Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines

Effective Monday, November 15, 2021, ACPS quarantine guidelines will be adjusted to align with the Virginia Department of Health's recommendations. This change will allow our students and staff to return to the classroom earlier where quality instruction occurs and student engagement is prevalent. The flowchart is designed to help parents, students, and staff understand the new protocols.

COVID-19 Procedures

District 5 Representative Resigns from the Amelia County School Board

The Amelia County School Board has received a letter of resignation, effective immediately, from Mr. Jim Ferrara, district 5 representative. The Amelia County School Board thanks Mr. Ferrara for his dedication to Amelia County Public Schools through his service on the Amelia County School Board. Mr. Ferrara has been a valued member of the board from January 2014 through October 2021. Mr. Ferrara will be recognized for his service during the December School Board Meeting.

School Health Advisory Board (Wellness Committee)

We are looking for parent and community representatives for our School Health Advisory Board (Wellness Committee). The committee meets quarterly to discuss policies related to health and nutrition and ways to promote a healthy program for students and staff. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Melissa Costley, Division Nurse at 804-561-2433

New School Hours

During the 2021-2022 school year, Amelia County Public Schools will be operating on a new schedule. The start times for schools will be staggered by 10 minutes. The school day will begin earlier at the high school and later at the elementary school. This new schedule, approved by the school board during the June 7th board meeting, provides equity in time for all schools.

School Hours

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Times

Teacher Hours

ACHS 8:05-2:55

7:45 a.m. and 2:55 p.m.

7:45-3:15

ACMS 8:15-3:05

7:55 a.m. and 3:05 p.m.

7:55-3:25

ACES 8:25-3:15

8:05 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

8:05-3:35


Superintendent's Message to the Community

Dear Parents, Students, and Amelia Community;

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. We are so excited to be open full time this year! We are looking forward to welcoming the return of our students and seeing them Monday through Friday each week.

Many of the practices in place prior to the pandemic will be reinstated; however, some practices from the 2020-2021 school year will remain in place. We will separate student desks to the greatest extent possible. In many cases, but not all, this will mean 3 feet of distance between desks. Our schools have also worked to balance class sizes. Upon receiving signed Code of Conduct forms, individual student Chromebooks will be distributed by classroom teachers during the first week of school. Families of ACPS students attending Virtual Virginia full time this year may sign out a Chromebook from the school office with their student’s corresponding grade during office hours from August 4 to August 10. Please contact your student’s school for specific information.

During the 2020-2021 school year, Amelia County Public Schools (ACPS) began the strategic planning process to collaboratively create a five-year plan to move our school district into the future. This process will continue into the 2021-2022 school year. We have benefited from the participation of a variety of stakeholders and encourage your involvement in this and other ACPS events.

On August 5, 2021, from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m., we welcome families to our Open House. Each school will share information about this special event. We encourage parents to become active members of each school community. We are Team Amelia, and together the future is bright.

Sincerely,
Lori Harper, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Amelia County Public Schools


Public Comment - Use of Pandemic Relief Funding for Amelia County Public Schools - ARP Act

Amelia County Public Schools (ACPS) is seeking public comment on the use of grant funds under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund.  ACPS requests input from the public on how funds retained at the local level should be used to assist in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on teaching and learning.  Commenters may wish to provide input on how students' academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs should be addressed, particularly for student groups that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.  Public comment will be accepted via Google Survey or by emailing Dr. Jan Medley, Director of Student Services, at medleyj@ameliaschools.com with the words "Public Comment" on the subject line.  Input provided will inform the development of the local ARP ESSER grant application. 

Google Form Link:  https://bit.ly/3h5pJ8Z
 

Special Education Advisory Committee is Seeking Additional Members

Amelia County Public Schools is looking for additional members to serve on the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). The purpose of the committee is to advise the school division in the education of children with disabilities and participate in developing priorities for meeting the needs of students with disabilities in the division. Committee meetings are held four times a year and are open to the public. If you are a parent of a child with a disability or an individual with a disability, reach out to Dr. Jan Medley, Director of Student Services at 804-561-2621 for an application. We are looking for a diverse representation of members across the five districts in Amelia. 

Approved 2021-2022 ACPS Calendars>

On Monday, January 11, 2021 the Amelia County School Board approved the instructional calendars and approved work days/pay dates for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.  Amelia County Public Schools will begin the 2021-2022 school year with the "regular" instructional calendar.
Highlights of the "regular" instructional calendar include the following:
  • 180 day instructional calendar which ends for students and 10 month employees prior to the Memorial Day holiday
  • Provides for a two-week Winter Break
  • Aligns Spring Break with surrounding central Virginia/ Richmond area school divisions
  • Provides a student/staff holiday on Easter Monday
  • Provides either a full teacher work day or 1/2 teacher work day at the end of the 1st and 3rd marking periods (to provide teachers with work time related to end of quarter grades and report cards)
  • Provides for (1) day for parent/teacher conferences on November 1st from 12:00-7:00 P.M., followed by a Teacher Professional Development day on November 2nd    
  • Provides for a teacher work day (student holiday) the day after an evening of parent/teacher conferences

Thank you for your continued support of Amelia County Public Schools and #TeamAmelia!    
 

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