Payroll Tax Deferral: Update on County’s Decision

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A message from Nelsie Birch, Chief Financial Officer for the County of Albemarle

ACPS employees,

Many of you have heard that the Internal Revenue Service, under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Treasury, has offered an option for employees to defer the withholding of Social Security tax on the wages paid to them by an employer who chooses to participate in the new option. The County has elected not to implement the voluntary Social Security tax deferral for employees that was scheduled to go into effect on 9/1/2020. Continue reading

Registration for Staff Child Care Program Now Open!

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Dear Colleagues:

Thank you to those of you who participated in our child care survey earlier this month. Your responses helped us assess the needs of our employees and informed our planning.

We are happy to announce that the Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) Staff Child Care Program (SCCP) will open on Tuesday, September 8, at three locations: Brownsville Elementary School, Hollymead Elementary School, and Monticello High School.

The program is currently staffed to serve about 150 students division-wide from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each school day. The SCCP will operate as a self-sustaining, non-profit program with a flat weekly rate of $150 per child (regardless of the number of days a child attends). Children aged 4-12 are eligible to participate.

Registration is now open! Parents should submit one registration form per child. Continue reading

ACPS Child Care Program Survey – Please Respond by Aug. 17

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Dear Colleagues:

We are in the process of developing a program to provide child care for our teachers and classified staff when schools reopen on September 8. If you are interested in using this program, please take a few moments to complete the ACPS Employee Child Care Survey by Monday, August 17. Your responses will help us continue our planning.

Here’s what we have determined so far: Continue reading

Child Care Update for Teachers & Essential Classified Staff

Bernard Hairston

Dear Colleagues:

As Dr. Haas noted in his message to you earlier this month, our school division is looking into the possibility of providing child care for our teachers and essential classified staff when schools reopen on September 8. This one-time program would operate only as long as the primary form of instruction provided to students is virtual. At their meeting yesterday, the School Board approved this method of instruction for the first nine weeks of the new school year. Continue reading

Update: Annual Leave Overages

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The school division recognizes that due to the disruptions to personal and work schedules related to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees are not able to take time off. We previously announced that the conversion of annual leave at or above 320 hours that normally occurs at the end of an employee’s birth month has been temporarily disabled. In recognition that employees may not be able to take time off for the immediate foreseeable future, the suspension will be extended until February 28, 2021. Continue reading

Summer Pay Reminders

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Throughout the summer, just like during the school year, all “regular” employees are paid at the end of each month, regardless of the type of work performed. (Any ACPS employee who uses Kronos is a “regular” employee.)

Payment for extra work will be deposited separately from the July and August direct deposits for your regular monthly salary. Continue reading

Juneteenth (June 19) Now a Paid Holiday

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Dear Colleagues:

It’s an honor to report that our School Board, in their meeting this afternoon, approved the addition of Juneteenth to our annual holiday schedule.

Juneteenth is a national celebration of a General Order that took effect in 1865 in Texas. This order mandated equality between slaves and slaveowners in the last slave-holding state in the union. Since then, Juneteenth has been celebrated as the end of the government sanction of slavery. Continue reading

Taking Care of Yourself This Summer: A Message From BeWell Albemarle

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Dear ACPS Employees: As you wind down this most unusual school year, we want you to know that BeWell Albemarle understands that your emotional needs during this challenging time may not be minimized by the start of the summer break. Be assured: We are here for you.

The BeWell Albemarle team is working throughout the summer, and we’ll be available to listen, answer your questions, and provide you with resources, such as those listed below, to help you with your challenges as we move through this new world together: Continue reading