Save the Date: Community Conversation on Nov. 18

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Zoom

Teachers and School Administrators: I hope today is a good day for you. I sure am proud of you. You have much to be proud of as you have carried the heavy load of teaching and learning and leading schools in a time that cannot be compared to any other. And the first quarter is in the books. Thank you.

I am writing to ask you to save the date for a Community Conversation on November 18 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Continue reading

Message from the Superintendent: A Cautious Step Forward in Our Return to School Plan

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Families/Colleagues:

As I continue to talk with our public health experts, visit schools to talk with employees, and hear from our parents and students, I’m learning a great deal about the depth of challenges we all face. I’m also learning about the incredible talent, determination and caring of our families and staff, qualities that cannot be diminished by a virus. And, I’m learning that I have not said “thank you” enough.

I hope you will take a few minutes to watch my video message and hear what I consider to be a very important message for all of us:

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Superintendent Will Recommend a Move to Stage 3

Return to School 2020-21

Dear Colleagues:

At tomorrow evening’s School Board meeting, I will be recommending a move to Stage 3 of our Return to School plan. During their meeting, the Board will vote on whether or not to proceed to approve my recommendation, which provides for a modest increase in the number of students who will be invited to receive face-to-face instruction beginning on Monday, November 9. Continue reading

Superintendent Haas Welcomes Educators to the 2020-21 School Year

Dr. Haas shares his thoughts about the division’s potential for greatness and the essential part our educators play in making Albemarle County Public Schools a high-performing school division focused on improving equity of opportunity and delivering high-quality teaching and learning.

School Board Decides: Most Students Will Begin the New School Year With Virtual Instruction

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Colleagues:

Just a short while ago, our School Board approved a return to school plan for September 8 that will have most of our students beginning the new year with virtual instruction. There will be provisions for students who do not have internet access or whose internet access is not adequate for virtual learning. These students, along with some who have special needs and some who are English Learners, will be able to come into schools to work with learning coaches in accessing virtual instruction assignments. Continue reading

Return to School Update: Virtual Reopening Under Consideration

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Colleagues:

The early results from our employee survey are making it understandably clear that there is a great deal of concern and even fear among many of you regarding a physical return to school in September.

I got a personal view of how you feel this past Friday at one of our schools. I was visiting with employees and sharing some of their job responsibilities to give me more insight into their working conditions. It caused me to think about the risk any one of these employees could face in September, especially those with underlying health conditions or with connections to someone at risk. Continue reading

Return to School Update & Employee Survey

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

Return to Work, Phase 1

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Colleagues:

As public health conditions improve in Virginia and the governor begins lifting some of the public health restrictions regarding Covid-19, we are planning for your safe return to work.

These past several months have been trying for all of us, both as professionals and personally. I want to commend each of you for how well and how enthusiastically you have met the needs of our students, families, and each other, whether working from home or supporting programs in person, such as the distribution of meals to students and families in need. Continue reading

Survey: ACPS Response to the Covid-19 Crisis

We Want Your Feedback

Your opinions are a vital part of the school division’s decision-making process! Please take three minutes to listen to Superintendent Haas describe how you can help ACPS evaluate our response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Then, take our survey to share your recent experiences and offer your advice. Please participate by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. Continue reading