APS Handbook 2018-19 Arlington Public Schools

 
APS Handbook 2018-19 Arlington Public Schools
Arlington
                         Public
                         Schools

  APS Handbook
                      2018-19

Arlington, Virginia                  See inside cover for the
www.apsva.us                         APS 2018-19 Calendar
APS Handbook 2018-19 Arlington Public Schools
2018-19
                Calendar

  SEPTEMBER 2018                                           OCTOBER 2018                                           NOVEMBER 2018
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                                                   1                1       2      3      4      5       6                                        1      2       3
                                                                                  10
    2       3      4       5      6       7        8         7      8       9    EARLY   11      12     13           4      5      6       7      8      9      10
    9      10     11      12      13     14        15        14     15     16     17     18      19     20          11     12     13      14     15     16      17
           17                                                                             25
   16             18      19      20     21        22        21     22     23     24     ELEM    26     27          18     19     20      21     22     23      24
  23/30    24     25      26      27     28        29        28     29     30     31                                25     26     27      28     29     30
  3 — Holiday (Labor Day)                                  8 — No School for Students; Staff PL Day               6 — No School for All Students—
  4 — First Day of School, K-12                            25 — ES P-T Conferences (ES Early Release)                  Grade Preparation Day
  5 — First Day, VPI & Pre-K Special Education             26 — P-T Conferences (No School for ES/MS)             12 — Holiday (Veterans Day)
                                                                                                                  21-23 — Holiday (Thanksgiving Break)
  Religious Observances • Rosh Hashanah 9/9 (sunset)–      Early Release: ES/MS/HS – 10/10; ES - 10/25
  9/11; Yom Kippur 9/18 (sunset)–9/19                                                                             Religious Observance • Diwali 11/7

  DECEMBER 2018                                            JANUARY 2019                                           FEBRUARY 2019
    S      M        T      W      Th       F       S          S     M       T      W      Th      F      S          S      M       T      W      Th      F      S

                                                   1                        1      2      3       4      5                                               1       2
    2       3      4       5       6      7        8          6      7      8      9      10     11     12           3      4      5       6      7      8       9
                          12                                                       16                                                     13
    9      10      11    EARLY    13     14        15        13     14     15    EARLY    17     18     19          10     11     12     EARLY   14     15      16
   16      17      18     19      20     21        22        20     21     22     23      24     25     26          17     18     19      20     21     22      23
  23/30 24/31      25     26      27     28        29        27     28     29     30      31                        24     25     26      27     28
  24-31 — Holiday (Winter Break)                           1-4 — Holiday (Winter Break)                           18 — Holiday (Presidents’ Day)
                                                           21 — Holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  Early Release: ES/MS/HS – 12/12                                                                                 Early Release: ES/MS/HS – 2/13
                                                           28 — No School for All Students—
  Religious Observances • Hanukkah 12/2 (sunset)–12/10;         Grade Preparation Day
  Christmas 12/25
                                                           Early Release: ES/MS/HS – 1/16

  MARCH 2019                                               APRIL 2019                                             MAY 2019
     S     M        T      W      Th       F       S          S     M       T      W      Th      F      S           S     M        T     W      Th       F      S

                                          1        2                 1      2      3       4      5      6                                 1      2      3       4
                                   7
    3       4      5       6     ELEM     8        9          7      8      9      10     11     12     13           5      6      7       8      9     10      11
                          13
    10     11      12    EARLY    14     15        16        14     15     16      17     18     19     20          12     13     14      15     16     17      18
    17     18      19     20      21     22        23        21     22     23      24     25     26     27          19     20     21      22     23     24      25
  24/31    25      26     27      28     29        30        28     29     30                                       26     27     28      29     30     31
  7 — ES P-T Conferences (ES Early Release)                1 — No School for All Students—                        27 — Holiday (Memorial Day)
  8 — P-T Conferences (No School for ES/MS)                        Grade Preparation Day                          Religious Observances • Ramadan 5/5 (sunset)–6/4
                                                           15-19 — Holiday (Spring Break)
  Early Release: Elem – 3/7, ES/MS/HS – 3/13
                                                           Religious Observances • Passover 4/19 (sunset)–4/27;
                                                           Good Friday 4/19; Easter 4/21

  JUNE 2019                                                JULY 2019                                              AUGUST 2019
    S      M        T     W       Th       F       S          S     M       T     W      Th       F      S          S      M       T      W      Th      F      S

