COVID Leave Bank Extension & Annual Leave Overage Reminder

Extension of COVID Leave Bank

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With the expiration of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Expanded FMLA (EFMLA) on September 30, 2021, Albemarle County Public Schools created a program called COVID Leave Bank, equivalent to 10 days of leave for all regular employees, effective October 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022. This program has now been extended through June 30, 2022, for continued use by employees who have not exhausted the 10 days of leave. Continue reading

COVID Testing Clinic at Walton Middle School Canceled Today!

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Due to a power outage, the COVID-19 testing clinic scheduled from 4 to 7 today at Walton Middle School has been canceled. Testing will resume tomorrow at Center I from 12 to 6 p.m.

As a reminder, this week is the final week of mandatory COVID-19 testing for employees. Employees who are required to test must test this week to remain in compliance with the school board’s COVID-19 mitigation policies. Continue reading

Changes to Our Mitigation Strategies

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies Update

Effective this Friday, April 1, ACPS will suspend contract tracing efforts. Beginning Monday, April 4, face masks will become optional for everyone, including staff and visitors. Also, while the requirement remains in effect this week, employees who have had to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing will no longer be required to do so beginning next week. Please keep reading for more details. Continue reading

Face Mask Update

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies Update

The following message will be shared with our full school community at 1:30 this afternoon:

Dear Families, Students & Staff:

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, students no longer will be required to wear masks on school property, including on school buses. These changes are required by the new state law, Senate Bill 739, which was signed by Governor Glenn Youngkin on February 16. Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know About COVID-19 Testing for Employees Is Now on Our Website

ACPS testing sites are open to all ACPS employees, with or without symptoms, regardless of vaccination status. Our testing sites are available to any employee who is experiencing symptoms, has been identified as a close contact, is required to test weekly by school board resolution, or simply wants peace of mind.

Now, all the information you need to know about the ACPS COVID-19 testing program is available on our website at www.k12albemarle.org/CovidTesting. In addition to general information, you’ll find our regular testing schedule, expectations for employees who are required to test weekly, testing instructions for symptomatic employees, answers to common questions, and more. Plus, we’ll post updates to our COVID-19 Testing page when inclement weather or school holidays impact the testing schedule. Continue reading

Extension of COVID-19 Leave Bank

With the expiration of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Expanded FMLA (EFMLA) on September 30, 2021, Albemarle County Public Schools created a program called COVID Leave Bank, equivalent to 10 days of leave for all regular employees, effective October 1, 2021, and set to expire January 31, 2022. This program has been extended through April 30, 2022, for continued usage by employees who have not exhausted the 10 days of leave. Continue reading

A Special Message to Employees From the Superintendent

Superintendent Haas visited Monticello High School on Friday, January 21, to serve as a substitute teacher, following similar visits to Albemarle and Western Albemarle high schools. The visit gave Dr. Haas the opportunity to meet with both students and staff and to share a message of gratitude for the extraordinary contributions all employees are making to families, students, and to one another in the current environment.

COVID-19 Testing Updates

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UPDATE: Effective February 3, 2022, everything you need to know about COVID-19 testing for employees is now on our website at www.k12albemarle.org/CovidTesting.

Important Announcement: All ACPS-sponsored COVID-19 testing sites will be closed on Monday, January 17, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Testing sites will resume their normal schedule on Tuesday, January 18.

Keep reading for more COVID-19 testing updates, including a new testing procedure for employees who are symptomatic, testing site operations during inclement weather, and other options for local testing. You’ll also find a copy of the regular testing schedule for your convenience. Continue reading

We’ve Updated Our Quarantine Practices

Dear Employees,

Albemarle County Public Schools has updated quarantine guidance to share those of you who have not yet received a COVID-19 booster shot. Our full guidance is detailed within the Quarantine of Close Contacts section of our Mitigation Strategies web page.

If it’s been more than 6 months since your Pfizer/Moderna vaccine series (or more than 2 months since your Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and you have not received a COVID-19 booster shot, this change applies to you:

Effective Saturday, January 15, any employee identified as a close contact who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series more than 6 months ago (or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than 2 months ago) and has not received a COVID-19 booster shot is asked to quarantine (stay home) for at least 5 days from the last day of exposure. Continue reading