School Board Grants Additional Thanksgiving Holiday Leave to All 12-Month Employees

Happy Thanksgiving

With appreciation and gratitude for everything you do each day for our students, their families, your colleagues, and our school community, the Albemarle County School Board has approved the superintendent’s request to grant a half-day holiday for all employees scheduled to work on Wednesday, November 23. This decision follows similar declarations by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. All ACPS offices and facilities will now close four hours early on November 23. (This day was already scheduled as a non-student day.)

Best wishes to you all for a very happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity on Nov. 2

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Interested in supporting students who are experiencing mental health challenges? Consider signing up for Albemarle County Public Schools’ Mental Health First Aid training, open to all staff. Right now, there are 17 seats still available in our next course coming up on Wednesday, November 2. You can register online through the Professional Learning Management System (PLMS). To learn more about this training, please see our September 27 Compass post.

Making Connections Website Is Live & Registration Is Open!

Making Connections 2022

On Monday, November 7, we will host our annual Making Connections professional learning conference. Sessions for teachers, school counselors, safety coaches, mental health coaches, and administrators will be held at Monticello High School. Coffee will be available in the cafeteria beginning at 8 a.m. and lunch will be provided. The first session will start at 8:30 a.m., and the final session will end at 3:30 p.m. Sessions for teaching assistants, office associates, and other support staff will be held at Albemarle High School. (This is a change!) Breakfast will be provided in the cafeteria at 8 a.m., and sessions will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Note: Full-time staff should check with their supervisor regarding plans for the remainder of the day.) Continue reading

ACPS Seeking Representatives for New Employee Voice and Action Committee (EVAAC)

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Human Resources is pleased to announce the creation of the new Employee Voice and Action Committee (EVAAC). This employee focus group is intended as a means of mutual interaction between management and staff to provide staff a resonant voice in the operation of Albemarle County Public Schools. Input and feedback from the EVAAC will be shared with the school board and superintendent to guide decision-making around policy and operational decisions affecting student needs, school and department climate, and working conditions for all employees across schools and departments. We invite you to learn more about the EVAAC process and review frequently asked questions about the work of the committee. Continue reading

Interested in Becoming a Teacher for ACPS or Earning a New Endorsement? Complete Our Interest Form by Oct. 30 & Join Our Cohort!

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The Department of Human Resources is seeking teachers who are interested in new endorsements and staff who are interested in becoming teachers. We are preparing to launch two pilot programs, one focused on endorsement in Special Education or English as a Second Language, and another focused on teacher prep. Our programs will include access to high-quality instruction, paid coursework, and highly sought-after employment opportunities. We will also provide short- and long-term support to ensure successful transition into available positions. We invite all interested staff to complete our Teacher Preparation Cohort Interest Form by Sunday, October 30. Continue reading

Interested in Serving on the Classified Employee Advisory Committee? Complete Our Interest Form by Oct. 23!

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At this time, the Department of Human Resources is seeking volunteers for the Classified Employee Advisory Committee. If you would like to volunteer to serve on this important committee, please complete our brief Classified Employee Advisory Committee Interest Form by Sunday, October 23.

The Classified Employee Advisory Committee (CEAC) is an important representative group of ACPS classified staff. In addition to office associates, teaching assistants, and nurses, CEAC includes broad representation from the following departments: Building Services, Child Nutrition, Extended Day Enrichment Programs, and Transportation. Continue reading

Preliminary Logistics for Making Connections on Nov. 7

Making Connections 2022

We’re excited about our annual Making Connections professional learning event coming up on Monday, November 7. As a reminder, this year’s event will provide professional development opportunities for all ACPS educators as well as support staff! We’ll soon be sharing specifics about session offerings and conference logistics, but in the meantime, here are some preliminary details: Continue reading

Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity Coming up on Oct. 25

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If you have an interest in supporting students who are experiencing mental health challenges, consider signing up for Albemarle County Public Schools’ Mental Health First Aid training, open to all staff. There are currently 10 seats still available in our next course coming up on Tuesday, October 25. You can register online through the Professional Learning Management System (PLMS). To learn more about this training, please see our September 27 Compass post.

Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunities: Full 2022-23 Schedule

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Are you interested in helping support students who are experiencing mental health challenges? Albemarle County Public Schools is excited to offer Mental Health First Aid training to all staff. Mark your calendar: Between October 2022 and April 2023, we will offer six opportunities for staff to participate. Continue reading

Interested in Presenting at Making Connections 2022? Submit Your Proposal by Sept. 26!

Making Connections 2022

Mark your calendar! Our annual Making Connections professional learning event will be held Monday, November 7. Programming will consist of sessions facilitated by visiting educators as well as ACPS teachers and administrators. We are especially excited this year to expand our conference to include opportunities for support staff to participate in professional learning! Sessions for instructional staff will be hosted at Monticello High School, while sessions for support staff will be offered at Journey Middle School.

Any instructional or support staff member who is interested in presenting at Making Connections must submit a session proposal by Monday, September 26. Continue reading