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, January 14, 2021
6:30 PM

Conducted by Remote Participation




6:30 p.m. Open Meeting
You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Jan 14, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: School Committee Regular Meeting, Thursday, January 14, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
6:30 p.m. Public Comment

Members of the public are asked to send written comments to: by 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021.  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 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

6:45 p.m. COVID testing program update, K. Bodie
7:05 p.m. Arlington High School update, M. Janger
7:25 p.m. Synchronous learning time report, K. Bodie
7:45 p.m. Student Opportunity Act (SOA) for Approval, M. Mason
7:55 p.m. School Committee FY 22 Budget Priorities Discussion
8:15 p.m. Vote FY 22 Town Budget Allocation, M. Mason
8:25 p.m. Prioritization of teacher vaccinations. B. Hayner
8:35 p.m. Superintendent's Report. K. Bodie
  • AHS Building Update
8:45 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 #21140 / Check Date 12-29-20


Vote approval of Minutes:  Regular Meeting December 10, and December 17, 2020

8:55 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 
  • Arlington High School Building Committee:  Jeff Thielman, (Chair), Kirsi Allison-Ampe

  • Liaisons Reports
  • Announcements
  • Future Agenda Items
9:10 p.m. 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..
9:30 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:

Warrant 12/29/2020 21140

School Committee Minutes: December 10, and December 17, 2020

Town of Arlington Dept Health and Human Services, Arlington Human Rights Commission Statement on Superintendent Selection Process, December 21, 2020

APS Covid updates 1/7/2021

Mr. Hayner email regarding Peirce School BLM sign 1/8/2021

Julia Radochia email regarding Kindergarten program 1/8/2021 

Teacher vaccinations emails January 11, 2020 C. Friedman, B Hayner

Formal request on COVID metrics email Jan 11, 2020 Miquel Munoz Cabre

Baker announces coronavirus pool testing to be made available to all Massachusetts public schools

Student Opportunity Act (SOA) report 

AHS Semester 2 plan 

Dr. Robin Varghese AHS teacher email

DESE pooled-testing January 8, 2021 document

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.