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  • Dr. Arlotto's Latest Reopening Report

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 1/28/2021

    Please take a few minutes to the latest Reopening Report from Superintendent Dr. George Arlotto. It contains information on moving students back into buildings and more. Jan. 27, 2021 Reopening Report

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  • BOE adopts 2021-2022 SY Calendar that Restores Weeklong Easter/Spring Break

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 1/21/2021

    At its Wednesday night meeting, the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County adopted a 2021-2022 School Year Calendar that calls for classes to start on September 8, 2021, end on June 21, 2022, and restores a weeklong Easter/Spring break.

    The calendar was proposed by Board President Melissa Ellis and Board Member Robert Silkworth as an alternative to the four plans previously recommended to the Board by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Calendar Committee. It does away with the traditional full days of parent-teacher conferences and replaces them with five days of either two-hour early dismissals or two-hour late arrivals for students. Parent-teacher conferences will be held during those partial-day periods on October 21, 2021 (early dismissal), November 22, 2021 (late arrival),  November 23, 2021 (early dismissal) March  7, 2022 (late arrival), and March 8, 2022 (early dismissal). The calendar also calls for schools to be closed for students on May 3, 2022,  for Eid al-Fitr. That day will be a professional development day for staff.

    As has been the case for many years, the 2021-2022 calendar also contains four early dismissal days to allow staff to focus on equity and the opportunity gap.

    There are three days built into the calendar for inclement weather closings.

    A complete calendar can be found at www.aacps.org/calendar.

    FUTURE SCHOOL YEAR CALENDARS

    Also this morning, the Board adopted a motion that sets the expectation for the start date of schools in future years. The Board will evaluate start dates in the following manner:

    • If Labor Day occurs on September 5 or later the school year would begin the preceding Monday.
    • If Labor Day occurs on or before September 4, the school year would begin the day after Labor Day.

    The Board made clear that significant extenuating circumstances could alter this plan.

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  • ‘Let's Talk Justice' Students Organize Reading Program on Dr. MLK Jr. Day

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 1/14/2021

    Students involved in Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ Let’s Talk Justice initiative will spend part of their Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday in service to their fellow students by reading and exposing them to diverse literature they can explore in more depth by checking out the books from their school library or Anne Arundel County Public Library branches.

    Let’s Talk Justice Reads! is a virtual read-aloud event designed to provide learning opportunities for students to engage with materials that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Eight county high school students will age-appropriate books to their elementary counterparts every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, January 18. Readings will be done in Google classrooms accessible to county students. Some of the works will be read in Spanish as well.

    “I am incredibly proud of the work these students are doing and their willingness to make connections with younger students, especially in ways that enhance the awareness of diversity and develop a love of reading,” Superintendent George Arlotto said.

    A list of the works being read and the schedule of readings can be found at www.aacps.org/letstalkjustice.

    Let’s Talk Justice was created as a forum for students to discuss racism and social justice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Beginning with a student-led planning committee, the vision of Let’s Talk Justice quickly developed into a place where students will be able to have a voice about various social issues and injustices. The group has held several public forums on a variety of issues and has a forum on women’s rights scheduled for February 1, 2021.

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  • Statement from Superintendent George Arlotto in Wake of Jan. 6 Incident at the U.S. Capitol

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 1/7/2021

    Superintendent George Arlotto today released the following statement regarding Wednesday’s events in Washington, D.C.:

    “Yesterday, the world’s eyes were fixed on Washington, D.C., as those who would seek to undermine the values that this nation holds so dear carried out a shocking and despicable assault on one of the most recognizable symbols of our democracy. Across our county, hearts were filled with fear and trepidation.

    Today, however, I am again filled with gratitude and hope because in our school system, our awesome educators, staff, students and families are doing what they do every day: going about the business of creating better tomorrows for our young people and for all of us.

    We have had discussions with police and other pertinent agencies to ensure to the best of our ability that our buildings are safe. We have resources and opportunities in place for students and employees who have a need to talk about their feelings regarding yesterday’s assault on the U.S. Capitol. That network of supports is available not just today and in response to this incident, but every day.

    In our classrooms and our offices, we continue to infuse the values of diversity, equity, acceptance, and inclusion and to reinforce that critical thinking and the genuine consideration of a variety of perspectives can lead to rich conversations instead of reckless violence. We must not and will not ever apologize for focusing our efforts on getting to a place where every single student we teach and every single adult we employ feels like they hold a place of value and respect not just in our school system, but in our society.”

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