Guidance for African American History Month

African American History Month

History and Purpose of African American History Month

African American History Month grew out of the efforts of Carter G. Woodson, a historian and native of Buckingham County. The meaning and scope has changed significantly since its inception in 1926; however, it still remains critical that we, as educators, make African American history and people more visible in our curricula. We believe that one of the most important shifts we can make is to use the month of February to commit and take action to center African American history, agency and excellence in our curricula and instruction throughout the year. Continue reading

COVID-19 Testing Available to All Employees

COVID-19 Nasal Swab Test

Any school division employee can arrange to be tested for COVID-19 as the result of an opportunity made available by the county’s infection control team. PCR tests via throat or nasal swab are being offered, at no cost, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. Testing is being conducted at Jessup House, located at 614 East High Street in Charlottesville, and, in most instances, results will be available within 48 hours. Continue reading

Important Information About the Unemployment Compensation Application Process: Possible Fraud

Fraud Detection

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) notifies our Human Resources Department whenever it receives an unemployment compensation claim from a former Albemarle County Public Schools employee. Our department recently received several notifications of claims for current employees that include personal information that, after an initial investigation, we believe in some cases to be fraudulent. The individuals have been directly notified by Human Resources and provided instructions for next steps.

We are sharing this information with the whole organization because we want to make you are aware of our investigation and next steps: Continue reading

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: VAMS Registration & Immunization Intention Form

ACPS COVID-19 Vaccine Program

The CDC has dispatched emails to all ACPS regular full-time and part-time employees from the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). The email, entitled, “Please register in VAMS to schedule an appointment,” is marked [EXTERNAL] because it comes from a sender outside of the k12albemarle network. Rest assured: This email is not spam; it is a legitimate email.

Within the email message from the CDC’s Vaccine Administration Management System, you will find a link to schedule an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination. (Note: Substitutes, coaches, and other temporary employees will receive the same information by early next week.) Continue reading

Update on Our COVID-19 Vaccine Program: Please Complete Intention Form by Jan. 19

ACPS COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Dear Colleagues:

I’m pleased to share with you that we are working expeditiously with our local Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) and Albemarle County local government to coordinate COVID-19 vaccination plans for all ACPS employees as soon as possible. ACPS strongly encourages all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Continue reading

PowerSchool Update Scheduled for Jan. 16-17

PowerSchool

The Department of Technology will be installing a newer version of PowerSchool during the January 16/17 weekend maintenance window. PowerSchool will be unavailable for periods of time during this normal Saturday night/Sunday morning maintenance time. This update has some significant changes to the PowerSchool user interface. We have held off on making changes to PowerSchool, as we know that the last nine months have been disruptive enough; however, in order to maintain a supported version of PowerSchool and provide some new features that we hope will be beneficial in our current environment, it is necessary to move forward with an update. Continue reading

ACPS Will Return to All-Virtual Instruction on Jan. 19

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Colleagues:

Working with the health department, I have closely been tracking the virus transmission data in our school community. Like many of you, I have become increasingly concerned about recent increases in the case incidence rate and the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in our county as reported by our health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since the holidays, increases in these two measures signify increases in the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our county. Continue reading