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Emergency Announcements

Emergency Guidelines for Parents and Guardians: English | Español (PDF)

Last update: Thursday, April 28, 2016 2:18 PM EDT

Thursday 4/28 12:02 p.m. - 12:07 p.m.: All schools were briefly put on lock-in due to police activity in unspecific areas of Alexandria. Read the full letter from the Superintendent. Hoy día, todas las escuelas estuvieron en lock-in acceso restringido brevemente debido a actividad policial en zonas no específicas de la Ciudad de Alexandria.

Dear ACPS Parents and Guardians,

Today, all schools were briefly put on lock-in due to police activity in unspecific areas of Alexandria.

A lock-in takes place if a threat is identified outside the school. All school doors are locked, but classes continue as normal. No entry into or exit from the school will be allowed.

Schools were placed on lock-in today at 12:02 p.m. and the lock in was lifted less than five minutes later at 12:07 p.m. If the situation had continued, all ACPS families would have received notification within the next few minutes. Today, the situation was resolved by the police extremely quickly and the lock-in was lifted immediately.

Children react differently in situations like this. Please talk to your child and contact your school principal if your child needs further support.

For more information and to sign up for emergency announcements from the City e-News please click the link below. http://www.acpsk12.org/news/?p=64

Thank you for your patience today.

Safety is always our first priority.


Hoy día, todas las escuelas estuvieron en lock-in acceso restringido brevemente debido a actividad policial en zonas no específicas de la Ciudad de Alexandria.

Un acceso restringido se realiza si una amenaza se identifica fuera de la escuela. Todas las puertas de las escuelas están cerradas, pero las clases continúan con normalidad. No se permite entrada o salida de la escuela.

Las escuelas fueron colocadas en acceso restringido hoy a las 12:02 p.m. y el bloqueo fue levantado en menos de cinco minutos más tarde a las 12:07 p.m. Si la situación hubiera continuado, todas las familias de ACPS habrían recibido notificación dentro de los próximos minutos. Hoy, la policía resolvió la situación con extrema rapidez y el acceso restringido se levantó inmediatamente.

Los niños reaccionan de manera diferente en situaciones como esta. Por favor hable con su hijo y con el director de la escuela si su hijo necesita más apoyo.

Para obtener más información y para inscribirse para anuncios de emergencia de la Ciudad de Alexandria e-Noticias por favor haga clic en el enlace de abajo. http://www.acpsk12.org/news/?p=64

Gracias por su paciencia hoy.

La seguridad es siempre nuestra primera prioridad.


School closing announcements, due to inclement weather, are made in the following order:

  1. ACPS Hotline: 703-866-5300
  2. ACPS Emergency E-news: subscribe to this e-mail announcement list via City of Alexandria website*
  3. ACPS Website: www.acps.k12.va.us
  4. ACPS-TV, Channel 71 in the City of Alexandria
  5. Local television and radio stations

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* For emergency announcements, e-mail notifications are sent out as soon as decisions are reached but Internet conditions can significantly delay their arrival. Being on the notification list is not a substitute for monitoring your local media (newspapers, radio, TV and so on) in situations where a delay in opening or school closing is an obvious possibility (such as when the weather forecast calls for snow). The ACPS information hotline, 703-866-5300, is updated even before any media calls are made.