Superintendent search: Input meeting set for March 1


Henrico, Va., Feb. 23, 2018 – A March 1 meeting will give citizens a chance to interact with Henrico School Board members to discuss what they’d like to see in the school division’s next superintendent.

The 6:30 p.m. community input meeting at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will start with a brief introduction, after which attendees will break into small groups and meet with their district’s School Board representative. After the group meetings, everyone will gather again to share their group’s thoughts among all attendees before the meeting concludes. The event is part of a process the Board adopted to gather input from community members, school families and staff members.

Community input meeting

When: March 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. 23227


The school division also continues to gather input through a survey, available through March 7. So far more than 3,000 people have completed the survey on the qualities and experience the Board should seek in a new superintendent. The anonymous survey takes about five minutes to complete and is available online in English and Spanish at It is also available by going to and looking under “Hot Topics.” A paper version of the survey is available in schools’ main offices. Surveys must be submitted before midnight on March 7.

The Board is working with the Virginia School Boards Association in the search process. The association will view individual surveys, but the Henrico School Board will only see the compiled survey results.

In addition to the March 1 gathering, the Board will hold a public input session at 6 p.m. on March 8 at the New Bridge Learning Center auditorium. The session will take place after the Board’s regularly scheduled work session. Citizens will have four minutes to address the Board from the podium at the public input session. Citizens can sign up ahead of time by contacting Debbie Ward, clerk of the School Board, at or at 804-652-3808. However, signing up in advance is not required.

The School Board has set a search timeline, with a target of having a new superintendent in place by July 1. Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent since 2014, has announced that he will retire June 30.

For more information and a complete timeline of the search process, go to and look under “Hot Topics.”

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An important message about school safety



Henrico County Public Schools families,

In the week since the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., we have received numerous requests for information about school safety. We are most appreciative of our community’s concerns, and we would like to address the following questions:

Where can I find detailed information about the school division’s approach to safety and security?

Information about safety and security in Henrico County Public Schools is always available. If you visit you will find detailed descriptions of the following:

  1. What to do in an emergency
  2. Personnel who support the school division’s safety efforts
  3. Required safety and security audits
  4. Our 11-page crisis manual covering topics from preparedness to recovery:

What is a crisis plan?

Every school has a crisis plan that follows “best practices” in school safety. The plans use a combination of guidelines created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety. Crisis plans are maintained by the school, updated regularly, and they are maintained in real time. Every school’s crisis plan is reviewed at least three times a year to ensure it is complete, thorough and updated.

Do safety plans differ from school to school?

Henrico County Public Schools is home to 72 schools and program centers. We believe that one centrally created crisis plan cannot adequately serve the needs of all schools. Each school’s crisis plan follows a template and is customized to meet the unique needs and characteristics of the campus. Virginia requires that all plans be completed and approved by the last day in September. In Henrico County, we take that a step further. We require that all plans be submitted, reviewed and approved by Henrico Schools’ Office of School Safety before the first student sets foot on campus at the beginning of the school year. The week prior to that, faculty and staff members complete emergency readiness training.

What kind of safety training do students and school employees receive?

Everybody (students, faculty and staff) takes part in training. Our drill schedule includes twice the number of active shooter drills required by Virginia. Evacuation drills are practiced from the classroom, cafeteria, library, gymnasium and auditorium. Reverse evacuation drills are practiced so that students who are outside can quickly return to the building and be accounted for. Additionally, we carry out fire drills and bus evacuation drills. When drills are complete, observers meet to debrief and try to identify the ways to improve.

What partnerships do you have with Henrico Police and Fire?

Every school has an assigned “School Resource Officer” who is a sworn officer with Henrico Police. Our SRO’s and other counterparts in public safety share their expertise as we develop and carry out our emergency readiness plans. They meet with us regularly to review plans and protocols, to brainstorm new ideas and to plan training exercises. We conduct comprehensive safety audits in one-third of our schools every year, and members of the audit team include police officers and firefighters.

What is a school safety audit?

Audits help schools meet today’s best practices in school safety. The audit process ensures schools are following their safety and crisis plans, including policies and protocols established by the School Board. A comprehensive audit cycle takes three years. This means one-third of the schools receive a comprehensive audit in a given year, and the remaining schools receive an interim audit. A comprehensive audit is a day-long event carried out by a team of subject-matter experts that include police supervisors, a fire marshal, and staff from the Henrico Schools’ offices of School Safety, Pupil Transportation, Technology, and Construction and Maintenance. Interim audits are conducted for the next two years to ensure that recommendations from the comprehensive audit are completed.

