Dates to Know
- Wednesday, June 9: Early release days for elementary students.
- Wednesday, June 16: Last day of high school. Graduation for Washington-Liberty (10 a.m.) and Wakefield (7 p.m.)
- Friday, June 18: Last day of elementary and middle school, with early release. Graduation for Yorktown (10 a.m.) More on school graduations and links to view them if you can’t attend in person at https://www.apsva.us/school-year-2020-21/class-of-2021-graduation/.
Extended-Day Registration: Is open for returning families whose students were enrolled last spring for the 2020-21 after-school session. Registration for all families will be open June 9-June 23. Learn more and find out how to register at https://www.apsva.us/extended-day/registration/.
Arlington Public Health Vaccination Clinics: Free walk-in as well as scheduled appointments are available to anyone 12 years or older this week. See the charts attached for details on Walter Reed Community Center (June 1-4, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.), Thomas Jefferson Middle School (June 2, 4-8 p.m.), and Hoffman-Boston Elementary (June 3, 5-8 p.m.).
Student-Issued Devices: To ensure students have targeted instructional resources available to them throughout the summer, APS will NOT require students (except Grade 12) to turn in their devices at the end of the school year. Instead, they will return their devices next fall, and, if applicable, will be issued a new device.
Spraygrounds: Arlington Spraygrounds are now open. For hours and locations, see https://parks.arlingtonva.us/parksfacilities/spraygrounds/.
Sign up for teen summer camps: Learn more at https://parks.arlingtonva.us/sign-up-for-teen-summer-camps/ . Interested in a reduced fee? Get details at https://parks.arlingtonva.us/fee-reductions/.
Teen jobs & internships: See available jobs and internships at the Arlington Employment Center’s Job Board, https://jobboard.arlingtonva.us/page/teen-expo. The Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation is hiring student assistants for summer camps; more at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/arlington?department%5b0%5d=Department%20of%20Parks%20and%20Recreation&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending. The Leadership Center for Excellence Summer Youth Fellows Program brings high school students together for a week-long summer experience that exposes students to community challenges and encourages leadership-building skills. Applications and scholarship requests are due June 11. More at https://www.leadercenter.org/youth-program-2021/.
Teen Network Board: Is accepting applications from teens for 2021-22. The Board is a County- and School-Board appointed advocacy group comprised of Arlington high school students who are a community voice for Arlington teens. Interested in joining? Find out more and see the link to the application at https://teens.arlingtonva.us/tnb/.
Waterparks: NOVA Parks waterparks, including Upton Hill in Arlington, will open Saturday, May 29. They will be open weekend days from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. until school is out, then daily during the same hours. Find info on ticket purchases at https://www.novaparks.com/waterparks. First-come, first-served.
COVID vaccine: Children 12-17 can now get the Pfizer vaccine. Arlington County is offering a series of free vaccination clinics this week for ages 12-17 only. May 18-21, 12-8 p.m., Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St., South, walk in or schedule https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-dose-vaccine-clinic-walter-reed-community-center-registration-141389041429. May 22-23, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Walter Reed, must schedule https://www.eventbrite.com/e/12-17-year-old-first-dose-pfizer-clinic-walter-reed-community-center-registration-154584537513. May 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., must schedule https://www.eventbrite.com/e/12-17-year-old-first-dose-pfizer-clinic-kenmore-middle-school-registration-154591147283 . Check the attached flyer for requirements, including having a parent present. Arlington County also is holding a free walk-in clinic on May 17, 5-8 p.m., at Wakefield High School for anyone 16 years old and older. No appointment needed. Students ages 16-17 should only book appointments for Pfizer shots. They will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can give permission. For help with scheduling, call 703-228-7999.
COVID test: The Quest mobile testing trailer will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4444 Arlington Blvd., this week through May 28, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tests are free. No referral, no appointment needed. Same-day results.
Need help to pay for Internet service? The federal government has started a temporary program to help households struggling to afford Internet service during the pandemic. It will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards home or mobile Internet service to eligible households, as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 to buy a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating Internet providers. Funds are available for up to six months. Find out if you qualify, and get the link to apply here: https://getemergencybroadband.org/do-i-qualify/.
Citizenship Classes and scholarship: The Arlington Community Outreach Program offers free virtual Citizenship Classes on weekday afternoons and evenings. Find out more and register by calling Susan Stolpe at 703-228-1198. ALSO, Arlington County offers a Citizenship Scholarship to cover the application fee charged by USCIS for those seeking citizenship. Find out more at https://topics.arlingtonva.us/citizenship-scholarship/.
Summer Enrichment Programs: Registration is open. Find out what’s offered and how to register here https://www.apsva.us/post/youth-enrichment-program-summer-registration-open/.
