Community Chats July 20-21

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    As part of the planning for the reopening of schools, ACPS is hosting a series of Reopening Community Chats.

    These will be held during the week of July 20 - 24. 

    There are seven chats hosted by Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. currently scheduled. The aim of the Reopening Community Chats is to hear in greater depth about the particular issues that specific communities may face in the fall and begin to work through potential solutions to them.

    Click on the individual dates at the side of this page for more details on how to join each chat. We hope to see you at one of our chats!

    Please be aware that student reopening chats are in the process of being planned for the week beginning July 27, 2020. We will share the details with you as soon as they are set up.

  • Our survey has already shown us your preferred options for reopening in the fall. However, ACPS is required to follow the guidelines from the Virginia Department Education and those requirements may limit our options for the reopening of schools on September 8, 2020. We are encouraging the participants of these chats to come with a view to raising our awareness of issues we may not have yet fully considered and engage in a discussion with us to find solutions.

    The reopening of school buildings in the fall is not going to be easy for anyone - staff, students, families or our community partners - but we encourage you to engage with us to identify ways that may make things easier.

    All Reopening Community Chats will be recorded, captioned and posted to the website, and can be watched at a later date.

    ACPS will be using the information from these conversations to help inform our detailed plans around

    • Health and Safety
    • Delivery of instruction
    • Transportation and movement during the school day

    Your ideas and any potential solutions to issues your community may be facing will be shared with the Cross-Functional Planning Teams for their analysis and consideration and potentially built into the processes and protocols they develop to reopen our schools safely in the fall.


    Reopening Community Chats

    Monday, July 20
    4:00 p.m.

    Reopening Community Chat

    Moderated by
    Gaynelle Diaz
    Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority
    (Offered in English with Spanish, Arabic and Amharic interpretation)


    Tuesday, July 21
    12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Reopening Community Chat for ACPS Staff

    Moderated by
    Helen Lloyd
    Executive Director of Communications

    Susan Horita
    Teacher Advisory Council Chairperson

    Dawn Lucas
    Education Association of Alexandria

    (Offered in English)


    Tuesday, July 21
    4:00 p.m.

    Reopening Community Chat for Families with Students with Disabilities

    Moderated by
    Theresa Werner
    Executive Director of Specialized Instruction

    Janet Eissenstat

    (Offered in English, with live Spanish, Amharic and Arabic Interpretation)


    Wednesday, July 22
    4:00 p.m.

    Reopening Community Chat in Arabic


    Thursday, July 23
    12:00 p.m.

    Reopening Community Chat with PTAC (offered in English, with live Spanish, Amharic, and Arabic interpretation)


    Thursday, July 23
    4:00 p.m.

    Conversación Comunitaria en Español | Reopening Community Chat in Spanish

    Moderated by
    Adriana Gomez Schellhaas


    Friday, July 24
    4:00 p.m.

    የኮሚዮኒቲ ውይይት በአማርኛ | Reopening Community Chat in Amharic

    Moderated by
    Eden Buba
    International Academy Teacher

    Tuesday, July 28

    Reopening Chats for Students


    Moderated by
    Dr. Marcia Jackson
    Executive Director of Student Services

    Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.
    Superintendent of Schools

    School Co-Moderators
    Lorraine Johnson
    School Board Representative

    Ashley Sanchez-Viafara
    School Board Representative