Gunston APS Ambassador News

Community Input Deadline for 2018-24 Strategic Plan is Friday, Jan. 19
Community members still have time to provide input on potential options for a mission statement, a vision statement, and a set of core values that capture the essence of Arlington Public Schools. Please review these potential options and share your input by 9 a.m. on Jan. 19 using a brief questionnaire available at www.apsva.us/engage/strategic-plan/.  A Steering Committee comprised of parents, students, staff, and community members is working with APS to develop the 2018-24 Strategic Plan. Community input is vital to chart a course for the future of students, staff, and APS as a whole. The potential options for mission statement, vision statement and core values were developed using input from community members about their hopes and aspirations for APS.

Career Center Working Group to Hold Walking Tour of Site
The Career Center Working Group will develop a plan that defines how APS can open 800 new high school seats at the Career Center by 2022, within funding already approved by the School Board, while providing options for optimizing future development of public facilities within the study area through a phased development plan. The Working Group will kick off this initiative by holding a Career Center and Study Area Site Walking Tour from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 20. To view the Career Center charge and schedule, a list of the working group members, and a list of tentative meeting dates, please visit www.apsva.us/career-center/.

Community Meeting on Reed School Options
APS will host a Community Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the Reed gymnasium to review the three building options under consideration for an elementary school at this site (1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205). These options can be viewed at www.apsva.us/wp- content/uploads/2018/01/ 180110_REED_PFRCBLPC_Final.pdf. The School Board charge for the Building Level Planning Committee, which is comprised of representatives from nearby civic associations, school communities, and other stakeholder groups, is to create a new elementary school that has at least 725 seats for students in grades pre-K through 5. The school is scheduled to open in September 2021. For more information, visit www.apsva.us/design-and-construction/new-elementary-school-reed/.

Acceptable Use Policy Update
The Jan. 18 School Board meeting will include an Information Item on the first of two separate APS acceptable use policies for student devices used for learning. This policy is specific to federal guidelines and filtering; the School Board will take action on it on February 1. The second policy, which will be developed in February, will address topics such as internet safety, digital citizenship, rights and responsibilities, and shared ownership. This policy will be an information item at the March 22 School Board meeting and a School Board action item on April 5. The draft policies will be posted online for community review; feedback can be sent to engage@apsva.us. For more information about the Acceptable Use Policy process and timeline, visit www.apsva.us/engage/acceptable-use/.

Notes & Links 
The Jan. 18 School Board meeting will begin earlier than usual—at 6:00 p.m. To watch live, visit www.apsva.us/school-board-meetings/watch-school-board-meetings/.
Reminder: applications for secondary option schools, including H-B Woodlawn, are due on Jan. 19. Transfer applications to Jefferson and Kenmore are due on Jan. 26. Application forms can be found at www.apsva.us/school-options/.  Elementary school staff and staff at the APS Welcome Center (2110 Washington Blvd.) can assist families who do not have access to the online forms.