Superintendent's Message

A Year in Review, 2019-20

We could never have imagined what the 2019-20 school year would bring. SuperintendentThe Winter 2021 edition of the Our Schools is dedicated to sharing the state of Arlington Public Schools for the last 12 months.

Despite the uncertainties and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of the Arlington School District remains strong. There are still numerous challenges ahead including the ongoing fight against COVID-19. I continue to be extremely proud of our dedicated and resilient school district team and the commitment of the Arlington community to rise up and find creative solutions
to problems we have never faced before.

We will continue addressing the impacts of the challenges we have faced during the last year for months to come. Some of these challenges include:

• Decreased enrollment of approximately 450 students resulting in less revenue, requiring us to make even more difficult decisions;

• Increased failure rates of students struggling with distance learning and this world of uncertainty;

• Responding to the health and safety needs by identifying and implementing practices and protocols to limit the transmission of COVID-19 and bring
students back for in-person learning;

• Finding ways to engage students in distance learning that results in successful completion of credits and learning;

• Addressing the financial impact of COVID-19, including additional expenditures for COVID-related costs; and

• Finding ways to address the social emotional needs of our staff and students, especially during the pandemic.

Our District Strategic Plan is focused on increasing performance, effectiveness and accountability in four goal areas: 1. Student Learning and Achievement; 2. Safe and Caring Environment; 3. Resource Stewardship; and 4. Parent and Community Partnerships.

It is with intentionality, passion and relentless commitment that we pursue meeting our district mission to educate, prepare and inspire all students
to graduate and seek their potential as lifelong learners no matter what challenges we face.

Thank you Arlington families and community members for your amazing support and partnership.

We are meeting all challenges TOGETHER!

Dr. Chrys Sweeting
Superintendent
Arlington Public Schools

State of the District 2020