SOL Testing: Standards of Learning testing for students in grades 3-12 will be done in-person at schools in May and June, with safety protocols in place. Hybrid learning students will be scheduled for testing on days when they are in school; full distance-learning students will be scheduled for Mondays. Parents who don’t want their child tested due to COVID-19 concerns should contact their child’s school and ask for the Testing Coordinator or administrative staff.
COVID vaccine: Everyone 16 and older in Virginia is now eligible to get the vaccine. Pre-register now at https://vaccinate.virginia.gov, or by calling 1-877-829-4682 seven days a week, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Call-back service in 100+ languages. Learn more about where Arlington County is holding vaccine clinics at https://www.arlingtonva.us/covid-19/vaccines/.
Free Money Smarts Pay classes in Spanish, Amharic: Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering free virtual classes in Spanish on budgeting, saving, and credit card debt and one in Amharic on Demystifying Utility Bills. For more information and to register for Spanish classes, see https://www.facebook.com/events/299252701569121/. For the Amharic class, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScTEIRfAmJtJrS35GUtzn2hS5GJF3HPgyzST0tqS2fKudeVyw/closedform.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance: The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering financial assistance for COVID-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020. Find out more here https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance. Info is available on the call line, 844-684-6333, in multiple languages.
Public Charge rule: The Trump administration’s Public Charge rule limiting some government assistance to certain immigrants and refugees is no longer in effect. The Biden administration announced it will not support the rule. Short-term and special-purpose cash payments are allowed under the old rule that is now in effect. Food and nutrition programs, including SNAP, and housing programs such as public housing and section 8 are allowed. Medicaid is dis-allowed only if it is used to pay for long-term care.
SNAP food benefits: You may be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds for food during the pandemic. Find out at 1-855-635-4370 or https://commonhelp.virginia.gov; in Spanish https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/accessController?id=0.6272957391380923.
P-EBT cards for food for students: With new funding from the U.S. government, the state of Virginia will start issuing money on Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer cards to families in the free or reduced-price meal program. Money April through September will be disbursed monthly. Families will receive funds for past months dating back to October 2020 in two lump sums.
Spanish-language parenting support group: Starting March 18th, Arlington County’s Child and Family Services Division will offer a Parenting Support Group for Spanish speakers. Sessions will be Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. The topic will be different each week. For upcoming topics, see: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/VAARLINGTON/2021/03/09/file_attachments/1717647/Grupo%20de%20apoyo%20a%20padres.calendario.pdf.
Student Health Screener: Starting Monday, March 1, all parents/guardians will receive by text and email a daily symptom screener to complete for each student. All families must complete it, even if students remain in full-time distance learning. Parents can access it starting at 5:30 a.m. It will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Mongolian, and Spanish. Questions must be answered before a student arrives at the bus or school. If they aren’t completed, the student will have to complete the screening with the bus or school attendant before being allowed to start the school day. The health screener will arrive 7 days a week, and families must complete it before students attend weekend school-based activities. More details by video in English and español.
New APS bus schedules: APS will change some routes starting Tuesday, April 6, in response to parent feedback. Schedules are available in ParentVUE. Look for the Student Information Tab and then under Instructional Choice. Then scroll down to Pick-up and Drop-off Information. How to use ParentVUE: Find how-to info in English and Spanish here https://www.apsva.us/family-access-center/ . If you need help, call your child’s school and ask for assistance.
How to use ParentVUE: You will want to know how to get into ParentVUE online to check your child’s schedule, bus routes, report cards, etc. Find how-to info in English and Spanish here https://www.apsva.us/family-access-center/. If you need help, call your child’s school and ask for assistance.
Does your child take medication? During in-person learning, APS is asking parents to make every effort to give medications at home to eliminate the need for a dose during school hours. If your student needs medication administered by the school clinic, please contact the clinic staff to make an appointment to discuss this. All meds must be transported to/from the school clinic by a parent/guardian unless the student is 18 years old.
APS meal sites: Are only at school locations now, a total of 22. See the list under Breakfasts and lunches below.
Camera-on expectation for distance learning: APS is encouraging students to turn their cameras on during synchronous learning and while directly interacting with the students and staff. Students will not get graded down, however, for not turning on their camera. If you have privacy or other questions, contact your child’s teacher.
Student Health Screener: All parents/guardians will receive by text and email a daily symptom screener to complete for each student. All families must complete it, even if students remain in full-time distance learning. Parents can access it starting at 5:30 a.m. It will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Mongolian, and Spanish. Questions must be answered before a student arrives at the bus or school. If they aren’t completed, the student will have to complete the screening with the bus or school attendant before being allowed to start the school day. The health screener will arrive 7 days a week, and families must complete it before students attend weekend school-based activities. More details by video in English and español.
