Coronavirus Update February 28

Dear APS Families and Staff:

We recognize continuing concerns in our community about the possible spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and want to remind families that APS is closely monitoring new developments and following the guidance of health officials to protect all our students, our employees, and our community.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the immediate risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. This is a rapidly developing situation, and we are taking necessary steps to ensure APS is ready and prepared to implement health recommendations as required. Additionally, APS continues to monitor student health and absentee rates at all schools. Staff frequently cleans and disinfects surfaces with CDC/EPA approved chemicals for this virus, and we are continuing to work with the Arlington County Public Health Division (ACPHD) to reinforce preventive steps to reduce the spread of illnesses in schools, such as handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when sick, and keeping children home when they are sick.

APS is reviewing our existing plans and procedures for communicable diseases and responding accordingly based on recommendations from health officials. Our planning for COVID-19 is focused on specific steps necessary to maintain a safe environment for students and staff and to ensure we are well equipped and prepared to continue to educate students, in the event of a change in operations.

Updated information and answers to commonly asked questions regarding APS steps related to COVID-19 are available on our website. This page will be updated as new information is available.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation in staying home if you are sick, keeping students who are sick at home, and taking other recommended steps to stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Cintia Johnson
Interim Superintendent