                                                   1                1       2      3      4      5       6                                        1      2       3
                           5
    2       3      4     ELEM      6      7        8         7      8       9     10     11      12     13           4      5      6       7      8      9      10
                          12
    9      10      11    ELEM     13     14        15        14     15     16     17     18      19     20          11     12     13      14     15     16      17
   16      17      18     19      20     21        22        21     22     23     24     25      26     27          18     19     20      21     22     23      24
  23/30    24      25     26      27     28        29        28     29     30     31                                25     26     27      28     29     30      31
19 — Last Day High School (HS Early Release);              4 — Holiday (Independence Day)                         2 — Last Day of Summer School (Elementary)
     Middle School Promotion                               8 — First Day of Summer School &                       9 — Last Day of Summer School (Middle/High)
20 — High School Graduation                                     Enrichment Classes                                Religious Observance • Eid al-Adha 8/11 (sunset)
21 — Last Day Middle School (Early Release);
     Last Day Elementary School (Early Release)             Major Religious Observances (These are regular school days unless otherwise indicated.)
Early Release: Elem – 6/5, 6/12 (Campbell 6/13)           Note: Dates specific to Barcroft, H-B Woodlawn/Stratford, Arlington Community High School/
                                                          Langston, and Summer School can be found at www.apsva.us/calendars.
 Religious Observance • Eid al-Fitr 6/4 (sunset)
APS Handbook 2018-19 Arlington Public Schools
2018-19 Arlington Public Schools Handbook
Superintendent’s Welcome......................................... 2                   Family and Community Engagement....................... 19
About APS...................................................................... 3       Advisory Committees...............................................19
  APS Quick Facts........................................................... 3          Back-To-School Nights.............................................19
  The Executive Leadership Team............................... 3                        Parent Academy........................................................19
  School Division Offices and Addresses.................... 4                           Parent Resource Center...........................................19
  Schools and Programs............................................... 4                 Parent Teacher Association (PTA) ..........................19
  Other APS Telephone Numbers................................ 5                         Parent-Teacher Conferences...................................19
  APS Communication Channels.................................. 6                      Technology.................................................................. 20
  Important Dates: 2018-19.......................................... 6                  Email as Part of Home-School Communications....... 20
  Plan for Make-Up Days.............................................. 7                 Family Access Center................................................20
  Early Release Days...................................................... 7            Online Instructional Resources...............................20
  School Hours............................................................... 7         Digital Devices...........................................................20
  School Options and Transfers................................... 8                     Technology and internet Safety..............................22
About the Arlington School Board.............................. 8                        Use of Social Media in Schools................................22
  School Board Meetings.............................................. 8                 Ways Families Can Support Students.....................23
  Contact the School Board.......................................... 8                Student Health and Safety......................................... 23
  School Board Members............................................. 8                    Asbestos.....................................................................23
  School Board Advisory Groups................................. 8                        Closings, Delays and Early Dismissals....................23
Teaching & Learning..................................................... 9               Concussion Management........................................23
  Arlington Tiered System of Support (ATSS)............. 9                               Eating Disorders........................................................24
  Classroom Observations and Visits.......................... 9                          Emergency Preparedness FAQ ...............................24
  Curriculum................................................................... 9        Exposure to Body Fluids..........................................25
  Family Life Education................................................. 9               Handwashing.............................................................25
  Grading and Report Cards.......................................10                      Lead in Water............................................................26
     Report Card Dates for 2018-19..........................10                           Pest Control...............................................................26
  Home Instruction......................................................10               Risk Management and Safety..................................26
  Homework.................................................................11            School Health Services.............................................26
  Personalized Learning..............................................11                     Medications at School.........................................27
  Pre-K Programs and Services..................................12                           Students with Diabetes.......................................27
  Program of Studies...................................................12                   Students with Severe Allergies...........................27
  Promotion..................................................................12          School Resource Officers (SROs).............................27
  Special Education Services.......................................12                 APS Policies and Procedures..................................... 28
  Student Activities......................................................12            Acknowledgement of Parental Responsibility.......28
  Student Fees..............................................................13          Administrative Placement........................................28
  Testing........................................................................13     Admission..................................................................29
  Use of Animals in the Instructional Program........13                                 Attendance................................................................29
Student Services......................................................... 13            Bullying, Harassment and Hazing...........................29
   Academic Planning (Aspire2Excellence).................13                             Field Trips...................................................................30
   Child Protective Services (CPS)................................13                    Freedom of Assembly..............................................30
   Counseling Services..................................................14              Freedom of Expression............................................30
   Homebound Services...............................................14                  Freedom of Religion.................................................31
   Homeless Services....................................................14              Leaving School Grounds..........................................31
   Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student.....................14                            Non-School-Sponsored Trips..................................31
   Section 504—Educational Accommodations........15                                     Parental Right to Information about Teachers.....31
   Student Records and Rights of Privacy..................15                            Parental Right to Information on Assessment Opt-Out.......32
      Student Records ..................................................15              Opening Exercises....................................................32
      Directory Information.........................................16                  Prevention of Sexual Misconduct and Abuse........32
      Administration of Surveys..................................16                     Prohibited Substance Use.......................................32
      Rights of Noncustodial Parents..........................17                        Recycling....................................................................33
      Interviewing Students.........................................17                  Release to Individuals Other Than Parents/Guardians........33
                                                                                        Search and Seizure...................................................33
Other Student Services.............................................. 17                 Student Sexual Harassment and Sexual Discrimination.....33
  Extended Day and Check-In Programs..................17                                Student Gender Identity Non-Discrimination.......34
  Food Services............................................................17           Tobacco Policy...........................................................34
  Transportation..........................................................18            Use of School Facilities by Student Groups...........34
     School Buses........................................................18             Withdrawal from School..........................................34
     Walking and Biking to School.............................19                      APS Student Responsibilities and Rights;
                                                                                      Behavior and Disciplinary Responsibilities............. 34
                                                                                      Filing a Complaint....................................................... 40
APS Handbook 2018-19 Arlington Public Schools
2018-19 Arlington Public Schools Handbook

DEAR APS FAMILIES,
    Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! Each start of a school
year ushers in new opportunities and a fresh start, one that brings
General Information
about wonderful positive energy for our students and families,
and all of us at Arlington Public Schools (APS).
    This handbook is a useful tool that provides relevant
SUPERINTENDENT’S WELCOME
information about our instructional programs and choices,
important dates, opportunities for family involvement, and our
APS policies and procedures. We hope it will help you partner
with us to build a solid foundation of learning and create high
expectations.
    APS continues to work on planning for the future. This
school year we will continue to implement some of the decisions
outlined in the APS 2018-19 Action Plan. These include
developing new policies or policy revisions regarding options
and transfers; the continued focus on boundary changes in
                                                                                        • Stay involved beyond the Back-to-School events. Check
preparation for new schools and program moves; and adoption
                                                                                          your school’s calendar regularly and plan to attend the
of the new Strategic Plan, the AFSAP/CIP Framework, and the
                                                                                          many activities available for families. Volunteer to help with
Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for FY 2019-28, to name a
                                                                                          a classroom or school event, or chaperone a field trip.
few. Join us as we work to “craft the future” for our students and
                                                                                        • Whether you are entering the school division or preparing
families by engaging with us and providing your feedback. You
                                                                                          for your child to graduate at the end of the school year, it’s
can stay abreast of these decisions through the Engage with APS!
                                                                                          never too late to learn ways to plan for the future. To learn
tab on the website.
                                                                                          more about academic planning, visit apsva.us/academic-
    I also hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities
                                                                                          planning.
available to help our students prepare for a bright future. Let me
                                                                                        • Discuss course selections with your secondary student and
share just a few.
                                                                                          counselor in January when students choose classes for the
                                                                                          next school year. These conversations are important to help
COMMITTMENT TO SAFETY AND SECURITY
                                                                                          students find the right path to achieve their goals.
    Keeping our students and staff safe and secure is a top priority
for APS. We know that when students feel safe they are more
                                                                                      READING TO LEARN
ready to learn, and staff is better able to focus on teaching and
                                                                                         Reading is a vital part of the learning process that can be
learning.
                                                                                      enhanced beyond the school day.
  • Review safety guidelines with your child and discuss steps
                                                                                       • Make reading a daily part of the day for your child with at
    students should take to stay safe when traveling to and from
                                                                                         least 30 minutes dedicated to a reading activity.
    school. These important family conversations can help us
                                                                                       • Visit one of Arlington County’s local libraries with your
    ensure that all students are safe.
                                                                                         child and help select books for enjoyment and leisure read-
  • Talk about appropriate behaviors at school, and remind
                                                                                         ing. For locations, visit library.arlington.us.
    them about the importance of reporting any suspicious
    activity that they see or hear to a school administrator.
                                                                                         Thank you for your valuable partnership and support to
  • Family phone numbers and emails often change after the
                                                                                      create a promising future for your child. Have a wonderful school
    school year begins. Please make sure your contact infor-
                                                                                      year full of learning, reading and fun!
    mation is always up-to-date in our student information
    system to ensure that we can reach you in the case of an
                                                                                           Sincerely,
    emergency.

