The City of Fairfax Schools welcome our two School Resource Officers (SRO) Matthew Kenyon and Elias Nunley to Fairfax High School and Lanier Middle School. With offices in the schools, Officers Kenyon and Nunley bridge the school communities with the City police department.
SROs are active members of their school, assisting with matters of safety and security. SROs do not become involved in routine administrative actions and do not intervene in school discipline matters. The SROs are there to keep the students and staff safe and to work with families when needed.
To find out more about the role of the SRO, please see the Fairfax County Public Schools website Frequently Asked Questions page. Please note, the FHS and LMS officers are City of Fairfax Police officers and are supervised by the City of Fairfax Police Department. The City of Fairfax works with FCPS and follows the Memorandum of Understanding arranged with the Fairfax County Police Department.
Officer Matthew Kenyon (FHS) – Officer Kenyon is in his second year at FHS. His primary goals are to keep kids safe, build relationships with the students and help “kids be a successful student and young adult.” His dedication to working with students doesn’t just end during school hours. Officer Kenyon is also the varsity assistant boys Lacrosse coach and works out with the players in the off season. At FHS, Officer Kenyon helps kids through providing talks about learning to drive and handling the pressures with social media. His advice for parents is helping their kids acknowledge mistakes and accept consequences. “I tell kids all the time, one bad choice doesn’t make you a bad person,” says Officer Kenyon. Erin Lenart, principal at Fairfax High School, appreciates his approach and knows its working. “The partnership between the SRO and the school is one that is as much about relationship and positive-perception building as it is about student safety. Our SROs work to build community with our students and staff and foster our sense of caring and well-being; their support and guidance is crucial to our work, and we are so grateful to have them as part of our team.”
Officer Elias Nunely (LMS) – In his first year at LMS, Officer Nunley wasted no time joining the community. Like Officer Kenyon, his main goals are to keep his students safe, working with students to help with social media and building relationships between the police department and the LMS families. Officer Nunley loves being around middle school students, who he know are in the challenging time between childhoods and becoming young adults. He also works beyond the typical school day – he coaches basketball two days a week after school and is a mentor at Providence Elementary School. Principal Dr. Tammara Hanna is quick to praise Officer Nunley, saying “[He] provides a valuable partnership between the school and community and is a wonderful resource for our staff, students and parents.”