Registration Continues for Responsive Classroom & Developmental Designs Summer Institutes


Interested in building a supportive and productive classroom community? Want to learn how social and emotional learning support student engagement and academic achievement?

Responsive Classroom and Developmental Designs are two pillars of our commitment to meeting the social-emotional learning needs of our students. We are excited to offer both of these summer professional learning opportunities in person this summer. The schedule is included below, including a newly added Responsive Classroom session this August! Continue reading

April 2022 Policy Updates

Policy Updates

Albemarle County Public Schools has a number of policies that govern our operations in alignment with state code and our division vision, mission and values. Our policies must be reviewed once every five years, though we often review them more frequently due to changes in Virginia Code or the needs of our school system. So far in 2022, we have updated, revised or deleted 51 policies. As part of the review process, we use our Equity Checklist to ensure that our policies are having a positive impact on equity in the school division. Continue reading

Is School Leadership in Your Future?

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | 5 p.m. | Zoom

James Madison University (JMU) will host an informational meeting for its Educational Leadership programs, including its master’s and certificate options, on Wednesday, May 18, at 5 p.m. via Zoom. JMU is planning to start a new cohort program this August. Classes will be held locally and meet weekly, and APCS teachers are eligible for discounted tuition. View the program brochure »

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School Board Adopts Budget & Directs Exploration of an Expanded Employee Engagement Program

2022-23 Budget

During last evening’s meeting of the Albemarle County School Board, board members unanimously approved the proposed 2022-23 school year budget without change. The new budget of $246.45 million includes a 6% compensation increase for all employees in addition to the 4% increase that took effect in March. For details on the newly-adopted budget, please see the May 12 slide presentation.

Board members also voted not to move forward, at this time, with a resolution proposed by the Albemarle Education Association (AEA) that would have authorized the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement. Instead, the board directed the division to explore how best to expand current opportunities for even more employees to have input on school operations, policies, budgets, and programs. These recommendations will come before the board for review within 90 days. Continue reading

Student Art Show Rescheduled for May 20

Due to a forecast of rain, the ACPS Student Art Show has been rescheduled from Friday, May 13, to Friday, May 20. We’re looking forward to sharing the work of our many talented student artists with the community! Until then, we invite you to watch this preview of the video that will be used in this unique, engaging, and larger-than-life show:

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Important Notice About Pay Statements for May 13


The following message is from Charlotte Blackmore, Payroll Manager for Albemarle County:

VRS-eligible staff hired before January 2022 may see two pay statements in the ADP portal dated May 13, 2022. The information provided on the $0.00 pay statement reflects the employer portion of the VRS benefit paid on your behalf in January 2022. Your pay was NOT impacted by this transaction—the additional pay statement is for recordkeeping purposes only.

Please review your pay statements after each pay date and use the following guidance to address any questions: Continue reading

Phishing Reminders

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Don’t get hooked by phishing attacks! Stay vigilant, have a cautious lens, and think first before you click! Take a few minutes and read through our tutorial to learn more about phishing and how to spot malicious emails.

If you receive an email that asks for your ACPS password or a credit card number, please delete that email ASAP! You should NEVER share your password in response to an email. ACPS Technology Department staff and legitimate businesses will NEVER ask for your password through an email. Continue reading

Technology and Digital Citizenship Field Guide for ACPS Families: 2nd Edition

Family Field Guide: 2nd Edition

The Department of Technology has published the 2nd edition of our Technology and Digital Citizenship Field Guide for ACPS Families (also available in Spanish). This guide includes technology, digital citizenship, and device care resources for families, with a goal of providing families with information about technology in an approachable and educational way. The revised guide is now available digitally through our Digital Citizenship web page, and we will make printed copies available at schools in the fall.

If you have questions, please reach out to your school’s assigned LTI.

Special Message from the Superintendent: Employee Engagement Survey Extended Through May 12

Superintendent Matthew Haas

When I became Superintendent of Schools in 2018, my first order of business was a Listening Tour. I met with hundreds of employees and students across our division to understand how I could best support you in your work, not just in providing resources, but in helping to create a climate that allowed you to prosper and grow as a professional.

If you read my Weekly Check-in on Friday, you know that one of the most important parts of my week, every week, are my visits to one of our schools or departments. These visits are today’s Listening Tours, providing me with the chance to learn from many of you about how the school division can support you and, especially, how I can support you in the important work you are doing. Continue reading

Employee Engagement Survey Closes Today!


As we previously announced, the ACPS Department of Human Resources has partnered with Gallup, a global analytics and advice firm, to help us better understand and measure our employee engagement. On Monday, April 25, all non-temporary employees received an email directly from Gallup containing a unique link to participate in Gallup’s Q12 Employee Engagement Survey. Today, May 9, is the last day to participate in the survey.

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