Update at 7:25 PM – The federal government is closed Thursday.
Update at 6:45 PM – Arlington County government offices, courts, libraries, and recreation facilities will also be closed Thursday. No word on Friday, yet.
Arlington County schools will be closed for the rest of the week. Students will resume classes on Tuesday, the school system announced this afternoon.
Part of today’s email to parents from superintendent Patrick K. Murphy, after the jump.
As I write today’s update, it is still snowing and we are experiencing high winds, and yet again efforts to begin “digging out” once are underway. This is a difficult job for crews already fatigued from working round the clock for the past week and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their perseverance and commitment to our community.
Although I would love to say that schools will open this week, unfortunately today’s storm has set us back several days. Because the County and APS crews now need to begin clearing all of the roads, sidewalks and parking lots yet again, and because we recognize that families need time to make continued childcare arrangements, we have announced that schools will be closed the remainder of this week. Although many of our administrative staff has continued to work through the storm and closings, right now we plan to have our administrative offices open on Friday so we are available to families and can prepare for school to resume next week.
Over the past few days we have heard about problems that the added weight of so much snow is taking on buildings throughout the region. Yesterday, Arlington County staff offered to assist us with checking the roof structures at our facilities, particularly those buildings with long roof spans. Inspections at our buildings began yesterday and once the current storm ends, they will continue. Facilities staff will also continue to monitor the situation when the snow begins to melt so that we can catch any problems and repair issues quickly to minimize damages from the storm.
As I explained last Friday, we are working now to develop an alternative plan for make-up days, and will post it online as soon as it is available. Although Mon, Feb. 15 (President’s Day) was an option in our original calendar, we do not plan to open school next Monday since we do not have sufficient time to give parents and staff advance notice at this point. Also, we will need more than that one make-up day, so we are looking at other options to fulfill our instructional obligations to our students and families.
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The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.
The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Learn about the new assessment of Arlington’s urban tree canopy and the many ecological and social benefits trees provide. Staff from the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will share study results and compare canopy cover for different areas of Arlington.The webinar will include assessments of ecosystem services such as stormwater mitigation, air quality, carbon uptake, and urban heat islands. For background on Arlington trees see the “Tree Benefits: Growing Arlington’s Urban Forest” presentation at http://www.gicinc.org/PDFs/Presentation_TreeBenefits_Arlington.pdf.
Please register in advance to assure your place at the webinar, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/29543206508863839.
About the Arlington County Civic Federation: The Arlington County Civic Federation (“ACCF”) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides a forum for civic groups to discuss, debate, inform, advocate and provide oversight on important community issues, on a non-partisan basis. Its members include over ninety civic groups representing a broad cross-section of the community. Communications, resolutions and feedback are regularly provided to the Arlington County Government.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 21,2023 at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public and will be hybrid, in-person and virtually through Zoom. Part of the agenda will be a discussion and vote on a resolution “To Restore Public Confidence in Arlington County’s Governance”. For more information on ACCF and this meeting, go to https://www.civfed.org/.
Valentine gifts for someone special or for yourself are here at George Mason University from noon -4pm on February 14, 2023. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Kingsbury Chocolates, find a handmade bag from Karina Gaull, pick up treats from Village