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

YouTube Content Settings

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The Department of Technology was made aware of issues where K-8 students were unable to view instructional videos made available by their teachers in YouTube. After reaching out to Google, we learned that they’ve introduced a new approach called Google Service by Age. This change impacts our students’ use of YouTube.

In response to Google’s failure to notify us of this change, ACPS has applied settings to enable appropriate access for all students. At this time, all ACPS students should be able to access YouTube videos while signed into their browser with their ACPS Google account. Continue reading

Next Grading Cohort Launches Oct. 1; Info Session This Thursday!

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Info Session: Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. | Zoom | Interest Form

Secondary Teachers: In September 2020, ACPS adopted a grading policy that articulates our shared philosophy about the role and purpose of grades. To facilitate learning and implementation of current research-based practices on grading, all secondary teachers will be asked to complete the asynchronous Grading Module 1 prior to fall of 2022. Secondary teachers will have the opportunity to join cohorts throughout the 2021-22 school year and during the summer of 2022.

The next cohort launches Friday, October 1! 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

Unsolicited Requests from Financial Services Vendors

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Human Resources wants you to be aware that multiple employees have recently reported receiving unsolicited, targeted emails from financial planning representatives that were not sanctioned by the division.

Please note the following important reminders and tips:

  • Under no circumstances does Human Resources provide employee email addresses to outside vendors. Continue reading

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month With Us!

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Children celebrating

Originally established as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, the now month-long tribute is observed from September 15 – October 15. National Hispanic Heritage Month coincides with the national independence days for many Latin American countries and celebrates the history and achievements of the Latino community.

Currently, Latino youth make up 15% of our ACPS student population. They are the fastest growing racial/ethnic population in the county. In keeping with our culturally responsive practices, we encourage you to continue to build partnerships that honor the diverse cultures and experiences of our Latino students, staff and families. Include below are a few resources to help deepen your learning and a book giveaway! Continue reading

Phishing Reminder: Don’t Take the Bait!

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Don’t get hooked by phishing attacks! Stay vigilant, have a cautious lens, and think first before you click! Take a few minutes and read through our tutorial to learn more about phishing and how to spot malicious emails in the future.

If you receive an email that asks for your ACPS password or a credit card number, please delete that email ASAP! You should NEVER share your password in response to an email. ACPS Technology Department staff and legitimate businesses will NEVER ask for your password through an email. Continue reading

ACPS COVID-19 Testing Begins

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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. Fully vaccinated employees may also utilize ACPS testing sites.

Click here for all of 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.