Substitute Incentive Pay Program: Process Change

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If you participate in the Substitute Incentive Pay Program, please be advised that, as of Monday, April 19, all time worked under that program will be tracked in and paid through Kronos. Please see below for a brief summary of how this will impact you, and for more information about what you need to know, please review the Substitute Incentive Pay SOP. Continue reading

Updated COVID-19 Leave Programs

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You may remember the leave programs we rolled out last spring 2020 under legislation known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This mandated two kinds of leave: Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Emergency Expanded FMLA (EEFMLA). While the mandated leave programs under the FFCRA expired on December 31, 2020, and were voluntarily extended through March 31, 2021, Albemarle County Government and Albemarle County Public Schools are again voluntarily extending and expanding these programs effective April 1 through September 30, 2021, pursuant to the recently signed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Some aspects of the program have changed. NEW as of April 1: Continue reading

School Division to Enhance Its Human Resources Support & Services for Employees

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The school division and Albemarle County local government are engaging professional consultants to review their human resources structure for serving employees. The ultimate outcome will be separate human resources departments for each organization—departments that will be more closely aligned with each organization’s specific strategic and operational needs. These improvements are expected to take place by July 2022. Continue reading

Annual Leave Overages Update & Holiday Bucket Reminder

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UPDATE: Annual Leave Overages

We previously announced that we temporarily disabled the conversion of annual leave at or above 320 hours that normally occurs at the end of an employee’s birth month through February 28, 2021. In recognition that 12-month employees may not be able to take time off for the immediate foreseeable future, we will be extending this suspension through December 31, 2021. Continue reading

Important Information About the Unemployment Compensation Application Process: Possible Fraud

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The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) notifies our Human Resources Department whenever it receives an unemployment compensation claim from a former Albemarle County Public Schools employee. Our department recently received several notifications of claims for current employees that include personal information that, after an initial investigation, we believe in some cases to be fraudulent. The individuals have been directly notified by Human Resources and provided instructions for next steps.

We are sharing this information with the whole organization because we want to make you are aware of our investigation and next steps: Continue reading

Update on Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) Leave Provisions

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You may remember the leave programs we rolled out in the spring under legislation known as the FFCRA—the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act. The FFCRA mandated two kinds of leave: Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Expanded FMLA. While the mandated leave programs under the FFCRA expire on December 31, 2020, Albemarle County will voluntarily be keeping these programs in place until March 31, 2021, pursuant to the recently signed Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which includes the coronavirus stimulus and relief. Continue reading

Stage 4 Accommodation and LOA Requests: Additional Info

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With the presentation to the School Board last night regarding plans for Stage 4, staff who are requesting Stage 4 Accommodation and Leave Requests should proceed with submitting these requests as previously communicated.

ADA Requests

ADA accommodation requests for Stage 4 should be submitted by December 17 to COVIDworkrequests@albemarle.org so that we may begin processing them as we assess division needs. Continue reading

Preparation for Stage 4 Accommodations: Requests Due December 17

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At tonight’s School Board meeting, the Board will hear the plans associated with implementation of Stage 4 of our Return to School plan. This will be an overview of Stage 4, focusing on the instructional plan, operations, and staffing. Tonight’s meeting will not include a recommendation by Superintendent Haas as to when we would progress to Stage 4. Continue reading

Your Benefits Open Enrollment Window Ends Tonight!

Open Enrollment Ends Today

Today’s the day—your last day to add/drop/change a medical/dental plan or add/drop dependents for the 2021 calendar year, AND your last chance to enroll in a medical or dependent care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), as these do not roll over from year to year.

If you haven’t yet logged in to the online Open Enrollment system to verify your plan elections and confirm other information about you and your covered dependent(s), the time has come. Visit the Open Enrollment site today to get started. Continue reading