APS News Release

School Board Discusses Return-to-School Plan, Equity Policy

Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán provided an update on the return-to-school plan at the July 31 School Board meeting.

The presentation included updates on criteria to reopen safely, technology, childcare, a breakdown of survey results from families and T-Scale staff (teachers), instruction, and more. The School Board also discussed the itemized estimated costs and revenue losses related to the closure and COVID-19 and announced a work session on the return-to-school Plan to take place on Thu, Aug. 13, from 6:30-8 p.m. The work session will be livestreamed.

The full return-to-school update presentation is available on BoardDocs and video of the presentation is available here.

Equity Policy
Staff presented the draft policy on equity (A-30) for information and the final policy will be brought for action on Aug. 20. The proposed policy includes governance in four key areas: Policy and Procedure Development and Revision; Educational Equity Practices; Workforce Equity Practices; and Operational Equity Practices. The equity policy has been in development since the Fall of 2018 as a directive from the School Board. The creation of the draft equity policy has been a collaborative effort that has included input from many internal and external stakeholders.

The draft policy also includes a component where the School Board, the Superintendent, and the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer monitor the implementation of this policy through an annual monitoring report and other internal reports as designated by the School Board.

The full presentation and draft policy are available on BoardDocs.

Next School Board Meeting:
The School Board will hold its next Regular Meeting (2110 Washington Blvd.) on Thu, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. The agenda will be posted one week before the meeting on BoardDocs.

For More Information:
Citizens who want to comment on any items discussed at the School Board meeting should email the Board at school.board@apsva.us or call 703-228-6015. Citizens may call 703-228-2400 on the Monday after the School Board meetings to listen to a meeting summary.

School Board meetings are also broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 70 and Verizon FiOS Channel 41; live-streamed on the APS website, and re-broadcast on Fridays at 9 p.m. and Mondays at 7:30 p.m. immediately following the meeting. All materials and minutes will be posted to the website at aps2016.apsva.us/schoolboard upon School Board approval at a subsequent meeting.