APS Quarantines Students Recently from China

APS Quarantines Students Recently from China
APS students returning from Mainland China will not be allowed to attend school for 14 days. APS will provide support to any student who is unable to attend school by providing take-home educational materials.

Steps to prevent students and staff from becoming ill in schools:
  ● Cleaning and disinfecting touched objects and surfaces
  ● Reinforcing hand washing, hand sanitizer use, not coughing or sneezing on hands, staying home when sick, etc.

APS Coronavirus Guidelines

6 Democrats Announce for School Board

Two new School Board members will be elected at the Nov 3 general election because the two incumbent School Board members, Tannia Talento and Nancy Van Doren, are not running for reelection. The latest candidate to announce is Steven Krieger.

The updated list of candidates is:

● Symone Walker website

● Cristina Diaz-Torres website

● David Priddy website

● Sandy Munnell website

● Terron Sims website

● Steven Krieger website


More about Arlington Democrats candidates website

Video of 5 candidates at the Arlington County Democratic Committee meeting

The Arlington GOP website is not presently showing any candidates.

APS School Year to Start Aug. 31

APS School Year to Start Aug. 31

Arlington School Board approved a new start date for the next school year: Aug 31. After 4 days of class there will be a four-day weekend for Labor Day.

The school year will end on June 16 for high school students and June 18 for elementary and middle school students.

School Board Votes to Move 3 Schools

On Feb 6 the Arlington School Board adopted a plan to move three elementary schools for the 2021–22 school year by a vote of 4–1. The lone dissenting vote was cast by Reid Goldstein.

  • A majority of McKinley students move to a new school at the Reed site
  • Arlington Traditional School (ATS) program moves to the current McKinley building
  • Key Immersion program moves to the current ATS building
  • The current Key building is repurposed into a new neighborhood school

More at APS website

Contentious Jan 30 School Board Meeting

Many parents continue to protest “deeply flawed” school move plan.

At the Jan 30 School Board meeting, the Board once again faced an angry community. Parents, many working as policy-making professionals with extensive experience crunching data and analyzing complex problems, challenge the data and methodology board staff are presenting to the Board.

These parents insist that the School Board should scrap staff’s poor-quality analysis. Bad decisions will cause chaos in children’s lives and require further chaotic changes in the near future.

The Board may vote on this proposal as early as February 6.

Story and video at WJLA-TV

May 7 Dem School Board Caucus

The Arlington County Democratic Committee announced two caucus dates to determine the party endorsement for Arlington School Board. The caucus will be held on 2 separate days at 2 locations, one in south and one in north Arlington. It is only necessary to attend one. Up to 2 of the 6 announced candidates will be endorsed.

When: Thu May 7, 7-9 pm
Where: Drew Elementary School, 3500 S 23rd St

When: Sat May 9, 11 am-7 pm
Where: Washington-Liberty High School, 1301 N Stafford St

March 2 is the deadline for candidates to announce for School Board.

In Virginia School Board races are considered nonpartisan. It is not legally possible to designate a partisan candidate for a school board using a government-run primary. Therefore, Arlington Democrats use a Party-run caucus to endorse candidates for School Board.

6 Democrats Announce for School Board

Dem Candidates Page

Caucus Rules

May 9 Dem School Board Caucus

The Arlington County Democratic Committee announced two caucus dates to determine the party endorsement for Arlington School Board. The caucus will be held on 2 separate days at 2 locations, one in south and one in north Arlington. It is only necessary to attend one. Up to 2 of the 6 announced candidates will be endorsed.

When: Thu May 7, 7-9 pm
Where: Drew Elementary School, 3500 S 23rd St

When: Sat May 9, 11 am-7 pm
Where: Washington-Liberty High School, 1301 N Stafford St

March 2 is the deadline for candidates to announce for School Board.

In Virginia School Board races are considered nonpartisan. It is not legally possible to designate a partisan candidate for a school board using a government-run primary. Therefore, Arlington Democrats use a Party-run caucus to endorse candidates for School Board.

