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

Update: Annual Leave Overages

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We previously announced that we temporarily disabled the conversion of annual leave at or above 320 hours that normally occurs at the end of an employee’s birth month through December 31, 2021. Due to the difficulty 12-month employees may have had in taking time off this past year, we will be extending this suspension again through August 31, 2022. Continue reading

COVID-19 Vaccine & Booster Clinics for Employees Happening Now!

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Albemarle County is partnering with the Blue Ridge Health District and Top Notch Family Pharmacy to offer COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to all Albemarle County and Albemarle County Public Schools employees! Clinics are already underway!

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MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
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COB 5th
2 to 5 p.m.
Moderna
Brownsville Elementary
2 to 6 p.m.
Moderna and Pfizer
Agnor-Hurt Elementary
3:30 to 6 p.m.
Moderna
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COB McIntire
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Moderna and Pfizer
Mountain View Elementary
3:30 to 6 p.m.
Moderna and J&J

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COVID-19 Testing Updates: Winter Holiday Schedule, Symptomatic Testing & Reminders

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.

Winter Holiday Schedule

Over the winter holiday weeks, our COVID-19 testing will operate on the following modified schedule:

December 20December 21December 22December 23December 24
12 to 5 p.m.
Albemarle
High School
12 to 5 p.m.
Albemarle
High School
No TestingNo TestingNo Testing
December 27December 28December 29December 30December 31
No TestingNo Testing12 to 5 p.m.
Albemarle
High School
12 to 5 p.m.
Albemarle
High School
No Testing

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COVID-19 Updates: Testing, Vaccinations & Boosters

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.

As weather begins to get colder and more inclement, and as daylight hours become more limited, we are adjusting the locations and schedules of our COVID-19 testing sites, effective Friday, October 29, 2021. In addition to the revised testing schedule, this update includes information about testing during inclement weather, testing for symptomatic employees, testing expectations when school is not in session, and COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots. Continue reading

New COVID-19 Leave Program for Employees as of Oct. 1

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The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Expanded FMLA (EFMLA) are set to expire today, September 30, 2021. With the expiration of EPSL and EFMLA, Albemarle County Public Schools is pleased to announce the creation of the COVID Leave Bank, equivalent to 10 days of leave for all regular employees, effective October 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022. Continue reading

COVID Testing: Location Change for Today Only!

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Due to inclement weather and the school closure, we are relocating today’s COVID-19 testing site from Center I to Albemarle High School (AHS). Our goal is to provide a safe location for the testing team and for all participants.

Today’s testing site will operate from 12 to 6 p.m. in the AHS Athletic Lobby. The easiest access is from the bus parking lot behind the school. Continue reading

ACPS COVID-19 Testing Begins

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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.

In partnership with GENETWORx, Albemarle County Public Schools is making COVID-19 testing available to all employees. In compliance with the Albemarle County School Board’s resolution (August 12, 2021), all employees who indicated that they are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and those who declined to identify their vaccination status on the Staff Vaccination Status Form are required to test weekly. The first test for employees who are required to test must be completed by Friday, September 24.

Keep reading for all the details, including information about COVID-19 testing through ACPS, scheduling your test, testing locations and schedules, what to do if your vaccination status changes, division protocols for testing and compliance, and more. Please email vaccine@k12albemarle.org with questions. Continue reading

Update on Sept. 15 Vaccination/Testing Requirements; Complete Staff Vaccination Status Form by Sept. 3

health professional holding COVID-19 vaccine

As a reminder, the Albemarle County School Board recently approved a resolution that requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 15, 2021, or to show proof each week of a negative COVID-19 test result. In the resolution, the school board noted that the COVID-19 case incidence rate in Albemarle County is increasing, largely driven by the presence of the Delta variant, and health data confirms that over 90% of current cases are among unvaccinated people.

By Friday, September 3, all ACPS employees are required to complete an online Staff Vaccination Status Form. You can access this brief form directly at vaccine.k12albemarle.org (ACPS login required). Every employee should enter their current vaccination status information into this form by tomorrow, September 3, regardless of vaccination status. (If you have difficulty accessing the survey, please email vaccine@k12albemarle.org.) Continue reading

Info Session on COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies: Join Us on Aug. 18

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies 2021-22 School Year

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. | Zoom

All employees are invited to join a community information forum devoted to the school division’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies. The session will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18, over the Zoom platform. We encourage you to take this opportunity to ask questions about the safety measures we are implementing for the 2021-22 school year. The link to join the session will be posted in the Spotlight section of the ACPS homepage. Continue reading