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).
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
Democrats Endorse Diaz-Torres & Priddy for School Board
Cristina Diaz-Torres and David Priddy have emerged on top of a five-candidate field for the Democratic school board endorsement. The mail-in ballot resulted in high voter turnout: “More than 5,700 ballots were cast, far exceeding the 1,994 ballots cast in the 2019 in-person School Board Caucus.” These candidates will compete in the Nov 3 general election against Independent candidate Symone Walker.
School Year Begins Aug 31
The new school year is to begin Aug. 31.
● Schools will probably start with distance learning, students staying at home.
● New content will be taught.
● The County will provide free internet access to households that lack it. APS News Release
The County Board allocated $500,000 of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for a joint County/School Internet Essential Grant Program to provide broadband internet access to APS students in need. Some 5,000 to 8,000 families could qualify for the program, which will be administered by APS through a contract with Comcast. County News Release
APS Changing Grab-and-Go Meal Schedule
Effective immediately, Mon May 4, grab-and-go meals will be available only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The intent is to make meal pickup more convenient for families and to limit potential coronavirus exposure to families and staff.
In addition to meals, parents of children in second grade and below can pick up packets of teaching materials to use at home. Click to Continue Reading…
Arlington Public Schools Adjust to New Situation
APS continues to provide support to students at home for the remainder of the school year. No new material will be taught, but students are being provided with resources to review existing material.
Children in third grade and above have individual APS-issued devices and continue to use those to communicate with teachers. Children in second grade and below are being given packets of materials to help parents teach at home. The packets can be picked up during the APS meal distribution from 11 am to 1 pm Mon, Weds and Friday at Barrett, Campbell, Drew, Hoffman-Boston, Key, and Randolph elementary schools.
APS also continues to provide meal service (breakfast and lunch) for children on the free and reduce lunch program.
APS high schools are planning virtual graduation ceremonies for seniors.
There are two open seats. Election day is Nov 3. Democratic Candidates
● Cristina Diaz-Torres website
● David Priddy website
● Sandy Munnell website
● Terron Sims website
● Steven Krieger website
Democrats will compete in a mail-in primary. All ballot requests, both online and mailed, must be received (not postmarked) by the Arlington Dems by May 7, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EDT). Filled-in ballots must be mailed back in the provided envelope in time to be received (not postmarked) by Arlington Dems by May 30. Arlington Dems expects to announce their endorsement by June 9.
Six candidates for the Arlington School Board – David Priddy, Cristina Diaz-Torres, Sandy Munnell, Terron Sims II, Steven Krieger, and Symone Walker – were hosted by the Lyon Village Citizens Association in a forum on March 9, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. The candidate forum was organized by Beth Ferrill and moderated by John Carten. The video was produced by Michael A. Shea of Arlington Independent Media.
APS Meal Pickup Without Kids in Tow
The USDA has waived the rule that children must be present to receive meals. Families who wish to pick up meals without their children must email the name and ID numbers for all their children as well as the location they will pick up their meal from to Food.email@example.com APS News Release
Statewide Closures Ordered; School Year is Over
● All gatherings of more than 10 people are banned
● All schools will remain closed through the end of this academic year
● Recreation and entertainment businesses must close
● Dining and congregation areas must close
● Essential retail businesses may remain open
● Professional businesses not listed must utilize telework as much as possible
● Businesses in violation of this order may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor
● All Virginians urges to avoid non-essential travel outside the home Governor‘s Press Release Full Text of Executive Order Governor’s FAQ Answers to questions beyond the order‘s scope
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
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.
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.
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.