CHARTING YOUR CHILD’S INDIVIDUALIZED PATH
   Start planning early for your child’s future academic career.
                                                                                           Pat Murphy, Superintendent
Your principal and staff at your school are strong allies who are
                                                                                           patrick.murphy@apsva.us
eager to help you find the best pathway for your child’s learning.
 • Be sure to attend this year’s Back-to-School events to meet
   your child’s teachers. Building a relationship with them is
   essential to keeping your student on track and creating an
   environment for growth.

                               Arlington Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, creed, color, religion, gender, age, economic
                               status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, and/or disability. This policy
                               provides equal access to courses and programs, counseling services, physical education and athletics, vocational education, instructional
                               materials and extra-curricular activities. Violations of this policy should be reported to the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative
                               Services at 703-228-6008 or the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at 703-228-6110.
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About APS
   Arlington Public Schools is a diverse and inclusive school         • The 2017 Washington Post Challenge Index listed all APS high
community, committed to academic excellence and integrity.              schools in the top 100 in the metropolitan Washington area.
We provide instruction in a caring, safe and healthy learning           This is the 10th year in a row all APS high schools made the
environment, responsive to each student, in collaboration with          list.
families and the community.                                           • APS was named the top school division in Virginia and
                                                                        number 58 nationally by Niche.com’s 2018 rankings of top
                                                                        schools and school divisions. Washington-Lee and Yorktown
APS QUICK FACTS
                                                                        are ranked in the top 15 high schools in Virginia.
APS 2018-24 Strategic Plan Goals                                      • Spanish immersion programs are offered at two elementary,
• Multiple Pathways to Success • Engaged Workforce                      one middle, and one high school.
  for All Students             • Operational Excellence               • More than 95% of APS students earn one or more high school
• Healthy, Safe and Supported • Strong and Mutually-                    credits during middle school.
  Students                       Supportive Partnerships              • Approximately 79% of graduating seniors completed at least
                                                                        one AP or IB course, and 72% earned an advanced diploma.
                                                                      • Since 2009, the dropout rate has been reduced by 52%.
About Arlington Public Schools                                        • In 2017, 91% of all students graduated on time, and 96% of
  Total FY19 Budget:                    $637,184,475                    students who attended comprehensive high schools graduated
  Average Teacher Salary:               $74,554                         on time.
  Projected Pre-K–12 Enrollment         28,020                        • Ninety percent of APS parents graded the school division as
                                                                        an “A” or “B,” and 94% gave their child’s school an “A” or “B.”
   Our Schools & Programs                                             • Seventy-nine percent of APS teachers have earned a master’s
   Elementary Schools: 23           Secondary (grades 6-12): 1          degree, and 3% have earned a doctorate degree.
   Middle Schools:      5           Other Programs:          4                                             Information as of July 1, 2018
   High Schools:		      4

   Our Students                                                      THE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM
   APS’ students hail from 146 nations and speak 107 languages.      Dr. Patrick K. Murphy             Rajesh Adusumilli
   White			46.4 %                                                     Superintendent                    Assistant Superintendent,
   Hispanic			28.2 %                                                  patrick.murphy@apsva.us           Information Services
   Black/African American            9.7 %                            703-228-6010                      rajesh.adusumilli@apsva.us
   Asian			                          9.1 %                            Fax: 703-228-6188                 703-228-2016
   Amer. Indian/Alaskan Nat.         0.3 %
   Nat. Hawaiian/Pac. Islander       0.1 %                           Cintia Z. Johnson                 Dr. Tara Nattrass
   Multiple			                       6.2 %                             Assistant Superintendent,        Assistant Superintendent,
                                                                       Administrative Services          Teaching & Learning
   About Arlington, Virginia                                           cintia.johnson@apsva.us          tara.nattrass@apsva.us
   Arlington County is a diverse, dynamic, and profes-                 703-228-6008                     703-228-6145
   sional community located across the Potomac River from
   Washington, D.C. APS is 13th largest among Virginia’s 132
                                                                     John Chadwick                     Linda M. Erdos
   school divisions.
                                                                       Assistant Superintendent,         Assistant Superintendent,
   Area				                         26 Square Miles
                                                                       Facilities & Operations           School & Community
   Population			 225,200
                                                                       john.chadwick@apsva.us            Relations
   Median Household Income          $110,338
                                                                       703-228-6600                      linda.erdos@apsva.us
   Per Capita Income		              $ 87,986
                                                                                                         703-228-6005
   Residents’ Highest Level of Education                             Leslie Peterson
   Bachelor Degrees		              74%                                 Assistant Superintendent,       Lisa Stengle
   Graduate Degrees		              39.1%                               Finance & Management              Executive Director,
                                                                       Services                          Planning & Evaluation
Highlights                                                             leslie.peterson@apsva.us          lisa.stengle@apsva.us
 • APS is the recipient of the prestigious Medallion of Excellence     703-228-8641                      703-228-8663
   Award presented by the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality
   Awards for Virginia and the District of Columbia.                 Dr. Kristi Murphy                 Julia A. Burgos
 • All 32 schools are accredited by the Virginia Department of        Assistant Superintendent,          Chief of Staff
   Education according to state accreditation ratings and federal     Human Resources                    julia.burgos@apsva.us
   accountability ratings.                                            kristi.murphy@apsva.us             703-228-2497
                                                                      703-228-6110

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SCHOOL DIVISION OFFICES AND ADDRESSES               Key
                                                    703-228-4210 • key.apsva.us
Syphax Education Center
   2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204
                                                    Long Branch
                                                    703-228-4220 • longbranch.apsva.us
Thurgood Marshall Building
   2847 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
                                                    McKinley
                                                    703-228-5280 • mckinley.apsva.us
Trades Center/Facilities & Operations
   2770 South Taylor Street, Arlington, VA 22206
                                                    Nottingham
                                                    703-228-5290 • nottingham.apsva.us

SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS                                Oakridge
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS (PRE-K-5)                        703-228-5840 • oakridge.apsva.us
Abingdon
703-228-6650 • abingdon.apsva.us                    Randolph
                                                    703-228-5830 • randolph.apsva.us
Arlington Science Focus School
703-228-7670 • asfs.apsva.us                        Taylor
                                                    703-228-6275 • taylor.apsva.us
Arlington Traditional School
703-228-6290 • ats.apsva.us                         Tuckahoe
                                                    703-228-5288 • tuckahoe.apsva.us
Ashlawn
703-228-5270 • ashlawn.apsva.us
                                                    MIDDLE SCHOOLS (6-8)
Barcroft                                            Gunston
703-228-5838 • barcroft.apsva.us                    703-228-6900 • gunston.apsva.us

