Alexandria City High School plans ‘moderate return’

Alexandria City High School will operate on a “modified return” amid the ongoing investigation into a stabbing that killed a student last week.

Editor’s Note: Alexandria City High School operates on a modified return. This story has been updated.

Not all Alexandria City High School students will resume private learning from Tuesday.

The Northern Virginia high school will operate with a “modified return” amid the ongoing investigation into a stabbing that killed a student last week.

Those who will be back in person on Tuesday include:

  • Seniors who must meet their degree requirements.
  • Seniors to attend Friday’s graduation rehearsal.
  • Students who are required to take SOL exams or other required tests.
  • Students in the citywide ACHS specialized instruction program.

All other students will be virtual learning asynchronously and will need to log in to virtually complete all assignments and schoolwork. These changes will apply to all high school campuses, beginning Tuesday through Friday, according to a letter dated Monday from Principal Peter Balas.

“During the modified return, the school will focus on social, emotional and academic learning to help meet critical personal graduation requirements and provide students with the social-emotional support they need,” Balas said.

Last week, the high school said it would be taking additional measures for some of its campuses for the remainder of the school year, including additional security, lunchtime changes and ID checking at entry/access points.

The change comes after a senior was killed last Tuesday in a fight involving dozens of students.

Balas also cited the death of a recent graduate studying abroad and the Texas shooting that killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers as factors behind the decision for the amended return.

Balas also provided an update on a reported threat to the Minnie Howard Campus, which he said was deemed “not credible.”

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