I have several updates this week as we prepare for the new school year, beginning on September 8 in full-time distance learning for all students.
Registration for the Arlington Community Learning Fall Program is now open.
We are all looking forward to a new school year beginning virtually on September 8. Read some key highlights to expand on what was shared at the Board meeting and to address frequent questions from our families.
Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán provided an update on the return-to-school plan at the July 31 School Board meeting.
I hope you are enjoying your summer so far! Summer school distance learning is now underway for many students, and we continue planning for the 2020-21 school year. Yesterday, the Return-to-School Task Force met to review and discuss feedback on instructional plans for serving specific student groups, including English Learners, Special Education and Gifted students.
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) released worldwide results last week and Washington-Liberty High School students are at the top of IB world statistics.
I want to start out by saying thank you to everyone who participated in the town hall last week. We had over 5,600 viewers and more than 1,400 questions. It truly shows the level of engagement of our families and our staff.
The School Board approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to delay the start of the 2020-21 school year to Sept. 8, with staff beginning on August 24 as planned.
Based on these discussions and our monitoring of local and national trends in COVID-19 cases, I am proposing to the School Board on Thursday night to postpone the start of the academic year to Tuesday, September 8, and begin our school year virtually in the full-time distance learning model for all students.
Arlington Public Schools has scheduled two virtual Town Halls with the Superintendent to address the family selection process for choosing an instructional model for students and to address staff questions.