June 3, 2022: Vol. 5, Issue 10
THIS ISSUE: CONGRATS CLASS OF ‘22 • SCHOOL SECURITY • IMPORTANT DATES • PREVENTING YOUTH VIOLENCE • CTE SIGNING DAY • COVID-19 UPDATE • JOIN OUR TEAM • TRANSPORTATION NEWS • SCHOOL NUTRITION NEWS • CONTINUITY OF SERVICES INPUT • STUDENT ENROLLMENT • DON’T WAIT — VACCINATE • AUG. 19: SAVE THE DATE • MATH SOL INPUT • HOMEGROWN TEACHERS
Congratulations, Class of 2022!
It hasn’t always been easy, but you’ve set the standard for perseverance and teamwork. You’ve made us proud! Commencement ceremonies for the nine HCPS comprehensive high schools will return, in person, to VCU’s Siegel Center, June 14-16. Watch a livestream on the HCPS website, and watch replays later in June on HCPS-TV. Check out our Graduations Hub for more.
A word about school security
Each time there is violence on a school campus — locally or nationally — it prompts us to pause and reflect on the safety measures we have in place in our schools, including secure entryways, school resource officers, security camera networks and the safety training and protocols that are practiced with students through routine drills. For security reasons, the school division does not publicly disclose all components of school safety plans. Please check your inbox for a May 24 email for more information from Amy Cashwell, superintendent.
- June 4-6: Shavuot (begins sunset June 4)
- June 8-16: Graduations
- June 16: Last day of school (student half day)
- June 17: Schools closed (staff wellness day)
- June 20: Summer Academy registration ends for middle and high schoolers
- June 20: Schools and offices closed for Juneteenth (observed)
- June 23: School Board work session and monthly meeting
- June 24: Offices and schools closed (Fridays through Aug. 12)
- See the full HCPS calendar.
Next week: Join a conversation about preventing youth violence
The school division and county agencies will team up to hold two special town hall sessions — one in person and one virtual — on preventing youth violence. Join families, students and community leaders to talk about youth violence, conditions that contribute to it and pathways to safer and stronger communities.
Sessions for “Together We’ll Heal: A Community Conversation for Peace,” will be:
COVID-19 Update: Booster shots available to ages 5-11
With the recent uptick in cases, both the City of Richmond and Henrico County are now in the high COVID-19 community level. The CDC recommends staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, improving ventilation in indoor spaces, and following CDC recommendations for isolation or quarantine if sick or exposed.
The CDC and FDA have approved the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for 5-11 year olds. Vaccination opportunities are becoming available through pediatricians, pharmacies, and the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts. Parents are encouraged to visit https://henrico.us/health/, call 804-205-3501, or check with their pediatrician or pharmacy to find an appointment. The health districts’ walk-in vaccine clinics will begin offering boosters to children next week.
Join our team: ‘Drive the Bus’ Saturday, job fair Tuesday
We’re seeking teachers, substitute teachers, school nutrition services staff members, temporary instructional assistants, custodial workers and bus drivers. Two events (Saturday and Tuesday) are a perfect chance to find out more.
- Drive the Bus event: This event for interested bus driver candidates will take place Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Richmond Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.
- Job Fair: June 7 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Dr., Henrico, Va.
Transportation survey, new app
Will your student ride the bus in the fall? Because of the continued driver shortage, it’s more important than ever to plan bus routes that are as efficient as possible. Check your inbox soon for a brief survey from the HCPS Department of Pupil Transportation about the 2022-23 school year. Families will receive one for each student eligible for transportation.
Bus-tracking app: Beginning this fall, HCPS families will be able to track their student’s school bus in real time using a smartphone app. Find out more about Edulog Bus Parent Portal.
School Nutrition Services news
Check out our free school meals page for new information about:
- Getting summer meals at sites throughout Henrico.
- How to apply for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. (The pandemic-related universal free meals program funded by the USDA is ending soon.)
- P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer) program updates.
Want to be part of the HCPS School Nutrition Services team? We’re recruiting substitute, part-time and full-time employees to work in HCPS cafeterias. Applicants can stop by the School Nutrition Services office from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Staff will be available to help fill out an application and discuss career opportunities
Henrico County Public Schools needs your help to keep students, schools and our community safe. That includes making sure that students have the necessary immunizations to start the 2022-23 school year. Make plans to get the 2022-23 required vaccinations for your student.
Save the date for HCPS' Aug. 19 "Back to School Kickoff" event.
Summer, shmummer! While Aug. 29 will be the day students return to their classrooms, the excitement of the 2022-23 school year begins Aug. 19. It will be a fun Friday evening for the whole family, held from 4-6:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road.
Share your views about Virginia’s math SOLs
The Virginia Department of Education is hosting sessions to enable parents, families and community members to participate in the review and revision of the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning. The June 13 virtual session will feature presentations by VDOE staff, followed by a chance to share feedback about the commonwealth’s current math standards and suggest revisions. Registration is required. Click here for more information about the process.