transmission happens only in a small number of similar situations, it may be possible to come up with smart strategies to stop them from happening. It may be possible to avoid crippling, across-the-board lockdowns by targeting the superspreading events.” NY Times
10th Attempt to Defeat Virginia Coronavirus Mitigation Fails
A Fauquier Circuit Court judge denied a request for declaratory and injunctive relief to opt out of Virginia’s mask requirement. In part, the ruling stated:Click to Continue Reading…
County Lifts Ban on Advisory Group Meetings
The County Board has revised rules for holding meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Commission chairs will no longer have to seek county-staff permission to hold meetings. Meetings will be allowed in-person or in a hybrid format, in addition to the previously announced virtual format. Sadly, county officials have dropped the requirement that meetings be live-streamed on YouTube and the county website. InsideNoVa
Planning Commission to Restart Meetings July 6
After a 4 month suspension due to COVID-19 restrictions, the County Planning Commission will resume meetings. For the foreseeable future metings will be held virtually, online. It is expected that other Commissions will do likewise. Virtual meetings are expected to make meetings more accessible, boosting citizen participation. InsideNoVa
VA AG Sues Advanced Towing Company
Attorney General Mark Herring filed suit against Advanced Towing, alleging the company breaks state and county towing provisions and is “frequently predatory, aggressive, overreaching and illegal.” Herring seeks restitution for consumers and a bar on future violations of the law. NBC4 Washington LV’s Community House has a towing contract with Advanced Towing.
Playgrounds Reopen June 26
Also outdoor restrooms & ourdoor lights. Face masks are not mandatory; social distancing and congregating in groups of less than 50 are mandatory. The County does not disinfect playground surfaces so wash your hand often. Community/nature centers & spraygrounds remain closed. Reopening Arlington Parks FAQ
Restaurant Spending Predicts Virus Spread
JPMorgan Chase examined spending at restaurants by its 30 million Chase credit and debit card customers and discovered it is a good predictor of surging corona virus cases. Virus cases surged about 3 weeks after restaurant spending surged. In contrast, spending at supermarkets was a good predictor of slower virus spread. Bloomberg
Central Library Now Does Take Out
Where: Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St
When: Mon-Thu Noon to 7PM; Fri-Sun Noon to 5PM
Patrons may place holds online or by calling 703-228-5990. Holds are not available through the app. Pick up all holds at the Central Library. Holds are held for 10 days, then automatically reshelved. More Info
Library is closed Fri-Sat July 3-4 for Independence Day & Tue July 7 for voting.
COVID Infections Shift Younger
Those getting sick with COVID-19 in Arlington are shifting younger (20-29 age cohort) while infections among those 60+ decrease. ArlNOW Increases attributed to partying and crowding into bars while not wearing facemarks. Lack of disease spread after protest marches attributed to outdoor setting and wearing of facemasks. NPR
Clarendon & Virginia Square Metro Stations Reopening Sunday Jun 28
WMATA is also opening 15 other Metro Rail stations. All stations west of Ballston will remain closed until Aug 16. National Cemetery remains closed with no reopening date specified.
ICU Bed Availability Improving, Now Good
Arlington has about 32 ICU beds. COVID Act Now estimates 9 are currently occupied by non-COVID patients and 9 by COVID patients, leaving 23 available beds. COVID Act Now estimates 8 would be needed by COVID cases. This is likely enough capacity to absorb a wave of new COVID infections.
Go Fund Me: Lawsuit to Stop Key, ATS, McKinley School Moves
A suit, filed by Louisa Castillo, an Arlington resident and Key Elementary parent, claims the School Board violated a Virginia law “when it adopted a proposal to relocate thousands of Arlington County elementary school students… rather than engaging in the necessary process to enact a school boundary change.”
A GoFundMe campaign is raising donations toward a $20,000 goal in support of the lawsuit. Go Fund Me Page
County Board Candidate Debates
Candidates running in the Special County Board election debated
● June 9 debate hosted by the Chamber of Commerce
● June 10 debate hosted by the Arlington Committee of 100
Left to Right: Bob Cambridge (R), Susan Cunningham (I), Takis Karantonis (D)
County Board Special Election is Jul 7 Special Election to fill the seat vacated by the tragic passing of Board member Erik Gutshall.
Vote Absentee By Mail
Request your ballot by June 30.
Ballots must be mailed in time to be received by July 7th at 7pm.
Be sure to mail your ballot in plenty of time for mail delivery.
Absentee ballots need a witness to see you vote and sign the ballot envelope. Confirm Your Voted Ballot Has Been Received
Vote Absentee In Person
Where: Bozman Government Center (Courthouse Plaza), 2100 Clarendon Blvd.
● May 23 – July 4, Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
● Saturday, June 20 – 8:30am – 4:30pm
● Saturday July 4, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Vote on Election Day
Where: Vote at your regular polling location
When: July 7, 6:00AM – 7:00PM
Candidates (Term to expire Dec 31, 2021)
● Takis Karantonis (D) website
● Bob Cambridge (R) website
● Susan Cunningham (I) website