I want to congratulate all of you for your outstanding contributions leading up to our school division’s transition this week from Stage 2 to Stage 3 of our return to school plan. Through all of the challenges of the pandemic and its impact on student learning and on our own lives, your dedication to the health of our community and the learning needs of our students has been extraordinary.
We have learned a great deal from these experiences, not the least of which has been the importance of involving as many staff as possible in our decision-making process and the need to communicate early and often with you. These are the purposes of today’s message. Continue reading →
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Zoom
Teachers and School Administrators: I hope today is a good day for you. I sure am proud of you. You have much to be proud of as you have carried the heavy load of teaching and learning and leading schools in a time that cannot be compared to any other. And the first quarter is in the books. Thank you.
I am writing to ask you to save the date for a Community Conversation on November 18 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Continue reading →
Secondary Teachers: We have learned through student survey feedback that some students are not sure how to request technology support. To help us spread the word, can you please post the following information in your respective Schoology courses?
The Department of Technology has created a new and exciting interactive website, the ACPS Technology Resources Library, where you will find a comprehensive collection of approved and/or recommended technology resources for ACPS.
As you are aware, ACPS adopted a Policy on Masks and Acceptable Face Coverings approved by the school board on August 27, 2020. After publication, some of our educators voiced concerns about students removing masks in the classroom and school buildings under the circumstances identified in the policy.
In response, we met with principals, teachers, COVID-19 Coordinator Eileen Gomez, and others to address the concerns, modify the policy, and develop a standard operating procedure for designating mask removal spaces in the school and articulating criteria for mask removal for relief, if and when a student needs it, and for eating. Continue reading →
The new Human Resources site can be accessed on your ACPS laptop. The site requires that you use your ACPS Microsoft Office 365 account, something every ACPS staff member already has. When attempting to access Open Enrollment resources and other important Human Resources documentation and information, please follow these steps: Continue reading →
Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) recognizes that your child care needs may change as the division moves to Stage 3 of our Return to School plan on November 9. We are happy to announce that ACPS will continue to offer the Staff Child Care Program (SCCP) in the second quarter of the school year at three locations:
Henley Middle School (Brownsville Elementary Program relocating to this site)
Sutherland Middle School (Hollymead Elementary Program relocating to this site)
Teachers: When technology tools you rely on for virtual learning don’t work, learning can continue if you are prepared with a contingency plan. To assist you, the Department of Technology has created a Virtual Learning Contingency Planning Guide with suggestions to help you develop alternate plans for when our major virtual learning tools experience technical issues. If you have questions or need support with planning, please reach out to your school’s assigned Learning Technology Integrator.
As you likely recall, the closure of schools in the spring led to a cancellation of SOL testing. The state has announced that SOL testing will resume this school year. Below is the most up-to-date information we have at this time. Middle and high schools will soon be sharing this information with families. Continue reading →