Join

Morning Poll: Should APS Extend the School Year Through Summer?

With many students struggling with their academic achievement during remote learning and the pandemic, Fairfax County Public Schools has discussed potentially extending the school year into the summer.

The idea of an extended school year, to allow students to catch up on their studies during the summer, has also been raised by Arlington School Board member Tannia Talento.

“Can we make a summer school plan to be proactive versus reactive?” Talento asked, at a recent Board meeting.

Given that vaccines are on the way, and that there appears to be a lower level of infection during warmer-weather months, it seems likely that classes could be held in-person this summer. That may be just what’s needed, at least for some students, after months of virtual classes.

On the other hand, it could be argued that kids most of all just need a break from sitting and staring at screens, something that a summer vacation provides. And the virus will likely still be circulating this summer, despite the vaccines.

Do you think APS should plan to do so?

Recent Stories

A 3 BD/4.5 BA condo with two wraparound terraces and city views sold for $3.2 million, making it one of the most expensive homes sold in July.

Did We Mention the Cartoons?

The new ARLnow Press Club has a number of features we always wanted to bring readers — and now can with your support. One that we haven’t advertised as widely…

A new business offering high-end therapeutic and wellness treatments — including cryotherapy — is opening in Pentagon City. Texas-based Restore Hyper Wellness started offering treatments to help people facing pain,…

Protected bike lanes on Fairfax Drive are a project whose time has come. It’s a critical link that would connect commercial areas, parks, and trails to thousands of Arlington residents. It deserves a place in Arlington’s next 10-year Capital Improvement Plan.

×

Subscribe to our mailing list