Media Report on CDC Guidance Has Been Corrected—No Change in Physical Distancing

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A story by one of the media outlets in Albemarle County last evening stated that the school division will be implementing a CDC recommendation issued last Friday that says school divisions can reduce their physical distancing requirement from six feet to three feet.

This online story has been updated to make it clear that no such decision has been made by the school division and there are no plans at the present time to make any changes to the division’s physical distancing requirement of six feet. Continue reading

Attention All Employees: Please Register for Our March 26 Staff Gathering by This Wednesday

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On March 19, all employees should have received an invitation from Superintendent Haas to participate in a division-wide professional development session with Glenn Singleton, author of Courageous Conversations About Race, this Friday, March 26, at 1:15 p.m. via Zoom. This is an exciting and unique opportunity for us to gather together and hear a common message that will help us advance our equity mission. Continue reading

In Response to the Tragic Events of March 16, 2021

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Good afternoon, Colleagues:

I am checking in with you this afternoon to address the anti-Asian sentiment and violence toward Asian-Americans that has been rising across our nation over the past many months. I think it’s important to speak up about such acts of bigotry, as these are the types of crises that seep from the outside world into our classrooms. Continue reading

Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts: Classroom Residency Opportunity

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Attention pre-K through first-grade teachers: Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is offering you an opportunity to participate in a virtual 5-session classroom residency. Wolf Trap classroom residencies are creative partnerships between “Teaching Artists” (musicians, dancers, actors and puppeteers) and early childhood educators as they collaborate in using the performing arts to engage children, enrich their learning, and reinforce curriculum. Continue reading

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Related Supplies for Staff

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As we move into Stage 4, we wanted to send a reminder of the personal protective equipment (PPE) and related supplies available to staff. Please review the ACPS COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Protocol (ACPS Google login required) for details on PPE available to staff as well as PPE care and use.

The following PPE is available to all staff members through the School Supply Liaison at each school or your department head: Continue reading

Weekly Professional Learning Series From Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts

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Attention teachers, pre-K through first grade: Check out our new professional development course listings for arts integration! Beginning next week and continuing through May, we will offer weekly learning opportunities from Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artists who specialize in music, movement, drama, or puppetry. These interactive sessions are designed to increase your confidence in using the performing arts to foster children’s cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development. Continue reading

Department of Technology Website

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The Department of Technology is excited to announce a new look for our website! This new, streamlined design shares our resources in a more efficient way for students, families and staff. We’ve updated our homepage to create easy access to the division’s most frequently used resources, such as Schoology, Seesaw, and the Department of Technology Service Desk.

If you have any feedback or can’t find something, please reach out to Nita Collier.

Content Opportunities Course for K-5 Teachers: 7th meeting on March 8

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Monday, March 8, 2021 | 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Registration

Attention all K-5 teachers: You’re invited to the seventh meeting of our Content Opportunities Course on March 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The course, which we will offer monthly, aims to support implementation of inquiry-based curricula in science and social studies as outlined in the pacing guide. A great group of teachers, coaches and LTIs are collaborating to support this work, and participants are eligible for recertification points. Continue reading

Elementary Art & Music Lessons to Support Instruction in Stage 4

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Elementary Teachers: Weekly art and music activities are currently being created by teams of elementary specialists. The first lessons to support Stage 4 instruction will be available in Seesaw this Friday, March 5.

Where to access: Weekly lessons are posted to the ACPS Friday At-Home Learning Elementary Seesaw & Weekly Specials Resources Google Sheet. Continue reading