New ‘Henrico Virtual Academy’ also available as an option for grades K-12

Henrico, Va., April 21, 2021 — As Henrico County Public Schools looks beyond the current school year, the school division is planning for a return to five days a week of fully in-person learning in the fall, as well as a new option for those who wish to continue with virtual learning. As the Henrico School Board discussed at its March 11 meeting, barring unforeseen circumstances, most HCPS students will attend classes in HCPS buildings when the 2021-22 school year begins Wednesday, Sept. 8. The school division will continue to follow the latest health and safety guidance at that time, which is expected to still include mask-wearing, physical distancing, rigorous cleaning/disinfecting procedures and other common risk-mitigation strategies. The in-person school day would also return to the traditional arrival and dismissal times of a normal, full-length instructional day.

HCPS employees and families received more details on these topics Wednesday afternoon. Employees and families can check their inbox, or the HCPS website for the latest available information about 2021-22:

HCPS is also planning to announce the “Henrico Virtual Academy,” a new virtual program for students (grades K-12) and families who remain interested in all-virtual learning for the 2021-22 school year. More details will be presented to the School Board at its Thursday, April 22, work session and will be communicated to employees and families after receiving the Board’s input and feedback.

Additional information, including the 2021-22 calendar, can be seen at

Other information of interest to HCPS families as we look beyond the current school year:

Registration underway for kindergartners and other new students

Families of students who will enroll as kindergartners or as new students in the fall can make an appointment to register their child in-person. To schedule an in-person appointment, parents and guardians should contact the school where their child will be enrolled. They can also choose to register their child using the school division’s online registration system. For more information, including what documents are needed to register, go to

2021 HCPS Summer Academy

Registration is also underway for HCPS’ 2021 Summer Academy programs. Summer Academy gives HCPS students opportunities for enrichment, credit-recovery, remediation and exploration. Registration ends May 7 for elementary students and June 22 for middle and high school students.

More information about Summer Academy will come in communications from students’ schools and will also be available on individual school websites. Print-format material will be available in each school’s main office. Read more about the many offerings at 2021 Summer Academy at

While Summer Academy sometimes includes fees at the older levels, at the elementary level all programs are free for students who will be in elementary school in 2021-22, and transportation is available.

HCPS Summer Academy will also offer English-as-a-second-language enrichment programs for select rising first- through 12th-graders and will offer extended school-year programming for some students with disabilities.