School Board Approves a Move to Stage 4 Beginning March 15

Return to School 2020-21

Moments ago, the School Board approved the superintendent’s recommendation that the school division progress to Stage 4 of our Return to School plan; however, the start date for that move will occur on March 15 rather than March 1.

In an effort to prioritize messaging around inclement weather this evening, the school division will widely announce this information to our school families and the community tomorrow morning via email, phone, text, social media, and a news release. Continue reading

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: First & Second Doses

ACPS COVID-19 Vaccine Program

We continue to work closely with the Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) regarding the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to our employees. 

Information You Need to Provide

Later this week, you will receive an email with a link to a form that asks you to provide information regarding your first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have already received one or both doses, please fill out the form when you get the link. If you haven’t, please save the email for future use. Continue reading

February 4 School Board Presentation: Stage 4 Recommendation

Dr. Haas Recommends Move to Stage 4

As a reminder, at the School Board meeting on February 4, Superintendent Haas recommended to the Board that the division progress to Stage 4 of our Return to School plan beginning March 1. Under this proposal, students in Grades PK-3 would attend school four days a week, and students in Grades 4-12 would attend school two days per week. The School Board will vote on the recommendation during their next meeting on February 11.

In case you missed the February 4 meeting, we wanted to provide links to the full video recording as well as the slideshow presented that evening and references for the data and issues discussed by Dr. Vergales. Continue reading

Superintendent Recommends a Move to Stage 4

Dr. Haas Recommends Move to Stage 4

At this evening’s special School Board meeting, Superintendent Haas recommended to the Board that the division expand the ability of parents to choose in-person instruction for their child beginning Monday, March 1. Under this proposal to progress to Stage 4, Pre-K students and students in Grades K-3 would attend school four days a week, and students in Grades 4-12 would attend school two days per week. The School Board will vote on the recommendation during their business meeting next Thursday, February 11. Continue reading

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

Employee Vaccinations Begin Tomorrow by Invitation Only

ACPS COVID-19 Vaccine Program

In collaboration with the Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) and the Regional Emergency Operations Center, both Albemarle County and Charlottesville City school divisions will be operating a vaccination clinic for school division employees beginning tomorrow, January 28. This clinic will supplement the health district’s current vaccination program. 

Employees will be scheduled to receive COVID-19 vaccines this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, January 28-30, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School. 

The first group of employees scheduled for this clinic are those that meet the following criteria: Continue reading

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: VAMS Registration & Immunization Intention Form

ACPS COVID-19 Vaccine Program

The CDC has dispatched emails to all ACPS regular full-time and part-time employees from the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). The email, entitled, “Please register in VAMS to schedule an appointment,” is marked [EXTERNAL] because it comes from a sender outside of the k12albemarle network. Rest assured: This email is not spam; it is a legitimate email.

Within the email message from the CDC’s Vaccine Administration Management System, you will find a link to schedule an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination. (Note: Substitutes, coaches, and other temporary employees will receive the same information by early next week.) Continue reading

Update on Our COVID-19 Vaccine Program: Please Complete Intention Form by Jan. 19

ACPS COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Dear Colleagues:

I’m pleased to share with you that we are working expeditiously with our local Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) and Albemarle County local government to coordinate COVID-19 vaccination plans for all ACPS employees as soon as possible. ACPS strongly encourages all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Continue reading