Friday 5 for Aug. 26, 2022

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APS is excited to welcome students back to the classroom on Mon, Aug. 29. Sharpen the pencils, put the notebooks in the backpack and be well-rested for a great first day! Find important back-to-school information and see what’s new for this school year.  We would like to see your photos and videos from the first day of school. Share them online using #APSBack2School.

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1. VIDEO: Cross-generational “Walking School Bus” Takes Foot at Oakridge Elementary

Not only does the Walking School Bus program help our environment and lessen traffic on our roads, but it also provides a way for students walking to school to come together with the community. Watch as Oakridge students form more than a special bond with community members from an entirely different generation.

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2. Review and Update Vital Student, Parent and Emergency Info in ParentVUE

Have you reviewed or updated your contact information in ParentVUE as part of the Annual Online Verification Process (AOVP)? We need every family to verify that our information on file is accurate and current. Video tutorials and ParentVUE activation instructions are available to help families complete AOVP. Contact your child’s school for assistance activating your ParentVUE account, completing AOVP, or additional support.

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3. 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. We will continue to adjust our protocols based on local conditions and the latest guidance and will communicate changes as needed.

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4. Importance of Roadway Safety as Students Head Back to School
Remember to use extra caution on our roadways as students head back to school on Mon. Aug, 29. Watch this PSA with the ACPD for reminders about traffic safety, as more walkers, bikers and buses are on the road. Here are additional back-to-school safety tips.

5. Looking Ahead: Important Calendar Reminders
Here is a list of important upcoming dates:
Mon, Aug. 29 – First Day of School
Fri, Sept. 2 & 5 – Holiday: Labor Day
Thu, Sept. 8 – Elementary Back-to-School Night
Tue, Sept. 13 – Middle School Back-to-School Night
Wed, Sept. 21 – High School Back-to-School Night
Thu, Sept. 22 – H-B Woodlawn & Arlington Community High School Back-to-School Night
Mon, Sept. 26 – Holiday: Rosh Hashanah
Thu, Sept. 29 – Career Center/Arlington Tech Back-to-School Night

See the full calendar online.

Other News & Notes
Food For Neighbors Rolls Out Services to Arlington Public Schools
Bus Schedules
WheresTheBus Tool
APS Student Fare Free Program
Digital eCheckup – Arlington County Internet Survey
September Schedule of Board Meetings, Work Sessions, and Advisory Council and Committee Meetings