Student assessments: Learn more about the tests your child will be required to take this spring at https://www.apsva.us/instruction/curriculum-instruction/assessment/aps-assessment-guidelines-due-to-covid-2020-21/.
Technology Center Hours: New Technology Call Center Hours beginning Monday, Feb. 8, are: Monday – Thursday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday hours remain 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Winter Weather & APS: During inclement weather, distance learning will continue providing there is no interruption in power or network connectivity. If schools and facilities need to close due to weather, Level 1 students attending school in-person will temporarily return to distance learning.
APS Bilingual Family Liaisons can help if you can’t find the right telephone number to call. For Bilingual Family Liaison contact info, see the attachment.
- Grab & Go breakfasts and lunches are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at: Abingdon, Arlington Career Center, Arlington Traditional, Ashlawn, Barcroft, Barrett, Campbell, Carlin Springs, Dr. Charles R. Drew, Glebe, Gunston, Hoffman-Boston, Jefferson, Kenmore, Key Long Branch, Randolph, Swanson, The Heights, Wakefield, Washington-Liberty, Yorktown. APS is delivering meals to the following locations: Greenbriar Baptist Church, Lee Community Center, Upton Hill Regional Park for Patrick Henry Apartments, Virginia Highlands Park, Woodbury Park, Columbia Grove and Walter Reed Community Center).
- Families may pick up meals at the location closest to them. ALL students 18 and under are eligible to receive meals. No student ID is required. See info on holiday areas under NEW.
Health & Wellness
COVID Testing in the Community: Arlington County operates a free, walk-in testing clinic open weekdays from noon-5 p.m. at Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St. No doctor’s referral required. You do not need an appointment, but may make one by calling 703-912-0118 M-F between 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. Testing is also available there until 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month (2 additional hours) and from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. For general questions about testing, call Arlington County at 703-228-7999 or see https://health.arlingtonva.us/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/covid-19-testing/. Neighborhood Health provides covid-19 testing free for some uninsured patients. Call 703-535-5568 to get a telehealth evaluation before scheduling a test.
Mental Health/Support: APS is partnering with Cigna to make a free School Support line available for students, staff, and parents who need mental health and crisis support. The pilot program is available at: Washington-Liberty, Arlington Career Center, Arlington Community High School, H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, Langston High School Continuation Program, and New Directions. It may be expanded to other schools. The line is available 24/7. Staff can help in English and Spanish and can link callers to local resources. Other languages are available through the Language Line. For help, call 833-Me-Cigna (833-632-4462). Anonymous; no legal status or documentation requested.
If Your Child is Depressed or Anxious: You can contact your child’s school and ask to speak to the social worker. In middle and high schools, you can contact an EL Counselor – call your child’s school office and ask for the EL Counselor. Also, you can contact CR2, a 24-hour, multilingual, no-cost crisis line at 844-627-4747, or call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 24 hours a day, toll-free, to talk to a multilingual therapist. In an emergency, call the County at 703-228-5160 or 911. A complete list here: https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/InThisTogether.pdf.Also, visit the website for your child’s school and click on In Crisis/Need Help Now? at the bottom on the left-hand side.
Anxiety/depression: In an emergency, call the County at 703-228-5160. To talk to a therapist, call 703-228-5150, or call or text for free to Virginia COPES at 877-349-6428 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 5:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A complete list of resources is here https://health.arlingtonva.us/get-help-guide/.
Domestic violence: Call 703-237-0881 to talk to a counselor about your options. In an emergency, call 911.
- Source: Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Student Concerns.
Covid-19 Testing Kiosks: Arlington County has opened two no-cost testing kiosks, in the parking lot of Aurora Hills Community Center, 735 18th St., S., and Tucker Field at Barcroft Park, 4200 S. Four Mile Run Dr. Both will be open 7 days a week, 12-8 p.m. The mouth-swab tests do not require a doctor’s referral, insurance, or government ID. Walk-up testing is available, but an appointment is recommended at https://curative.com. Service will be available in English and Spanish. Results will be sent electronically within 48-72 hours. See attached flyers.
Teen Dating Violence: Project PEACE will offer a free workshop for teens on Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healthy-teen-relationships-tickets-141175960097.
Interested in joining a volunteer Spanish-speaking County disaster response team? Arlington is taking applications. Find out more here: https://emergency.arlingtonva.us/get-involved/cert/
Arlington Parks & Recreation Classes: Registration is open. Find out more and register here.
Summer Camp Job Opportunities: Arlington County is taking applications for summer camp jobs. Learn more here: https://parks.arlingtonva.us/employment-opportunities-parks-recreation/.
Free help with preparing taxes: Learn more and see if you qualify here: https://publicassistance.arlingtonva.us/tax/.
