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Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year!

School Starts Mon, Aug. 28 for K-12

School Start and End Times

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High Schools 


Start and end time: 8:20 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
Early release: 1 p.m.

Middle Schools

Dorothy Hamm
Thomas Jefferson

Start and end time: 7:50 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Early release: 12:05 p.m.

Elementary Schools

Arlington Traditional
Carlin Springs
Integration Station
Long Branch

Start and end time: 7:50 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Early release: 12:20 p.m.

Barrett, Arlington Science Focus, Ashlawn, Barcroft, Cardinal, Discovery, Drew, Glebe, Fleet, Hoffman-Boston, Innovation, Jamestown, Key, Montessori, Nottingham, Oakridge, Taylor, Tuckahoe

Start and end time: 9 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Early release: 1:30 p.m.


H-B Woodlawn, Shriver

Start and end time: 9 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Early release: 1:30 p.m.

Arlington Career Center

Start and end time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Early release: 12:50 p.m.

Arlington Community High School

AM Program 8:00 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. M-F
AM Early Release 12:15 p.m.
PM Program 5:00 p.m. – 9:10 p.m. M-Th
No PM Early Release

Langston New Directions

Start and end time: 8:20 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
Early release: 1 p.m.

2023-24 Calendar


Review the 2023-24 school year calendar for important dates, including holidays, parent-teacher conferences and more at apsva.us/calendars.

Important Dates

  • Aug. 28 – First Day of School for K-12
  • Aug. 29 – First Day of School for PreK and VPI
  • Sept. 1 & 4 – Labor Day Holiday
  • Sept. 6 – Elementary Back-to-School Night
  • Sept. 12 – Middle School Back-to-School Night
  • Sept. 14 – H-B Woodlawn Back-to-School Night
  • Sept. 20 – High School Back-to-School Night
  • Sept. 25 – Holiday: Yom Kippur
  • Sept. 27 – Langston/New Directions/Arlington Community High School Back-to-School Night
  • Sept. 28 – Career Center/Arlington Tech back-to-School Night

APS School Talk via ParentSquare

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Download ParentSquare, our new all-in-one communications platform for APS! With ParentSquare, you’ll be able to:

  • Choose to receive information as it comes (instant) or all at once at around 6 p.m. (daily digest).
  • Communicate with teachers and staff in your preferred language.
  • Send and receive two-way text messages with automated translation.
  • Sign up for parent-teacher conferences.
  • Sign permission slips and more all from your computer or mobile device.

Download the app and register your account or log on to parentsquare.com/signin.

Register using the email address or cell phone number you provided to your child’s school.

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Unable to register your account?

Update your contact information via ParentVUE. Your school can help you log into to ParentVUE to update your info. Learn more.

Still need help:

Learn more about ParentSquare: apsva.us/parentsquare

Email: parentsquare@apsva.us

Send a text to 571-500-1636

Bus Schedules

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  • Bus information for eligible students are available in ParentVUE.
  • If you have questions once you receive your information, contact: Via Phone: The Family Information Line, at 703-228-8000, and select option #1
    • 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 28.
    • Starting Aug. 28, call center hours shift to 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • The Family Info Line will not be open over the Labor Day weekend.

TIP! Track your students’ bus arrival times via the free WheresTheBus app. Learn more at apsva.us/transportation

Meals for the 2023-24 School Year

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APS offers healthy meals daily at a reasonable price:

  • Elementary and Secondary Breakfast: $2
  • Elementary Lunch: $3.25
  • Secondary Lunch: $3.50

Families may pre-pay for student meals through the MySchoolBucks online payment system– visit: myschoolbucks.com

To Receive Free & Reduced Meal Benefits:

Eligible families must complete a new free and reduced lunch application online by visiting myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict

Free Online Academic Support for Students

APS partners with Paper to provide unlimited access to trained tutors so every student in grades 6-12 can ask questions, work through problems, and grow their confidence—at no cost to families.

Paper provides:

  • 24/7 chat with a tutor
  • Writing feedback
  • Assistance on all academic subjects

Visit apsva.us/paper for more information.

Health Forms and Immunizations


Ensure your child has completed all required health forms and immunizations before the start of school!

  • New elementary students need: School Health Entrance Health Form
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Form
  • Rising 7th graders need:
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Meningococcal (MenACWY)
  • First dose HPV vaccine
  • Rising 12th graders need:
  • Meningococcal (MenACWY) booster (given after age 16)

For more information, contact your school’s nurse or your child’s primary care physician.

COVID Protocols

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On May 11, 2023, the federal government ended the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), which means that COVID efforts shift from emergency response to managing COVID-19 alongside the flu and other illnesses.

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will still be expected to isolate at minimum until day 6 and mask until day 10.
  • Students are no longer required to report cases of COVID-19 to APS through Qualtrics.
    • The APS COVID Dashboard is no longer being updated and is archived as of June 2023.
  • Students experiencing COVID-like illness are strongly recommended to test for COVID-19 before returning to school, but are no longer required to submit documentation of a negative test result for clearance.
  • The weekly in-school testing program ended June 9. School clinics will continue to supply free Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests.

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