6 Democrats Announce for School Board

Dem Candidates Page

Caucus Rules

Superintendent Makes School Swap Proposal

Interim Superintendent Cintia Johnson recommends the more modest of the two proposals presented in October. No relief offered for LV’s Key School.

● Move students, faculty and the principal of Key Elementary bilingual English/Spanish immersion program to the current ATS building

● Make the current Key building a new neighborhood elementary school

The School Board is expected to hold a public hearing before taking action on the proposal in February.

Superintendent’s Slide Deck (APS)

Arlington Public Schools Propose Big Changes

School staff recently announced potential big changes to the school boundaries that affect LV and other areas.


Community Survey on
APS Proposals to Move Key Immersion School

APS has proposed to move the Key program to either:
● Arlington Traditional School (west of Ballston)
● Carlin Spring Elementary (in the southwestern part of the County)
Participate in a survey about these changes: Key School Enrollment Survey (survey closes Dec 6)


Information from Arlington Public Schools
APS “What’s Happening” Home Page

Elementary School Planning for 2021


Meeting Recap (Nov 11, 2019)
School Board Member Reid Goldstein

Reid brought slides, but we didn’t have a projector.
Here are …
Reid’s Slides


Press Coverage
For NoVa Schools, A Question Of Where to Put All Those Students (WaPo)

“Arlington Public Schools may shuffle nearly a quarter of its elementary school students around to combat the county’s persistent overcrowding problems.”
APS Proposes Major Elementary School Swap (ARLnow)

Plans to Add/Drop Courses 2020-21 (InsideNOVA)


Opinion
Peter’s Take:
How The County Should Help APS Plan For New School Seats

  by Peter Rousselot

Progressive Voice:
“More Time” Doesn’t Make Change Easier

  by Colleen Pickford

Ed Talk:
Elementary School Moves/Boundaries

  by Abby Raphael

Letter to the Editor: APS Should Hire Outside Consultant for School Boundary Process

Arlington Tops in Niche Rankings

Arlington Tops in Niche Rankings
For the second year in a row, Niche has ranked Arlington Public Schools (APS) as the best school division in Virginia.
More at ARLnow

For the first time since 2016, Arlington, VA is the #1 best city to live in America, knocking Ann Arbor, MI from the top spot. For the first time, Bluemont, VA, an Arlington neighborhood, is the #1 best place to live in America, dethroning Carmel, IN.
More at Niche

Niche is a team of data scientists that combine rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to produce rankings, report cards, and in-depth profiles to highlight the best schools, companies, and neighborhoods.

Nov 11: LVCA General Meeting – School Board Member Reid Goldstein

Nov 11: LVCA General Meeting – School Board Member Reid Goldstein
When: Monday, November 11, 8pm
Where: Community House, 1920 North Highland St

The November Lyon Village meeting will feature School Board Member Reid Goldstein. He will discuss current issues facing Arlington Public Schools. Much of the meeting will be devoted to Question and Answers.

Everyone is encouraged to come to the LV Meeting on Monday night. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to come also.

The School staff recently announced potential big changes to the school boundaries that affect LV and other areas. Here is a chance to get first hand feedback.

Elementary School Planning for 2021 (APS)

For NoVa schools, a question of where to put all those students (WaPo)

“Arlington Public Schools may shuffle nearly a quarter of its elementary school students around to combat the county’s persistent overcrowding problems.”
APS Proposes Major Elementary School Swap (ARLnow)

Plans to Add/Drop Courses 2020-21 (InsideNOVA)

Candidates Night 2019 Meeting Recap

The October meeting featured three of the four County Board candidates running for the two open seats. Arron O’Dell did not attend.
Christian Dorsey (incumbent Democrat) Website
Katie Cristol (incumbent Democrat) Website
Audrey Clement (Independent) Website
Arron O’Dell (Independent) Website

Opening Statements
Clement

Cristol

Dorsey

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