Arlington will begin to provide in-person learning support for Level 1 students with disabilities beginning on Nov. 4. This includes 236 students with disabilities and 115 employees who will be returning to 33 buildings. This is an average of three students per classroom.
Arlington made this announcement Oct. 29 after reviewing their APS COVID-19 Dashboard data that analyzes risk and readiness. The Superintendent’s update says, “We have taken every recommended precaution to mitigate risk and to ensure a safe return for our employees and students. Every school site has received the required cleaning and disinfecting supplies, face coverings and other equipment necessary. “
De. Francisco Duran, Superintendent of Schools, indicates he will be visiting the schools personally in November to welcome students and to ensure the staff has the support needed to serve the students effectively and safely.
Although the ParentVUE selection process for Level 2 for elementary and Career and Technical Education (CTE) students has concluded, the health and safety metrics are not where they need to be to proceed with Level 2, Phase 1 return which had been scheduled for Nov. 12. This Level includes PreK, kindergarten and career and technical education students.
Level 2 brings a significant larger group of staff and students into the buildings and classrooms necessitating a more rigorous standard. They will continue to monitor the data and consult with Public Health to make a final determination about the next steps for Level 2. In addition, the results of the family selection process will be posted soon.