APS News Release

March 23: Gov. Northam Closes Schools for the Remainder of Academic Year

Dear APS Families, Staff, and Community,

Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam announced this afternoon at his press conference that all public schools in the Commonwealth will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. This is not the news we were hoping for or expecting, but together we will get through this.

It was only 10 days ago that we announced our closure due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Unfortunately, since that time, the spread of the virus has only grown. Today’s announcement by the Governor will obviously impact our work going forward. Our administrative teams have already begun the conversation of what the remainder of the 2020 school year will look like. We all have questions and we are working diligently internally and with the Virginia Department of Education to get the answers. As we did with the first closure, we will share our plans with you very soon.

For now, we will continue to provide the continuity of learning plans in place through Canvas, Seesaw and other platforms through April 3. As mentioned in our School Talk this morning, we will be honoring Spring Break and no new assignments will be issued during that week. We will soon announce plans for programming for the weeks following Spring Break.

It is unfortunate it has come to this, but all of us, school administrators, staff, and parents, want the same outcome—keeping our kids and community safe. Give yourselves a moment to process and help your students as they hear this information for the first time. Support each other.

Thank you for your continued understanding, patience, and gracious space to work through this challenging time. We truly are in this together. APS will continue to keep you informed as additional decisions are made for the remainder of the year.

Sincerely,
Cintia Z. Johnson
Interim Superintendent
Arlington Public Schools