Letter to ACPS Families

Welcome to a new school year full of opportunities as we overcome challenges! The Alexandria City Public Schools mission is Equity for All. Our goal as a school division is to support the Social Emotional Academic Learning (SEAL) of each student by:

  • Cultivating positive behaviors that promote learning
  • Supporting mental health with trauma informed practices
  • Building strong school communities that are restorative
  • Delivering fair and equitable treatment across all student populations

SEAL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions and acquire positive relationship and decision-making skills (CASEL, 2017).  

We value and celebrate the rich culture and diverse experiences our students bring to the classroom each day. One of the ways in which we will achieve this mission is to have a uniformed code of conduct that sets high expectations for student behavior regardless of demographics. We are committed to assisting our students to develop skills that will prepare them for school and life. 

This Code of Conduct handbook describes a multi-tiered system of support to assist students exhibiting behavioral challenges, procedures for reporting bullying, and conduct that could result in specific disciplinary actions We continue to strive to be restorative in our disciplinary actions with our students.

Please read this Code of Conduct carefully. It is important for parents to talk with your child about this information so that we are communicating and setting consistent expectations for good attendance and conduct.

After reading and discussing this information, please be sure both you and your child sign the ACPS Signature Form — provided in the Welcome Packet your child receives at the start of the school year — and return it to your child’s school.

We appreciate the support of our families in helping our students become their very best. We look forward to working collaboratively with you to ensure safe and orderly learning environments for everyone.

We wish you and your family a successful school year!

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