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, March 11, 2021
6:30 PM
Conducted by Remote Participation
Open Meeting
You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Mar 11, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: Arlington School Committee Public Hearing on FY 22 Budget and School Committee Regular Meeting, , Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.

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6:30 p.m. Public Hearing on the FY 22 School Budget
6:40 p.m. Public Comment

Members of the public are asked to send written comments to: by 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 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. The School Committee respectfully requests participants of the public to utilize their camera, if possible, before speaking and to adhere to the Public Comment Policy BEDH that requires participants to give us their name and address. 


If you would like to sign up to speak please email by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

6:50 p.m. Arlington Human Rights Commission - Land Agreement presentation, Drake Pusey
  • to make a presentation describing progress toward establishing a town policy adopting a land acknowledgement statement


7:00 p.m. School Committee Options around the DESE requirements for Student Learning Time, J. Morgan, D. Heim, E. Valerio
7:25 p.m. Suspension and discipline Report, F. Pierre-Maxwell, B. Meringer
7:45 p.m. Full Return to School Planning, K. Bodie

Motion for 2.11.21 Arlington School Committee Meeting


  • Moved that the School Committee requests the Superintendent to provide the following reports by no later than Thursday, March 11, 2021:

    1. A written report on options and planning taking place to expand in-person instruction during the current (2020-21) school year for students at the district’s lowest grade levels.

     2. A written report on options and planning taking place to expand in-person instruction during the current (2020-21) school year for students at each level (K-5, Grade 6, Grades 7-8, and Grades 9-12) once Arlington Public School staff who teach and work with students have the opportunity to complete a full Covid-19 vaccine regimen.


Motion for 2.25.21 Arlington School Committee Meeting 


  • As part of the report on options and planning taking place to expand in-person instruction during the current (2020-21) school year, which is to be provided to the School Committee by March 11, 2021, the Superintendent is directed to include an option with plans to implement in full in-person learning at grades K-8, with desks no less than 3 feet apart, including maintaining the option for full remote learning for families who want it.




8:40 p.m. Superintendent's Proposed Budget FY 2022 discussion and approval
9:00 p.m. EDCO Update, K. Bodie
9:10 p.m. Resolution: MCAS And High Stakes Testing, L. Exton
9:25 p.m. Monthly Financial Report, M. Mason
9:35 p.m. Consent Agenda

Approval of Warrant:  Warrant # 21191 Dated 3/2/2021, Total Amount $473,582.84

Approval of Minutes: School Committee Regular Meeting February 11 and February 25, 2021.  

9:45 p.m. Superintendent's Report, K. Bodie
  • AHS Building Project Update
  • Travel Restrictions 
9:50 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
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:

Warrant 21191, dated March 2, 2021, Amount $473,582.84

School Committee Minutes February 11, and February 25, 2021

Middlesex League Superintendents joint letter announcement for full return

Stefanie Carlson email regarding school reopening 3/4/2021

EDCO letter and financial reports same as 2/11/2021 and updated doc 3/5/21

League of Women Voters newsletter March 2021

OMS Zoom Bomb update from B. Meringer 

Resolution MCAS and High Stakes testing

School committee Chat Minutes February 20, 27, 2021

General Laws Section 1 B Board of Elem and Secondary Ed duties

OMS Discipline 2018-2019, 2019-2021 school years

Letter to APS parents from Dr. Kathleen Bodie In-person 5 days on April 5

AHS Project Communications Update 3/8/2021

Pool Testing Results of March 1, 2021 

On the Desktop 3 9 21 email from DESE Guidance on In-Person Learning Requirements 

Gibbs School Discipline Report March 11, 2021 

Emilia Mae Leary 4th Grader Dallin School

Janna Stephan Moreau email support a resolution to cancel the MCAS 

Katelyn Riley to reconsider a component of APS quarantine protocol.

Todd Hutchinson email to support full-time in-person and to help 3/6/21

Emily Holler Arlington Families support the full, in-person option 3/10/21 

Charlies Toulmin comment on AHS heterogeneous 3/5/21. 

Jessica Chloros email on questions on deep cleaning, lunches, end time 

Kathleen Bodie, Ed.D. Re: Plan To Return K-8 To FUll-Time, In-Person Instruction 3/11/2021

Danika Hodges email 3/11/2021

Plan to Return to K-8 3 11 2021

Remote Academy K-5 

Hybrid Program enrollment Cohort, A and B totals by section 3 12 2021 

SC Presentation on April Opening

Elementary Opening

Gibbs Opening

OMS Opening

AHS Opening 

HD to cancel admin of MCAS 

EDCO Motion 


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.