Reminder: All Employees Must Complete ACPS Anti-Racism Policy Orientation by Sept. 17

ACPS Anti-Racism Policy Orientation

In alignment with the division’s Anti-Racism Policy, Superintendent Haas and the Albemarle County School Board ask all employees to complete the ACPS Anti-Racism Policy Orientation by Friday, September 17. The orientation takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and includes a verification form at the end that will confirm the completion of all activities. Continue reading

Anti-Racism Policy Orientation: All Employees Should Complete by Sept. 17

Anti-Racism Policy Orientation

In alignment with the division’s Anti-Racism Policy, Superintendent Haas and the Albemarle County School Board ask all employees to complete this Anti-Racism Policy Orientation by Friday, September 17. The orientation takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and includes a verification form at the end that will confirm the completion of all activities.


If you have any questions, please follow up with your supervisor for more information.

Health Policy Update on Tobacco Use

no smoking no vaping sign

At their business meeting last week, the Albemarle County School Board approved Learning for All, the school division’s new five-year strategic plan. Among the updates to the division’s previous plan is the adoption of equity, excellence, family and community, and wellness as our core values.

In keeping with this commitment, the board also improved its policy on the use of tobacco and nicotine vapor products. Continue reading

School Board Will Vote This Evening on Changes to the Division’s Face Mask Policy

teacher and students wearing protective face masks in the classroom

At midnight on June 30, Governor Ralph Northam’s declared state of emergency for the Commonwealth expired, relaxing several of the public health requirements associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those provisions was the wearing of face masks in public settings.

In anticipation of this action and following significant declines in the spread of the virus in our community, the Albemarle County School Board reviewed several updates to our mask wearing policy during their June 10 business meeting. Those updates and additional revisions will come up for a vote during the board meeting this evening, Thursday, July 8. Continue reading

Proposed Policy to Protect Transgender and Gender-Expansive Students

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At their meeting next week on Thursday, July 8, the Albemarle County School Board will receive for information a proposed policy to protect transgender and gender-expansive students. All public school divisions in the Commonwealth are required by Virginia statutory law to have such a policy in place by the start of the 2021-22 school year.

To learn more about this, please read our July 2 news release: In Order to Meet State Legal Requirement, School Board to Review Proposed Policy to Protect Transgender, Gender-Expansive Students on July 8.

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

Policy on Masks and Acceptable Face Coverings

Mask Barrier

On August 27, 2020, in consideration of the recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), and the Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD), the Albemarle County School Board adopted an emergency Policy on Masks and Acceptable Face Coverings for all students, staff, visitors and vendors, and children and staff in ACPS child care programs. Continue reading

New Name for Cale & Next School Name to Be Reviewed

Cale Elementary

At their January 23 meeting, School Board members formally voted to change the name of Cale Elementary School to Mountain View Elementary School, effective July 1.

Cale is the first of 14 schools to be reviewed following a directive from the School Board to the Superintendent that school communities review the names of all schools named for individuals. Continue reading

Updated Policy Regarding Use of Air Fresheners and Scented Products

Student Using Inhaler

The Albemarle County School Board recently adopted an update to Policy EBAC, Environmental Management, to discontinue the use of scented products (plug-in or spray air fresheners, reed diffusers, etc.) in ACPS facilities and buses. The policy was updated out of concern for our students, employees and visitors, as strong scents and fragrances can contribute to poor indoor air quality that can be unhealthy to building occupants. Continue reading

Policy Updates: Aug. 8 & Sept. 12, 2019

Policy Updates

Albemarle County Public Schools maintains over 600 policies. Our policies are locally developed through our work with the Virginia School Boards Association and they are tied to Virginia Code. Several are locally developed. Our policies translate our core values of excellence, young people, community, and respect into the backbone of our daily operations and aspirations for students.

You can stay up-to-date on policy revisions, additions and deletions through the ACPS website! View the policy updates for August 8 and September 12, 2019, including 39 revisited policies and three new policies.