Barrett                                             Jefferson
703-228-6288 • barrett.apsva.us                     703-228-5900 • jefferson.apsva.us

Campbell                                            Kenmore
703-228-6770 • campbell.apsva.us                    703-228-6800 • kenmore.apsva.us

Carlin Springs                                      Swanson
703-228-6645 • carlinsprings.apsva.us               703-228-5500 • swanson.apsva.us

Claremont                                           Williamsburg
703-228-2500 • claremont.apsva.us                   703-228-5450 • williamsburg.apsva.us

Discovery
703-228-2685 • discovery.apsva.us                   SECONDARY PROGRAM (6-12)
                                                    H-B Woodlawn
Drew Model School                                   703-228-6363 • hbwoodlawn.apsva.us
703-228-5825 • drew.apsva.us

Glebe                                               HIGH SCHOOLS (9-12)
703-228-6280 • glebe.apsva.us                       Arlington Community High School
                                                    703-228-5350 • achs.apsva.us
Henry
703-228-5820 • henry.apsva.us                       Wakefield
                                                    703-228-6700 • wakefield.apsva.us
Hoffman-Boston
703-228-5845 • hoffmanboston.apsva.us               Washington-Lee
                                                    703-228-6200 • washingtonlee.apsva.us
Jamestown
703-228-5275 • jamestown.apsva.us                   Yorktown
                                                    703-228-5400 • yorktown.apsva.us

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SPECIAL PROGRAMS                                                                                       Finance........................................................................................ 8641
Arlington Career Center (9-12)                                                                         Food Services............................................................................. 6130
703-228-5800 • careercenter.apsva.us                                                                   G.E.D. Program......................................................................... 7220
                                                                                                       Gifted Services........................................................................... 6160
Career, Technical and Adult Education                                                                  Gunston Community Center................................................... 6980
Syphax Education Center                                                                                HILT (High Intensity Language Training)............................. 6091
703-228-7200 • apsva.us/ctae                                                                           Home Instruction...................................................................... 2476
                                                                                                       Homebound Programs............................................................. 6051
Langston (High School Continuation)                                                                    Hotline:APS Inclement Weather Line.................... 703-228-4277
703-228-5295 • langston.apsva.us                                                                       Humanities Program................................................................. 6299
                                                                                                       Human Resources..................................................................... 6176
New Directions (9-12)                                                                                  Information.......................................................6000, 6005, or 7667
Thurgood Marshall Center                                                                               Information Services................................................................. 2016
703-228-2117 • newdirections.apsva.us                                                                  Interlude Program..................................................................... 6050
                                                                                                       International Baccalaureate Program (Washington-Lee).... 6234
Integration Station                                                                                    Jefferson Community Center................................................... 5920
703-228-2760 • apsva.us/early-childhood-prek/                                                          Language Services Registration Center (LSRC).................... 7663
                                                                                                       Library Services......................................................................... 6085
REEP (Arlington Education & Employment Program)                                                        Maintenance/Buildings & Grounds........................................ 6620
English Classes for Adults                                                                             Marketing Education................................................................ 7216
Syphax Education Center                                                                                Mathematics............................................................................... 6135
703-228-4200 • apsva.us/reep                                                                           Minority Achievement.............................................................. 6152
                                                                                                       Montessori Program................................................................. 8632
Stratford (Special Education, 6-12)                                                                    Outdoor Lab (located in Fauquier County)...............1-866-295-1118
703-228-6440 • stratford.apsva.us                                                                      Parent Resource Center (special education).......................... 7239
                                                                                                       Physical Education/Health/Driver Education....................... 6167
Teenage Parenting Programs                                                                             Planetarium................................................................................ 6070
Arlington Career Center                                                                                Planning & Evaluation.............................................................. 2481
703-228-8700 • careercenter.apsva.us/programs/                                                         Plant Operations (Custodial Services)................................... 7732
alternatives-for-parenting-teens-program                                                               Pre-K Special Education........................................................... 6040
                                                                                                       Project Y.E.S............................................................................... 7212
                                                                                                       Psychologists.............................................................................. 6061
OTHER APS TELEPHONE NUMBERS
                                                                                                       Reading (ELA)........................................................................... 8045
(Area code is 703. Extension prefix is 228 unless otherwise listed)                                    Reading Recovery...................................................................... 8882
Administrative Services............................................................ 6008               REEP Program (employment training, adult English classes).............4200
Adult Education......................................................................... 7200          Residency Questions................................................................. 6060
Aquatic Centers (Swimming Pools)........................................ 6263                          Risk Management...................................................................... 7740
Arlington Educational Television (AETV)............................ 5757                               Safety Coordinator.................................................................... 3490
Arts Education (music, visual arts, theater)........................... 6170                           School and Community Relations.......................................... 6005
Behavior Intervention Services (BIS)..................................... 1550                         School Board Office.................................................................. 6015
Boundary/Attendance Zone Information....................7660, 6005                                     School Board (Summary of Meetings)................................... 2400
Budget......................................................................................... 6177   School Health (county office).................................................. 1651
Business Education................................................................... 7216             School Information (Registration/Public Information)....... 7667
Child Find (special education, ages 2-5) ............................... 2709                          Science........................................................................................ 6166
Communications....................................................................... 6004             Secondary Education................................................................ 7224
Community Outreach............................................................... 2851                 Security Coordinator................................................................ 6602
Counseling Program................................................................. 6062               Social Studies............................................................................. 6140
County Government Information........................................... 3000                          Social Workers/Visiting Teachers..................................6061, 6062
Design and Construction......................................................... 6613                  Special Education...................................................................... 6042
Driver Education....................................................................... 6167           Speech and Hearing.................................................................. 6045
Early Childhood Programs & Elementary Education.......... 8632                                         Student Services ..............................................................6061, 6062
Emergency Hotline................................................................... 4277              Substance Abuse Services......................................................... 6061
Energy Management................................................................. 7731                Summer School.......................................................................... 7645
English Language Arts (ELA).................................................. 8045                     Superintendent of Schools........................................................ 6010
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) ............... 6091                                    T.D.D. (Hearing impaired)....................................................... 6179
Extended Day (before- and after-school child care) ............ 6069                                   Teaching & Learning (Instruction)......................................... 6145
Facilities and Operations.......................................................... 6600               Teenage Parenting Programs................................................... 8700
Facilities Rental.......................................................................... 8641       Technical Education.................................................................. 7207
Family and Consumer Sciences (Home Economics) .......... 7216                                          Title I........................................................................................... 6161

