Community Engagement Opportunities – Dec/Jan 2023

Dear Friends of APS:

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a wonderful winter break. APS will be closed from Dec. 19 – Jan. 2, 2023.

Watch this special Winter Break Message from Superintendent Francisco Durán who is grateful for the countless ways you support our schools.

Upcoming APS Community Engagement Opportunities:

Th. Dec. 15         School Board Meeting: Recognition of School Board member Dr. Barbara Kanninen; Security Update; Action on the 2023-24 School Year Calendar; Information on Middle and High School Programs of Study
7:00 p.m.            Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Ch. 41

Tu. Jan. 10           Action on Middle and High School Programs of Studies; School Board Work Session #2 with the with the Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning (ACTL)
5:30-7:30 p.m.   Watch Work Sessions Live here.

Th. Jan. 19          School Board Meeting: Recognition of new School Board member Bethany Zecher Sutton & MLK Contest Winners; School and Community Relations’ Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Update
7:00 p.m.            Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Ch. 41

Tu. Jan. 24          School Board Work Session on Gifted Services
6:30-8:30 p.m.   Watch Work Sessions Live here.

Tu. Jan. 30          Welcome to Kindergarten! Video presentation for parents of rising Kindergartners.
6:30-7:30 p.m.   Log in here.

Arlington Community Events:

Wed. Dec. 14     Virtual Freedom Fund Banquet, hosted by the NAACP Arlington Branch
7 – 9:00 p.m.      Buy tickets here.

Sat. Dec. 17        Monthly Drive-Thru Food Giveaway hosted by Mount Olive Baptist Church in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank
10:00 a.m.          First come, first served. 1601 South 13th Rd, 22204

Calendar update:
The School Board approved a calendar change for the current school year to designate Fri, April 21, 2023, as a holiday for Eid al-Fitr. Because of this change, all schools and offices will be closed on Fri, April 21, 2023.

Share Your Feedback on School Board Policies Available for Public Comment
Review and comment on draft APS policies that are available for public comment on the School Board Policies for Revision and Amendment webpage.

APS Updates COVID Guidance
APS is making a few adjustments to COVID protocols based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Overall, most COVID-19 protocols have not changed. Primary changes are related to contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation procedures. View the updated COVID-19 Protocols and FAQ online.

For the flu vaccine: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older should receive a flu vaccine each year.

  • To find flu vaccines near you, go to and type in your zip code and select your vaccine option.
  • The Arlington County Public Health Division also has vaccine clinics each week. Click here for more information about appointment times, locations, and costs.

Visit School Board calendar and Arlington County’s Engage calendar to learn more about engagement opportunities.

Note:  To read Community Engagement Opportunities in other languages, visit and use the auto-translation feature at the top of the page to select preferred language.

Thank you.

Dulce Carrillo
Supervisor of Public Engagement  |  School and Community Relations
Follow me on Twitter @dulceAPS