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 & upcoming initiatives for the 2019-20 School Year. Check back often as additional information and new initiatives are added.


CURRENT INITIATIVES:

    • Planning for Reopening Schools

      • APS is planning for the return to school in August for the 2020-21 school year.
      • More information
    • Learn About the New Superintendent

      • The community is invited to a series of virtual town halls to ask Dr. Durán questions and learn a little about him. Community members can submit questions in advance.
      • More information
    • Your Voice Matters Survey 2020

    • School Board Policies

    • Planning for School Moves 2021

      • The School Board adopted a proposal on Feb. 6, 2020, to move two elementary option schools (Key Immersion and Arlington Traditional) to new sites and the majority of McKinley students to the new neighborhood school under construction at the Reed site. These changes will take effect in August 2021.
      • A cross-departmental team has begun planning to support this transition. All staff are dedicated to making these transitions as easy as possible for students and families. Throughout this school moves process, information will be shared with the community. Please note that this webpage will be updated to include site-specific information when available.
      • More information
    • Reed Building

      • APS’ Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for FY 2017-26 includes up to $55 million for the Reed Building Expansion, creating 725+ elementary seats that will open for August 2021.
      • Learn about design and construction the New Elementary School at Reed.
    • Career Center

    • Education Center

      • The School Board, at its June 29, 2017 meeting, approved the renovation for the Education Center building (1426 N. Quincy St.) to provide approximately 500-600+ high school seats. Construction will begin in 2019-20 to be ready for September 2020-21.
      • More information on Education Center
    • Pre K -12 Instructional Program Pathways

      • 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

    • RECENTLY COMPLETED INITIATIVES:

       

      • Arlington Public Schools Search for New Permanent Superintendent

        • Learn about the search for the new permanent APS Superintendent
        • More information
      • Data Review for Fall 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process

        • In Spring 2020, APS is inviting community members to review data that will be used in the Fall 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process. This review of data by Planning Unit—the geographic building blocks APS uses to establish school attendance zones— will help ensure that the final data reflects what you know about your neighborhood, is accurate, complete and ready for use in adjusting boundaries across neighborhood elementary schools this fall.
        • More information
      • Search for New Principals

        • APS is conducting a nationwide search for two principals, to lead Washington-Liberty High School after the current principal retires, and to lead a new neighborhood elementary school at the Key site. We appreciate the participation from staff, students, parents and other community members in a community questionnaire about the opportunities and challenges presented at each school, and the attributes and characteristics desired in a principal. Survey results will be posted here once they are compiled.
        • 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 will adopt a new Fiscal Year 2021-30 CIP by June 2020. Up-to-date information will be posted throughout the CIP process including School Board Work Sessions/Meetings related to the CIP, presentation materials and a timeline.
        • The Arlington Facilities and Student Accommodation Plan (AFSAP) is the first step in the CIP process. View the 2019 AFSAP
        • More information
      • Elementary School Planning for 2021
        Phase 1- Pre Boundary Planning

        • Planning for the 2020 Elementary School Boundary process will take part in four phases. The first phase begins November 2019.
        • More information
      • Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Budget

        • Development of the FY 2021 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget is underway
        • Preliminary data shows we will have to close a $26.1 million gap for the FY 2021 budget
        • Please provide your comments and suggestions on ways to help us close this $26.1 million gap
        • The Superintendent’s Proposed Budget will be presented on February 27, 2020
        • Budget & Finance for additional information
      • 2020-21 School Year Calendar

        • APS is currently seeking community input on the 2020-2021 calendar. We are providing three draft starting points to gather feedback.
        • More information
      • Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

        • APS is seeking community input to inform the interview panels screening candidates for the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer position.
        • More information
      • ASFS-Key School Building Swap

        • Planning for the building swap with ASFS and Key has been paused.
        • More information
      • Annual Online Verification Process (First Day Packet)

        • For the 2019-20 school year, Arlington Public Schools (APS) will implement a new annual online verification process for updating and maintaining accurate student information. This new process will replace the First Day Packet students used to receive on the first day of school.”
        • More information
      • Bus Transportation Service Review

          • APS is conducting a Bus Transportation Services Review in Spring 2019. This process will inform updates to APS transportation policy and procedures, and help identify efficiencies in our system as we manage resources and meet the needs of our growing student population.
          • More information
      • School Naming/Renaming Processes

        • On June 7, 2018, the School Board adopted a revised policy for Naming of Facilities (F-6.1). The policy describes how APS manages Requests to Rename Schools/Facilities.
        • Beginning this fall, six schools will be named or renamed according to the revised policy.
        • More information