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Transcripts (students who have graduated/left APS)........6062, 6180                                   APS news and information is included in a variety of
Transportation Planning.......................................................... 7741             publications. These include the APS Handbook, Guidebooks for
Transportation Services (school buses).................................. 6640                      Parents, NewsReview and QuickFacts. For more information, go
Tutors (for a list of tutors for hire).......................................... 6051              to apsva.us/publications.
Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI Program)......................... 8632
Visiting teachers (social workers).................................6061, 6062
                                                                                                   APS Website: www.apsva.us
Volunteers & Partnership Program......................................... 2581
Webmaster.................................................................................. 6185
Welcome Center........................................................................ 8000
World Languages/Immersion Programs................................ 6097
Work Permits (for students ages 14-15)
                                                                                                             fb.com/          twitter.com/APSVirginia   yt.com/AETVaps   instagram.com/APSVirgina
   Wakefield.............................................................................. 6711      ArlingtonPublicSchools

   Washington-Lee................................................................... 6228
   Yorktown............................................................................... 5383

                                                                                                   IMPORTANT DATES: 2018-19
APS COMMUNICATION CHANNELS
                                                                                                      The APS calendar can be found on the APS website and on
    Arlington Public Schools uses a variety of methods to                                          the inside cover of this handbook. The Barcroft Elementary
communicate with parents and the community.                                                        School, H-B Woodlawn Secondary and Stratford Programs,
    APS School Talk is a messaging system comprising email,                                        and Summer School calendars can be found at www.apsva.us.
voicemail and texts. Families are automatically signed up for                                      Other important dates for this school year:
School Talk via the First Day Packet registration forms. APS
School Talk is used to communicate up-to-the-minute news                                           SEPTEMBER 2018
when an emergency or unusual situation occurs, including                                               4  First Day of School: Kindergarten–Grade 12
school closings or delays. In addition, families can receive news                                      5  First Day of School: Pre-K Programs (VPI and
from specific schools, press releases, School Board updates,                                       		     Special Education)
and information about Adult Education and Summer School.                                              12  Elementary Back-to-School Night
    The APS Website, www.apsva.us, hosts a wealth of infor-                                           13  H-B Woodlawn Back-to-School Night
mation for families and the community. Up-to-the-minute                                               13  Career Center/Arlington Tech Back-to-School Night
news and announcements, calendars, a Google site search tool,                                         18  Arlington Community High School &
access to all school sites, a parent portal, and links to the APS                                  		     Langston Open House
social media streams are just a few of the website options for                                        20  Middle School Back-to-School Night
learning more about APS.                                                                              26  High School Back-to-School Night
    Each school has its own website and online calendar.
Schools keep in touch with families through APS School                                             OCTOBER 2018
Talk, and many reach out through PTA channels and the APS                                             8   No School for Students (Staff Professional
Peachjar backpack email service as well.                                                           		     Learning Day)
    APS and its schools and programs also use social media                                            9   College & Career Fair, Washington-Lee, 6-8 p.m.
to let families and community connect electronically to                                              10   Elementary/Middle/High Early Release
student learning and celebration activities. APS can be found                                        22   Middle School Information Night,
on Facebook at facebook.com/ArlingtonPublicSchools, on                                             		     Washington-Lee, 7 p.m.
Twitter @APSVirginia, on Vimeo @AETVaps, on Instagram @                                              25   Elementary Early Release and Elementary Parent/
APSVirginia, and on You Tube at youtube.com/AETVaps.                                               		     Teacher Conferences
    Arlington Educational Television (AETV) broadcasts on                                            26   Elementary and Middle Parent/Teacher Conferences
Comcast channel 70 and Verizon FiOS channel 41. APS School                                         		     (no school for elementary/middle students)
Board meetings are broadcast live by AETV on both channels.                                          29   High School Information Night,
In addition, AETV produces and broadcasts APS Snapshots,                                           		     Washington-Lee, 7 p.m.
APS Green Scene, APS Partners in Action and #digitalAPS.
AETV also shares a variety of APS arts and education events                                        NOVEMBER 2017
with the community. For more information about AETV                                                   5–Jan. 18, 2018 Timeframe to apply for an option
programs and broadcast schedules, go to apsva.us/aetv.                                             		      program/school, H-B Woodlawn grade 6 or 9, or
    The APS Language Services Registration Center (LSRC)                                           		      a transfer to a middle school, a high school or high
facilitates the school registration process and provides language                                  		      school program
support to families with English as a Second Language. The                                            6    No School for Students (Grade Preparation Day)
Language Line is an on-demand, three-way telephone transla-                                          12    Holiday (Veterans Day)
tion service that can be accessed in all schools and offices, to                                     21-23 Holiday (Thanksgiving Break)
connect APS, families and language interpreters.
                                                                                                   DECEMBER 2018
                                                                                                      12    Elementary/Middle/High Early Release
                                                                                                      24-31 Holiday (Winter Break)
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JANUARY 2019                                                         ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS
  1-4  Holiday (New Year’s Day & Winter Break)                         The first ten days lost will not need to be made up.
   16  Elementary/Middle/High Early Release
   18  Last day to apply for an option program/school,
                                                                     EARLY RELEASE DAYS
		     H-B Woodlawn grade 6 or 9, or a transfer to a
		     middle school, a high school or high school                       Elementary, Middle and High Schools will have early
		program                                                            release on Oct. 10, Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, and March 13.
   21  Holiday (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)                         Elementary School will also have early release on Oct. 25,
   28  Kindergarten Information Night,                               Mar. 7, and June 5, 12 and 21. Campbell will also have early
		     Washington-Lee, 7 p.m. (Snow Date: Feb. 4)                    release on June 13.
   28  No School for Students (Grade Preparation Day)                    Middle school will also have early release on June 21.
                                                                         High School will also have early release on June 19. There
FEBRUARY 2019                                                        will be a revised schedule in May or June for testing. Contact
    4 (through April 22) Timeframe to apply for an                   your high school for more details.
		        elementary option school or for a transfer to any              See School Hours (below) for dismissal times.
		        other elementary school
    4     Snow Date, Kindergarten Information Night,                 SCHOOL HOURS
		        Washington-Lee, 7 p.m.
    8     Summer Activities Fair, Kenmore Middle School,                 Arlington schools operate on six different time schedules.
		        6–8 p.m. (Snow Date February 15)                           Most schools also offer before-school and after-school activi-
   13     Elementary/Middle/High Early Release                       ties beyond the regular school hours. Check with your school
   15     Snow Date - Summer Activities Fair, Kenmore                to learn what programs are offered and if bus transportation is
		        Middle School, 6–8 p.m.                                    available.
   18     Holiday (Presidents’ Day)
                                                                     ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Abingdon, Campbell, Carlin
MARCH 2019                                                           Springs and Claremont
   7   Summer School Registration Begins                                      Full Day              Early Release
		     Check the Summer School Catalog for registration                       8:00 a.m. - 2:41 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 12:26 p.m.
		     deadlines for specific programs.
   7   Elementary Early Release and Elementary Parent/               ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Arlington Traditional School,
		     Teacher Conferences                                           Barrett, Long Branch and Randolph
   8   Elementary and Middle Parent/Teacher Conferences                        Full Day                Early Release
		     (no school for elementary/middle students)                              8:25 a.m. - 3:06 p.m.   8:25 a.m. - 12:51 p.m.
  13   Elementary/Middle/High Early Release
                                                                     ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Arlington Science Focus,
APRIL 2019                                                           Ashlawn, Barcroft, Discovery, Drew, Glebe, Henry, Hoffman-
     1   No School for Students (Grade Preparation Day)              Boston, Jamestown, Key, McKinley, Nottingham, Oakridge,
 15-19   Holiday (Spring Break)                                      Taylor and Tuckahoe
    22   Last day to apply for an elementary option school or                 Full Day                  Early Release
		       for a transfer to any other elementary school                        9:00 a.m. - 3:41 p.m.     9:00 a.m. - 1:26 p.m.

