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March 2020 Newsletter

posted Mar 16, 2020, 4:49 AM by c traband
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This newsletter is compiled by the Rock Spring Civic Association for residents of the Rock Spring neighborhood.

As you all know, we are under a Coronavirus alert and many activities and meetings have been cancelled for the next few weeks. Please check with your sources concerning cancellations of any activities you normally participate in or meetings you are planning to attend.  Schools are closed until April 14, meaning sports activities are also cancelled. All DPR activities and programs are canceled until April 20.

For Arlington Public Schools Coronavirus/Covid-19 information regarding resources and APS updates for families, students, staff, and community members, see

Arlington Public Library update, including online resources available:  Central Library and the Columbia Pike branch will open Monday, March 16th for Wi-Fi and public PC use, but all other locations will remain closed.  For information on accessing library resources online, see

We know you have been informed multiple times about precautions you should take to keep you and your family healthy as well as what to do if you think you might have the virus.  Here is the Arlington County link:

A few things we can report:

1.  Arlington Summer Camps:  Arlington County is looking for creative, enthusiastic, committed and sincere people to staff summer camps June 22 - August 28. These temporary positions are perfect for teachers, college students and anyone who wants experience working with the best kids in the nation … Arlington kids! You can also support special interests in the arts, nature, sports or working with people with disabilities. Interested? Get all the details on our summer employment opportunities here

2.  Missing Middle Housing:  Don't miss the narrated   Missing Middle Housing Study webinar and feedback opportunity. What does "missing middle" really mean? Why are we going to study it? What will the study include?

The Missing Middle Housing Study will explore how new housing types could help address Arlington’s shortfall in housing supply and gaps in housing choices.

Before the study kicks off, you’re invited to provide feedback on the study's scope. A brief, five-minute survey is posted to collect your input. We’re asking questions such as, how would you like to be engaged or kept informed throughout the process? Do each of the phases allow for adequate community input?

We’re not tossing around housing ideas just yet. There are no proposals on the table. First, we want to make sure we’re set up for a productive, efficient process that will facilitate the community dialogue we need. Help us get it right:

3.  2020 Census. The invitations are going out to 95% of U.S. households, including all 108,000 households in Arlington. 

Upon receiving the invitation, go to to access your 2020 Census questionnaire. The Census Bureau also provides translated web pages and guides in 59 languages that can be accessed from a drop–down menu on the upper right corner of 

People in most areas of the country, including Arlington, are expected to complete the census questionnaire online, so the invitation will direct you to respond at as well as provide a toll-free number for phone assistance. 

4.  Neighborhood College Applications:  Learn how to become a neighborhood advocate and effect change through Arlington County’s free Neighborhood College program, which will meet on eight consecutive Thursday evenings beginning April 23

The program, which launched in 2000, develops civic engagement and leadership skills. It is geared toward Arlingtonians who want to become more involved in neighborhood and countywide issues. Participants will learn about many aspects of Arlington County government and practice core communication and influencing skills. 

Apply to Neighborhood College  Space is limited. Deadline is March 29. Applications are available in English and Spanish. 


Contact the newsletter editors for information or items to share, please email either Judy Hadden  or Joan Trabandt