Getting students safely to school on board an ACPS bus each day is more than just a job for the devoted transportation staff within the school division. Recognizing the dedication of our school transportation team, we celebrate National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 18-22, and Virginia School Bus Transportation Employees Appreciation Day on Oct. 20, with a Certificate of Recognition issued by Governor Ralph Northam.
School Resource Officers (SROs) will soon be back in Alexandria City Public high and middle schools after the City Council voted to temporarily reinstate them at its Oct. 12 meeting. An appeal for the return of the SROs during the City Council session came from ACPS Board Chair Meagan Alderton, Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr., Alexandria City High School (ACHS) Executive Principal Peter Balas and Director of Safety & Security Services John Contreras, among others.
The Talented and Gifted (TAG) referral deadline for the 2021-22 school year at ACPS is Nov. 12, 2021. All K-12 students at ACPS who show evidence of superior performance and exceptional academic potential can be eligible for the TAG program. ACPS believes that students among all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups should be provided with an education that enables them to achieve excellence, developing their abilities to the fullest.
It is now your chance to create a winning design for the 2022 Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest and be part of the campaign to promote a drug-free and healthy lifestyle. Winning designs are judged on artistic presentation and the strength of your message. All posters must be turned in and postmarked by Nov. 15, 2021. Three winners will receive a $100 gift card and have their poster featured in Red Ribbon Week 2022.
Over the course of the 2021-22 school year, the ACPS Office of Communications will be working to redesign and rethink the division’s and schools’ websites. To better understand how families access information, we are asking you to fill out a brief survey that will guide some of our work.
Disability Awareness Month: Sign up for Special Education Parent Resource Center Newsletter
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
The “Supe’s Spotlight” video message with ACPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. once again shares information, thoughts and reflections from the superintendent with the ACPS community.
In recognition of Learning Disability Awareness Month in October, we want to highlight a valuable resource for families: the Anne R. Lipnick Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC), located at the Minnie Howard Campus of Alexandria City High School.
Breakfast and lunch are being served for all ACPS students at no cost during the 2021-22 school year, giving us a big reason to cheer during National School Lunch week, Oct. 11-15.
See a summary of the agenda from the Thursday, Oct. 7 School Board Meeting, including student supports through the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), policies related to School Board meetings, emergency preparedness, and student attendance and absences, and adoption of budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2023.
ACPS remains vigilant in addressing the spread of COVID-19 within the school division. Please remember to follow our health and safety procedures.
Since the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, ACPS families have been able to use the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section on the ACPS website for answers to their questions. If you have a question we have not answered, there are many ways to contact ACPS.
National Bullying Prevention Month • Calendar Reminder for Oct. 11 • Sign Up for New Tiggbee Career Video Series
Data just released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) show that ACPS has achieved in 2021 the highest on-time graduation rate and lowest student dropout rate since Virginia began reporting these data in 2008.