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Public school staff may not need to use personal sick days if taking leave related to COVID-19

Days before one of her children became ill with COVID-19, Charlottesville City Schools teacher Shannon Gillikin emailed human resources to inquire about leave policy related to the virus. At the time, she was informed she and other staff would need to use their regular sick days should the need to quarantine arise.  “I reached out […]

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Albemarle schools will require all teachers and staff either be vaccinated or submit weekly negative COVID tests

All Albemarle County Public School employees will be required this year to either show proof they have received a COVID-19 vaccination or submit to weekly testing. The county School Board passed an ordinance Thursday evening giving Superintendent Matt Haas the go-ahead to collect vaccination records for all staff — something that the district did not […]

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Albemarle school board enacts state-mandated transgender policy

The Albemarle County School Board passed a new policy Thursday evening that gives transgender and gender-expansive students more rights and protections in the school district despite some confusion over when parents would be notified. State law requires all Virginia school districts to pass ordinances before the start of the upcoming school year that address the […]

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With COVID cases again rising, Charlottesville and Albemarle schools will require all students and staff to wear masks

All public school children, teachers and staff in Charlottesville and Albemarle County will be required to wear masks when school returns later this month. The decision from the two districts comes as cases of COVID-19 locally are once again rising, due in large part to the arrival of the highly contagious Delta variant. In the […]

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ACPS to host virtual information session on proposed policy to protect transgender students

Ahead of the upcoming academic year, Albemarle County Public Schools could have a policy in place to protect transgender and nonbinary students. The policy, which will place the county within compliance of new state law, will be outlined in a virtual information session on July 28, and could be voted on formally by the school […]

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What can Charlottesville City Schools learn from Albemarle as it reexamines namesakes?

Charlottesville City Schools are embarking on a reexamination of the names of each school in the division. First under consideration are Venable and Clark Elementary schools — named after Charles S. Venable and George Rogers Clark, respectively.  The process begins without a “roadmap of where [the committee is] going,” said Beth Baptist, coordinator of special […]

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University of Virginia, PVCC considering COVID-19 vaccine requirement for returning students

Days after Attorney General Mark Herring issued an opinion stating that colleges and universities can mandate vaccinations for students returning to campus for in-person learning, some higher education institutions have taken decisive action.  But the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College have yet to announce plans.  “We are reviewing the attorney general’s opinion […]