Policy Comment Form

This form provides the opportunity to comment on specific policies distributed to the Board for first read. This information will be provided to the Board for consideration. You may submit comments for as many policies as you'd like. If you would like to make a comment on more than one policy simply resubmit this form. All these policies along with a summary of their proposed revisions are available on the ACPS website at http://www.amherst.k12.va.us/schoolboard

Summary of Proposed Revisions

Current Policies for First Read

Comment Form

2020-2021 ACPS 100% Virtual Learning Request Form

A key decision will need to be made by all  Amherst County Public Schools families for the 2021-2022 school year. ACPS will have two options for students: 5 days/week of in-person learning OR 5 days/week of virtual learning. We strongly encourage everyone to come back in person but understand that some families may prefer or need to remain virtual for health reasons. If you want your student/s to come back in person, you don’t need to do anything. In-person is the default option. But if you want them to be virtual, you’ll need to let us know by June 11, 2021, by filling out the 2021-22 ACPS 100% Virtual Learning Request Form. 

The application includes the following information:
Student, Parent, and Division Expectations,
Frequently Asked Questions
Virtual Virginia Academic Calendar 2021-2022

Please contact Wanda Smith at 946-9386 or wsmith@amherst.k12.va.us for additional information or questions. 

Download the application

Amherst County Vaccination Clinic

Join Dr. Rob Arnold as he talks with  Dr. William Wells to share information on all things COVID-19 vaccines. Listen for information on how to get scheduled for a vaccination at the Amherst County Vaccination clinic and how to volunteer. 

More information on how to listen to this podcast can be on www.amherst.k12.va.us/podcast

To reserve an appointment for the Amherst County Vaccination Clinic https://www.eventbrite.com/o/amherst-county-public-safety-32868587749

Parent/Guardian Preliminary Planning Survey

In effort to plan for the 2021-2022 school year, ACPS invites you to complete a Preliminary Planning Parent/Guardian google survey regarding your intentions for student placement next school year. The survey will remain open until 11:59p.m. on Friday, April 16th, 2021.

Google Form Link: https://forms.gle/p1pAU5o2zcHYDpXG9

Smart Start Preschool Program

ACPS is accepting applications for its 2021-2022 Smart Start Preschool Program.  This program is held at the following locations: Central Elementary, Madison Heights Elementary, and Amelon Elementary.  For more information and to access the application, please visit http://www.amherst.k12.va.us/smartstart.  Parents will be notified of acceptance on or before May 28, 2021. 

Parents should not schedule appointments for their children to have physicals and immunizations at this time. Completed physicals and immunizations to enter school are required but can be completed once an acceptance letter is received. 

Kindergarten Student Registration

Online student registration forms for the 2021-2022 school year can be completed online at https://ecollect.accelaschool.com/Amherst 

Please also call and schedule an appointment in your child’s school to complete the in-person screening on one of the dates listed below:

Public Comments: ACPS Secondary Equity Lesson

Visit  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1eZAmlS4PSj7zcUkvgSm9ZUmzF_tCb3vg... to view the Secondary Equity Lesson that is planned for students in grades 6-12.  Additionally, there are three alternate lessons that are available to be reviewed.  Amherst County residents can make comments or ask question regarding the ACPS Secondary Equity Lesson using the following link:   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScuIJi9FZfmEAY4-7bfPYy4ho-_Xx9l...

In order to provide further clarification, Amherst County Public  Schools wanted to share the following information to parents regarding the Secondary Equity Lessons:

  1. Grading- Equity Lessons will not be graded.
  2. Alternative Assignments- If parents choose to seek an alternative assignment for their student, they may contact their school’s principal.
  3. Opt Out- If parents choose to have their students’ opt out of the lesson, they may do so by contacting their school’s principal. 

Public Comment for the Proposed Social Emotional Learning Standards

The Virginia Department of Education is soliciting public comments on the Social Emotional Learning Standards. The proposed Standards are available at this link: Draft of Virginia Social Emotional Standards. Public comments can be made online at the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall Public Forums from April 26, 2021 through May 25, 2021. Follow this link to the Virginia Department of Education public comment forum for the Social Emotional Learning Standards: Virginia Social Emotional Learning Standards Public Comment Forum.

