Inclement Weather Decisions

ACPS Inclement Weather Alert

In advance of the winter weather forecast for our area this Sunday and Monday, we want to make sure you are aware of the various scheduling options we will consider and how to find out about school schedule changes. Teachers and staff are encouraged to take home any materials they may need in case we close schools to students, in which case all learning will occur virtually.

The most complete resource for information is our Closings, Delays & Early Dismissals web page, which explains our inclement weather decision-making process and details our scheduling options, our decision and communication timelines, all of the ways you can find out about schedule changes, and more. Continue reading

ACPS Will Return to Stage 3 on Monday, Feb. 1

Return to School 2020-21

Dear Colleagues:

As I reported to you earlier this month, two of the public health measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were increasing following the holiday period, placing us in a higher risk category for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our county. It was on this basis that I determined that the safest course for our students, families and staff was to revert to all-virtual instruction.

I also said we would continue to work with the health department and closely monitor these public health measures and report back to you today on our plans for next week. Continue reading

ACPS Will Return to All-Virtual Instruction on Jan. 19

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Colleagues:

Working with the health department, I have closely been tracking the virus transmission data in our school community. Like many of you, I have become increasingly concerned about recent increases in the case incidence rate and the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in our county as reported by our health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since the holidays, increases in these two measures signify increases in the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our county. Continue reading

As a Precautionary Measure, Division Will Move to Virtual Learning for All, Dec. 14-18 and Jan. 4-8

Important Announcement

Dear Colleagues:

In a short while, we will publicly announce a move to Stage 1, all-virtual instruction, for the week prior to winter break (December 14-18) and the week after (January 4-8). This week will be the last week of face-to-face instruction until Monday, January 11, when Stage 3 will resume. While there will not be students in our buildings, buildings will remain open to staff December 14-18 and January 4-8. Continue reading

Find Out About School Schedule Changes

School Closings and Delays

Did you miss this morning’s inclement weather message?

ACPS employees can learn the division’s school schedule status during inclement weather in several ways. Here are the two fastest:

  • Call the School Schedule Hotline at 434-296-5886 to listen to a prerecorded message about school operations for the day. This recording is updated by 5:30 a.m. every school day.
  • Receive an alert through the Electronic School Notification System by phone (landline or cellular) and/or email. This is an opt-in service. Employees can register to receive electronic notifications or edit their contact preferences by using the school division’s web-based update tool (ACPS login required).

Other options exist for checking the division’s school schedule status as well: Continue reading

All Instruction Will Be Asynchronous on November 2, Plus November 3 Now a Holiday for All Employees

November 3, 2020 Election Day

Monday, November 2, is now a trade-off day for parent conferences. November 2 will still be an instructional day for students; however, all instruction will be asynchronous. Our school buildings will be closed to all students on November 2; there will be no in-person access. We will share this information with families later this week. Continue reading

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

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