Please join us for the inaugural school safety open forum and take the opportunity to ask a panel of community experts what we do — and what you can do — to keep everyone free from harm.
Sponsored by Alexandria City Public Schools, the Alexandria PTA Council, and Parents for Safe Alexandria Schools, the event will take place at T.C. Williams High School Minnie Howard Campus on October 30 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. will speak for 15 minutes on the school division’s collaboration with police, what families can do to protect their children, and how we share a mission to prevent and reduce the impact of gun violence in our schools and community.
You will also hear from:
- National & Virginia PTA stance on gun violence prevention;
- Early Childhood Advocate Susan Keightley on the Be SMART program for safe gun storage;
- ACPS Coordinator for Security & Safety John Contreras on ALICE Violent Intruder implementation and Say Something program;
- ACPS Mental Health Specialist Faiza Jackson on anxiety issues created by the threat of gun violence in schools and how to talk to our children; and,
- Alexandria Police Chief Michael L. Brown to discuss coordination of school safety issues between APD and ACPS.
Child-sensitive content will be discussed.
Pizza and childcare will be available for ages 3-10 starting at 6:45 p.m. To make sure we have enough pizza, please let us know if you’re planning on attending by registering for the event.