Required Online Annual Training for ACPS Employees – Complete by April 30

Required Annual Training

It’s time once again for Albemarle County’s Online Annual Training (OATs), your required yearly review of policies, procedures, and other important information for all regular full-time and part-time Albemarle County Public Schools employees. Please note that substitutes and temporary employees are not required to complete this training.

Please complete this training, which takes about 15 minutes, by Friday, April 30, 2021. Continue reading

Annual Purple Up Day for Military Kids – April 21

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April is Month of the Military Child, and tomorrow, April 21, is “Purple Up! For Military Kids” Day!

Purple Up! For Military Kids is a day set aside for everyone around the nation to show their support for military connected students. The Virginia Department of Education encourages school communities across the state, including teachers, principals, students, parents, bus drivers, etc., to wear purple on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, to show support for our military students and appreciation for their strength and sacrifices. Continue reading

ACPS Planning for Five Days per Week of In-Person Instruction for All Students Next School Year

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Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas said today the school division has begun its planning to offer five days per week of in-person instruction at all school sites for students in all grades next school year. He also said the division will offer an all-virtual school for elementary, middle and high school students. The all-virtual school will have its own principal and teaching staff and provide synchronous instruction to students. Continue reading

Video Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Colleagues,

Earlier today, I shared the following message and videos with our middle and high school students, and I wanted to share that messaging with you as well.


Good afternoon, ACPS Middle and High School Students:

I hope you are all doing well today and are looking forward to the weekend. Please take a few minutes to view this video message that I created for you. In it, I talk about the responsibility we all have to look out for and support each other in our school community. In particular, I talk about national and local attacks toward Asian-Americans, some of which are related to our own schools. Continue reading

Substitute Incentive Pay Program: Process Change

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If you participate in the Substitute Incentive Pay Program, please be advised that, as of Monday, April 19, all time worked under that program will be tracked in and paid through Kronos. Please see below for a brief summary of how this will impact you, and for more information about what you need to know, please review the Substitute Incentive Pay SOP. Continue reading

Updated COVID-19 Leave Programs

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You may remember the leave programs we rolled out last spring 2020 under legislation known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This mandated two kinds of leave: Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Emergency Expanded FMLA (EEFMLA). While the mandated leave programs under the FFCRA expired on December 31, 2020, and were voluntarily extended through March 31, 2021, Albemarle County Government and Albemarle County Public Schools are again voluntarily extending and expanding these programs effective April 1 through September 30, 2021, pursuant to the recently signed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Some aspects of the program have changed. NEW as of April 1: Continue reading

Reminder: Apply for a Shannon Grant by April 16

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Every year, the Shannon Foundation awards up to 20 grants ranging from a few hundred dollars to $5,000 to teachers in the Albemarle County and Charlottesville City school divisions. Albemarle County teachers usually earn more than half of these grants, which support innovative learning ideas in classrooms from the earliest learners to high school. In fact, many of our teachers have received awards in multiple grant years.

The process to apply for financial support is simple, and it takes only a few minutes to complete the online grant application. The deadline to apply is two weeks from today, Friday, April 16. Continue reading

Video Spotlight: Taking the Temperature of Stage 4

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In a recent letter to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, School Board Chair Graham Paige described the work of employees through the pandemic as outstanding, and even heroic. This was certainly demonstrated earlier this month as the division more than tripled the number of students returning to in-person instruction.

We had the opportunity to catch up with some of your colleagues about the successful start to Stage 4 and thought you might want to hear what they had to say in this brief video:

School Division to Enhance Its Human Resources Support & Services for Employees

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The school division and Albemarle County local government are engaging professional consultants to review their human resources structure for serving employees. The ultimate outcome will be separate human resources departments for each organization—departments that will be more closely aligned with each organization’s specific strategic and operational needs. These improvements are expected to take place by July 2022. Continue reading