JMU Master’s of Education in Literacy Education – Interest Meeting on Sept. 25

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September 25, 2019 | 5 p.m. | Stone-Robinson Elementary School Library

ACPS is excited to announce the creation of a cohort program through James Madison University (JMU) for those teachers interested in pursuing a Master’s of Education in Literacy Education. To learn more about the program, please join us in the library at Stone-Robinson Elementary School for a Q&A with JMU faculty on September 25 at 5 p.m. View the Course Schedule »

If you are interested but unable to attend, please reach out to Jenn Sublette.

Starting Next Week, We Have a New EAP Provider: GuidanceResources

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Did you hear? Albemarle County and Albemarle County Public Schools will welcome GuidanceResources as our new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider beginning September 1.

What is the Employee Assistance Program?

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers counseling, legal and financial consultation, work-life assistance, and crisis intervention services to you and family members in your household. Continue reading

Technology & Digital Citizenship Field Guide for ACPS Families

Technology & Digital Citizenship Field Guide

The Department of Technology has created a Technology & Digital Citizenship Field Guide for ACPS Families. This guide includes technology, digital citizenship, and laptop care resources for families, and replaces the need for the student laptop agreement form to be signed and collected. The goal is to provide families with information about technology in a more approachable and educational way. Continue reading

Intro to CRT Certification & Micro-Credentials – Sept. 4

Intro to CRT Micros & Certification

The ACPS Office of Community Engagement would like to invite all staff who are interested in learning more about obtaining certification or a micro-credential in Culturally Responsive Teaching to an introductory session on Wednesday, September 4, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at either Monticello, Henley or Jouett—whichever location suits you best. Open the event flyer »

Please contact Leilani Keys for more information.

2018-2019 SOL Pass Rates


Last week, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released data on the performance of students on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and history/social science during the 2018-2019 school year. Read the VDOE news release »

In tandem with the news release, the VDOE provided school divisions with talking points (Key Messages on 2018-2019 SOL Test Results) about the performance of students and schools on last year’s assessments.

I Love My Librarian Award – Nominate Your Favorite Librarian by Oct. 21

I Love My Librarian Award

Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day. The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.

If a librarian has made a difference in your life or school community, be sure to nominate them for this special national award! Nominations for the 2019-20 award are open through October 21. Continue reading

Reminder: Change in Practice for Student Passwords


Today, Tuesday, August 20, every student’s ACPS Network Account Password will reset to their student lunch number. New students will receive their ACPS network information at their school.

As we shared with you in a June 3 Compass post, beginning this school year, all students in grades 3-12 must change their passwords a minimum of once per year. Continue reading

Financial Vendor Requests for Access

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The start of a new school year brings increased requests from financial services vendors who wish to have access to our employees. They may indicate that they are “official” County vendors and have Human Resources Department approval to present information about their products to staff. Unless information about these presentations comes directly from the Human Resources Department, you should be aware that none of these vendors has such an endorsement. Continue reading

Time and Attendance System: Project Update & Policy Spotlight

Kronos Time and Attendance

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back! I hope you all had an enjoyable and rejuvenating summer. I want to remind everyone that we will be implementing Kronos, our new time and attendance system, this fall. Implementation for all employees will begin on October 19, 2019.

What Does This Mean?

Kronos will replace our current manual and paper-based timekeeping, attendance, and leave tracking processes. Continue reading