Mar 9 School Board Candidates Night
March LVCA Monthly General Meeting
When: Mon, Mar 9 at 8pm
Where: LV Community House, 1920 North Highland St
Come hear from all 6 School Board candidates. This is an unusual year as 2 Board members will be elected and two current Board members are not running for re-election.
This is your opportunity to hear from the candidates and ask questions on the issues you are most concerned about.
Candidates Steven Krieger, David Priddy, and Symone Walker spoke out against the plan to move three elementary schools at recent School Board meetings.
Recent posts about School Issues
APS Acts to Protect Staff & Students
Arlington Public Schools, in an email to parents, advised that it is continuing to stay in close contact with local health officials, monitoring student health, reinforcing effective preventative steps (e.g. hand washing), continuing to disinfect surfaces in schools, “preparing for the possibility of school closures in the future,” and preparing to provide instructional activities to all students in grades PreK-12 should schools close. Students and staff should stay home when sick; only returning to school when symptom-free for 24 hours. APS Letter
Source: FY2020 WABE Guide (Washington Area Boards of Education)
Full Report via APS
Source: APS 2021 Budget Presentation Slides
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
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:
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
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.
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
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
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