Additionally, the members of the safety audit team conduct three unannounced visits to each school every school year to ensure that security and visitor protocols are carried out with fidelity at all times. This includes ensuring that visitors are being “buzzed in” at the front office, that their identification is checked against the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry, and that visitor badges are displayed prominently at all times.

What can I do to help?

We want students and families to feel comfortable sharing information that is seen or heard in our school communities. School personnel are trained to locate the appropriate resources and access the necessary supports when school safety is in question. Individuals can also share tips online using the “Silence Hurts” link that is built into each individual school’s website.

What is the Office of School Safety?

Henrico County Public Schools has maintained a countywide Office of School Safety since 2008. The office is staffed with experienced employees who are fully dedicated to crisis planning and emergency readiness. In addition to bringing their own public safety, emergency management and school administration skills and experience to the table, the School Safety administrators routinely work with our partners in police, fire and mental health to provide our students, staff and visitors at all schools with a welcoming learning environment that maximizes safety. Education first, safety always.

What’s next?

School safety is one of the four cornerstones of Henrico County Public Schools. While we are proud of the work we do in school safety, we are never satisfied that we have done enough. We are always open to new ideas based on the experiences of others. We meet regularly with our school safety counterparts throughout Virginia to share ideas. Our goal is to understand and implement the present day’s best practices in school safety.

No school system can prevent every possible tragedy that may occur. But we know that with effective planning, training, and continuous improvement, Henrico County Public Schools is continuously striving to make our schools safer than they have ever been.


Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn
Chair, School Board
Three Chopt District representative

Patrick C. Kinlaw

Feb. 21, 2018


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Un mensaje importante sobre la seguridad escolar


Familias de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico,

Después de una semana desde la tragedia en la Escuela Secundaria Marjory Stoneman Douglas en Parkland, Florida, hemos recibido numerosas solicitudes de información sobre la seguridad escolar. Agradecemos las inquietudes de nuestra comunidad y nos gustaría responder las siguientes preguntas:
¿Dónde puedo encontrar información detallada sobre las estrategias de seguridad y protección de la división escolar?
La información sobre la seguridad en las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico siempre está disponible. Si usted visita en enlace
usted encontrara información detallada acerca de lo siguiente:

  1. Que hacer en caso de emergencia
  2. Personal que apoya en los esfuerzos de seguridad de la división escolar
  3.  Auditorías de seguridad obligatorias
  4. Nuestro manual de crisis abarca temas desde preparación hasta recuperación:

¿Qué es un plan de crisis?

Cada escuela tiene un plan de crisis que sigue las “mejores prácticas” en seguridad escolar. Los planes usan una combinación de pautas creadas por la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias, el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional y el Centro para la Seguridad Escolar de Virginia. Los planes de crisis son mantenidos por la escuela, se actualizan regularmente y se mantienen en tiempo real. El plan de crisis de cada escuela se revisa al menos tres veces al año para garantizar que esté completo, comprensivo y actualizado.

¿Los planes de seguridad difieren de una escuela a otra?

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico son el hogar de 72 escuelas y centros de programas. Creemos que un plan de crisis creado centralmente no puede atender adecuadamente las necesidades de todas las escuelas. El plan de crisis de cada escuela sigue un patrón y está personalizado para satisfacer las necesidades y características únicas del campus. Virginia requiere que todos los planes se completen y aprueben antes del último día de septiembre. En el Condado de Henrico, llevamos eso un paso más allá. Requerimos que todos los planes sean enviados, revisados ​​y aprobados por la Oficina de Seguridad Escolar antes de que el primer alumno ponga el pie en el campus al comienzo del año escolar. La semana anterior, los miembros de la facultad y el personal completan la capacitación de preparación para emergencias.

¿Qué tipo de entrenamiento reciben los estudiantes y los empleados de la escuela?

Todos (estudiantes, profesores y personal) pasan por un entrenamiento. Nuestro programa de simulacros incluye el doble de ejercicios de tirador activo requeridos por Virginia. Los simulacros de evacuación se practican desde el salón de clases, la cafetería, la biblioteca, el gimnasio y el auditorio. Los simulacros de evacuación inversa se practican para que los estudiantes que están afuera puedan regresar rápidamente al edificio y ser contabilizados. Además, llevamos a cabo simulacros de incendio y simulacros de evacuación de autobuses. Cuando se completan los simulacros, los observadores se reúnen para informar y tratar de identificar las formas de mejorar.

¿Qué colaboración tienen con el departamento de policía y bomberos de Henrico?

