Welcome to the Compass

Compass LogoIn case you’re unfamiliar, the Division Compass (or “Compass” for short) is a communication tool intended to keep Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) employees apprised of important, interesting and helpful information. The primary goal of the Compass is to improve employee engagement, and ultimately organizational effectiveness.

For the last five years, the Compass has existed as an online, subscription-based news blog. In accordance with direction provided by division leadership, the Compass is discontinuing its subscription option; beginning today, all ACPS employees will receive notification of new Compass posts via email. Continue reading

Draft 1 of 2018-19 School Year Calendar Now Posted – Provide Feedback by Nov. 5

Tell Us What You Think2018-19 calendar development is underway! Please tell us what you think: Start by reviewing the Calendar Committee’s first draft of the 2018-19 calendar. Then, participate in a brief survey to provide your feedback.

The survey will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on November 5. Thank you for engaging in the calendar development process!

Horizon 2020 Update: Volume 2, Issue 2

Horizon 2020 UpdateThe Horizon 2020 Update newsletter features examples of our strategic plan, Horizon 2020, in action. The second issue of 2016-17 highlights the annual Making Connections professional development day; expansion of the elementary world languages program; and Burley’s work in developing student electronic portfolios. Open Issue 2 »

If you have an event taking place in your school that showcases the implementation of our strategic plan, submit your event for inclusion in a future issue of the Horizon 2020 Update. Visit the archive »

Draft 3 of the 2017-18 Calendar Will Go Before School Board on Dec. 8

Calendar UpdateIn response to feedback from multiple stakeholders, including Teacher Advisory, Parent Council, Strategic Cabinet, and Planning Cabinet, along with 971 survey responses from students, parents, employees, and community members, a third draft of the 2017-18 School Year Calendar has been developed. Draft 3 will go before the School Board on December 8, 2016, at which time there will be an opportunity for public comment. Learn more about the calendar development process »

2017-18 Calendar – Provide Your Feedback by Nov. 1

We Want Your Feedback2017-18 calendar development is underway! Each year, the Calendar Committee works to produce a school calendar that supports our goals to engage students, improve opportunities and achievement, and get the most productivity out of our resources. Community feedback is an essential part of this process.

Tell us what you think! Please review the Calendar Committee’s first draft of the 2017-18 calendar, and then participate in a brief survey to provide your feedback. The survey will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on November 1.

Albemarle Innovators: Volume 2, Issue 1

Albemarle InnovatorsAlbemarle Innovators is a publication that celebrates the work of teachers, students and staff in Albemarle County Public Schools. The first issue of 2016-17 highlights transportation analyst Renee DeVall and her team’s process of building and assigning bus routes; Agnor-Hurt’s multi-age team and its delivery of innovative instructional programs; and Albemarle High School’s Team 19 students, who are developing interdisciplinary experiences designed to increase student engagement. Open Issue 1 »


If you know someone in your school or department who deserves recognition for their innovative work with students, nominate your colleague for recognition in Albemarle Innovators. View the archive »

Horizon 2020 Update: Volume 2, Issue 1

Horizon 2020 UpdateThe Horizon 2020 Update newsletter features examples of the Albemarle County Public Schools strategic plan, Horizon 2020, in action. The first issue of 2016-17 highlights Western Albemarle’s mini-med school; Naviance, a new college and career readiness resource for students; and modifications to the Teacher Performance Appraisal process. Open Issue 1 »

If you have an event taking place in your school that showcases the implementation of our strategic plan, submit your event for inclusion in a future issue of the Horizon 2020 Update. Visit the archive »

Summer Compressed Work Week: ACPS Procedure Brief

Summer 4-Day Work WeekPolicy Reference GCA, Personnel Definitions

School and central office staff may institute a compressed work week for the dates ranging from June 20 through July 22, 2016. A compressed work week gives us the benefit of an extra day off by allowing employees to work the usual number of hours in fewer days per week. Our work week is defined as a 40-hour work week. We propose that, during the work weeks in the range here defined, employees working during the summer may work four 10-hour days each week and have a three-day weekend. Continue reading