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 has been 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.
NEW – The APS School Resource Officer (SRO) Work Group will host a virtual community engagement session on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. The session will be an opportunity for the community to provide feedback and recommendations going forward on the relationship between APS and the Arlington County Police Department (ACPD). Sign up to speak at the community engagement session by completing the Speaker Request Form. Watch the Virtual event live on Livestream the night of the event.
School Board Charge
The Arlington Public Schools and School Resource Officers Work Group is being created by the School Board and Superintendent to primarily address the community concerns expressed to the School Board and Superintendent regarding the relationship and the operations that Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) have with Arlington Public Schools (APS). The work of the Work Group will also serve to meet the requirement to review the memorandum of understanding with our local law enforcement and ensure opportunity for community input during the review per VA Code § 22.1-280.2:3.
|Dec. 3, 2020||
Work Group membership presented at School Board meeting
|Nov. 10, 2020||Work Group selection process begins|
|Oct. 9 – Nov. 10, 2020||
Application period for Work Group
|Oct. 9, 2020|
|Sept. 3, 2020||
School Board Work Session on Arlington Public Schools and School Resource Officers
Working Group Composition and Members
APS has formed a Working Group with 48 members including APS students, parents, staff, advisory council representatives, community members, and Arlington County Police, which was presented to the School Board on Dec. 3, 2020. It will be facilitated by an external facilitator. APS has sought stakeholders who are themselves involved in multiple groups to ensure strong representation from a variety of perspectives within the Work Group. Participants will be expected to provide information and gain feedback from their various organizations. Additionally, APS has formed a Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to include all student applicants so current APS students have a strong voice in the Work Group. This separate but connected group provides a safe place for youth conversation and allows the group to inform the adult working group about the student perspective. 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 email@example.com.
|MEMBER NAME||ROLE||MEMBER NAME||ROLE|
|Daryl||Johnson||Administrator||Ana Sofia||Uro de Leon||Community/Other|
|Sept. 3, 2020||School Board Work Session on APS and School Resource Officers|
|Sept. 24, 2020||Information Item at School Board meeting|
|Oct. 8, 2020||Action Item at School Board meeting|
|Oct. 9, 2020||Work Group applications open|
|Nov. 9, 2020||Deadline for Work Group application|
|Nov. 10, 2020||Work Group selection period commences|
|Dec. 3, 2020||Work Group presented to the School Board|
|Dec. 9, 2020||Work Group assembled|
|Jan. 13, 2021||SRO Work Group Community Engagement Session|
|Jan.- May 2021||Monthly meetings for Work Group|
|June 2021||Recommendation presented to the School Board|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How can I share my views and questions on the APS-School Resource Office relationship?
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.