HCPS middle, high school students will be able to get free real-time homework help from tutors

Henrico, Va., Nov. 17, 2022 — For students struggling with a homework problem, sometimes questions can’t wait until the next time the class meets. Beginning in December, Henrico County Public Schools middle and high school students will be able to get personalized help quickly from experienced tutors using a web-based interactive platform.

The division has contracted with tutoring service FEV Tutor to provide one-on-one online support after school hours and during designated school hours. Students can book a session ahead of time or get instant on-demand help 24/7. Students can also set up a regular time to meet with a tutor for more comprehensive support. There is no charge to families for the service.

Some tutoring hours may be reserved for students identified by school administrators as needing focused academic remediation and support.

“Sometimes students need help right away, or regular support after hours, and not all families can afford a private tutor,” said Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent. “This program is a creative, personalized way to support students and families on evenings and weekends, to bridge skill gaps and help foster academic growth.”

The tutoring support service was introduced as an option for some of the division’s 2022 Summer Academy students. It is being funded by federal ESSER funds, allocated in 2021 as part of the U.S. Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

Students will connect with tutors through Clever, a K-12 digital learning platform used by HCPS and other school divisions. Students will schedule a session or request on-demand support, and share their work with a tutor. Students and tutors work together using an interactive whiteboard, chat or audio chat function. The format can be personalized for different learning styles. All tutors have at least two years of experience teaching or tutoring and undergo an FBI-clearance background check.

To find out more about FEV tutors and how options can be tailored to the ways different students learn, go to https://www.fevtutor.com/live-1-on-1-instruction/. Information about the tutoring experience can be found at https://henricoschools.us/wp-content/uploads/FEVStudentDashboard.pdf.

HCPS families can find information about using Clever at https://henricoschools.us/wp-content/uploads/accesstoclever.pdf.