All students in every grade level will be provided an HCPS-issued device

Henrico, Va. Aug. 5, 2020 — In order to give families the support they need for the predominantly virtual start to the school year, Henrico County Public Schools will provide a tablet or computer for each of HCPS’ more than 50,000 students. HCPS has set a schedule for the distribution of devices, which include iPads, Chromebooks and Dell laptops. Families will soon receive detailed instructions from their individual schools about specific times and places to pick up devices.

Preschool and kindergarten students will receive iPads, students in grades 1-5 who still need Chromebooks will get them, and rising sixth-graders will get Dell laptops. (Most other middle and high school students still have their HCPS-issued laptops from the 2019-20 school year.)

HCPS will also provide Wi-Fi “hot spots” to households that need internet access, while supplies last.

The weekly distribution schedule will apply mostly to certain grade levels, as well as students who are new to the school division.

Distribution of devices (specific pickup instructions will be communicated by each school):

  • Aug. 10-13: Distribution of Dell laptops to new middle school students. Rising sixth-graders will exchange their HCPS-issued Chromebooks and receive Dell laptops. (This would include newly enrolled middle school students who did not previously have an HCPS-issued device.)
  • Aug. 17-20: Distribution of Chromebooks to elementary school students. Rising first-graders will receive Chromebooks, as will all other students in grades 2-5 who still need one.
  • Aug. 24-28: Distribution of iPads to pre-K and K students. Preschool and kindergarten students will pick up iPads (and in some cases exchange their Chromebooks issued in the spring).
  • Aug. 31-Sept. 4: Remote technology hubs open at all secondary schools. Hubs will be open at all HCPS middle and high schools to complete device distribution (including devices for newly enrolled high school students) and support other student and staff technology issues.

The new plan ensures that every student in every grade level will be provided an HCPS-issued device for the 2020-21 school year. During the spring closure, HCPS middle and high school students used their HCPS-issued laptops, while households with multiple elementary school students may have shared HCPS devices that previously were stored in classrooms.

Individual schools will soon contact families about specific times and places to pick up devices.