MAY 2019                                                             MIDDLE SCHOOLS: Gunston, Jefferson, Kenmore, Swanson
  27    Holiday (Memorial Day)                                       and Williamsburg
                                                                             Full Day              Early Release
JUNE 2019                                                                    7:50 a.m. - 2:24 p.m. 7:50 a.m. - 11:54 p.m.
 5 & 12 Elementary Early Release
    13  Campbell Early Release - Parent/Teacher Conferences          HIGH SCHOOLS: Wakefield, Washington-Lee and Yorktown
    19  Last Day for High School (Early Release) and                       Full Day               Early Release
        Middle School Promotion                                            8:19 a.m. - 3:01 p.m.  8:19 a.m. - 12:34 p.m.
    20  High School Graduation                                         		                         (12:21 p.m. on June 19
    21  Last Day for Middle School and Elementary                      		                         and in the case of
		      School (Early Release)                                         		                         emergency closings)
                                                                     H-B WOODLAWN & STRATFORD PROGRAMS
PLAN FOR MAKE-UP DAYS                                                      Full Day              Early Release
                                                                           9:24 a.m. - 4:06 p.m. 9:24 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    The 2018-19 calendar includes 181 instructional days for
elementary, middle and high school students. If inclement weather
or unforeseeable circumstances prevent students from being in
school for 180 days, or the number of instructional hours required
by the state, make-up days will be scheduled as follows:                                                                              7
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SCHOOL OPTIONS AND TRANSFERS                                       on the Monday after the School Board meeting to listen to a
                                                                   meeting summary. Minutes of the meetings can be found on the
    Arlington Public Schools carries out a sustained vigorous,
                                                                   website at apsva.us/school-board.
inclusive, and culturally appropriate program to communicate
clearly the attributes of all its schools and programs to assist
families and students in making informed decisions. In accor-      CONTACT THE SCHOOL BOARD
dance with School Board Policy (SBP) J-5.3.31, APS provides a          The Arlington School Board Office is located on the second
range of learning opportunities to respond to the interests and    floor of the Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd.
needs of all students through neighborhood schools or option       Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open office hours for citizens
schools/programs.                                                  to visit with School Board members are generally held on
    Neighborhood Schools have attendance areas established by      Mondays from 5–7 p.m. during the school year.
the School Board. Every student is guaranteed admission to the         To contact the School Board Office, call 703-228-6015;
elementary, middle, and high school serving the attendance area    write to the Arlington School Board, 2110 Washington Blvd.,
in which the student resides.                                      Arlington, VA 22204; or email school.board@apsva.us.
    Option schools and programs provide specialized instruc-
tional programs. APS provides:
  • Equitable access to option schools and programs for all        SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
    students including students with disabilities and English      Reid Goldstein, Chair
    language learners; and                                            2110 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204
  • A rational and transparent process for admission to option        Office: 703-228-6015
    schools and programs, which is differentiated to support          (Term expires Dec. 31, 2019)
    the integrity of the instructional models.
    Information about options, programs, neighborhood schools      Tannia Talento, Vice Chair
and transfers is available online in the “Options and Transfers”      2110 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204
website section at apsva.us/school-options, or by calling the         Office: 703-228-6015
Welcome Center at 703-228-8000. Upon admission to a school            (Term expires Dec. 31, 2020)
or program, enrollment will be continuous through the grade
levels of that school/program, unless there are extenuating        Dr. Barbara J. Kanninen, Member
circumstances. Neighborhood transfers are available to the            2110 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204
extent possible given financial constraints and capacity limits.      Office: 703-228-6015
Schools accepting transfers are identified annually based on the      (Term expires Dec. 31, 2018)
Superintendent’s annual enrollment update to the School Board.
                                                                   Monique O’Grady, Member
                                                                     2110 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204
                                                                     Office: 703-228-6015
About the Arlington School Board                                     (Term expires Dec. 31, 2021)

    The Arlington School Board is composed of five members         Nancy Van Doren, Member
who serve overlapping four-year terms. The terms commence            2110 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204
on January 1 of the year following the election. Citizens inter-     Office: 703-228-6015
ested in the election process should contact the Office of Voter     (Term expires Dec. 31, 2020)
Registration and the Electoral Board of Arlington County at
703-228-3456 for more information.                                 SCHOOL BOARD ADVISORY GROUPS
                                                                       The School Board actively seeks the advice of commu-
SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS                                              nity members through a wide range of advisory committees,
    The Arlington School Board usually meets on the first and      boards and councils. These advisory groups are appointed by
third Thursdays of each month in the Board Room at the Syphax      the School Board, advise the School Board, and, when appro-
Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd. Check the website          priate, make recommendations on issues or policies related to
or call the Board office for meeting times. The agenda for each    the successful operation of the school system. These groups
School Board meeting is made public one week prior to the          include:
Board meeting and can be viewed on the BoardDocs website            • Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI)
under the “meetings” tab at www.boarddocs.com/vsba/arlington/       • Advisory Council on School Facilities and Capital Projects
Board.nsf/Public.                                                   • Budget Advisory Council
    School Board meetings are broadcast live on Comcast Cable       • School Health Advisory Board (SHAB)
channel 70 and Verizon FiOS channel 41; live-streamed on the           For more information on all Arlington Public Schools
APS website; and re-broadcast on Fridays at 9 p.m. and Mondays     advisory groups, go to apsva.us/citizen-advisory-groups.
at 7:30 p.m. Citizens may view the broadcast on the APS website
(www.apsva.us) during the meetings, or call 703-228-2400

