I spoke with John Chadwick, APS' Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations about this morning's 6:15 a.m. fire alarm testing. He apologized and said they would move any fire alarm tests to days when students aren't present, e.g., school holidays. He was unaware that alarm testing had been scheduled that early in the morning. APS does not notify neighbors of testing dates because fire alarm testing is a contractor-led process, and too often those contractors do not follow through with the notifications. He does not want to create expectations that APS cannot meet.
Separately, he said they've been very surprised at the increase in traffic from parent drop offs at the school compared to Patrick Henry Elementary. Patrick Henry was centrally located within the attendance zone, unlike Alice Fleet, which is on the boundary of the attendance zone. They suspect this had led to increased parent drop offs. While he realized traffic backs up on S. Old Glebe Road from buses and parents who've dropped off their kids, he didn't know that traffic sometimes backs up on S. Old Glebe Road on the other side of Second Street---I've seen it backed up behind the 7-11 onto S. Glebe with parents waiting to drop their kids off.
Anyways, some good news, some that just can't be changed.