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APS Handbook

Arlington Public Schools Handbook & Code of Conduct

Guide for students and parents that includes general information about the school system and how the school system works, answers to frequently asked questions, student rights and responsibilities, and general school policies.

APS Policies on Acceptable Use of Technology & Devices  |  Uso aceptable de tecnología y dispositivos













Registration Guidebook for Parents

Information for Registering for the 2022-23 School Year

APS Handbook for Parents and Guardians - School Year 2023-2024

About APS

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Select the image above to learn more about APS.

Arlington Public Schools is a diverse and inclusive school community, committed to academic excellence and integrity. We provide instruction in a caring, safe and healthy learning environment, responsive to each student, in collaboration with families and the community.

Superintendent’s Cabinet

Schools and Centers (and school hours)

School Year Calendar and Events Calendar

Plan for Make-Up Days

The 2023-24 calendar includes 181 instructional days for elementary, middle and high school students.

If inclement weather or unforeseeable circumstances prevent students from being in school for 180 days, or the number of instructional hours required by the state, make-up days will be scheduled as follows:

ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS The first ten days lost will not need to be made up.

Communicating with Families and the Community

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Arlington Public Schools uses a variety of methods to communicate with families and the community.


APS School Talk is a messaging system comprising email, voicemail and texts. Families are automatically signed up for School Talk when their student is enrolled in APS.

APS School Talk is used to communicate up-to-the minute news and emergency situations, including school closings or delays, along with news from specific schools.

Each school has its own website and online calendar. Schools keep in touch with families through APS School Talk, and many reach out through PTA channels and the APS Peachjar electronic flyer service as well.

APS can be found on social media:

Facebook: facebook.com/ArlingtonPublicSchools and facebook.com/APSenEspanol

Twitter @APSVirginia

Vimeo @ AETVaps

Instagram @ APSVirginia

You Tube at youtube.com/AETVaps

Arlington Educational Television (AETV) broadcasts on Comcast channel 70 and Verizon FiOS channel 41.

APS School Board meetings are broadcast live by AETV on both channels.

Language Services, within the Welcome Center, provides language accessibility services to families, students, and school staff, and assists with registration for non-English speaking families.

Arlington School Board

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Select the image above to learn more about the school board.

The Arlington School Board Office is located on the second floor of the Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open office hours for citizens to visit with School Board members are generally held on Mondays from 5–7 p.m. during the school year.

To contact the School Board Office, call 703-228- 6015; write to the Arlington School Board, 2110 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204; or email school.board@apsva.us

Policies and Procedures