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UPDATED: Alexandria City High School evacuated due to bomb threat

Update at 2:30 p.m. — The Alexandria Police Department and Arlington County Police Department cleared the King Street campus building and determined there was no threat to the public.

Earlier: Alexandria City High School was evacuated earlier today after a bomb threat today (Monday) around noon.

According to a release from the city, the school was evacuated after a threat to the school. Principal Alexander Duncan said once the Alexandria Police Department has cleared the building, students will re-enter with a modified schedule for the rest of the day.

Scanner traffic indicated that bomb dogs were brought in to search the building from Arlington.

According to Duncan:

At about 12 p.m. today, students and staff at the Alexandria City High School (ACHS) King Street campus were evacuated in response to a bomb threat received by Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). The Alexandria Police Department (APD) is on site and working with ACHS administration, ACPS leadership and the ACPS Office of Safety and Security Services.

Students were evacuated from the King Street Campus to designated areas outside, in accordance with ACPS school safety protocol. Once APD provides the all clear to re-enter the building, there will be a modified schedule for the rest of the school day. Classes will reconvene and students will be served lunch, per the modified schedule.

We ask families to please not come to the ACHS campuses at this time. Updates will be provided as the investigation proceeds and more information becomes available. An Alexandria City Public Schools video provides more information on what happens when a school is evacuated.

The safety and security of our students and staff are of utmost priority. We will continue to communicate with any additional information and will update the ACHS website.

This is not the first bomb threat to the school: students were dismissed a little over a month ago after another bomb threat.

James Cullum contributed to this story

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