SUMMER SCHEDULE: Beginning Monday, June 15, HCPS’ four mobile tech hub sites will operate on a summer schedule, opening three days a week. Normal hours will resume Aug. 24. 
  • Summer hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Henrico, Va. March 17, 2020 — Vans will be stationed at four Henrico County Public Schools high schools to act as mobile technology hubs during HCPS’ closure for coronavirus. The hubs are designed to support virtual learning in two ways: enable students and staff members who don’t have home internet access to get it through distribution of Wi-Fi hot-spot devices, as available; and provide a way for HCPS-issued laptops to be repaired and exchanged.

Those who have previously informed their school of their need for home internet can visit vans at Deep Run, Douglas Freeman, Hermitage and Highland Springs high schools and inquire about borrowing a portable Wi-Fi hot-spot devices. The devices, which will be available while supplies last, will connect their laptop to the internet at home using cellular service.

The vans are staffed by employees of the school division’s primary technology vendor, Technology Integration Group. The vans have canopies in case of rain and feature the large “TIG” logo of the laptop-support vendor. The mobile sites will be open to distribute hot-spot devices and conduct laptop repairs weekdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Most laptop issues can be resolved in less than 10 minutes by moving the hard drive to a replacement computer. Replacement devices will be sanitized before being issued.

HCPS Mobile Technology Hubs
(Laptop repair and exchange now available) 

Hours:

Normal hours: Monday through Friday
8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2- 4 p.m.

Summer hours (in effect June 15-Aug. 24): Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8:30-10:30 a.m.

Sites:

Deep Run High School
4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.

Douglas Freeman High School
8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va.

Hermitage High School
8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.

Highland Springs High School
15 S. Oak Ave., Highland Springs, Va.

More information about HCPS’ response to spread of the coronavirus can be found at the school division’s COVID-19 webpage at henricoschools.us/covid19/.

As part of a response to the spread of coronavirus, telecommunications company Comcast recently announced that it was offering two free months of home internet service to low-income families who qualify for the company’s “Internet Essentials” service. The website for the promotion is internetessentials.com/covid19.