ACPS Planning for Five Days per Week of In-Person Instruction for All Students Next School Year

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Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas said today the school division has begun its planning to offer five days per week of in-person instruction at all school sites for students in all grades next school year. He also said the division will offer an all-virtual school for elementary, middle and high school students. The all-virtual school will have its own principal and teaching staff and provide synchronous instruction to students. Continue reading

Media Report on CDC Guidance Has Been Corrected—No Change in Physical Distancing

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A story by one of the media outlets in Albemarle County last evening stated that the school division will be implementing a CDC recommendation issued last Friday that says school divisions can reduce their physical distancing requirement from six feet to three feet.

This online story has been updated to make it clear that no such decision has been made by the school division and there are no plans at the present time to make any changes to the division’s physical distancing requirement of six feet. Continue reading

CoSN Article on Digital Equity Spotlights ACPS

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In a July 11 article, Digital Equity Isn’t Just About Equal Access to Technology, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) spotlights Albemarle County Public Schools’ commitment to personalizing learning through digital literacy and sustaining a culture of improvement. Author Dr. Beth Holland is the CoSN project director for Digital Equity. Her goal is to feature school divisions who are working to create equitable learning environments that give ALL students access to rich learning experiences. Continue reading

AHS Librarian Featured in School Library Journal Webcast

60 Tools in 60 MinutesMonica Cabarcas, co-librarian at Albemarle High School, recently served on a panel of educators presenting online tools for maker spaces, STEM lessons, and digital literacy during School Library Journal’s webcast, 60 Tools in 60 Minutes. Kudos to Monica! Learn more about this webcast »

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Congratulations, Golden Apple Award Winners!

Golden Apple LogoCongratulations to all 27 ACPS teachers who received Golden Apple Awards at the 15th annual celebration yesterday evening. Each year, the Golden Apple program celebrates performance excellence and curriculum innovations by teachers who are nominated for the award by principals, colleagues, parents and students. Read our news release »

Communications at Work: Media Spotlight

ACPS in the NewsState legislators to vote on bill for passing stopped school bus violations (March 10, 2016)
On Friday, Virginia’s General Assembly will vote on a bill to allow law enforcement officials to mail citations to drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. More on Newsplex »

Western Albemarle High School seniors participate in model Congress (March 11, 2016)
It wasn’t your typical school day for kids at Western Albemarle High School Wednesday, when the entire senior class participated in a day-long model Congress. More on Newsplex »

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ACPS Ranked 5th Best School District in the State

ACPS in the NewsA national education assessment company has ranked Albemarle County Public Schools among the top five school divisions in Virginia. Niche, which each year evaluates more than 100,000 public and private schools and divisions based on a comprehensive survey of performance data and the views of more than 27 million students and parents, also placed Albemarle County Public Schools in the top two percent of all school divisions in the nation. Read our press release »

Edutopia Spotlights ACPS – Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation. Watch Edutopia’s spotlight on ACPS in their “schools that work” series, which highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn.