Dear APS Community,
I know that many in our community are still processing yesterday’s violence at the U.S. Capitol. These events were upsetting for all of us and are especially challenging to process in the midst of an already uncertain and challenging time. Together, we will work to ensure our children feel safe and supported, and that they understand that peaceful transition of power is fundamental to our democracy. We can do this by providing positive examples and reassurance to our students and each other.
Arlington Public Schools is here to support our students, staff and families who may need additional help to process these events. Students and families can contact their school counselors, social workers and school psychologists. We have also provided resources to teachers for talking to students today about violence and how to constructively engage with others who have differing views. We encourage staff and families to access supportive resources online for staff and parents.
Employees are encouraged to contact the Arlington EAP for support at 703-228-8720 or by email at EAP.Staff@apsva.us. When events challenge all of us, self-care is critical and enhances our ability to be appropriately prepared to address the needs of our students, families, and workplaces.
Now that the curfew for Arlington issued last evening has been lifted, we are resuming normal schedules for school activities and athletics. We continue to monitor and will keep you informed of any changes.
Dr. Francisco Durán
Arlington Public Schools