Video Spotlight: School Safety Info Session

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Last Wednesday evening, November 30, our Community Engagement team hosted an online forum on school safety. Among the experts who spoke were Sally Hudson, who represents Albemarle in the Virginia House of Delegates, and our state senator, Creigh Deeds. They were joined by professors and researchers from the University of Virginia, a representative from the Albemarle County Police Department, and several professionals from our Student Services program. In addition to the current state of safety in our schools and our prevention and protective measures, conversations addressed how our school division is meeting the social and emotional needs of students.

In case you missed it, we wanted to share the video recording of the forum, including presentations and responses to questions from the audience:

More Appointments Now Available for Stay Interviews!

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We’ve had an amazing response to our introduction of Stay Interviews! Thank you to everyone who has signed up to participate! We have received far more requests for individual sessions than expected, so to accommodate the demand, we’ve expanded the scheduling window, now Monday, December 5 – Thursday, December 15, and we’ve added more after-school sessions. We also converted some focus groups into individual sessions.

As we mentioned in our Nov. 29 Compass post, stay interviews provide an opportunity for employees to communicate the best parts of their job and share ideas about how the division can do better. To see available appointments, check our Stay Interview Schedule (updated daily). To schedule an interview, please complete our Stay Interview Sign-Up Form.

If you have questions, please reach out to Sarah Lynn, Talent Retention & DEI Program Manager.

Interested in Getting a Reading Specialist Endorsement? Attend Our Virtual Info Session on Dec. 8!

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Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 4:30 p.m. | Zoom | RSVP

Albemarle County Public Schools is exploring the possibility of creating a Reading Specialist Cohort to support current employees in obtaining a Reading Specialist License. We will be hosting a virtual information session on Thursday, December 8, at 4:30 p.m. for anyone who is interested in learning more about this opportunity. Please RSVP to receive a Zoom link to the session. If you have any questions, please email Megan Wood, Director of Professional Development.

ACPS Is Transitioning to a New Retirement Plan Provider

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You may recall that Human Resources has been working on new retirement savings options. We are excited to share more information about one of those options! After a thorough Request for Proposal and evaluation process, we are pleased to announce that Lincoln Financial Group has been selected as the sole service provider for our new ACPS 403(b) retirement plan. Our transition to Lincoln will bring best-in-class services, a significant reduction in overall fees, and state-of-the-art retirement readiness tools.

For all 403(b) participants, we anticipate a greatly enhanced experience with Lincoln to further help you save and plan for your future, including: Continue reading

Participate in Hour of Code This December 5-11!

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Celebrate Computer Science Week this December 5-11 by participating in Hour of Code! Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities, but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. The Learning Technology Team encourages all ACPS students to participate in Hour of Code! Continue reading

One-Time Bonuses, Some Pay Increases Coming in December

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At its November 10 meeting, the Albemarle County School Board approved one-time bonuses for all employees as part of its consent agenda. 

Per the Compensation Study Follow-Up presentation to the board on October 27, all regular staff members will receive a one-time bonus in their December 9 paycheck. Regular employees who work between a 0.7 and 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) will receive $1,000, and regular employees who work less than a 0.7 FTE will receive a $750 supplement.

Also taking effect in December are pay increases for some employee groups as part of Phase 1 of the Compensation Study completed by the Human Resources department earlier this year. Continue reading

Stay Interviews: Share Your Experiences & Ideas

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ACPS wants employees to remain in their jobs and feel happy, satisfied, and appropriately challenged! “Stay interviews” provide an opportunity for employees to communicate the best parts of their job and share ideas about how the division can do better.

The Department of Human Resources invites all ACPS employees to share your voice and experiences by participating in a stay interview this December 7-15. Throughout this process, we will be looking for trends that can guide the division’s future decision-making.

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We are seeking genuine feedback. In order to encourage employees to share their honest opinions, Human Resources will prioritize the confidentiality of participants; we will not share any identifiable information or individual responses with supervisors.

We also want to hear from as many employees as possible! In order to increase participation, we will offer stay interviews in a variety of formats, including individual meetings and small group focus sessions, both of which will be offered in person and virtually. We encourage you to review the available employee group sessions (below) and consider participating in a focus group. You likely fit into more than one employee group. Please select the employee group that most impacts your work and to which you want to lend a voice.

When you’re ready, click here to sign up for a stay interview! We will update the Stay Interview Schedule daily to indicate the number of seats available for each interview slot. Continue reading

Only Two Days Left! VRS Optional Life Insurance Special Enrollment Opportunity Expires Nov. 30.

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If you are currently an active (full-time) member of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), your ONE-TIME opportunity to either newly enroll in or enhance your optional life insurance protection through VRS/Securian Financial without undergoing medical underwriting expires this Wednesday, November 30.

Did you know? If you have this coverage in place for the 5 years immediately prior to your retirement, you can keep it (subject to limitations) at low group rates into your retirement. If you’re looking for affordable optional life insurance coverage, don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Continue reading

2023-24 Calendar Survey Now Open: Provide Your Feedback by Dec. 7

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Attention all employees! Calendar development for the 2023-24 school year is underway! At this time, the ACPS Calendar Committee, which is composed of teachers, parents/guardians, and school and central office administrators, invites you to provide feedback on two draft calendars for next school year. In creating these drafts, the committee considered past feedback from students, employees, families, and community members, and prioritized the following goals: Continue reading