CCPTA takes seriously the PTA’s mission to advocate for the well-being of every child. At the county level, we do this in a number of ways:
- The CCPTA membership develops, votes on, and advocates for recommendations we make to APS leadership and the School Board.
- The CCPTA executive board communicates questions, concerns and ideas to APS leadership and the School Board via letters and position statements. These are clearly labelled as coming from the executive board and not the full CCPTA membership.
- We provide comments about School Board policies that are under review. In 2020-21 we provided feedback on policies related to seclusion and restraint; counseling crisis management; bullying prevention; and more.
- We engage the Superintendent and School Board members at our monthly general membership meetings, raising questions that CCPTA members have submitted in advance and then following up with officials to make sure questions are answered.
- We host special forums where CCPTA members can discuss issues of common concern. In 2020-21, we hosted a forum about the December 2020 limited elementary boundary changes that were under consideration; another forum in January 2021 about the APS FY22 budget; and a third in May 2021 about student mental health issues. Topics for these special forums can be suggested by CCPTA members.
- We look for ways we can collaborate and advocate with other community groups around issues of shared concern.
- We facilitate information-sharing and discussion of particular topics as part of our general membership meetings–for example, in 2020-21 we hosted SEPTA/ASEAC/APS to talk about inclusion for students with disabilities and the Center for Youth and Family Advocacy to talk about restorative justice.
- Adopted Resolution on the Need for APS to Fund School Supplies: APS’s reliance on parents and teachers to donate necessary school supplies is inconsistent with its own policies on equity and external funding; is enormously wasteful of time, effort, and money; exacerbates inequities among schools; and does not provide students with sufficient supplies in a consistent manner. The Arlington CCPTA urges APS to fund school supplies.
- School Meal Plans APS : The Arlington County Council of PTAs has compiled information on APS School Meal Plans as a service to school PTAs and families. We believe that by taking appropriate safety precautions, particularly when students are unmasked and eating, APS will be able to prevent quarantines and school closures that other school districts are experiencing.
- CCPTA August 20, 2021 Email to School Board and County Board on Safe Eating
- CCPTA Boundary Change and School Move Recommendations (March 2021) and APS Response (June 2021)
- Position Statement on School Resource Officers (February 8, 2021)
- CCPTA Comments and Recommendations on APS School Boundary Process (April 2019)
- CCPTA Letter Regarding Process for Choosing Distanced Learning Models (July 16, 2020)
- CCPTA Letter Regarding Upcoming Elementary School Boundary Process (August 31, 2020)
- Informational Statement for Families Regarding Privacy During Virtual Learning (September 7, 2020) (also here) (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, Mongolian) **Special thanks to the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Student Concerns for providing these translations.**