Safety & Effectiveness of Antibacterial Soaps in Question

Antibacterial SoapACPS works to provide safe and fragrance-free soap through dispensers in restrooms and staff workroom areas. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently banned several antibacterial active ingredients found in antibacterial soap—triclosan and triclocarban are the most common. Manufacturers are no longer allowed to use these ingredients in antibacterial soap; however, soaps produced before the final rule may contain the banned ingredients.

Please refrain from bringing antibacterial soaps to school. If you are in need of a soap dispenser in an area, please contact your lead custodian. Continue reading

Factual Information Related to Immigration Status, Services, and Enforcement in Albemarle County

Albemarle County LogoIn response to the volume of questions and concerns received about issues related to immigration, Albemarle County has compiled a brochure outlining the County’s current policies and practices as they relate to immigration status: Factual Information Related to Immigration Status, Services, and Enforcement in Albemarle County. In an effort to ensure wide accessibility, these materials are being translated into Spanish and Arabic, and translated versions will be available at the same link when complete.

Calendar Update: March 31 Will Be a Non-Student Day

March 31Recent news regarding a change to the school calendar: At their meeting on February 23, the School Board voted to restore Friday, March 31, as a Green Work Day (non-student day). Previously, March 31 was scheduled as an inclement weather make-up day. Now on March 31, eligible staff will commute via internet and telephone. Buildings will be in “weekend mode,” with reduced use of heating and air conditioning, fuel, and electricity. Students will not attend school. View the Standard Operating Procedure for Green Work Days »

Make-up Days & Next Year’s Calendar

Calendar2016-17 Make-up Days

School now will be in session on both February 20 and March 31, 2017, to make up for recent school closures due to snow. March 31 will serve as the last day of the 3rd 9-week grading period.

2017-18 School Year Calendar

The School Board approved the 2017-18 School Year Calendar during their regularly scheduled meeting on January 12, 2017. The approved calendar can be downloaded in both English and Spanish from the division-level Calendars page. View the approved calendar in English »

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 »

Inclement Weather: Information for Staff

School ClosingsRegardless of how you feel about it, winter weather is in our not-so-distant future. Are you “in the know” about our inclement weather practices and procedures? Check out the Closings & Delays web page for all the details, including helpful info for staff:

Fastest Ways to Find Out About School Schedule Changes:

  • Call the School Schedule Hotline: (434) 296-5886​​​​​
  • Receive an alert by phone and/or email from the Electronic School Notification System (ESNS): Enroll now »

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12-Month Employees: Reporting to Work During Inclement Weather

Snow Covered RoadAttention 12-month employees! In preparation for inclement weather season, you should be aware of the following:

For each weather event that affects the school schedule, the superintendent will provide guidance to 12-month employees regarding expectations for reporting to work. Minimally, notification will be available on the Closings & Delays web page and the School Schedule Hotline (434-296-5886). Staff also may elect to enroll in our Electronic School Notification System (ESNS) to receive inclement weather notifications and other important messages. Continue reading

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.