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:

    • 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 2023-32 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • School Board Policies


RECENTLY COMPLETED INITIATIVES:

    • 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
    • Fall 2021 Boundary Process

      • Limited boundary adjustments will be made where needed to balance enrollment and utilize instructional spaces across neighboring school facilities
      • Adjustments will be made between Abingdon and Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary Schools, Gunston and Jefferson Middle Schools, and Wakefield and Washington-Liberty High Schools. The changes will be implemented in Fall 2022.
      • More information
    • Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget

      • The Fiscal Year 2022 Budget was approved by the School Board on May 6, 2021.
      • Budget & Finance for additional information
    • 2021-22 Family Selection Process

      • Information about the upcoming school year and the current family selection process
      • More information
    • Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for FY 2021 and Future CIPs

      • Every two years, the School Board adopts a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that addresses APS capital needs—investments needed to improve or enhance the infrastructure of our schools—over the next ten years. The CIP includes major capital projects, such as new schools and school additions, as well as major maintenance and minor construction projects
      • The School Board has adopted a new Fiscal Year 2021 CIP in June 2020.
      • The Arlington Facilities and Student Accommodation Plan (AFSAP) is the first step in the CIP process. View the 2019 AFSAP
      • More information
    • 2021-22 Abingdon-Drew Transfer Pilot

      • This transfer pilot allows students who live in the Abingdon attendance zone, and who will be in Grades K-5 in the 2021-22 school year, to apply for a neighborhood transfer to Drew. This is a new tool to manage enrollment between two neighboring schools, one that is over capacity and one that can accommodate additional students.
      • More information
    • Development of the 2021-22 School Year Calendar

      • The Calendar Committee met in September to discuss a first draft option and provide input.
      • APS is seeking community input from families, staff, and community members. A survey is open through October 30, 2020.
      • More information
    • Virtual Town Halls

      • The community is invited to two virtual town halls in August to address the upcoming school year.
      • More information
    • 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 will be administered between March 2022 – April 2022.
      • More information