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.

School Board Meeting October 15, 2020 Update

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Regular School Board Meeting scheduled for October 15, 2020 has been moved to a 5:00pm start time.

Press Release 09/15/20

In an effort to keep our community informed Amherst County Public Schools is providing the attached information.

VIRTUAL Special Education Advisory Meeting September 22, 2020

The Amherst County Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. This meeting includes a “Welcome Back” and Annual Advisory Planning Meeting for the 2020-2021 school year. Nominations and a vote will be held to determine committee officers for a two-year term. This meeting will be held in a virtual format. 

We hope you can attend!

Amherst County SEAC Zoom Meeting Link 9/22/2020


It has come to our attention that false information has been passed throughout the community regarding several policies that our School Board is currently reviewing.  The policies in question are about non-discrimination and harassment.  Nowhere in these policies does it address anything about the use of restrooms, locker rooms, etc.  If you have not done so already, please read the referenced policies linked below.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us. 

Amherst Remote Academy (ARA) Information

ACPS Divisional Virtual School Opening - 2020

Science Textbook Public Comment

SUBJECT: Science Textbook Public Comment

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is currently in the review process for science textbooks according to the Board of Education approved Timeline for State Approval Process for Science. Committees of Virginia educators used the Textbook Criteria for Science to conduct the textbook review and determine the alignment of the submitted textbooks to the expectations in the 2018 Science Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework.

ACPS Roadmap to Return Plan Changes

On Thursday, July 30th,  the Amherst County School Board approved two changes to the ACPS Roadmap to Return Plan.

Online Registration Now Open

ACPS Students and Families,

The deadline to register for remote learning has passed, but you can still choose to be a part of this program! If you did not register online, or if you did not select “yes” to the remote learning option, you have been assigned to the face to face hybrid option. 

If you wish to make changes to this selection:

Childcare Options and Pricing

View the document for more information about childcare options in Amherst.


Roadmap to Return Recorded Zoom Updates

For those who missed the Zoom meetings this week, Dr. Arnold reviewed the Roadmap to Return plan and provided answers to questions collected from the community. Both videos geared towards elementary and secondary school aged students and families are attached.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Preparedness at ACPS

ACT Test Cancelation

Please advise that ACT has canceled the test scheduled for June 13th at ACHS. Feel free to visit the FAQ page for rescheduling information.

Pandemic-EBT Important Information

See the flyer for more information about free/reduced meals.

Smart Start Preschool Program

ACPS is still accepting applications for its 2020-2021 Smart Start Preschool program. This program is held at CES, MHES, and Amelon. For more information and to access the application, please visit, Parents will be notified of acceptance on or before May 29, 2020.

ACPS News Focus: Learning Doesn't Stop

ACPS Learning

New Student Registration Update

New student registration forms for the 2020-2021 school year can be filled out online at

If you do not have internet access, please visit one of our WiFi access locations at any of our schools, Amherst Town Hall, and Amherst/MH Libraries. If you are unable to access these locations or do not have a device, please schedule a time to meet with your building administrator.

2019-2020 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:

ACPS Comprehensive Plan Video