I Love My Librarian Award – Nominate Your Favorite Librarian by Oct. 21

I Love My Librarian Award

Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day. The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.

If a librarian has made a difference in your life or school community, be sure to nominate them for this special national award! Nominations for the 2019-20 award are open through October 21. Continue reading

Reminder: Change in Practice for Student Passwords


Today, Tuesday, August 20, every student’s ACPS Network Account Password will reset to their student lunch number. New students will receive their ACPS network information at their school.

As we shared with you in a June 3 Compass post, beginning this school year, all students in grades 3-12 must change their passwords a minimum of once per year. Continue reading

Financial Vendor Requests for Access

Financial Vendor

The start of a new school year brings increased requests from financial services vendors who wish to have access to our employees. They may indicate that they are “official” County vendors and have Human Resources Department approval to present information about their products to staff. Unless information about these presentations comes directly from the Human Resources Department, you should be aware that none of these vendors has such an endorsement. Continue reading

Time and Attendance System: Project Update & Policy Spotlight

Kronos Time and Attendance

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back! I hope you all had an enjoyable and rejuvenating summer. I want to remind everyone that we will be implementing Kronos, our new time and attendance system, this fall. Implementation for all employees will begin on October 19, 2019.

What Does This Mean?

Kronos will replace our current manual and paper-based timekeeping, attendance, and leave tracking processes. Continue reading

Join the Concert Band for Albemarle County School & Government Employees

Albemarle County Concert Band

Calling all musicians! The Albemarle County Concert Band is open to people of all ability levels and performance experiences who are interested in playing in a concert band and making music together. We rehearse in the band room at Burley Middle School on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact Jean Flaherty at jflaherty@k12albemarle.org.

Digital Security: New Email Spam Filter Settings

Spam Sign

As part of a normal replacement cycle, the Department of Technology recently installed a new email filter appliance as a security measure for all of our digital communications and our network. This appliance filters out SPAM from all of our email accounts.

Beginning August 1, 2019, the subject line of emails will contain [EXTERNAL] for any email that comes to your inbox from outside of our ACPS network. You also will see [POSSIBLE SPAM] in the subject line of emails let through our email filter that may be spam. Continue reading

Policy Updates: March – June 2019

Policy Updates

Albemarle County Public Schools maintains over 600 policies. Our policies are locally developed through our work with the Virginia School Boards Association and they are tied to Virginia Code. Several are locally developed. Our policies translate our core values of excellence, young people, community, and respect into the backbone of our daily operations and aspirations for students.

You can stay up-to-date on policy revisions, additions and deletions through the ACPS website! View the policy updates for March – June 2019, including 12 revisited policies.