The Alexandria School Board unanimously approved extending its agreement with the Alexandria Police Department to provide school resource officers at the city’s high school and middle schools until the end of this school year.
On Thursday (Nov. 10), the Board quickly approved the extension to June 30, continuing the memorandum of understanding with the department, which expired last month.
The decision now gives Interim Superintendent Melanie Kay-Wyatt time to receive the recommendations of the School Law Enforcement Partnership (SLEP) Advisory Group. The group is expected to release its report to Kay-Wyatt in mid-December, and she says that the reimagined relationship with the Alexandria Police Department, complete with a new MOU proposal, will be presented to the School Board in January.
“It’s truly just an extension,” Kay-Wyatt told the Board. “It’s truly just an extension, due to the timeline of the select data and not having those recommendations so we can continue those services.”
SROs were defunded by the City Council in last year’s budget, and Alexandria City Public Schools spent the first few months of the 2021-2022 school year without the officers. The officers were returned after ACPS pleaded to Council for their return after multiple incidents with weapons in schools.
There were 46 students arrested and 68 injured last school year, and 194 incidents that provoked a police response.
The issue even gained attention from Richmond. Last week, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares visited with city leaders at Alexandria City High School. After the meeting, city and school leaders sent out a joint statement saying that police are an important element in school safety.
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Monarch Montessori School located in the heart of Del Ray is enrolling children 6 weeks to 6 years of age for our half day and full day program.
Our hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Monarch Montessori School is open year round, with intermittent breaks.
Children engage in self-directed, self-initiated activities under the guidance of a trained Montessori teacher. Classroom sizes range from 8-12 students. Our robust curriculum includes botany, sensorial activities, the social graces, culture, math, science, practical life, geography, music appreciation and language arts.
You’ll get half off of the registration fee when you register and begin care with us before April 30, 2023.
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Del Ray Dog Fest & Yappy Hour
The 1st Annual Del Ray Dog Fest is a fun outdoor event that will include dog-centered activities, dog menu items, live music, vendors and food on Sunday, April 2 from 11am- 3pm at the George Washington Middle School parking lot.