APS News Release

Engage Updates for March 8: Twitter Chat on Elementary Planning Initiative; Community Input Opportunities

Learn About APS Initiatives and Engage Online!

Twitter Chat: On Friday, March 9, join @APSVirginia from 1 to 2 p.m. for a Twitter Chat on the Elementary School Planning Initiative. Please send your questions and use #EngageAPS to join the conversation!

For more information about the initiative, visit aps2016.apsva.us/elementary-school-boundary-change/.

Community Input: Please participate in the online feedback forms available in English and Spanish at aps2016.apsva.us/engage/engage-aps-online-feedback/. The questionnaires and deadlines include the following:

Elementary School Location Review—March 9 deadline:
Review the considerations that staff will take into account in recommending the location of neighborhood and option elementary schools as part of the Elementary Planning Initiative to create new attendance zones and balance enrollment across all elementary schools by 2021. This may result in changing an elementary option school to a neighborhood school, or vice versa. Staff will post draft recommendations on April 12 at aps2016.apsva.us/engage. For more information, visit aps2016.apsva.us/elementary-school-boundary-change/location-review/. 

2018-24 Strategic Plan—March 16 deadline (9 a.m.):
Share your thoughts on potential goals and strategies for the APS 2018-24 Strategic Plan that will chart the course for students, staff and our school division as a whole. Find the questionnaire and get more information at aps2016.apsva.us/engage/strategic-plan/.  

Elementary School Walk Zone Review—March 12 is the first deadline and March 19 is the last deadline:
Help identify potential ways to safely expand the walk zone of the elementary school near you as part of the APS process to review these walk zones in preparation for adjusting boundaries and balancing enrollment across all elementary schools by 2021. Deadlines for community input vary by school between March 12 and 19. For information, maps, questionnaires and deadlines for each elementary school, visit aps2016.apsva.us/elementary-school-boundary-change/walk-zone-resources/.

Acceptable Use Policy—March 16 deadline:
Provide your feedback and ideas on the second of four APS Acceptable Use policies for devices used for student learning that will address such topics as internet safety, digital citizenship, rights and responsibilities, and shared ownership. The School Board—which adopted on Feb. 1 the first Acceptable Use policy specific to federal guidelines and filtering—will consider this second policy as an information item at its March 22 meeting and as an action item at its April 5 meeting. For more information, visit aps2016.apsva.us/engage/acceptable-use/.

Community members can also send questions and feedback to engage@apsva.us.

Reed Concept Design Update
The Reed Concept Design, which was originally scheduled to be presented as an information item at tonight’s School Board meeting, has been delayed to allow more time for review and consideration by members of the Building Level Planning Committee (BLPC), the Public Facilities Review Committee (PFRC) and members of the community. Read the full update online.