TikTok App Banned by ACPS

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In December, Congress passed a bill banning TikTok from being used on government-issued devices. The Governor of Virginia did the same through Executive Order Number 24 (2022). Accordingly, the County of Albemarle has mandated the ban, as will Albemarle County Public Schools. Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, February 7, 2023, the Department of Technology will block access to the TikTok app on all ACPS-issued devices. As always, if you have questions or need technical support, please contact the Service Desk at 434-975-9444 or ServiceDesk@k12albemarle.org.

Message from the CFO: New Fraud, Waste & Abuse Reporting System

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The following message was issued from Nelsie Birch, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Albemarle County, on Friday, February 3, 2023:

On Wednesday, we launched the Fraud, Waste & Abuse Reporting System, an anonymous incident reporting website. Albemarle County’s mission is to enhance the well-being and quality of life for all community members through the provision of the highest level of public service consistent with the prudent use of public funds.

Residents, taxpayers, and employees may report concerns regarding fraud, waste, or abuse in Albemarle County Government or Albemarle County Public Schools using this confidential and secure website or via telephone at 434-243-7944. Continue reading

Your Voice in ACPS

Your Voice Counts

Our Human Resources Department is deeply engaged in work related to elevating employee voice in Albemarle County Public Schools. We are grateful for all the ways that we can learn from our employees! We heard during our recent Stay Interviews that it is important to employees across the school division to have their voice heard. In this article, we’d like to share some of the ways that is happening now, as well as what we do with the input received through these structures. Continue reading

iOS Update for K-2 iPads on Feb. 3

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Attention K-2 Teachers: The Department of Technology will push the latest iOS update to all K-2 iPads this Friday afternoon, February 3. Please leave these devices on and plugged in at the end of the day. 

Updating our K-2 iPads helps ensure that the devices are safe and secure to use and that they work properly for students. If you experience any issues after the update has occurred, please contact the Service Desk at 434-975-9444.

Nationwide 457b Deferred Compensation Plan: Virtual Appointments Available Feb. 6-10

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Our Nationwide Retirement Specialist, Lynn Robinette, is available for individual virtual consultations on an ongoing basis, but each month, she reserves a week of appointment openings for Albemarle County employees. Appointments are available this February 6-10! Click here to schedule a free consultation.

The Nationwide 457b Deferred Compensation Plan is available to ACPS employees who wish to save additional money toward retirement through pre-tax payroll deductions. Continue reading

Our Lincoln Financial Participant Portal Is Live!

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The Lincoln Participant Portal is the place to go for all information about our new ACPS 403(b) retirement plan! To get started, click the button below for registration. Once you’ve registered, you’ll access your account through the Lincoln Participant Portal.

Not ready to use the portal? Advisors from Lincoln Financial will be on-site and available to answer your questions at various locations across the school division from February 2-10. You can find their on-site schedule or view a recording of our January 23 info session by visiting our Retirement Benefits web page! Continue reading

Approved 2023-24 School Year Calendar

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At their meeting on January 26, 2023, the Albemarle County School Board approved the official calendar for the 2023-24 school year. The approved calendar is available to view and print in English and Spanish on our division-level Calendars page. Under this calendar, the 2023-24 school year will open for students on Wednesday, August 23, 2023. For more information about the calendar development process, please visit our 2023-24 Calendar Development web page.

Connecting with Students & Families, Especially on Remote Learning Days

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Whether you’re hosting virtual meetings on Zoom, using your personal cell phone to call families, or engaging with families through BrightChat, our instant messaging app, please keep reading for helpful hints and guidance on connecting with students and families. And, as always, if ever you’re in need of technical support, please contact the Service Desk at 434-975-9444 or ServiceDesk@k12albemarle.org.

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New ACPS 403(b) Retirement Plan With Lincoln Financial Goes Live on Feb. 1!

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In just two days, you will be able to access the Lincoln account portal to view your investment options under our new 403(b) retirement plan, schedule an individual consultation with a Lincoln representative, and set up/confirm contribution elections into our official ACPS 403(b) plan! Please keep an eye out for more information in the Compass over the next few days.

Lincoln representatives will be on-site at various locations across the school division from February 2-10. In addition to answering general questions, they can help you with: Continue reading