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Teaching & Learning                                                   work with teachers to develop exemplary classroom activities to
                                                                      support students. Teachers make daily decisions about classroom
                                                                      activities as they design work for individual student needs in their
ARLINGTON TIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORT                                    classrooms. More formal assessments, as well as assigned tests
(ATSS)                                                                and projects, measure knowledge and students’ application of
    The Arlington Tiered System of Support (ATSS) is a                content.
comprehensive framework that integrates assessment,                       APS strives to ensure that each student gains the knowledge
intervention and extension in a schoolwide, multi-tiered              and skills needed for success in education and in life, and can
support system for students’ academic achievement and                 then effectively apply the knowledge and skills to fulfill their
social-emotional needs. ATSS is designed to reduce gaps in            goals. In addition to the curricular areas of arts education,
excelllence and opportunity for all students through a system-        business education, computer sciences, world languages, health
atic process of monitoring student data and responding to             education, English language arts, mathematics, physical educa-
academic and/or social and emotional needs in tiers that can          tion, science, social studies, technical education and family and
increase with intensity and duration based upon the individual.       consumer sciences, special programs exist for students who have
The ATSS framework is a collaborative model that consists             been identified as gifted, English language learners, and students
of key staff and family members who work collaboratively to           with disabilities. APS is committed to providing high quality,
determine specific areas of concern, supports and interven-           engaging learning experiences that challenge all students and
tions needed and how the student’s progress will be monitored.        prepare them for an evolving world.
For more information go to apsva.us/atss.                                 Additionally, APS is moving toward the goal of personalized
                                                                      learning, ensuring that instruction, curriculum, and outcomes
CLASSROOM OBSERVATIONS AND VISITS                                     are connected to students’ unique talents, skills and inter-
                                                                      ests, while using technology to provide flexibility and choice.
    The Arlington School Board values parental involvement            Personalized learning environments provide for educational
in schools. Parental involvement contributes greatly to student       experiences that are specifically tailored to the needs of each
achievement and conduct. During the course of classroom               individual student. APS has laid the foundation for ensuring that
observations, and other parent interactions with students             students have equal access to information as well as opportuni-
and staff, student confidentiality and right to privacy shall be      ties and tools needed for learning. More information is available
protected and respected. Parents or their representative (with        at apsva.us/personalized-learning, or by contacting your child’s
written parent authorization) interested in observing their           principal.
student’s class or participating in a planned classroom activity          Families can learn more about the instructional programs
should contact the classroom teacher in advance in case special       at the elementary, middle and high schools from the Program
activities or student assessments have been scheduled. In such        of Studies, available at each school, from the Department of
cases, school staff will work with parents or their representative    Teaching & Learning and at apsva.us/program-of-studies.
to arrange an alternate date or time to visit. To maintain building
security, all parents and other guests must report to the office to
obtain a visitor’s pass and follow any additional building security   FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION
procedures that have been established by the school.                     Arlington Public Schools, in accordance with the State of
                                                                      Virginia mandate, has developed a comprehensive, sequential,
CURRICULUM                                                            age-appropriate K-10 Family Life Education curriculum. The
                                                                      Family Life Education program assists students to:
    Each subject has a curriculum that specifies the goals and         • Develop positive self-concepts and respect for others;
objectives in that discipline. These goals and objectives include      • Form and maintain strong relationships with family and
the State Standards of Learning (SOL), issued by the Virginia            community;
Department of Education (VDOE). In addition, the curricula             • Develop self-esteem, self-confidence, and responsibility;
include goals and objectives to expand students’ knowledge, skills     • Understand the importance of abstaining from sexual activity;
and abilities beyond the VDOE requirements.                            • Manage stress and resist peer pressure;
    APS formally adopts specified resources and supplementary          • Develop awareness and knowledge of mental health issues;
materials for teacher and student use. Resources include print         • Prevent sexual assault and dating violence and recognize
and digitally curated content for instruction as well as tools for       abusive relationships; and
differentiated and adaptive learning experiences. Whether print        • Develop into responsible, productive and well-adjusted adults.
or digital, resources support environments which engage students
in critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication          The Family Life Education program is not intended to
and citizenship. Each school uses these materials to support the      conflict with family values and behavioral norms. Arlington
instructional program. Committees of staff and citizens review        Public Schools provides procedures for families to opt their
the adopted materials and make recommendations to the School          children out of instruction in any objectives in the Family Life
Board regarding new adoptions.                                        Education curriculum. Families receive information at the
    Teachers follow the established curriculum and use the            beginning of the school year about opt-out procedures and the
adopted materials to deliver relevant instruction that engages        Family Life Education curriculum and instruction.
students in active learning and challenges each to work harder
and learn more. The Department of Teaching & Learning staff

