COVID-19 Update: To Meet Health Emergency, Employees Must be Vaccinated or Tested Beginning Sept. 15

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At their meeting yesterday evening, the Albemarle County School Board adopted a resolution that aligns the school division with an Emergency Order issued by County Executive Jeff Richardson on Wednesday. The resolution requires all employees to either be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or to show proof each week of a negative test for the virus. The requirement will go into effect Wednesday, September 15, for all local government and school division employees. Continue reading

Introducing a New Mass Communication System: BrightArrow

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Among the school division’s most important responsibilities is sharing valuable and timely information with our school families, students and staff. For a number of years, ACPS has used the Blackboard Connect mass communication system to reach our stakeholders through email, phone and text messaging. In a short while, however, our contract with this company will come to an end. Earlier this year, a team of school leaders and technology, communications and ESOL professionals worked together to evaluate proposals from 11 different mass communication companies. Ultimately, we selected BrightArrow’s Mass Notification Solution for PowerSchool as the best choice to meet our communication needs. Continue reading

A New Look to Your School Week Comes Into Focus on August 16

Strategic Plan: Learning for All

Recently adopted by the school board, the division’s new five-year strategic plan, Learning for All, updates our mission, vision, values and goals, with the objectives and strategies that will bring them into practice. Beginning next Monday, August 16, when you log in to your computer for the first time each week, you will gain greater insight into how our new strategic plan will shape your school or department. Continue reading

Effective August 9, Masks Required for All Employees When Indoors

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Beginning Monday, August 9, all ACPS employees, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a face mask when inside a school or school division office. Previously, masks were not required in schools or offices if a person was fully vaccinated and students were not present. This new requirement is based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recently recommended that masks be worn by anyone inside a school, regardless of vaccination status, in communities where there is substantial or high transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Continue reading

Announcing “Reframing the Narrative” Cohorts for Elementary Teachers

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A newer version of this post is available here.

We are pleased to announce that we are forming cohorts for Reframing the Narrative for elementary educators. Over the last two years, secondary teachers have been participating in this project with the purpose of co-constructing anti-racist and culturally responsive social studies curricula. This year, we are inviting all K-5 educators to apply to be a part of this exciting project, which will include a pathway toward a micro-credential or certification in Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT). Continue reading

Science Safety Training for K-8 Teachers

Science Lesson

August 4, 6, 24 & September 1 | 9 a.m. | Virtual Training | Registration Form

Attention K-8 Teachers: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is offering Science Safety Training on August 4, August 6, August 24, and September 1. This virtual training addresses general science safety for K-8 teachers and lasts for one hour, including 50 minutes for content and 10 minutes for Q&A. Each session begins at 9 a.m. Annually, elementary teachers and science teachers are expected to participate in safety training. Continue reading

Long-Range Planning Survey: Participate by August 6

Your Opinion Matters

Long-Range Planning Survey | Please participate by Friday, August 6.

As one of its objectives, Goal 3 of the school division’s new strategic plan, Learning for All, focuses on developing sustainable and modern facilities, infrastructure and equipment as a means to transform learning experiences and opportunities for students. Strategies affiliated with this goal include developing long-range plans to address overcrowding, partnering with local government on strategies to fund capital projects, and developing an equitable and sustainable process for guiding renovations and improvements.

In support of this goal, the Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee (LRPAC) requests your input on the priorities that should guide their selection of facility improvement projects. Continue reading

2021-22 Staff Kronos Calendars Now Published

Calendar Pages

Staff calendars for the 2021-22 school year are now published on the Time and Attendance Documentation web page (under “Timekeepers”). Please use the published Kronos calendars for guidance on your schedule rather than what you see on your future timecard, as timecards do not always show holidays and non-work days until the actual work week.

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Health Policy Update on Tobacco Use

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At their business meeting last week, the Albemarle County School Board approved Learning for All, the school division’s new five-year strategic plan. Among the updates to the division’s previous plan is the adoption of equity, excellence, family and community, and wellness as our core values.

In keeping with this commitment, the board also improved its policy on the use of tobacco and nicotine vapor products. Continue reading