Share Your Views on Race and Equity
Arlington County is collecting feedback from residents on their experiences and opinions about race and equity to help the County learn how to improve racial equity. You can fill out a questionnaire in Spanish, Arabic, Mongolian, or English at https://topics.arlingtonva.us/equity/share-your-perspectives/
Arlington Public Library
Now has a free YouTube channel for kids, with interactive story times and fun programs. In English. Find out more here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5825F4dTL6WMse27zQdetQ/videos.
APS has a Family Technology Call Center, 703-228-2570, that you can call to get help with Internet access. Hours are 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Help is available in English and Spanish. You can also report a problem to your school ITC by filling out a form at https://www.apsva.us/digital-learning/contact-itc/. For more info on how to set up and use devices, see https://www.apsva.us/school-year-2020-21/technical-support/.
Help with Free Comcast Internet Service
APS is paying for up to 12 months of Comcast Internet Essentials service for qualified families. If you have previously applied for this Internet service and been denied, APS encourages you to reapply because restrictions on who can qualify have been loosened. Call your child’s school to get a sponsorship code. If you can’t reach anyone, leave a voicemail with your name and contact info and ask for a call back.
Arlington County has 19 locations with free outdoors WiFi hotspots where you can access the Internet. Check here https://my.arlingtonva.us/digitalresources?WiFi=true&DriveWiFi=true to find out where they are.
Helpful Webinars on Distance Learning – In Different Languages
- Free groceries: To receive information on where to obtain food, text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877.
- Arlington Food Assistance Center, 2708 S. Nelson St., 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. You may pick up food once a week. You must have an AFAC Client Card, which you get through a referral. To get a referral: Call your school social worker, the Arlington Department of Human Services at 703-228-1300 or BU-GATA at 703-465-5570. Bring a photo ID with you to pick up food. You may pick up food one time only without a client card, if you bring a photo ID and proof you live in Arlington. AFAC will not share your information with anyone.
- Tuesday: St. Charles Borromeo, 3304 Washington Blvd., 10:00 a.m. – noon or until food runs out. No referral needed.
- Wednesday: Our Lady Queen of Peace, 2700 S. 19th St., 9:30-11:30 a.m. or until food runs out. No referral needed.
- Thursday: Salvation Army, 518 S. Glebe Rd., 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Also, baby products available at food distribution, while supplies last. For children 0-2. Bring proof of Arlington address and child ID (birth certificate or vaccination records). One time per month.
- Friday: AFAC at 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Assembly of God church, 4501 N. Pershing Dr. rear entrance.
- Saturday: AFAC distribution at 1) Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., 8:30-10:30 a.m., for families in North Arlington; 2) 2708 S. Nelson St., 9:00-11:00 a.m. First come, first served. Referral needed.
Rent and Utilities
Find more affordable apartments: Check the list of available Committed-Affordable apartments for rent in Arlington at https://housing.arlingtonva.us/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2021/03/CAFs-March-2021.pdf.
Rent Assistance: You may be eligible for money from the state of Virginia to cover rent payments due since April 1, 2020 and for the next three months, 15 months in all. Your landlord can apply for you. Talk to your landlord.
Evictions: There is a nationwide ban on evictions through Dec. 31st for tenants who can show they can’t pay rent because of pandemic-related income losses. You MUST sign a specific statement saying that and give it to your landlord. Find out if you are eligible and read the statement here: Eviction FAQs. This means that if you get a “pay or quit” notice, you do NOT have to move. Contact your landlord instead or call Virginia Poverty Law Center at 1-833-NOEVICT or Legal Services of Northern Virginia at 703-532-3733. You may get help with rent through Arlington County or THRIVE. Call 703-228-1300. Arlington County will NOT share your information with anyone.
Utilities: You may be able to avoid disconnections by utilities (electricity, natural gas, sewer and water) by calling to work out a payment plan.
Help with water and sewer services bills: Now you can fill out a form online to get help from Arlington County with overdue bills: https://water.arlingtonva.us/utility-relief/.
Help with heating bills: Do you need help with paying your heating bill this winter? Call Arlington County’s Economic Independence Division at 703-228-1350 to ask about assistance.
Help for Homeless Students: You do not need a permanent address to be enrolled in school. If you lose housing due to economic hardship or health and safety reasons, you can contact your school social worker, or APS’s Project Extra Step at 703-228-6046, or the Homeless Liaison at 703-228-2585 to find out about help with services like transportation, school meals, school supplies, tutoring, and extended-day. Find out more at https://www.apsva.us/student-services/homeless/.
From the County:
To access videos in other languages: https://www.apsva.us/post/food-resources-from-arlington-county/
Salvation Army: fill out a form and submit it here: English application (Spanish application) or call 703-979-3380. Find out more about help available from Arlington County at https://www.arlingtonva.us/covid-19/financial-assistance/.