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  • Appomattox County School Board to Hold Mid-July Meeting

    Appomattox County School Board

    Special Called Meeting

    Monday, July 13, 2020; 5:00 p.m.

    School Administration Building

    316 Court Street; Appomattox, VA

    Members of the public wishing to address the School Board must submit a request in writing to the Superintendent one (1) day prior to the School Board Meeting.  Requests may be submitted to the School Board Clerk at cwpritchard@acpsweb.com.

    Due to the state of Virginia government mandates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting may be accessed electronically.

    Access the School Board Meeting (with no participatory options) via the link below:

    https://meet.google.com/wjc-ofub-myr

    If you are unable to access the meeting with the link above, you may join by dialing the following phone number:

    +1 503-994-4058
    PIN: ‪548 846 187#

    Access to School Board Agendas:

    https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/appomattox/Board.nsf/Public

    ACPS Policy on Special School Board Meetings can be found by clicking the link below:
    http://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/appomattox/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BGLP7G632B13

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  • Reopening Our Schools

    ACPS Parents,
    For several weeks, the ACPS administration has been focusing most of our efforts on developing a framework to support a safe return to school for our students and staff. I want to thank each of you who completed the parent surveys we have sent.  These preliminary surveys have been extremely beneficial to us as we developed the scheduling models I was able to share with the board at the June 25th meeting. (The link for this document is at the bottom of this posting.)
     
    These Schedule Models are developed to cover a range of scenarios  we could possibly use to reopen schools in the fall. They are organized from most restrictive to least.  There are pros and cons to each and much work is still needed to make the less restrictive models even possible.
     
    As you are reviewing these models, please keep in mind:
    1.  ACPS will provide an alternative ACPS Supported Virtual Learning Program for those unable or unwilling to return to a school building during this health crisis.
    2.  All models will include consideration of additional time and/or support for certain students with disabilities, English Learners, and medically fragile students.
    3. A Hybrid Model is an approach to course delivery that combines in person instruction with computer supported instruction.
    4. The East and West Groups referenced in Models 3 and 4 are created by dividing the county into 2 groups (residents east of town and residents west of town). More information about those designations will be forthcoming.
    5. Social distancing on buses and in buildings is the most impactful variable for in person instruction.
     
    In addition, there are consultations to be held with local officials, VDH, VDOE. The health and safety of our community will drive the decisions until COVID-19 is abated.   In the next few weeks, the School Board will be carefully considering all of the scheduling models and choosing the one that best serves our students and community.  Clearly, we all share the common goal of returning to school 5 days a week with all of our students and staff. The School Board  and ACPS staff are committed to working non-stop until that goal can be achieved.
     
    I want to thank you for the overwhelming support we have received from the parents and community during this crisis. Your continued patience and support is inspiring as we navigate these reopening challenges together. 

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  • New Student Registration is OPEN!

    New Student Registion is open via TELEPHONE only.  COVID restrictions are still in place and only ACPS employees are allowed in our buildings.  To start a new student registration, please call the school’s office, Monday-Friday 9am-3pm.  You will start this process with a phone call, but most of it will be completed online.  We will hold a Verification Day for necessary paperwork at a later date this summer.

    If you are an out of county student, the Out of County Application can be found in our Quick Links section (to the lower left hand side of this annoucement) on this website.

    Grades PK-2 are located at Appomattox Primary School              434-352-5766

    Grades 3-5 are located at Appomattox Elementary School          434-352-7463

    Grades 6-8 are located at Appomattox Middle School                   434-352-8257

    Grades 9-12 are located at Appomattox County High School      434-352-7146

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  • School Supply Lists

    School Supply Lists are being re-evaluated.  Please check back later in June for updated lists.  Thank you.

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  • An update from our ACPS Superintendent Dr. Annette Bennett

    Throughout this pandemic, we have all been looking forward to the time we might begin the conversation about reopening schools in Virginia.  The Governor's announcement today allows us to actively develop a plan to do that in the safest way possible.  
     
    The documents released by the Va Department of Education, in coordination with the Governor's announcement, are the result of multiple stakeholder groups that have been working since March.  These guidance documents provide information, recommendations, and guidelines.  Each division will be required to develop both health and instructional plans as our state moves through the phases of reopening and our students move back into our classrooms.
     
    As you know, ACPS began in-person learning this week with our Community-Based Summer School Program.   We have also begun to organize our own Reopen and Recovery Taskforce for Phase III.  We will be using the VDOE guidance documents in each step of this planning. 

    As you heard from Governor Northam and Dr. Lane, reopening our school buildings will happen slowly to ensure that health guidelines are observed.  Our Reopen and Recovery Taskforce will work with stakeholders through committees and subcommittees to address all areas of the work related to reopening. There are many factors to consider, many questions to answer, and many tasks to be completed in the coming weeks as we develop our plan.  As our plans are solidified, I will update ACPS employees and the community. Your patience and continued support is greatly appreciated.
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  • Summer School Starts June 8

    Appomattox County Public Schools will offer remedial summer school sessions to selected students for all grade levels.  Instruction is offered during a three-week period, June 8-26, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 11:30 am.  If you need the physical address of a church please call your school's office or central office.

    APS - (434) 352-5677
    AES- (434) 352-7463
    AMS - (434) 352-8257
    ACHS - (434) 352-7146
    Central Office - (434) 352-8251

    Students are recommended for summer school sessions based on their academic progress and specific needs.  Primary focus of the summer school sessions for 2020 will be on reading and math skills.

