RSS Feeds

Want to keep up with the latest news and events from Alexandria City Public Schools? Our RSS feeds will keep you informed whenever new information is posted on this site. If you would rather receive updates via e-mail, subscribe to our e-mail lists.

To subscribe to one of the feeds below, simply click on the topic you are interested in and follow the instructions for your particular news reader. ACPS RSS feeds are distributed in XML format. We currently use RSS 2.0.

ACPS General Information
This feed includes general announcements, including press releases.
ACPS Calendar of Events
This feed includes school events, school board meetings, academic dates and more. If you wish to only subscribe to events for a specific school or topic, go to the Calendar of Events page.

What is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds are free content feeds from websites that contain article headlines, summaries and links back to full-text articles on the Web. An RSS feed or news feed is an online file formatted in XML (eXtensible Markup Language) which is readable by a number of different devices.

When you sign up for our RSS updates, ACPS will automatically send you a notice each time new information is added to the ACPS website. Instead of sending it to your e-mail inbox, it will send the notice to your chosen RSS reader and provide a link to the content in case you are interested in reading more.

What are the benefits of using RSS?

RSS is an easy way for you to be alerted when content that interests you appears on your favorite websites. Instead of visiting a particular website to browse for new articles and features, RSS automatically tells you when something new is posted online. Most RSS feeds contain just links, headlines, or brief summaries of new information. That means the small amount of Web data can be sent to any XML-compatible device — a cell phone, pager, or handheld computer — without a lengthy download process. More importantly, RSS gives you control over receiving information you want without revealing information about yourself. Unlike subscribing to an e-mail newsletter, you never have to give out your e-mail address with an RSS feed.

Using Feeds - RSS Readers

An RSS reader is the inbox that receives any RSS notices you have subscribed to, so if you have signed up for an ACPS RSS feed, every time our site has new content you will receive a notice from the site telling you that this new information has been added. When you check your RSS reader, you will see all of your notices in a list, just like e-mail in an inbox. You click on the notices you want to read, and you ignore the notices you are not interested in.

How do I get an RSS reader?

There are many options. In fact, you might already have an RSS reader, but do not know it. Some cell phones can serve as RSS readers. Some browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari have RSS readers built in.

Searching for "RSS Feed Readers" in any major online search engine such as Google or Yahoo! will return a number of software options, many of which are free.

Once you've obtained a feed reader, subscribing to an RSS feed is as simple as looking for the appropriate XML code. Most websites that publish an RSS feed will display a tiny orange box or button labeled "RSS" or "XML." Click the button and your Web browser typically goes to a page of cryptic code. Just copy the Web URL or "address" of that page and paste it into your feed reader. The reader software will then automatically access and display that site's latest information.

Just remember — an RSS reader is similar to an e-mail inbox, except instead of receiving e-mail, the reader receives RSS notices from websites to which you have subscribed. These notices let you know when new information has been added to the sites and provide a link to that content if you are interested in reading more.