Child Care Update for Teachers & Essential Classified Staff

Bernard Hairston

Dear Colleagues:

As Dr. Haas noted in his message to you earlier this month, our school division is looking into the possibility of providing child care for our teachers and essential classified staff when schools reopen on September 8. This one-time program would operate only as long as the primary form of instruction provided to students is virtual. At their meeting yesterday, the School Board approved this method of instruction for the first nine weeks of the new school year. Continue reading

Update: Annual Leave Overages

Man Working and Daydreaming of Vacation

The school division recognizes that due to the disruptions to personal and work schedules related to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees are not able to take time off. We previously announced that the conversion of annual leave at or above 320 hours that normally occurs at the end of an employee’s birth month has been temporarily disabled. In recognition that employees may not be able to take time off for the immediate foreseeable future, the suspension will be extended until February 28, 2021. Continue reading

Summer Pay Reminders

Payroll

Throughout the summer, just like during the school year, all “regular” employees are paid at the end of each month, regardless of the type of work performed. (Any ACPS employee who uses Kronos is a “regular” employee.)

Payment for extra work will be deposited separately from the July and August direct deposits for your regular monthly salary. Continue reading

Juneteenth (June 19) Now a Paid Holiday

Juneteenth

Dear Colleagues:

It’s an honor to report that our School Board, in their meeting this afternoon, approved the addition of Juneteenth to our annual holiday schedule.

Juneteenth is a national celebration of a General Order that took effect in 1865 in Texas. This order mandated equality between slaves and slaveowners in the last slave-holding state in the union. Since then, Juneteenth has been celebrated as the end of the government sanction of slavery. Continue reading

Taking Care of Yourself This Summer: A Message From BeWell Albemarle

Albemarle BeWell

Dear ACPS Employees: As you wind down this most unusual school year, we want you to know that BeWell Albemarle understands that your emotional needs during this challenging time may not be minimized by the start of the summer break. Be assured: We are here for you.

The BeWell Albemarle team is working throughout the summer, and we’ll be available to listen, answer your questions, and provide you with resources, such as those listed below, to help you with your challenges as we move through this new world together: Continue reading

Annual Leave Overflow Process Update

Man Working and Daydreaming of Vacation

With the disruptions to personal and work schedules related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize that many employees are not in the position to use annual leave at this time in order to avoid losing leave above the 320-hour maximum accrual cap set in Policy GCC, Leave Program. Effective immediately, we are temporarily disabling the conversion of annual leave at/above 320 hours that normally occurs at the end of an employee’s birth month, allowing those with birthdays in March, April, and onward extra time to use overflow annual leave. Continue reading

Temporary Emergency Leave Provisions

COVID-19

Dear Colleagues:

First and foremost, I hope you and your families are well and I want to thank you for following the guidelines of our public health experts for preventing COVID-19 illness and its spread.

I also want to thank you for continuing to serve the needs of our students and their families during this unprecedented time. Schools are at the center of the life of our community, and these past few weeks have highlighted just how important our contributions are to the lives of our families. For many of us, however, providing these contributions from our homes can present challenges to our own family lives and responsibilities.

I’d like to update you on new federal legislation that may help. Continue reading

Information About Your March Paystub

Kronos Time and Attendance

The March 31, 2020, paycheck represents the first paycheck that draws information from the Kronos timekeeping system for regular full- and part-time Albemarle County Public Schools employees.

We are excited to reach this milestone, and we appreciate your patience as we have worked through the many post-implementation questions and issues that have arisen. We recognize that you may have questions about what you’re seeing on your paystub; please read on for more information about the timeframe covered, steps you can take to review your data, and how to seek further assistance if needed. Continue reading

Guidance Regarding Work Expectations; Pay, Leave and Benefits; and Using Kronos

COVID-19

Dear School Division Employees,

Thank you for your patience as we continue to sort out all of the intricacies of the school division’s closure due to COVID-19. Through this message, I would like to share with you some employee-related information. Some of this is informational, and some will require action on your part. Our goal throughout the closure period is to maintain a basic level of service to our students, staff and community. Continue reading