APS is reviewing our school division’s relationship and operations with School Resource Officers (SROs), including the review and monitor of the APS Memorandum of Understanding with Arlington County Police Department (ACPD). In response to concerns expressed at the national and local levels, APS will gather community feedback, as well as recommendations from stakeholders to the School Board and Superintendent, on the future of this relationship. A Work Group is being formed to work with APS staff in this process during the 2020-21 school year and a recommendation for monitoring will be presented to the School Board in June 2021.
- October 9, 2020 School Board Charge
- October 9, 2020 Press Release: APS and School Resource Officer Work Group Seeks Committee Members
- October 9, 2020 Press Release: School Board Approves School Resource Officer Work Group Charge
- September 3, 2020 School Board Work Session on Arlington Public Schools and School Resource Officers
- September 3, 2020 Presentation at School Board Work Session
- Oct. 9 – Nov. 10 Application period for Work Group
- Nov. 10 Work Group selection process has begun
|September 3, 2020||School Board Work Session on APS and School Resource Officers|
|September 24||Information Item at School Board meeting|
|October 8||Action Item at School Board meeting|
|October 9||Work Group applications open|
|November 9||Deadline for Work Group application|
|November 10||Work Group selection period commences|
|December 3||Work Group is presented to the School Board|
|December 10||Work Group assembled|
|January||Public Hearing with Assembled Work Group|
|January –||Monthly meetings for Work Group|
|June 2021||Recommendation presented to the School Board|
Work Group and Community Engagement
APS is forming a Work Group with 48 members including APS students, parents, staff, advisory council representatives, community members, and Arlington County Police. The Work Group will be facilitated by a professional facilitator. The application process was open from October 9 through November 9, and the Work Group will be presented to the School Board on Dec. 3, 2020. APS has sought stakeholders who are themselves involved in multiple groups to ensure strong representation from a variety of perspectives within the 48-member Work Group. Participants will be expected to provide information and gain feedback from their various organizations. All community members will be invited to share comments at a Public Hearing in January and can share comments and questions throughout this process with staff leading this review by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How can I join the Work Group that will work with APS staff in reviewing the APS-School Resource Officer relationship?
The application period for the Work Group was Oct. 9-Nov. 9, 2020. At this time, the application process has been closed and selection of Work Group members has begun. The Work Group will be presented to the School Board on Dec. 3, 2020. Community members will be invited to share comments at a Public Hearing in January, and can share comments and questions throughout this process with staff leading this review by writing to email@example.com.
How can I share my views and questions on this topic with APS?
Community members can share their input with staff leading this process by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org; also, a Public Hearing will be held in January 2021.