Cada escuela tiene un “Oficial de Recursos Escolares” asignado que es un oficial de la Policía de Henrico. Nuestras SRO y otras contrapartes en seguridad pública comparten su experiencia a medida que desarrollamos y llevamos a cabo nuestros planes de preparación para emergencias. Se reúnen con nosotros regularmente para revisar planes y protocolos, para intercambiar ideas nuevas y planificar ejercicios de capacitación. Llevamos a cabo auditorías integrales de seguridad en un tercio de nuestras escuelas cada año, y los miembros del equipo de auditoría incluyen oficiales de policía y bomberos.

¿Qué es una auditoría de seguridad escolar?

Las auditorías ayudan a las escuelas a cumplir con las mejores prácticas actuales de seguridad escolar. El proceso de auditoría garantiza que las escuelas sigan sus planes de seguridad y crisis, incluidas las políticas y los protocolos establecidos por la Junta Escolar. Un ciclo de auditoría completo lleva tres años. Esto significa que un tercio de las escuelas recibe una auditoría integral en un año determinado, y las demás escuelas reciben una auditoría provisional. Una auditoría integral es un evento de un día realizado por un equipo de expertos en la materia que incluye supervisores policiales, un jefe de bomberos y personal de las oficinas de Seguridad Escolar, Transporte Estudiantil, Tecnología y Construcción y Mantenimiento de las Escuelas Henrico. Las auditorías intermedias se llevan a cabo durante los próximos dos años para garantizar que se completen las recomendaciones de la auditoría integral.

Además, los miembros del equipo de auditoría de seguridad realizan tres visitas no anunciadas a cada escuela cada año escolar para garantizar que la seguridad y los protocolos de los visitantes se lleven a cabo con fidelidad en todo momento. Esto incluye asegurar que los visitantes “toquen el timbre” en la oficina principal, que su identificación se verifique contra el Registro de Delincuentes Sexuales de la Policía del Estado de Virginia, y que los pases de visitante se muestren prominentemente en todo momento.

¿Qué puedo hacer para ayudar?

Queremos que los estudiantes y las familias se sientan cómodos compartiendo información que ven o escuchan en nuestras comunidades escolares. El personal escolar está capacitado para ubicar los recursos apropiados y acceder a los apoyos necesarios cuando la seguridad escolar está en duda. Las personas también pueden compartir consejos en línea usando el enlace “Silencio Duele” que está integrado en el sitio web de cada escuela individual.

¿Qué es la Oficina de Seguridad Escolar?

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico han mantenido una Oficina de Seguridad Escolar a nivel del condado desde 2008. La oficina cuenta con empleados experimentados que están totalmente dedicados a la planificación de crisis y la preparación para emergencias. Además de aportar sus propias habilidades y experiencia en seguridad pública, gestión de emergencias y administración escolar, los administradores de Seguridad Escolar trabajan habitualmente con nuestros asociados en policía, bomberos y salud mental para proporcionar a nuestros estudiantes, personal y visitantes de todas las escuelas un ambiente de aprendizaje acogedor que maximiza la seguridad. La educación primero, la seguridad siempre.

¿Qué viene después?

La seguridad escolar es una de las cuatro piedras angulares de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico. Si bien estamos orgullosos del trabajo que hacemos en materia de seguridad escolar, nunca estamos satisfechos de haber hecho lo suficiente. Siempre estamos abiertos a nuevas ideas basadas en las experiencias de los demás. Nos reunimos regularmente con nuestros homólogos de seguridad escolar en toda Virginia para compartir ideas. Nuestro objetivo es comprender e implementar las mejores prácticas actuales en seguridad escolar.

Ningún sistema escolar puede prevenir cada posible tragedia que pueda ocurrir. Pero sabemos que, con una planificación efectiva, capacitación y mejora continua, las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Henrico se esfuerzan continuamente para estar más seguras que nunca.

Michelle F. “Micky” Ogburn
Consejo Escolar

Patrick C. Kinlaw


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Public Service Announcement – Henrico County School Board Meetings


The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meetings on Thursday, February 22, 2018, according to the following schedule:

School Board Work Session            2:00 p.m.

School Board Monthly Meeting        6:30 p.m.

These meetings will take place in the auditorium of New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia. Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary.

The meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. Also, a live stream of all School Board work sessions and monthly meetings is available on the main HCPS website, To view “BoardDocs”, where meeting agendas can be found, please click here: If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 652-3724.


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Board sets timeline, seeks input in superintendent search


The Henrico School Board has begun the process of hiring a new superintendent for the school division, and the public will be a big part of the search! What qualities should the Board seek in a new school leader? What areas of expertise should the person have? We need your thoughts.

