APS Back-to-School Tips

students in front of school bus

The first day of school is just around the corner, and APS is ready to welcome all students and families for a great year of learning. Most of our schools start back on Tuesday, September 4, and we already welcomed Barcroft students back.

To help APS families get ready, we have provided important reminders below. Staff at all our schools are available to help you with the transition back to school as well. See you soon!

New to APS?

  • Register your child now before the start of school, if you haven’t already. This helps our schools plan for your child’s arrival and manage staffing and resources effectively.
  • Visit your child’s school website for more information about your school community. Click on the “Our Schools” drop-down menu in the upper left corner of this website to visit a school site.

Getting Ready – The Basics

  • Mark your calendar for school orientations and open houses at the end of August! Check your school’s website for dates and times.
  • Review the School Supply List provided on your school’s website and ensure those items are ready to go for the first day!
  • Returning parents can complete most of the First Day Packet Forms online before school starts.
    • Remember to reset your ParentVUE password! We updated our system over the summer, requiring all users to reset their passwords.
    • Review the Release of Student Information Form carefully. New for 2018-19, families must mark YES, if you’d like your contact information in the PTA Directory.
    • Ensure all emergency contact information is updated and accurate in ParentVue.

Health Forms and Immunizations

  • Ensure your child has all necessary forms and immunizations completed:
  • Relay Health Conditions or other specific student medication information to the Health Office at your child’s school before the school year starts.

Getting There – Transportation Information

  • Review the planning map for your school to determine if your student is eligible for bus transportation.
  • Students eligible for bus transportation will receive school bus route information the last week of August.
    • Letters will be mailed to all eligible families on August 27
    • If you have questions once you receive your letter, the Transportation Services call center is available at 703-228-8670
  • Visit Transportation’s FAQ for common questions.
  • Review safety tips for walking to school.
  • Practice your walking, bus or driving route to school. Make sure you review the bus stop rules, traffic laws and talk to your child about the importance of being alert and using crosswalks.
  • Learn about the student iRide card, which provides discounted fare for students on Arlington Transit (ART) buses.

Planning for Extended Day and Check-In

Nutrition at School – School Meals and Nutrition Information

Mark Your Calendars

  • Although the school year hasn’t started for most of us, many families are already making plans for upcoming holidays and breaks. Be sure to check the 2018-19 APS Calendar online.
  • The calendar will also be included on the inside cover of the APS Handbook which you’ll receive in the First Day Packets that come home to your family.
  • The calendar lists the days when APS has scheduled parent conferences, staff professional learning or grade preparation days when there will be no school or early release. Take a look now and begin to plan the year ahead.

Stay Informed!

  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Read about key initiatives on Engage with APS!
  • Receive alerts and updates through the School Talk instant message and email system (newly registered families will begin receiving these messages in the new year)