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GRADING AND REPORT CARDS                                                  Music Achievement Scale
                                                                           B - Beginning: Your child has been exposed to the music
PRE-KINDERGARTEN (PRE-K)
                                                                               content material.
   Pre-Kindergarten teachers in the Montessori and Virginia
                                                                           P - Progressing: Your child is making good progress in
Preschool Initiative (VPI) programs conduct a minimum of
two parent-teacher conferences during the school year. VPI                     the development of musical skills and understanding
parents receive the Pre-K progress report at the spring confer-                of the content material.
ence and in June.                                                          S - Skilled: Your child has demonstrated competency in
                                                                               musical skills and has a good understanding of the
KINDERGARTEN                                                                   content material.
   Written progress reports are issued in February and June,               O- Outstanding: Your child has demonstrated
mid-year and at the end of the school year. The Kindergarten                   outstanding musical skills and understanding.
Progress Report uses the marking codes below.                            Effort/Work and Social Skills/Participation
   M - Meeting – Child consistently meets behavior or skill.               In addition to achievement, the student’s effort in each
       Student independently demonstrates an understanding                 academic area, achievement in some special subjects,
       of the key concepts and skills.                                     work habits, and social skills will be evaluated and
   P - Progressing – Child is in the process of developing a               marked using the following symbols:
       behavior or skill. Student demonstrates or applies key                 O - Outstanding
       skills, strategies or concepts inconsistently.                         S - Satisfactory
   B - Beginning – Child is beginning to demonstrate a                        I - Improving
       behavior or skill. Student is beginning to understand                  U- Unsatisfactory
       concepts and skills and requires teacher support to             Some elementary schools may use an alternative report card.
       complete these tasks.
   N - Not Yet – Child is not yet demonstrating behavior or            MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 6-8) AND HIGH SCHOOL
       skill.                                                          (GRADES 9-12)
   NI- Not Introduced – Skill has not been introduced.                     Report cards are issued at the middle and high schools four
                                                                       times a year on a nine-week basis. Interim progress reports are
GRADES 1-5                                                             issued to all students in the middle of each grading period.
   In grades 1-5, four written reports are scheduled at approxi-           The marking system is based on letter grades with the
mately nine-week intervals. Standard report cards issued by            following explanation of each grade:
elementary schools use the following academic area grades:                 A - Excellent Achievement (90-100% )
   Grades 1-2                                                              B - Above Average Achievement (B, 80-86%; B+, 87-89%)
   Academic Areas                                                          C - Average Achievement (C, 70-76%; C+, 77-79%)
     P - Making Expected Progress                                          D - Below Average Achievement - Passing (D, 60-66%;
     N - Not Making Expected Progress                                             D+, 67-69%)
     Sub Skills                                                            E - Failure - Unacceptable Achievement (0-59%)
       # Area of Difficulty                                                I - Incomplete
       + Area of Strength
       No Symbol - Satisfactory                                           In addition, teachers use the following system for work
                                                                          habits:
     Social and Work Characteristics
                                                                          !     Surpasses Expectations
       N - Needs Improvement
                                                                          #     Meets Expectations
       I - Improving
                                                                          ^     Approaching Expectations
       S - Satisfactory
                                                                          N     Needs Improvement
     Grades 3-5
                                                                       REPORT CARD DATES FOR 2018-19
     Academic Progress Key
                                                                         End of Grading Period Report Cards Issued
       A - Exceeds Grade Level Expectations
                                                                       		                      Grades 1–5        Grades 6–12
       B - Often Exceeds Grade Level Expectations
                                                                         November 5            November 28 November 16
       C - Meets Grade Level Expectations
                                                                         January 25            February 13       February 6
       D - Does Not Meet Grade Level Expectations – Passing
                                                                         March 29              April 25          April 10
       E - Does Not Meet Grade Level Expectations – Failing
                                                                         Last Day of School    June 21           June 21 (6-8)
           The student’s instructional level in mathematics and        		                               Mailed by June 28 (9-12)
       reading will also be indicated. A modified written report
       may be used for identified students whose learning charac-
       teristics make the use of the standard report card inappro-     HOME INSTRUCTION
       priate. An asterisk (*) is used to indicate that a supplement       In accordance with Section 22.1-254.1 of the Code of
       is attached or that the curriculum has been modified.           Virginia, the parent who elects to provide home instruction
           The teacher considers the objectives found on the inside    for a school-age child in lieu of school attendance must notify
       of the report card folder when assigning the letter grade.      the Superintendent (c/o Liaison for Home Instruction). This
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notification needs to occur annually, no later than Aug.15. The     • Strengthen the communication between home and school.
parent must also include a description of the curriculum to be      • Be appropriate for the age and stage of development of the
followed for the coming year and evidence of having met one            student.
of the qualifications below:                                        • Acknowledge individual differences among students
  • Hold a high school diploma or higher credential;                   through differentiation when feasible.
  • Meet qualifications for a teacher prescribed by the Virginia       The length of time spent on homework assignments should
    Board of Education;                                            avoid undue intrusion on the time students may spend in other
  • Provide a program of study or curriculum which may be          activities outside the school day.
    delivered through a correspondence school or a distance            In general, the following total amount of time spent daily
    learning program or in any other manner; or                    on homework over four nights a week represents an average for
  • Provide evidence that he/she is able to provide an adequate    the typical student.
    education for the student.                                      • Kindergarten: maximum of 15 minutes plus an additional
    High school students on home instruction may partially             15 minutes of reading or being read to
enroll in their attendance area high school and take up to          • Grade 1: maximum of 20 minutes plus an additional 20
two credit-bearing courses on a space-available basis. Course          minutes of reading or being read to
enrollment shall be limited to core courses (English language       • Grade 2: maximum of 30 minutes plus an additional 20
arts, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages).          minutes of reading or being read to
Partially enrolled students shall limit their presence on school    • Grade 3: maximum of 45 minutes plus an additional 20
grounds to the times of their scheduled classes. Students who          minutes of reading
are partially enrolled may have access to the library during        • Grade 4: maximum of 60 minutes plus an additional 30
school hours as part of their class work. They may also use            minutes of reading
the library during regular designated after-school times.           • Grade 5: maximum of 60 minutes plus an additional 30
Students who are partially enrolled may not use the library or         minutes of reading
any school facility during the school day unless the activity is    • Grade 6-8: maximum of 20 minutes a night for each course
during the class time under the teacher’s supervision. Partially       for a total of 90 minutes a night plus an additional 30
enrolled students are not eligible to participate in Virginia          minutes of reading
High School League (VHSL) designated school-sponsored               • Grades 9-12: maximum of 30 minutes a night for each
athletics, student organizations, and clubs. In the event that         course for a total of three hours a night with the under-
a partially enrolled student fails to comply with registration,        standing that some advanced-level courses may require
behavior and course requirements, APS reserves the right to            additional time to complete, particularly the reading
limit or withdraw the opportunity for enrollment pending a             components to those courses
conference with the parent, student, home-instruction liaison
and school administrator or designee.                                  It is recognized that students vary significantly in the
    To receive high school credit toward a diploma from APS        amount of time they spend on a given assignment. Therefore,
for courses taken by home instruction, students must be            these maximum amounts of time represent the teachers’
enrolled fulltime in Arlington Public Schools. Upon enroll-        estimate regarding times required by the average student
ment in APS, high school credit may be awarded for courses         for completion of the assignment. Assignments should be
in which the student has received home instruction by              reviewed and/or evaluated to provide meaningful feedback to
completing assessments approved by the Superintendent or           students in a timely manner.
designee. An official record or course completion (transcript)          Parents should provide, to the extent possible, reasonable
will be kept for partially enrolled students. However, partially   time and space for their children to complete homework at
enrolled students on home instruction are not eligible to          home. If a student spends excessive amounts of time on home-
receive APS diplomas or participate in commencement activi-        work, the parent should alert the teacher so that the teacher
ties. For more information, call 703-228-2476.                     can assist the student and parent to determine appropriate
                                                                   intervention.

HOMEWORK
                                                                   PERSONALIZED LEARNING
    The Arlington School Board believes that homework is an
important component of the educational process. APS Policy             APS is committed to providing high-quality, engaging
I-11.2 states that homework should consist of learning activi-     learning experiences that challenge all students and prepare
ties assigned and explained by the teacher to be performed         them for an evolving world. Personalized learning supports the
primarily outside of class by the student by a certain date,       APS Strategic Plan. The benefits of personalized learning are:
without the direct supervision of the teacher, and assessed by      • Classrooms are learner-centered and the teacher’s role is
the teacher after it is performed. Homework should:                    to guide learners, rather than just being a gatekeeper or a
  • Prepare for, relate to, build on, reinforce, and/or enhance        single source of knowledge.
    learning in the classroom.                                      • Through personalized learning, learners are challenged to
  • Encourage a student’s sense of responsibility, develop a           think critically and use higher order level skills.
    sense of personal accountability, promote learning, and         • Learners are more engaged when they are given more
    improve study habits.                                              opportunities to take control of their learning.

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