July 20: Families Must Select School Instruction Method

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.


Details at APS Website

APS Updates School Reopening Plan

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).

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Go Fund Me: Lawsuit to Stop Key, ATS, McKinley School Moves

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

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.

News Release

Aug 31 School Year Begins

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

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.
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Arlington Public Schools Adjust to New Situation

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.

School Board Candidate Websites

School Board Candidate Websites

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.

Independent Candidate
● Symone Walker website

Video: Mar 9 LVCA School Board Candidate Forum

Video: Mar 9 LVCA School Board Candidate Forum


Watch Mar 9 LVCA School Board Candidate Forum (YouTube)

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.

LV Signs for Grads

LV Signs for Grads
When you see this sign in front of a house, it means that a High School Senior lives at that house. If you see a student congratulate them on their graduation.

Statewide Closures Ordered

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

Mar 9 School Board Candidates Night

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.

● Symone Walker website

● Cristina Diaz-Torres website

● David Priddy website

● Sandy Munnell website

● Terron Sims website

● Steven Krieger website

Candidates Steven Krieger, David Priddy, and Symone Walker spoke out against the plan to move three elementary schools at recent School Board meetings.

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APS Acts to Protect Staff & Students

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 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

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)