Superintendent’s Oct. 6 Weekly Update

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Dear APS Families,

Thank you for sharing your feedback on our return-to-school plan. We have received a lot of great feedback and want to reiterate that APS remains committed to transitioning students back to school safely and gradually, beginning with students with disabilities who need the most support. Our plan follows the guidelines set by the Virginia Department of Education and adheres to all public health recommendations for safely reopening schools.

In response to feedback from both staff and families, we are revisiting our timeline and making some positive changes to our plan, including changes to the elementary and middle school hybrid models to best serve all students, regardless of the model you choose. Details on the revised plan and timeline will be shared tomorrow via School Talk, and in my monitoring report at Thursday’s School Board meeting. As we move forward with these changes, we will also extend the deadlines for families to complete the selection process or update their preferences in ParentVUE.

Many families also requested information about teacher assignments prior to choosing a learning model. We understand that many students have already formed bonds with their teachers and classmates, and we will do our very best to provide continuity and consistency whenever possible. Given the complexities in realigning schedules, and because we are committed to making decisions based on student need, first and foremost, we are unable to share this information in advance.

Thank you for your patience, and for keeping an open mind as we move forward, knowing that there is no perfect solution to meet all needs at once, during the pandemic. I am confident that the changes we are making will address many of the concerns families have shared and help to relieve some of the stress our community is experiencing.

We continue to receive excellent questions and feedback from staff and families, and we are processing all of it as quickly as possible. Given the high volume of messages, this takes some time. I encourage you to send your input via the Engage form or by writing to engage@apsva.us, and we will continue to update the FAQ on our website with responses to your questions.

Sincerely,

Dr. Francisco Durán
Superintendent
Arlington Public Schools