On November 9, Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) entered Stage 3 of our Return to School plan. We are pleased to have our youngest learners back in our buildings for hybrid learning as well as additional secondary students for in-person access. With reports of increasing COVID-19 infections across our state and the country, I’d like to share with you the factors that will help us determine whether it is safe to continue with face-to-face instruction. Continue reading
As we continue to work together to support our students, families, and each other, we also need to take care of ourselves. Our Professional Development team has put together several resources and opportunities focused on wellness.
TeacherFit is an on-demand platform designed to support the physical and mental well-being of educators; however, all ACPS employees are invited to join. The virtual platform offers a range of resources with new classes and guided sessions each week, such as workout routines, yoga classes, and mindfulness sessions. Continue reading
The Department of Technology is pleased to announce two Family Tech Matters webinars coming up on December 1 and December 3. We invite you to join us for informational sessions on digital citizenship with resources from Common Sense Media: Continue reading
Are you looking to expand your connection with your school community? Lauren Hunt, who recently joined the Office of Strategic Communications as the Web & Social Media Specialist, wants to help! Lauren would love to help you brainstorm ways to work connecting with the community into your busy schedule. Continue reading
Wednesday, November 19, 2020 | 4:30 to 6 p.m. | Register
ACPS will offer its November session of Teaching in Unpredictable Times this Wednesday, November 19, at 4:30 p.m. Please register to receive a Zoom link to join the session.
In this workshop facilitated by Jeremy Nesoff of Facing History and Ourselves, participants will explore approaches to teaching the election that focus on the history of voting, the health of democracy, factors that shape our civic decision-making, and the power of youth agency and voice. Continue reading
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 6 to 8 p.m. | Zoom
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 6 to 8 p.m. | Zoom
Colleagues, we need your input!
Next week, you and all Albemarle County community members will have the opportunity to offer your views on the future direction of our school division. We are requesting your participation, and that of all ACPS stakeholders, at two upcoming virtual community forums that will help shape the direction the schools take over the next several years. These forums, which will be held on November 17 and 19 from 6 to 8 p.m., are an opportunity for you to give feedback on the ACPS Portrait of a Graduate that is currently being designed. Additionally, the forums will offer a chance to discuss ways that the school division can approach learning loss related to COVID-19 and school closures. Continue reading
Today’s the day—your last day to add/drop/change a medical/dental plan or add/drop dependents for the 2021 calendar year, AND your last chance to enroll in a medical or dependent care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), as these do not roll over from year to year.
If you haven’t yet logged in to the online Open Enrollment system to verify your plan elections and confirm other information about you and your covered dependent(s), the time has come. Visit the Open Enrollment site today to get started. Continue reading
Albemarle County Public Schools understands that, for many in our community, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new hardships or further complicated preexisting issues. We are here to serve our community, and we want to provide as much assistance as we can during this turbulent and uncertain time.
In an effort to increase our ability to help our community members, ACPS has launched a COVID-19 Hotline. The hotline is accessible by phone or email: Continue reading
Did you miss this morning’s inclement weather message?
ACPS employees can learn the division’s school schedule status during inclement weather in several ways. Here are the two fastest:
- Call the School Schedule Hotline at 434-296-5886 to listen to a prerecorded message about school operations for the day. This recording is updated by 5:30 a.m. every school day.
- Receive an alert through the Electronic School Notification System by phone (landline or cellular) and/or email. This is an opt-in service. Employees can register to receive electronic notifications or edit their contact preferences by using the school division’s web-based update tool (ACPS login required).
Other options exist for checking the division’s school schedule status as well: Continue reading
Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11, is Veterans Day, a day to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. On behalf of the Albemarle County Veterans Affinity Group, please see the information below about local Veterans Day events occurring this week. Continue reading