Take the five-minute survey: (Survey closed March 7)

This survey is anonymous and confidential. The survey is available at the above link in both English and Spanish. A paper version of the survey will be available in the main offices of Henrico schools soon. Surveys must be submitted before midnight on March 7. Individual survey data may be viewed by representatives of the Virginia School Boards Association, which is advising the school division on the search, but the School Board will only see the compiled survey results.

Besides the survey, there are other ways to get involved. The Board will hold a community input meeting on the search March 1 at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School and a public input session March 8 at the New Bridge Learning Center following the School Board’s regularly scheduled work session. The Board hopes to have a new superintendent in place by July 1.

The School Board adopted the following timeline for finding Henrico Schools’ next superintendent:

Feb. 14 to March 7: Board members meet with PTA groups and school faculties by request.
March 1, 6:30-8 p.m.: Community input meeting (L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico).
March 7: Survey deadline.
March 8, 6 p.m.: Public input session (New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico).
March 9, 9-11 a.m.: Board meets to establish position qualifications (New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico).
March 13: Board provides position qualifications to Virginia School Boards Association.
March 15 to April 10: Candidates submit applications.
April 18, 11 a.m.: Board meets with Virginia School Boards Association in closed session at New Bridge Learning Center.
April/May: Interviews with candidates.
May/June: New superintendent announced.
July 1: Anticipated start date of new superintendent.
Again, to take the five-minute survey, use this link: (Survey closed March 7)

The survey closes March 7.

For questions or issues about completing the survey, contact Director of Communications and Public Relations Andy Jenks at (804) 652-3726 or

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Henrico Schools seeking children for 2018-19 preschool program


Henrico, Va., Feb. 14, 2018 – Henrico County Public Schools is now recruiting for 2018-19 Federal Programs Preschool. The Federal Programs Preschool is designed to provide a high-quality preschool environment for children who live in Henrico County and who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2018.

The program is fully funded by Head Start, Title I, the Virginia Preschool Initiative and the Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus programs.

How the application process works:

  • Parents or guardians must submit a pre-application form online at (English) or (Spanish).
  • An HCPS family advocate will make contact to schedule an appointment to complete the application process.

Family advocates can answer questions about the program and guide prospective families through the application process.

Children are not admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, and are not guaranteed acceptance into the program. Henrico County Public Schools encourages families of children with special needs to apply; if children require special accommodations, families should notify school staff members when scheduling the appointment. There is no cost for the program for families and transportation will be provided for preschool students in accordance with the school division’s transportation guidelines. Henrico Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities.

For additional information, call New Bridge Learning Center at 804-328-8100. You can also go to and look under “Hot Topics,” or go straight to



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School Board will hold special meeting Feb. 13 regarding superintendent search


The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, according to the following schedule:


Special Meeting                       5 p.m.


The special meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.  The Board will be joined by representatives of the Virginia School Boards Association to organize and plan the search process for a new Superintendent of Schools.  The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend.  There will not be an opportunity for public comments at the Feb. 13 special meeting, however, public input will be a crucial piece of the search process.  Please be assured that several opportunities for public input will be scheduled as plans are organized.


As with all School Board work sessions and monthly meetings, a live stream of the special meeting will available on the main HCPS website,  To view “BoardDocs,” where meeting agendas can be found, please click here:  If anyone wishing to attend is disabled and needs assistance, please contact Andy Jenks at 804-652-3724.

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Superintendent Pat Kinlaw to retire June 30


Distinguished career spans 40 years in education; 20 in Henrico County


Henrico, Va. Feb. 6, 2018 – Patrick C. Kinlaw, Henrico County Public Schools superintendent, is announcing his intention to retire effective June 30, 2018. 

“The last four years have been the highest honor of my career. I am so humbled by the opportunities I have been afforded in Henrico County,” Kinlaw shared, expressing gratitude in his announcement to all Henrico Schools colleagues. 

“I want to thank you for what you do each day to support our precious students and school community,” Kinlaw said. “Please know that I am forever indebted to what you do and the opportunities, wonderful relationships and kindness that you have extended to me over the last 20 years.”

Kinlaw has served in a variety of Henrico County Public Schools leadership positions since 1997. The School Board unanimously named him superintendent in January 2014. 

School Board Chair Micky Ogburn said the School Board recently offered Kinlaw a contract extension, but following lengthy and careful consideration Kinlaw decided that after 40 years in public education the time was right to chart the course for the next superintendent.

“The Board’s support is so appreciated. And as tempting as it was given the great and promising work underway, I am ready to move on to the next chapter in my life,” Kinlaw said. 

