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

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

Tuition Change for Children of Nonresident Albemarle County & ACPS Employees

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You may know that the children of Albemarle County Public Schools and Albemarle County Local Government employees who live outside of the county are eligible to attend Albemarle County public schools on a tuition basis. Did you know, though, that the School Board reduced the annual tuition from half of the local cost to $1,000 per pupil? Policy JEC, School Admission, reflects this change and states that the Superintendent will set the tuition each academic year.

Questions? Please contact Anne Breeden at 434-296-5877.

Additional Holiday Leave Granted to 12-Month Employees

Happy Thanksgiving - Happy New YearThe School Board has approved additional time off for 12-month employees for the upcoming holidays, consistent with state holidays approved by the governor. In addition to closing for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23, the Board has approved an extra half-day of leave on Wednesday, November 21. Offices now will close for Thanksgiving at 12 noon on November 21. Also, in addition to closing on New Year’s Day (Tuesday, January 1), the Board has granted an extra full day of leave on Monday, December 31. Offices now will be closed for the New Year’s holiday December 31 – January 1.

We wish you and your families the very best during the holiday season.

School Board Meeting Update

Matthew Haas, Ed.D.Dear Members of Our School Community:

Superintendent Moran’s funding request for the 2018-19 school year was approved by the School Board during its February 8 business meeting. The Board did not make any cuts; with small adjustments, the request totals $188.5 million with revenues projected at $187.1 million. The funding gap of $1.45 is among the lowest in recent years. Continue reading

Special Thanks to Our School Counselors

Happy National School Counseling WeekDear Counselors:

We are so grateful for National School Counseling Week because it gives us the opportunity to share with you our deep appreciation for the difference you make in so many young lives every day. Among the most important evolutionary steps we have taken as a school division are initiatives that more closely align the student experience with the contemporary requirements of the world they will enter in their post-graduate life. Continue reading