COVID-19 Vaccine Update: VAMS Registration & Immunization Intention Form

ACPS COVID-19 Vaccine Program

The CDC has dispatched emails to all ACPS regular full-time and part-time employees from the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). The email, entitled, “Please register in VAMS to schedule an appointment,” is marked [EXTERNAL] because it comes from a sender outside of the k12albemarle network. Rest assured: This email is not spam; it is a legitimate email.

Within the email message from the CDC’s Vaccine Administration Management System, you will find a link to schedule an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination. (Note: Substitutes, coaches, and other temporary employees will receive the same information by early next week.) Continue reading

Update on Our COVID-19 Vaccine Program: Please Complete Intention Form by Jan. 19

ACPS COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Dear Colleagues:

I’m pleased to share with you that we are working expeditiously with our local Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) and Albemarle County local government to coordinate COVID-19 vaccination plans for all ACPS employees as soon as possible. ACPS strongly encourages all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Continue reading

ACPS Will Return to All-Virtual Instruction on Jan. 19

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Colleagues:

Working with the health department, I have closely been tracking the virus transmission data in our school community. Like many of you, I have become increasingly concerned about recent increases in the case incidence rate and the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in our county as reported by our health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since the holidays, increases in these two measures signify increases in the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our county. Continue reading

Zoom Link for This Afternoon’s COVID-19 Recovery Focus Group Meeting for Teachers

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 4:30 to 6 p.m. | Zoom

Attention Teachers: If you’re planning to participate in today’s focus group conversation from 4:30 to 6 p.m. regarding the future response of ACPS to COVID-19 and the impact of COVID-19 on student learning and social-emotional well-being and development, please click here to join at 4:30 this afternoon. Continue reading

COVID-19 Vaccine Program for ACPS Employees

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ACPS is currently in discussions with the Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) and local government to plan a COVID-19 vaccination program that will be available to all school division employees. The BRHD is leading vaccination program decisions in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

You may already know that vaccinations are taking place in phases that prioritize those most vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. Our local health department is now in Phase 1a of its vaccination operations. The next phase, Phase 1b, will include all ACPS employees. 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

Save the Date: COVID-19 Recovery Focus Group Meeting on Jan. 13

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 4:30 to 6 p.m. | Zoom

Greetings, ACPS Teachers:

I am writing to invite you to a second focus group conversation from 4:30 to 6 next Wednesday evening, January 13, to talk about the future response of ACPS to COVID-19 and the virus’s impact on student learning and social-emotional well-being and development. We will gather on Zoom with up to 300 teachers to share an overview and have small group conversations about our response going into 2021-22. Continue reading

Staying Safe and Enjoying the Holidays

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Dear Colleagues:

Similar to what we’re seeing throughout Virginia and across the country, our local number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and percentage of positive test results have been on the rise following the Thanksgiving holiday.

As we approach our winter break, the Blue Ridge Health District is asking all residents to plan safe and joyous holiday celebrations. 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