Engage with Us!

Learn more about topics that will be discussed for School Board action this school year and find out how to stay informed and be involved.

Below is a list of current and upcoming initiatives for the 2021-22 school year. Check back often as additional information and new initiatives are added.

The community is encouraged to contact Engage with APS! specifically about APS initiatives. For other concerns or feedback, please visit the Contact APS webpage for information on who to contact within APS to provide you with a prompt response.


CURRENT INITIATIVES:

    • Equity Profile Dashboard Community Conversations

      • DEI will host multiple community conversations on the dashboard to receive feedback from the community on the next iteration of the dashboard.
      • The conversations will include key takeaways about student demographics, student success, and college & career readiness.
      • The conversations will also allow the community to provide feedback on the upcoming updates to the dashboard, which includes student well-being, school climate, and engaged workforce.
      • More information
    • Arlington Career Center Project

      • The Building Level Planning Committee (BLPC) for the Arlington Career Center Project has been reconvened to provide public feedback on the Public Facilities Review Committee (PFRC) Principles of Civic Design.
      • The School Board approved the Concept Design for the Arlington Career Center Project at the School Board Meeting on April 28, 2022.
      • More Information
    • School Board Policies

    • Your Voice Matters Survey 2022

      • The Your Voice Matters survey provides insight from APS families, students in grades 4-12, staff, and teachers.
      • The 2022 Your Voice Matters Survey results are now available.
      • More information

RECENTLY COMPLETED INITIATIVES:

    • School Bell Times Study Project

      • APS has begun a project to review the school bell schedules and propose changes to reduce the number of start/end times across schools. By reducing the number of start/end times, APS aims to optimize transportation services and identify efficiencies that will improve APS operations, streamline school bus routes and schedules, and reduce costs.
      • Community feedback opportunities will be available in March and April for this project.
      • More information
    • ARP/ESSER Fund Allocation Plan Feedback

      • As part of the FY 2022 Budget, APS allocated American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Funds to help safely reopen schools and address the impacts of COVID-19. The plan is posted online, and APS is seeking feedback as part of the required periodic review cycle.
      • Read the plan and please send us your feedback via email at engage@apsva.us by Wed, May 18.
    • FY 2023 Budget

      • The Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2023 Budget will improve operational efficiency and include the first phase of the compensation plan.
      • In addition, the Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2023 will strengthen and improve division-wide operations with a focus on financial sustainability.
      • The Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2023 Budget includes details on the phased plan to ensure all salary scales and benefits are market competitive and sustainable.
      • More information
    • FY 2023-32 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

      • The School Board has returned to a 10-year planning process for the FY 2023-32 CIP.
      • The Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2023-32 CIP prioritizes an annual and consistent investment to improve and upgrade existing APS infrastructure. In addition, the CIP builds a new facility to serve full-time Arlington Career Center students and students from across all APS high schools.
      • The FY 2023-32 CIP totals $388.23 with 55% of the cost funding improvements to existing APS facilities and the remaining 45% funding the Arlington Career Center Project.
      • More information
    • 2022-23 School Year Calendar

      • The calendar committee met in September and has proposed two options for the school year calendar for 2022-23.
      • The community is invited to provide input on the school calendar through an online survey.
      • More information
    • Dual Language Immersion Visioning

      • As part of the Instructional Programs and Pathways framework, APS is beginning a K-12 visioning process for the dual language immersion program. The visioning process is scheduled to begin in February 2021 for completion by early 2022.
      • More information
    • Dual Language Immersion Elementary Feeder Committee

      • The Elementary Feeder School Structure Committee will review the current elementary school feeder structure (As of 2021-22) for the Dual Language Immersion program and make a recommendation on revisions. Work will begin in September 2021.
      • More information
    • Instructional Programs and Pathways (IPP)

      • Through the IPP process, APS is addressing one of the implementation strategies of the Strategic Plan to ensure multiple pathways to student success: “Increase high-quality options for PreK-12 instructional models within and beyond neighborhood schools.”
      • More information
    • APS & School Resource Officers

        • APS is reviewing our school division’s relationship and operations with School Resource Officers (SROs), including the review and monitoring of the APS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Arlington County Police Department (ACPD).
        • A Work Group was formed during the 2020-21 school year that worked with APS staff and made a recommendation to remove SROs from all APS schools.
        • More information
    • Virtual Learning Program (VLP)

      • VLP is an alternative K12 program offered to students who elected to receive virtual instruction for the 2021-22 school year.
      • At the School Board meeting on Feb. 3, 2022, it was announced APS will pause VLP to allow opportunity for comprehensive program planning and implementation.
      • More information