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 critical stakeholders to the School Board and Superintendent, on the future of this relationship. A Work Group will be 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.
- September 3, 2020 School Board Work Session on Arlington Public Schools and School Resource Officers
- September 3, 2020 Presentation at School Board Work Session
|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||School Board approves Work Group|
|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
A Work Group will be formed 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 will take place in October, and an application form will be available starting October 9. APS seeks 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 email@example.com.
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?
APS will hold an application process in October 2020 for community members who are interested in serving on the Work Group that will work with APS staff in reviewing the relationship and operations our school division has with the ACPD for School Resource Officers (SROs). This page will include a link to that application when it is available starting October 9 and updates on this process.
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.