New Web Design & Content Management System Coming in Summer 2020

Finalsite

In response to feedback from students, parents, employees, and community members, ACPS will transition to a new web design and content management system this summer! We’re excited for this opportunity to enhance communications and engagement with our school communities.

After several years with SharePoint as our web design and content management provider, ACPS has decided to move its public-facing internet content to Finalsite. Continue reading

Important: If You Haven’t Had Your Computer Reimaged, You Won’t Be Able to Connect to the ACPS Network Beginning Feb. 14

Windows 10 Important Update

Last summer, the Department of Technology announced a plan to reimage every ACPS computer assigned to staff and students. The purpose of the reimage was to update our computers to Windows 10, the current Microsoft operating system. This update serves to protect our network from data breaches and viruses that can negatively impact our employees and students. The original deadline for this project was October 1, 2019; however, there are still employees who have not scheduled with their TSS to have their computer reimaged.

Please note: Any computer that has not been updated to the Windows 10 operating system by February 14, 2020, will no longer be able to log in to the ACPS network. Continue reading

Naviance: Required Password Update on Jan. 27

Naviance

Middle & High School Faculty and Staff: As you may have heard, Naviance is implementing a new password policy that will require all ACPS students to change their Naviance passwords to meet new, more secure requirements on Monday, January 27, 2020. This process of moving to more secure passwords is necessary to best ensure the security of our students’ Naviance accounts and student data. Continue reading

3 Tips for Technology Safety in the New Year!

Cyber Safety

Don’t Feed the Phish!

Phishing is a fraudulent practice of sending emails pretending to be from reputable companies in order to get individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. DO NOT EVER share your password with anyone by clicking on a link through an email or in person. No reputable company or organization will ever ask you to provide your personal information. Continue reading

Electronic School Notification System Survey – Please Participate by Jan. 21

Mobile Notifications

Albemarle County Public Schools is evaluating the performance and effectiveness of our Electronic School Notification System (ESNS). We currently use this system to communicate important information and emergency alerts to parents/guardians and employees by phone, email, and text messaging.

Please help us assess our existing system by participating in a survey: Open the survey »

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Are Your Students Having Trouble Connecting to the Internet?

No Internet

The Department of Technology needed to perform an update to our internet filter this week. If after the update students are unable to connect to the internet, please have them restart their laptop (rather than selecting “shut down” or “log off”). Also, please remind all students to restart their computer on a regular basis, as this keeps the computer healthy and running in the most efficient way. Continue reading

Learning Resources for Hour of Code: Dec. 9-13

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Computer coding is everywhere! A stoplight changes color… you click a link to visit a website… your students customize a world in Minecraft… all of these are examples of coding in real life. Hour of Code, held the week of December 9-13, is an opportunity for students and teachers to connect coding to their own experiences and to learn more about coding. Continue reading

Technology Updates: Google Domain, Email Security, Laptop Power Settings & Reimaging

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Welcome to Quarter 2! We hope you have had a productive beginning of the school year. The Department of Technology has some updates for you:

Google Domain Updates

Chrome extensions and Google add-ons are powerful tools that unlock the functionality of G Suite applications. To help ensure safe behaviors online, the Department of Technology has vetted a list of extensions for students that support a wide range of learning needs. Continue reading