Your Voice in ACPS

Your Voice Counts

Our Human Resources Department is deeply engaged in work related to elevating employee voice in Albemarle County Public Schools. We are grateful for all the ways that we can learn from our employees! We heard during our recent Stay Interviews that it is important to employees across the school division to have their voice heard. In this article, we’d like to share some of the ways that is happening now, as well as what we do with the input received through these structures. Continue reading

ACPS Equity & Opportunities Fair: Join Us on Feb. 18!

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ACPS Equity & Opportunities Fair

— Spotlight on Education, Careers & Community Partners —

Saturday, February 18, 2023 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Burley Middle School
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The ACPS Office of Community Engagement and Human Resources Department will host an Equity & Opportunities Fair on Saturday, February 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burley Middle School. All ACPS educators and employees are invited to attend the event, including ACPS student teachers, practicum students, substitutes, and support staff. We will also distribute an event flyer and letter with additional information to higher education institutions and community partners. Continue reading

You’re Invited: 2022 Retirement Planning Webinar – Dec. 15

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Thursday, December 15, 2022 | 4 to 5:15 p.m. | Zoom

Are you considering retirement? Have you thought about your retirement date? No matter your retirement date, you likely have questions, such as: How much money will I need in retirement? Where will it come from? What are my options for saving? How does health insurance work?

Please join us for a Retirement Planning Webinar on Thursday, December 15, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Anyone, including significant others, is welcome to attend; no registration required. On Thursday, click below to join us on Zoom:

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Attention All Employees: Complete the 2022-23 Online Annual Training (OATS) by Jan. 31

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Each year, all ACPS employees are required to participate in a review of important policies and procedures. It is imperative that all employees complete this training by January 31, 2023. The 2022-23 Online Annual Training (OATS) is now live in our Professional Learning Management System (PLMS). Remember: When logging in to the PLMS, use your ACPS user name and password (the same credentials you use to sign in to your Outlook email). The OATS course has been assigned to every employee. On your PLMS homepage, you will find the link to the training listed under “Required Courses.” Continue reading

More Appointments Now Available for Stay Interviews!

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We’ve had an amazing response to our introduction of Stay Interviews! Thank you to everyone who has signed up to participate! We have received far more requests for individual sessions than expected, so to accommodate the demand, we’ve expanded the scheduling window, now Monday, December 5 – Thursday, December 15, and we’ve added more after-school sessions. We also converted some focus groups into individual sessions.

As we mentioned in our Nov. 29 Compass post, stay interviews provide an opportunity for employees to communicate the best parts of their job and share ideas about how the division can do better. To see available appointments, check our Stay Interview Schedule (updated daily). To schedule an interview, please complete our Stay Interview Sign-Up Form.

If you have questions, please reach out to Sarah Lynn, Talent Retention & DEI Program Manager.

One-Time Bonuses, Some Pay Increases Coming in December

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At its November 10 meeting, the Albemarle County School Board approved one-time bonuses for all employees as part of its consent agenda. 

Per the Compensation Study Follow-Up presentation to the board on October 27, all regular staff members will receive a one-time bonus in their December 9 paycheck. Regular employees who work between a 0.7 and 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) will receive $1,000, and regular employees who work less than a 0.7 FTE will receive a $750 supplement.

Also taking effect in December are pay increases for some employee groups as part of Phase 1 of the Compensation Study completed by the Human Resources department earlier this year. Continue reading

Stay Interviews: Share Your Experiences & Ideas

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ACPS wants employees to remain in their jobs and feel happy, satisfied, and appropriately challenged! “Stay interviews” provide an opportunity for employees to communicate the best parts of their job and share ideas about how the division can do better.

The Department of Human Resources invites all ACPS employees to share your voice and experiences by participating in a stay interview this December 7-15. Throughout this process, we will be looking for trends that can guide the division’s future decision-making.

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We are seeking genuine feedback. In order to encourage employees to share their honest opinions, Human Resources will prioritize the confidentiality of participants; we will not share any identifiable information or individual responses with supervisors.

We also want to hear from as many employees as possible! In order to increase participation, we will offer stay interviews in a variety of formats, including individual meetings and small group focus sessions, both of which will be offered in person and virtually. We encourage you to review the available employee group sessions (below) and consider participating in a focus group. You likely fit into more than one employee group. Please select the employee group that most impacts your work and to which you want to lend a voice.

When you’re ready, click here to sign up for a stay interview! We will update the Stay Interview Schedule daily to indicate the number of seats available for each interview slot. 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