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, February 11, 2021
6:30 PM

Conducted by Remote Participation

Open Meeting

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Feb 11, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: School Committee Regular Meeting, Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Register in advance for this webinar:

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, February 11, 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, February 11, 2021.

6:45 p.m. AHS update on FY 22 Program of Studies, B. McCarthy
7:05 p.m. School Reopening Plans, J. Morgan
7:25 p.m. Second reading on the 2021-2022 School Calendar
  •  Vote to approve the 2021-2022 School Calendar 
7:50 p.m. Panorama Family Survey follow up, R. MacNeal, S. Burd, L. Rodriguez
8:15 p.m. FY2022 Overview of Arlington Public Schools Budget M. Mason
8:35 p.m. Vote approval of Town Appropriation number, M. Mason
  • Town Appropriation $80,104,634
8:45 p.m. Chief Information Officer Recruitment Process, M. Mason
9:00 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 # 21167 Dated 2/2/2021  in the Amount of $644,841.18


Vote approval of Minutes:  Regular Meetings January 28, 2021

9:10 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
9:30 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.


  • Arlington Education Association (AEA) 


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:

Warrant # 21167, 2/2/2021 

School Committee Minutes January 28, 2021

School Calendar 2021-2022 Draft 1 and Draft 2 

AHS Program of Studies FY 22

FY2022 Budget Preview  and Town Appropriation Number $80,104,634.


Emails regarding start of school in 2021

Policies and Procedures September 9, 20201 minutes 

Elizabeth Kostojohn email regarding First day on Rosh Hashanah. 2/3/21

Gail Leondar-Wright email regarding First day on Rosh Hashanah 2/3/21

Lillia Jacobs-Kriegel email regarding First day on Rosh Hashanah 2/4/21 

Metee Aamodt 1/29/21 email on survey follow-up to SC

Jacob Grose email to SC on 1/28/21 on CDC policy guide to safely reopen schools.

Sharona Jacobs School opening on Rosh Hashanah 2/5/21

Emily Holler speak at School Committer 2/27/21 Statement Native Lands

Holly Rossi email regarding first day of school on Rosh Hashanah 2/7/21 

Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba email first day of school 

Karin Blum 2021 school calendar and Rosh Hashanah 2/8 2021 email 

Liz Ferola Statement for School Committee to support Jewish colleagues, families and friends

Covid -19 Testing Guidance for School Committee February 2021 MASC 

Calendar email pursuant to School Committee Policy BEA  19 Regular Meetings 

Chief Information Officer Recruitment Process Letter 2/4/2021 Town HR 

James A Peyser Secretary of Education 2/1/21 letter responded to SC/Chairs letter on vaccinations.  

Dismissing All Schools notice 2 9 2021

Iain King school return email 21021

Arlington Public Schools 2021-2022 calendar draft 4 2092021

Julie Hall  email to bring students back 292021

Jeff Thielman motion  2/9/21 provide written reports by 03112021 

Motions adopted by P&P pertaining to school calendar 

Motions pertaining to future agenda item AHRC request

School Committee meeting dates notice 

Sarah Frenette parent feedback for  in-school time 2/11/2021

Brian Corcoran to speak tonight 

Rabbi Howard L. Jaffe email regarding start day on Sept 8 2 11 2021 



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.