In accordance with the provisions of the Massachusetts General laws, Chapter 30A, Section 20, notice is hereby given for the following meeting of the:

Arlington School Committee
School Committee Regular Meeting
Thursday, September 24, 2020
6:30 PM

Conducted by Remote Participation




6:30 p.m. Open Meeting
You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Sep 24, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: School Committee Regular Meeting, Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.

Register in advance for this webinar:

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6:30 p.m. Public Comment

Members of the public are asked to send written comments to: by 3PM on Thursday, September 24 2020.  All comments and questions received by the School Committee by the date and time indicated will become part of the packet and public record and will be shared with the full School Committee and administration before the meeting via email.  No written comments will be read at the meeting.


For members of the public who wish to address the Committee on the Zoom call, there will be 30 minutes of public comment. Depending on how many people sign up, time allotments may be reduced but will not exceed three minutes each.  If the number of people who sign up exceeds what can be reasonably done in 30 minutes, the number of speakers will be capped and will be invited to speak based on the timestamp of their email to Ms. Fitzgerald.  If you would like to sign up to speak please email by 3PM on Thursday, September 24, 2020.



7:00 p.m. Discuss and vote Arlington Education Association MOA
7:10 p.m. School Opening Update, K. Bodie, R. MacNeal


7:35 p.m. Discussion on health metrics and learning model transition criteria, S. Franchi
8:00 p.m. Special Education Opening update, A. Elmer, R. MacNeal
8:30 p.m. First Read of Revision to 2020-2021 School Calendar, R. MacNeal
8:40 p.m. Staff Hiring Update. R. Spiegel
8:55 p.m. SAT options for AHS students, J. Morgan
9:05 p.m. Superintendent's Search Process Update, P. Schlichtman
  • Vote approval of Membership of Superintendent Search Screening Committee 
9:20 p.m. Consent Agenda
All items listed with an asterisk are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the committee so requests, in which event the item will be considered in its normal sequence:

Vote approval of Warrant:  Warrant # 21048, Dated 9/15/2020, Total Amount:  $883,081.74

Vote approval of Minutes:  School Committee September 10, 2020 minutes

9:30 p.m. Policy Second Read KDAB: Temporary Signs and Banner, BEDH and BEDH-E: Public Comment at School Committee Meetings, ACAB: Harassment
  • KDAB:  Temporary Signs and Banner
  • BEDH and BEDH-E:  Public Comment at School Committee Meetings
  • ACAB:  Harassment 
9:45 p.m. Subcommittee/Liaison Reports/Announcements
  • Budget, Kirsi Allison-Ampe
  • Community Relations: Bill Hayner, Chair
  • Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Accountability, Len Kardon
  • Facilities, Jeff Thielman
  • Policy & Procedures, Paul Schlichtman 
  • Superintendent Search Process, Paul Schlichtman 
  • Arlington High School Building Committee:  Jeff Thielman, (Chair), Kirsi Allison-Ampe

  • Liaisons Reports
  • Announcements
  • Future Agenda Items
Executive Session
  • To conduct strategy sessions in preparation for negotiations with union and/or nonunion personnel or contract negotiations with union and/or nonunion in which if held in an open meeting, may have a detrimental effect.

  • To conduct strategy with respect to collective bargaining or litigation, in which if held in an open meeting, may have a detrimental effect. Collective bargaining may also be conducted.
10:00 p.m. Adjournment
The listings of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair, which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.
Stated times and time amounts, listed in parenthesis, are the estimated amount of time for that particular agenda item. Actual times may be shorter or longer depending on the time needed to fully explore the topic.
Submitted by Jane Morgan, Chair
Correspondence Received:

AEA MOA updated 9 23 2020

Warrant # 21048 dated 9152020 Amount $883081.74

School Committee Regular Minutes 9/10/2020

Second read on the following: 

Policy KDAB Temporary Signs and Banners

Policy BEDH & BEDH-E Public Comment at School Committee Meetings

Policy ACAB Harassment 

Status of 2020-2021 School Dept Budget from Finance Committee D. Carman, Vice Chair September 19, 2020

Revision to APS School Calendar 2020-2021 9 21 2020 

TASA The Arlington SPED alliance last minute changes, to School Committee and admin dated September 21, 2020.

APS Peirce Elementary to Reopen Using Fully Remote Press Release September 20, 2020

Executive Director Dr. Nadine G. Ekstrom letter dated September 4, 2020

Arlington Public Schools Food Service Program - USDA extended a waiver allow free breakfast and lunch to all students, dated September 14, 2020

Revision of APS School Calendar 9 21 2020 

Steering Committee SOI list 9 21 2020

Superintendent Search Process 9 21 2020 minutes 

Director of Health on COVID Health Metrics Transitions

Debra Wood Letter regarding crisis of inclusion support at Bishop

Petkov Krasimira Peirce IEP student last minute classroom assignment

Janna Stephan Moreau Equity and SEL concerns as APS open schools 

Letter to families in the Remote Academy 9 21 2020 

Danilo M archesini regarding hybrid concerns at Gibbs

Massachusetts law requires all open session meetings of public bodies to be accessible to members of the public, including those with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the meeting, contact the Administrative Assistant to the Arlington School Committee Karen Fitzgerald at in advance of the meeting.