Agenda Item
Meeting Date:
7/16/2021 - 7:00 PM  
Category:
Facilities and Operations  
Type:
Info/Action  
Subject:
School Resource Officer Program Update and Next Steps  
ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Goal:
Goal 1: Systemic Alignment
ACPS will build a culture of continuous improvement and design equitable systems for school and instructional improvement.
Goal 5: Family and Community Engagement
ACPS will ensure that all families and community members feel welcomed, respected, and valued.
 
Policy:
EB - School Crisis, Emergency Management, and Medical Emergency Response Plan  
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable):
No funding source determined as of yet. Fiscal impact associated with hiring of additional staff members if approved.  
File Attachment:
210716_Brief_School_Resource_Officer_Program_Update_and_Next_Steps.pdf
 
Agenda Item Summary:
On Monday, May 3, 2021, the Alexandria City Council voted to reallocate $789,909 in funding from this program to mental health resources. The reallocation of these funds translates to the removal of the SRO program at Alexandria City High School (King Street and Minnie Howard Campuses), Francis C. Hammond Middle School and George Washington Middle School. Please note that this decision only affords ACPS approximately 3 months to establish a contingency plan with regards to safety and security mitigations for our students and staff in the midst of our summer learning and reopening for fall during a global pandemic.  
Background:
ACPS had a standing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Alexandria Police Department (APD) regarding the provision of School Resource Officers (SRO) at select locations and the management of the SRO program. On Monday, May 3, 2021, the Alexandria City Council voted to reallocate $789,909 in funding from this program to mental health resources.  
Recommendation
The Superintendent recommends that the School Board review the board brief regarding our contingency plan recommendation to supplement the loss of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program due to the most recent vote of the City Council to defund our School Resource Officer program.  
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Final-Clerk of the Board - Proxy