Registration Open for Responsive Classroom & Developmental Design Summer Institutes

ACPS PD

Interested in building a supportive and productive classroom community? Want to learn how social and emotional learning support student engagement and academic achievement?

Responsive Classroom and Developmental Designs are two pillars of our commitment to meeting the social-emotional learning needs of our students. We are excited that both of these summer professional learning opportunities will move forward despite the uncertainty brought on by Covid-19. Continue reading

Message from School Board Chair, Jonno Alcaro

Jonno Alcaro

Dear Teachers and Classified Staff,

I am writing this note to you because at this difficult time in our community, country and world, you remain among the most important contributors to the lives of children. You continue to invest yourselves in educating and supporting those who will one day lead us, including through such hard times as those now before us. Our School Board could not be more grateful to you. Continue reading

Graduation Plans for the Class of 2020

Class of 2020

As we continue to deal with the impact of public health requirements that keep our community safe from the spread of COVID-19 illness, a good deal of our recent planning has been devoted to graduation. As much as it is possible under the current conditions, we are determined to provide all graduates and their families with a memorable celebratory experience that appropriately honors their achievements.

The school division has just shared our Graduation Plans for the Class of 2020 with all high school seniors and their families.

Internet Browsing Solution for K-2 iPads

Safari App on iPad

The Department of Technology understands that Safari not being on K-2 iPads has presented some challenges for our students and educators. Our department has recently become aware of a new option to safely filter internet browsing in compliance with federal requirements on iPads used outside of our school division network. We conducted a thorough test to confirm that this new option works and will not cause other issues with how iPads function for learning. Continue reading

ACPS Budget Survey: Please Participate by May 6

Dear Colleagues:

I hope you will take a few minutes to watch my video message about the devastating impact that COVID-19 is having, not only on public health, but on our economy. Projections are that COVID-19’s economic damage will be equal to or greater than that of the Great Recession earlier this century.

The impact on the delivery of public services, including education, will be severe. The school division now is facing substantial reductions in revenue from both the local government and the state.

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K-2 iPads: What to Know & Important Considerations for Instruction Design

Young Girl Using iPad

K-2 Teachers: K-2 families without access to a computer at home are offered an ACPS iPad. These iPads are designed to support teachers and students with safe learning experiences during our extended closure. Please see below for important information about these devices as you design instruction.

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Regional PBS TV Stations Broadcasting SOL-Aligned Learning Experiences to Support Families Without Internet Connection

VDOE Virginia Is For Learners

In addition to learning options being provided to students and their families by teachers across the school division, homes will also be able to tune into “VA TV Classroom” on weekday afternoons. This new service is being provided by public radio and television stations in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education. Instruction for students in grades K-12 supports the state’s academic standards and expands learning opportunities, especially for students who are unable to access other distance learning options because their home lacks access to high-speed internet. Continue reading