APS News Release

COVID Update March 12: APS-Sponsored Non-Essential Events and Trips Canceled

APS Families and Staff:

Per new Arlington County guidance for events and public gatherings, Arlington Public Schools is canceling all non-essential APS-sponsored events effective immediately, until further notice. Essential school events will continue in adjusted formats and participation. Additionally, APS is canceling all overnight field trips until further notice.

This decision is part of a coordinated Countywide response to help mitigate and contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community by reducing the number of occasions when people come together. Canceling non-essential events allows us to limit public gatherings, while also maintaining essential instructional activities, which aligns with the current decision to keep schools open. This situation is changing by the minute, and APS will communicate any decision to close or modify operations in any way to the community through our regular channels as soon as a decision is made.

Essential instructional activities may include day trips to the Outdoor Lab, Extended Day, limited-audience athletic competitions and fine arts performances, as well as events required for certifications or standards of learning.

In response to increasing cases of COVID-19 in the region, the Arlington County Public Health Division’s guidance for events and public gatherings is available here: Arlington County Government COVID-19 webpage. Outside organizations holding non-school-sponsored events and activities in a school facility are expected to follow this guidance.

Additional information on specific school events and activities that are being modified, postponed, or canceled as a result of this notice will be communicated by schools on school websites and in communications to families.

This continues to be a rapidly developing situation, and APS is working with health officials to keep our school community healthy and reduce the possible spread of illness. Please visit the APS COVID-19 webpage and access the Arlington County Government COVID-19 webpage for up-to-date information. If you have personal health questions, please consult with a medical professional.

Thank you for your understanding.


Cintia Z. Johnson
Interim Superintendent