“That’s typical Pat,” Ogburn said. “He’s been putting Henrico County first for a long time. It’s his turn now. I just respect him so much for how he’s doing this. There is no one more dedicated to the students, families and employees of Henrico County Public Schools than Pat Kinlaw, the consummate professional.”

Ogburn added, “This gives the School Board maximum flexibility in selecting Pat’s successor. Once the new superintendent is on board, Pat’s offered to help mentor that person to help continue the positive momentum that we’re seeing in our schools and communities.”

Under Kinlaw’s leadership, Henrico County Public Schools began to frame the school division’s work around four cornerstones: student safety, academic progress, closing gaps and relationships. In 2017, the number of fully state accredited schools in Henrico County rose to 54 out of 67 elementary, middle and high schools – the highest number of fully accredited schools in five years. 

Also in 2017, under Kinlaw’s leadership, Henrico County Public Schools received a national honor for remaking its Code of Student Conduct and related student support systems. Henrico was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place Magna Award “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the National School Boards Association.

Kinlaw began his career with Henrico County Public Schools in 1997 as the director of staff development. In 2004 he became the assistant superintendent for administrative services. In 2010 he was named deputy superintendent. Over time, he accumulated a variety of additional responsibilities including policy, elementary education, leadership development and special projects.

Prior to joining Henrico Schools, Kinlaw spent 12 years with Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina. He also spent time early in his career at Longwood University and at East Carolina University, his alma mater.

What’s next?

A special meeting of the School Board is now scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. at the New Bridge Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road. The Board will be joined by representatives of the Virginia School Boards Association to organize and plan the search process. The meeting is open to the public.

Moving forward, public input will be a key component of the search process. A new superintendent is expected to be in place by July 1.

Kinlaw answered questions about his post-career plans with characteristic humor. “I look forward to spending more time with my family, engaging in activities that my current schedule does not allow, hopefully some travel … and sleeping in on snow days!”

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11 more creative classroom ideas will come to life, thanks to Henrico Education Foundation grant program


Henrico, Va., Feb. 1, 2018 – From literacy resources to teacher training, the Henrico Education Foundation’s latest grants will empower students with creative, evidence-based ways to learn. The foundation has selected 11 classroom projects to receive a total of $34,759 in the second round of its Innovation Grants for 2017-18. The foundation expects the funded projects to affect more than 9,700 students, teachers and family members. The Henrico School Board voted to accept the funds on Jan. 25.

The Henrico School Board voted Jan. 25 to accept $34,759 in funds for innovative classroom grants from the Henrico Education Foundation

The Henrico School Board voted Jan. 25 to accept $34,759 in funds for innovative classroom grants from the Henrico Education Foundation. Pictured are Patrick Kinlaw, Henrico Schools superintendent; Lisa Marshall, Tuckahoe District representative; Michelle “Micky” Ogburn, Three Chopt District representative and Board chair; Mike Taylor, Henrico Education Foundation executive director; John Montgomery Jr., Varina District representative and Board vice chair; Beverly Cocke, Brookland District representative; and Roscoe Cooper III, Fairfield District representative.

Henrico teachers and administrators apply for the annual grants to fund new projects with strong academic goals that aim to narrow the achievement gap and improve student engagement. The resulting programs and project-based initiatives let students explore real-world problems and challenges.

Among the 11 grant applications receiving funds are:

  • $1,500 for an autoclave machine at Mills Godwin High School’s medical sciences specialty center. Autoclaves are used in the medical field to sterilize medical devices and other substances.
  •  $1,000 for Ridge Elementary School to create a live cam for students and families to observe the hatching and development of baby chicks, aiding in the study of biology and life cycles.
  •  $8,000 for a pilot program at Donahoe, Laburnum and Montrose elementary schools to help teachers learn more techniques for engaging in positive ways with students.
  •  Funds for literacy resources to help Crestview and Rivers Edge elementary schools reach their goal of all students reading on grade-level by third grade.

To see details about the 11 grants, go to, then click on “Grants” and then “Cycle 2.”

The annual grants are announced by semester. The fall round provided $71,925 for 13 projects, bringing the foundation’s grant total for 2017-18 to a record-setting $113,684. Since 2014-15, the foundation has increased grant funding by 64 percent, providing more than $345,000 in funding for Innovation Grants for 81 projects.

Since 1993 the Henrico Education Foundation has played a vital role in meeting the educational needs of children. The nonprofit not only provides additional funding for public education, it also works with parents, teachers and administrators to continually identify and develop initiatives that improve school performance and student achievement. The foundation supports all schools in Henrico County, working to provide every student and teacher the support and resources they need for success. For more information, go to

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