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Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Colleagues:

You are very much on my mind these days.

One truth that our community relearned since the COVID-19 shutdown on March 13 is that you can close buildings and bus routes, even such special events as graduation, but student learning growth and development still goes on. That’s because of what each of you have contributed to our students and families and to our mission. That hasn’t closed down.

I continue to admire your dedication and professionalism and I want you to know how important it is to me that our division take every possible action to protect your health and safety this school year. We will not open buildings without that assurance. Continue reading

Summer Phase 2 Return to Work Begins July 6

Employee wears mask and uses hand sanitizer

As a reminder, Summer Phase 2 begins on Monday, July 6. During this phase, our 12-month employees who have been teleworking will begin to transition back to their workspaces. The expectation is that all staff will be working back on site by July 20 (15 work days prior to the return of the teaching staff). Please contact your supervisor to discuss what your balance of in person vs. telecommuting work will be as you transition back to the office. This will vary by position.

As you physically return, all employees should follow the Phase 2 guidelines for returning to work, including: Continue reading

Summer Pay Reminders

Payroll

Throughout the summer, just like during the school year, all “regular” employees are paid at the end of each month, regardless of the type of work performed. (Any ACPS employee who uses Kronos is a “regular” employee.)

Payment for extra work will be deposited separately from the July and August direct deposits for your regular monthly salary. Continue reading

LGBTQIA Affinity Group Invitation

Pride Month 2020

Dear School Employees:

As a long time employee of Albemarle County, I am absolutely honored and excited to be a part of this group and to make this announcement. This is a message I never thought I would get to write.

You may have heard: We have been working on putting together an LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group for Albemarle County Local Government and Schools. We have completed the chartering process with the Office of Equity and Inclusion and are excited to extend an invitation to interested members to connect. Continue reading

Juneteenth (June 19) Now a Paid Holiday

Juneteenth

Dear Colleagues:

It’s an honor to report that our School Board, in their meeting this afternoon, approved the addition of Juneteenth to our annual holiday schedule.

Juneteenth is a national celebration of a General Order that took effect in 1865 in Texas. This order mandated equality between slaves and slaveowners in the last slave-holding state in the union. Since then, Juneteenth has been celebrated as the end of the government sanction of slavery. Continue reading

New Calendar Options for 2020-21: Survey Open Through June 17

Calendar Update

Dear Colleagues:

As our planning for the coming school year begins to come into better focus, one option we are considering is delaying the start of the new school year until early September.

Our School Board initially approved a 2020-21 calendar in January with Wednesday, August 19, as the first day of school for students. Based largely on feedback from instructional staff that, under current conditions, extra time for planning and preparation would be beneficial, we drafted two additional calendar options for the coming school year. Continue reading