Review of the History and Social Science Standards of Learning: Seeking Input from the School Community

An important part of the review process for the History and Social Science Standards of Learning is the solicitation of comments from teachers, administrators, curriculum supervisors, history and social science educators, and others who have expertise with the content of the current Standards. You may review and comment on the current standards at the VDOE’s website. Comments will be received through March 1, 2021.

Updates to the History and Social Science 2015 Curriculum Framework

Visit History & Social Science Standards of Learning to view updated History and Social Science 2015 Curriculum Framework documents for Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Virginia Studies, USI, USII and VUS courses based on the Final Report of the African American History Education Commission (PDF) recommendations. Amherst County residents can make comments or ask questions regarding the History and Social Science revisions using the following link:

ACPS Road Map to Return

Students, families and staff of Amherst County Public Schools, we are pleased to present to you our Road Map to Return for the 2020-2021 school year. Attached you will find the Road Map to Return document, which includes an overview of the planning process and lays out key aspects of ACPS' plan to provide a safe, equitable and successful return for our students, families and staff.

We are also eager to hear from you regarding this plan, and have provided a brief survey to submit specific questions and concerns. These will be compiled to facilitate our upcoming virtual community meetings for elementary and secondary families.

Download the Road Map to Return Document - Updated 08/19/20


Download the Road Map to Return FAQ



African American History Textbook Review

The ACPS African American Studies Course textbook adoption process is underway.  You may stop by the School Administration Office between the hours of 9 am to 3 pm to review each of the textbooks.  The textbook review will end on July 1, 2021.

VSBA Norms & Governance Training Cancelled

The VSBA Norms & Governance Training scheduled for Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in the Public Meeting Room of the School Administration Office, from 9am-1pm has been cancelled.

ACPS Summer Meal Pick-ups

ACPS will begin summer meal pick-ups on June 14th.  All children age 18 and under are eligible to receive free meals.  Meals can be picked up Monday-Thursday from 10am - 11am at Amherst High and Monelison Middle.

2020-2021 Parent Survey for Parents of Students with Special Needs

Parents, your opinion counts! The online survey is now open and is available for completion in:  

English Version ----- English Version of 2020-2021 Indicator 8 Parent Survey

Spanish Version ---- Spanish Version of 2020-2021 Indicator 8 Parent Survey

Ed Foundation Golf Tournament

Ed Foundation Golf

Mark your calendars and “chip-in” to show your support! The ACPS Education Foundation will be hosting its annual golf tournament to raise funds for our students. The cost is $80 per player. This includes green fees and cart, lunch, one mulligan per player and great golf swag!

Sponsorships available! Even if you don’t golf, you can still support the students of Amherst County by becoming a proud annual sponsor!

Download Application  and More Information

ACHS Graduation Ceremony 2021 LIVE YouTube Stream

The Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP)

Need child care due to work, job search, work-related training or education? The Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) may be able to help! Program eligibility has temporarily expanded now through July 31, 2021 to offer financial assistance to more families than ever before.

¿Necesita cuidado infantil debido al trabajo, a la búsqueda laboral, a la capacitación o educación relacionadas con el empleo? ¡El Programa de subsidio para el cuidado infantil (CCSP) puede ayudarlo! Actualmente, se expandió temporalmente la elegibilidad para el programa hasta el 31 de julio de 2021 para ofrecer ayuda económica a más familias que nunca antes.

A School Board meeting is scheduled on Thursday, June 10, 2021

A School Board meeting is scheduled on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (Meeting will begin with Closed Session and Regular School Board Meeting will resume @ 6:00pm) in the board room of the School Administration Office.

2021-2022 School Year Recommendations


On May 13th, Dr. Arnold presented to the Board recommendations for the 21-22 School Year. We are asking for your feedback.

Recommendations Recording: http://bit.ly/ACPSRecommendations2122

Feedback Link: https://forms.gle/BdgMNQUgd6ijJGqu8