On Feb. 6, 2020, as part of Phase 1 of Elementary School Planning for 2021, the School Board adopted the Interim Superintendent’s recommendation to move three schools for the 2021-22 school year. The School Board adoption includes moving:
- The majority of McKinley students to the new school at the Reed site
- The Arlington Traditional School (ATS) program to the current McKinley site
- The Key Immersion program to the current ATS site
- Note: This recommendation will repurpose the Key site, which currently houses the Key Immersion school, into a new neighborhood school.
More information about Phase 1 of Elementary School Planning for 2021 is available at www.apsva.us/engage/planning-for-2020-elementary-school-boundary-process/.
Planning for School Moves Transition
A cross-departmental team has begun planning for the school moves 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 about next steps. Below are details about how APS will keep the community informed. Please note that this web page will be updated to include site-specific information when available.
Between Spring 2020 and Fall 2021, Planning & Evaluation will coordinate the school moves process that involves all APS departments, as well as the Principals and school staff of the schools involved: Administrative Services, Design & Construction, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Facilities & Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Information Services, School & Community Relations, and Teaching & Learning.
Overall Timeline for School Moves Transition
This timeline is tentative and subject to change
The four phases of the Elementary School Planning for 2021-22 are:
- Phase 1: Planning Process (November 2019 through January 2020)
- Phase 2: Planning Unit Data Review (April through May 2020)
- Phase 3: 2020 Boundary Change Process (September through December 2020)
- Phase 4: Implementation (Ongoing through June 2021)
Details about this process and each phase is available at www.apsva.us/engage/elementary-school-planning-for-2021/.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Considering the Covid-19 crisis, are the school moves still happening and how will they be funded?
School Moves 2021 is proceeding as planned. These moves are part of the overall Elementary School Planning Process for 2021-22, which includes the Fall 2020 Elementary School Boundary Process (beginning in Sept. 2020). School principals are already meeting with the departments that will implement the moves, and a principal search is currently underway for the new neighborhood school at the Key site.
The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for FY 2021 and Future CIPs has funds specifically identified to support the necessary school refreshes and kitchen expansions for the school moves, while construction continues for the new school at the Reed site. More information about the CIP will be available at www.apsva.us/engage/cip
How will the community receive updates?
This APS Engage webpage will be updated regularly with information about the overall school moves planning process for 2021-22. Principals of the schools involved will take the lead in sharing communications with their school communities. Members of each school community are asked to submit any questions they may have about the process/timeline to their respective PTAs. Responses sent to the PTA will be posted on this webpage in as feasible a timeframe as possible.
Why was it necessary to make School Moves?
During Phase 1 of the Planning Process, the School Board adopted a proposal to move three schools, allowing APS to make strategic decisions about adjusting school boundaries and creating new attendance zones. This allows APS to do the following:
- Open a new neighborhood school in an area where seats are most needed
- Develop an adjusted neighborhood attendance zone around Arlington Science Focus (ASFS)
- Address urgent capacity needs that may narrow the list of competing priorities as we prepare for the upcoming Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) process
- Look for operational efficiencies, so future budgets have some room to address direct student support.
More information about the imbalance between seats and students countywide is available at www.apsva.us/engage/planning-for-2020-elementary-school-boundary-process/#ESchallenges
Site-specific Information for each school site involved in the School Moves transition
Coming in Fall 2020