Preparation for Stage 4 Accommodations: Requests Due December 17

Requests

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

As a Precautionary Measure, Division Will Move to Virtual Learning for All, Dec. 14-18 and Jan. 4-8

Important Announcement

Dear Colleagues:

In a short while, we will publicly announce a move to Stage 1, all-virtual instruction, for the week prior to winter break (December 14-18) and the week after (January 4-8). This week will be the last week of face-to-face instruction until Monday, January 11, when Stage 3 will resume. While there will not be students in our buildings, buildings will remain open to staff December 14-18 and January 4-8. Continue reading

Staying Safe and Protected as COVID-19 Cases Rise

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As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase across the country and in Virginia, Albemarle County’s positivity rate in testing for the illness remains at low-risk levels. The most recent statistics from the Virginia Department of Health put the rate here in our county at 2.2%, which falls within the low-risk category according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading

Determining the Safety of Continuing With Face-to-Face Instruction

Return to School 2020-21

Dear Colleagues:

On November 9, Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) entered Stage 3 of our Return to School plan. We are pleased to have our youngest learners back in our buildings for hybrid learning as well as additional secondary students for in-person access. With reports of increasing COVID-19 infections across our state and the country, I’d like to share with you the factors that will help us determine whether it is safe to continue with face-to-face instruction. Continue reading

ACPS Introduces COVID-19 Hotline

COVID-19 Hotline

Albemarle County Public Schools understands that, for many in our community, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new hardships or further complicated preexisting issues. We are here to serve our community, and we want to provide as much assistance as we can during this turbulent and uncertain time.

In an effort to increase our ability to help our community members, ACPS has launched a COVID-19 Hotline. The hotline is accessible by phone or email: Continue reading

Hearing the Voices of Our Employees

Return to School 2020-21

Dear Colleagues:

I want to congratulate all of you for your outstanding contributions leading up to our school division’s transition this week from Stage 2 to Stage 3 of our return to school plan. Through all of the challenges of the pandemic and its impact on student learning and on our own lives, your dedication to the health of our community and the learning needs of our students has been extraordinary.

We have learned a great deal from these experiences, not the least of which has been the importance of involving as many staff as possible in our decision-making process and the need to communicate early and often with you. These are the purposes of today’s message. Continue reading

Save the Date: Community Conversation on Nov. 18

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Zoom

Teachers and School Administrators: I hope today is a good day for you. I sure am proud of you. You have much to be proud of as you have carried the heavy load of teaching and learning and leading schools in a time that cannot be compared to any other. And the first quarter is in the books. Thank you.

I am writing to ask you to save the date for a Community Conversation on November 18 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Continue reading

Revised Mask Policy & SOP for Mask Removal

Face Mask Required Sticker

As you are aware, ACPS adopted a Policy on Masks and Acceptable Face Coverings approved by the school board on August 27, 2020. After publication, some of our educators voiced concerns about students removing masks in the classroom and school buildings under the circumstances identified in the policy.

In response, we met with principals, teachers, COVID-19 Coordinator Eileen Gomez, and others to address the concerns, modify the policy, and develop a standard operating procedure for designating mask removal spaces in the school and articulating criteria for mask removal for relief, if and when a student needs it, and for eating. Continue reading

Staff Child Care Program: Current Participants Should Complete Intent Form by Nov. 3; New Registrations Being Accepted Through Nov. 4

young boy wearing facemask dropped off at school waiving goodbye to mom

Dear Colleagues:

Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) recognizes that your child care needs may change as the division moves to Stage 3 of our Return to School plan on November 9. We are happy to announce that ACPS will continue to offer the Staff Child Care Program (SCCP) in the second quarter of the school year at three locations:

  • Henley Middle School (Brownsville Elementary Program relocating to this site)
  • Sutherland Middle School (Hollymead Elementary Program relocating to this site)
  • Monticello High School

The SCCP will operate each school day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Continue reading