All Alexandria City Public School students will be dismissed early on Thursday and all afterschool activities will be canceled.
Firefighters from across the nation will convene in the city to honor fallen Alexandria paramedic . The memorial processional and service is expected to bring more than 200 fire vehicles with equipment and 3,000 additional cars into the city.
There will be street closures beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. At the request of city officials, ACPS will alter dismissal time to help ensure that students can safely leave school and be transported to their after school destinations during road closures and an unusually high volume of traffic.
Middle schools, and Douglas MacArthur Elementary will dismiss at 12:35 p.m. All remaining elementary schools will dismiss at 1:20 p.m.
Campagna Center after care programs and Power-On/Power-Up after care programs at city recreation centers to provide child care for families currently enrolled in these programs. Recreation centers at Charles Houston, Cora Kelly, William Ramsay, Patrick Henry, Mount Vernon, Charles Barrett, Douglas MacArthur, Nannie Lee and John Adams will be open immediately following the early dismissal. An afternoon snack will be provided for the students that need to go to the recreation centers.
Traffic is expected to be substantially impacted between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. as the following streets will be closed:
Janneys Road from King St. to Quaker Ln.
Seminary Road from Quaker Lane to Van Dorn St.
Van Dorn St. from Seminary Rd. to Braddock Rd.
Braddock Road from Van Dorn St. to King St.
King St. from Braddock Rd. and Quaker Lane to Russell Rd.
City officials will allow and direct ACPS school buses in crossing over these routes during a narrow window between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.