Long-Range Planning Survey: Participate by August 6

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Long-Range Planning Survey | Please participate by Friday, August 6.

As one of its objectives, Goal 3 of the school division’s new strategic plan, Learning for All, focuses on developing sustainable and modern facilities, infrastructure and equipment as a means to transform learning experiences and opportunities for students. Strategies affiliated with this goal include developing long-range plans to address overcrowding, partnering with local government on strategies to fund capital projects, and developing an equitable and sustainable process for guiding renovations and improvements.

In support of this goal, the Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee (LRPAC) requests your input on the priorities that should guide their selection of facility improvement projects. Continue reading

2021-22 Staff Kronos Calendars Now Published

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Staff calendars for the 2021-22 school year are now published on the Time and Attendance Documentation web page (under “Timekeepers”). Please use the published Kronos calendars for guidance on your schedule rather than what you see on your future timecard, as timecards do not always show holidays and non-work days until the actual work week.

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Health Policy Update on Tobacco Use

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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

New ACPS Strategic Plan: Learning for All; New Email Footer Goes Into Effect July 13

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Dear Colleagues,

I am very happy to announce that Albemarle County Public Schools is launching a new strategic plan, entitled Learning for All, which will guide our school division over the next five years. This plan represents a collective, local vision that articulates our community’s hopes for all of our students. It charts a path for ACPS to provide our students with an educational experience that prepares them to be lifelong learners and to make positive contributions to society, while they are our students and in the future. It helps prepare the leaders who will make it possible for each of us to benefit from a more equitable, inclusive and prosperous world. Continue reading

Making Long Distance Calls

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Starting today, Monday, July 12, all ACPS VoIP phones will have long distance calling enabled without the need for a passcode. We believe this will remove barriers for teachers to communicate with families who have out-of-area cell phone numbers.

If you have questions or if you experience difficulty placing a long distance call from your phone, please submit a service desk ticket.

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

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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.

What You Should Know About the July 1 Salary Adjustments

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As you know, due to the pandemic, ACPS was unable to implement salary increases in 2020. In advance of the upcoming July 1 salary adjustments, we want to make sure you are aware of the following:

  • The school board approved a 4% salary increase for classified employees and a 5.2% salary increase for employees on the Teacher Scale, effective July 1. Continue reading

Changes to Our COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies Update

In response to a steadily declining number of COVID-19 cases in our community, Albemarle County Public Schools is reevaluating our health and safety practices and policies in consultation with local health officials. Beginning this week, we will implement some changes to our health mitigation strategies for summer programming and operations. Please keep reading for details about how those changes will impact our COVID-19 screening tools, temperature checks, notifications, social distancing, transportation, and our mask policy. Continue reading