Superintendent's Message

Spring 2021

Looking ahead to the 2021-22 School Year

Dear Arlington Community,

Over the last 13-14 months, we have faced many challenges as we have
maneuvered the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been many lessons learned. There are things we will leave behind once we return to a “new normal” and there are things we will want to keep. Lesson learning will
continue as well as engaging in positive problem-solving to find viable and innovative solutions to support increased student learning and achievement for each Arlington student.

As we move forward, we will continue to carefully review both regional and Stepping Graphiclocal health metrics. This will be paired with listening carefully to the recommendations of the Snohomish Health District in order to identify the appropriate next steps for reopening schools. We are currently on step 5 of our six-step plan for reopening schools.

This means, at this time most students are receiving in-person instruction in a hybrid model. There are about 240 students in grades K-5 receiving instruction through the Committed Distance Learning (CDL) Program and about 297 students receiving either partial or full time instruction through the
Arlington Online Program (AOP). These instructional models will continue for the remaining few weeks of this school year.

On May 10, the board approved planning to begin next fall on step 6 which means students are back on campus full time (dependent on Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Department of Health recommendations and requirements). There are logistics that need to be
addressed but we are hopeful we will return to a better “new normal” beginning in September. We will continue the AOP K-12 Program for families who still want a remote learning opportunity. At this time, we do not plan to continue the CDL Program. The CDL Program has been successful and has provided an additional learning opportunity for this year. We are grateful to the staff who have served in this program.

We are developing an Advancing Academics & Student Well-Being Plan that
will help us move forward. It will identify specific diagnostic assessment tools by grade level; identify student learning and well-being gaps; and will identify specific strategies and supports for the students most impacted.

In the Our Schools publication, you will read more about the challenges we have faced, the lessons we have learned and the hope we hold for the future.

Thank you for partnering with us to prepare, educate and inspire EACH Arlington student. We are meeting all challenges TOGETHER!

Dr. Chrys Sweeting
Arlington Public Schools