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​Transition to the 2020-21 School Year

As we transition to the 2020-21 school year, the school division will provide important information to families here on our Return to School website.

Recent News

Students Will Return to School on September 8 in Stage 2: Virtual Learning for Most + In-Person Access for a Limited Number of Students

At the special school board meeting on July 30, division staff presented five stages of returning to school for the 2020-21 school year. Options presented for the board's consideration were developed in accordance with guidance provided by the state, public health officials, and the school division’s Return to School Planning Guide and ranged from a fully virtual model to a return to in-person learning for all.

Ultimately, the board approved starting school on September 8 in Stage 2, which includes virtual learning for most students and in-person access for a limited number of students. For more information, view the July 30 slide presentation (PDF); read our community message; and view our news release. For details about our stages of returning to school, including the transition between stages, please visit our Stages of Returning web page.

If you missed the July 30 board meeting, you can watch it on YouTube.

Virtual Town Hall Recordings Now on YouTube

The three virtual town halls hosted by members of the School Board are now available to watch on YouTube. More than 1,000 parents, students and employees joined Board members to discuss their concerns and suggestions about the reopening of schools on September 8:

Return to School Intent Form

On July 20, a student-specific link to our Return to School Intent Form was sent to the primary parent/guardian email address on file for each student. Parents are asked to complete one intent form for each ACPS student in their household, even if they completed our Learning and Transportation Preferences form in June. The intent form asks parents to select the learning option their child will participate in if our school buildings reopen for in-person learning on September 8 and to indicate their transportation plans and level of home internet access.

Note for Gmail users: If you are having trouble locating our email, please search for "" as the sender or "Learning & Transportation Preferences - Confirmation Form" as the subject.

Return to School Planning Update: Scheduling Considerations and Scenarios

On July 9, Deputy Superintendent Debora Collins and Chief Operating Officer Rosalyn Schmitt presented the school board with instructional and transportation options under consideration for fall 2020. For details, view the presentation slides, watch a video of the presentation; open the community message; or read our news release.

2020-21 School Year Will Open on Tuesday, September 8

At its retreat on June 26, the Albemarle County School Board voted to reopen schools on Tuesday, September 8. Details around the opening of schools, including instructional schedules and bus transportation information, will be presented to the school board on Thursday, July 9. For more information, read our news release or see our community message.

Return to School Resources

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