Staff Child Care Program: Current Participants Should Complete Intent Form by Nov. 3; New Registrations Being Accepted Through Nov. 4

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Dear Colleagues:

Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) recognizes that your child care needs may change as the division moves to Stage 3 of our Return to School plan on November 9. We are happy to announce that ACPS will continue to offer the Staff Child Care Program (SCCP) in the second quarter of the school year at three locations:

  • Henley Middle School (Brownsville Elementary Program relocating to this site)
  • Sutherland Middle School (Hollymead Elementary Program relocating to this site)
  • Monticello High School

The SCCP will operate each school day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Continue reading

Virtual Learning Contingency Planning Guide

Now What

Teachers: When technology tools you rely on for virtual learning don’t work, learning can continue if you are prepared with a contingency plan. To assist you, the Department of Technology has created a Virtual Learning Contingency Planning Guide with suggestions to help you develop alternate plans for when our major virtual learning tools experience technical issues. If you have questions or need support with planning, please reach out to your school’s assigned Learning Technology Integrator.

Open Enrollment Is Coming: Nov. 1-13

Open Enrollment Ahead

Mark your calendar: Online Open Enrollment will be available November 1-13! Open Enrollment is your ONE time of year to make any change you wish to your current medical or dental elections: You can add/drop/change a plan or add/drop dependents. It’s also the one time of year when you can enroll in a medical or dependent care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), as these do not roll over from year to year. Plus, it’s always a good idea to log in to your personal Open Enrollment site annually to verify your plan elections and confirm other information about you and your covered dependent(s). Continue reading

Safe Ways to Share & Embed YouTube Video Content

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In today’s classroom, it is more important than ever to share video content from YouTube safely. Though YouTube is a resource filled with credible and engaging content, like many other online tools, it should be used carefully and thoughtfully with students. Seesaw and Schoology provide teachers with a safe environment in which to share video content from YouTube. ACPS teachers should embed videos directly into Schoology or post videos in Seesaw via Google Slides. Not only do these strategies legally strip videos of distracting advertisements and thumbnails, they also leverage tools supported and managed directly by the Department of Technology. Continue reading

Math Investigations Savvas Website Training – Oct. 23

Savvas Math Investigations

With the purchase of the student platform in Savvas (Math Investigations), we will continue to offer opportunities for professional learning. Implementation and usage within the platform will be vital in order to review the usefulness of the purchase. 

Based on teacher feedback, the upcoming training this Friday, October 23, is a follow-up to the training on September 3. This one-hour session will focus on student resources, assignments, and feedback. All elementary teachers are encouraged to attend. Please register in order to receive the link to the session. Continue reading

Celebrating Digital Citizenship Week

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In honor of Digital Citizenship Week, the Department of Technology’s Learning Technology team has launched a Digital Citizenship Week website featuring resources to support our educators with covering digital citizenship topics with students.

Also, ACPS will also be hosting two family Digital Citizenship webinar events this November, and you’re invited! Mark your calendar: Continue reading

CRT Intent to Pursue Form Due Oct. 23

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Attention all ACPS educators who are seeking Certification or a Micro-Credential in Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) this school year: An important step in pursuing CRT credentialing is the submission of an “Intent to Pursue” form. We use this form to keep track of and support all of our participants. The deadline to complete the appropriate form is this Friday, October 23: Continue reading