    Due to the closure of all Virginia schools by Governor Ralph Northam, summer school classes are not yet permitted to be held in ACPS school buildings. Therefore, ACPS has partnered with a number of churches throughout the county to provide locations for classrooms. Suggested Covid-19 guidelines will be followed to ensure a safe environment for students and staff.

    If you have any questions about the Appomattox County Public Schools summer school program, please contact the Director of Student Services, Mrs. Beth Haught at (434) 352-8251.

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  • ACPS Preschool is now accepting applications!

    The 4-Year-Old Program for Appomattox County Public Schools, Bright Beginnings, is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year.  Due to the Covid-19 school closure, offices are not open for the submission of applications.  A secure drop-box is available at the front entrance of Appomattox Primary School where you may leave your completed application.  You may also submit your application by email (vpi_preschool@acpsweb.com).  A Verification Day for you to submit required documents will be scheduled after the governor allows schools to open. This will be announced on the division website at a later date. 

    You may submit copies of income and residence verification along with your completed application, however, you will need to bring the original Birth Certificate document for your child to the school on Verification Day.  If you submit income and residence verification, a temporary determination of eligibility can be made pending the Birth Certificate verification.  

    Applications are available in a box outside APS or you can call and request that one be mailed to you (Appomattox Primary School—352-5766 or Appomattox County School Board Office—352-8251).  The application is also posted on the school division website in our Quick Links (on our homepage under Upcoming Events or click the link below) if you wish to print it yourself.  If you have questions, you may call either Mrs. Allison Maxwell at APS or Mrs. Beth Haught at the School Board Office.

    PK/Bright Beginnings Application

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  • Staying Healthy:  What is Social Distancing?

    Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highly recommends that people of all ages stay away from large gatherings.  This limiting of gatherings is called social distancing. Many universities, public schools, and sporting institutions have been shut down for the next few weeks in an effort to prevent the virus from spreading.

    The goal of social distancing is to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people thus preventing and reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The CDC defines social distancing as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (at least 6 feet) from others when possible.”  Congregate settings include sporting events, festivals, parades, church services and functions, grocery stores, coffee shops, concerts, and large hangout settings which include skating rings, malls, and movie theaters.  Social distancing also includes avoiding handshakes, close contact such as hugging, avoiding public transportation when possible, limit nonessential travel, and working from home if applicable.

    Other acts to prevent the spread of the virus include frequent hand-washing, use of hand sanitizer, using proper respiratory etiquette, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and staying at home when not feeling well.  Hand-washing should be completed before you eat, after using the restroom, after playing with pets, after sneezing, blowing your nose or coughing, before and after touching a cut or open sore, after playing outside, and anytime hands are visibly soiled.  Proper respiratory etiquette helps to limit the transmission of respiratory pathogens spread by droplet or airborne routes. Proper respiratory etiquette includes covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, using tissues and throwing them away after use, and washing your hands or using hand sanitizer every time you touch your mouth or nose. 

    If you are sick, please stay home and avoid public places.  Clean and disinfect frequently high touched surfaces daily. Such surfaces include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, video game controllers, toilets, faucets, and sinks. 

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  • Welcome! 

    On behalf of Appomattox County School Board, the faculty and staff of Appomattox County Public Schools (ACPS), I welcome you to our website. 

    Located in Central Virginia, Appomattox is historically significant as it served as the stage for the Confederate Army’s surrender to end the American Civil War. We provide public education to approximately 2200 students in four schools. In each of our schools; Appomattox County High School (Grades 9-12), Appomattox Middle School (Grades 6-8), Appomattox Elementary School (Grades 3-5), and Appomattox Primary School (Preschool – Grade 2); we will engage students in meaningful, rigorous, and authentic learning experiences that will encourage relevant exploration of the state’s Standards of Learning and beyond and we are proud to announce that all of our schools are fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education.  

    Our school division’s theme is “Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow” and our goal is to prepare every student with the skills needed to become productive and successful citizens on the local, state, national and/or global stage. We believe each child should have access to a high quality instructional team, up-to-date technology, and innovative lessons that will prepare our students to be career or college ready upon graduation. 

    I encourage you to explore our website and the links to each of our four schools’ websites.

    Go Raiders!

    Annette A. Bennett, Ed. D.
    Division Superintendent

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  • Request for Proposals

    Appomattox County Public Schools has released RFPs.  Click here to be redirected.

     

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ACPS School News

  • Appomattox APPS

    Reminder to all Parents/Guardians:

    Appomattox County Public Schools has an app. The app allows you to keep up with your child's grades, attendance, and important information concerning your child's education. The district app combines all apps provided by the schools in one place. We would like to encourage all parents/guardians to download the app today.

    ACPS has 2 other apps that are helpful for parents to download, install and use.
    The PowerSchool for Parents app gives the parent/guardian a birds eye view into what is happening in your child's classroom for assignments and grades in real time. Please seach PowerSchool in the app stores.

    Download the MySchoolBucks app to montior your child's cafeteria balance.
    Click the headline or this story to view the full details.

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  • Bullying Hotline

    ACPS has set up a Bullying Hotline for students and faculty to call if they feel they are being bullied. Messages can be left anonymously, if desired. School administrators are checking this number for messages and looking into any issues. The number is (434) 352-2071.

    In addition to the Hotline, students and faculty can now text their concerns to (434) 609-7146. This is a texting only phone and will be checked daily. If you do not have access to a phone you can use our on-line system to send text message alerts.

    For more information about bullying, please visit the following link on the Virginia Department of Education's website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/prevention/bullying/.

    If you wish to use the online form, please click District and then Report Bullying in the menu above.

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