Back To School: Are The Kids Alright?

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The program will provide a historical and current view of Alexandria City Public School (ACPS) procedures, practices, and programs that address the range of ACPS matters related to school safety, discipline, and student wellness matters.

The program will give panelists the opportunity to give clarity to the following issues relating to ACPS safety matters:  disciplinary options utilized within classrooms and by school principals, handling bullying,  programs for special needs students, The Chance for Change Academy, mental health intervention, an overview of the ACPS and Alexandria Police Department (APD) memorandum of understanding (MOU), an overview of the School Law Enforcement Partnership (SLEP), the current status of police and/or security guards in schools, the new ACPS school entry checkpoint measures, restrictions on students leaving campus during school hours, and the current status of the law about reporting certain crimes to APD.


  • Herb Berg, former ACPS Superintendent 1995-2001
  • René Islas, father of 4 ACPS children and founder of a grassroots parent group aiming to improve ACPS safety
  • Julie Crawford Ed.D, ACPS Chief of Student Services and Equity
  • Don Hayes, Alexandria Chief of Police


Welcome to Agenda: Alexandria, Alexandria’s premier organization exploring the issues that our City and our community face.  Join us for our monthly programs to better understand the issues. – Ricardo Alfaro, Chair

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