‘Prize patrols’ help encourage and celebrate input from families

Henrico, Va. July 8, 2021 — Henrico County Public Schools conducts an annual survey of HCPS parents, guardians, staff members and students in grades 5-12 to gauge views on what the school division is doing well and what it could do better. This year’s full results, as well as a June 24 presentation to the School Board, can be seen at www.henricoschools.us/surveys/. The survey was conducted in March and April and was available in six languages. English and Spanish audio versions were also available.

The annual survey helps the division measure its progress in a range of areas related to the four cornerstones outlined in HCPS’ strategic plan, “Destination 2025: The Plan for HCPS.” The cornerstones are: safety and wellness, academic growth, equity and opportunity, and relationships. To see the plan, go to www.henricoschools.us/strategic-plan/.

Among the findings in this year’s survey:

  • On average, all three groups of respondents — students, parents and guardians, and staff members — agreed with positive statements about the implementation of HCPS’ four cornerstones. Average responses were all between 4 and 6 on a 6-point scale.
  • Compared with 2019, most average positive responses were higher. On average, students, parents and staff members responded positively to HCPS’ efforts in academic growth, equity and opportunity, and relationships. In the area of safety and wellness, average positive responses among students and staff members were higher, while the average positive response among parents and guardians saw a slight decline of 0.10%.

For families, a school survey, while important, can naturally take a backseat to other daily demands. To create awareness of the project and encourage families to participate, the division and the Henrico Education Foundation conducted a series of prize patrol presentations. The school with the highest survey response rate in each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts received a $500 check for staff professional development, courtesy of the Henrico Education Foundation. Additionally, one randomly chosen parent or guardian respondent in each magisterial district was surprised by a prize patrol of HCPS leaders, who presented them with a gift bag from HCPS’ Family and Community Engagement Department.

The schools with the highest response rate in each district are:

  • Brookland District: Glen Allen High School
  • Fairfield District: Glen Lea Elementary School
  • Three Chopt District: Springfield Park Elementary School
  • Tuckahoe District: Pemberton Elementary School
  • Varina District: Henry Ward Elementary School

The randomly chosen parent and guardian respondents from each district, and their school affiliations are:

  • Brookland District: Amber Morse, Maude Trevvett Elementary School
  • Fairfield District: Harold Anderson, Arthur Ashe Elementary School
  • Three Chopt District: Linda Fotopoulos, Jackson Davis Elementary School
  • Tuckahoe District: Chris Haynes, Tuckahoe Elementary School
  • Varina District: Debra Bollinger, Elko Middle School