September 16, 2022 Vol. 6, Issue 4
THIS ISSUE: IMPORTANT DATES • HOORAY FOR YAY OF THE DAY • SPECIALTY CENTERS • BRIDGE BUILDERS ACADEMY • CULTURAL HERITAGE MONTH SERIES • HEALTH AND SAFETY • VARINA DISTRICT TOWN HALL MEETING • SCHOOL NUTRITION • BE A HEF HERO • NEWCOMER FAIR • HCPS A CALENDAR LEADER
Welcome to the Binder, your source for news, announcements, interesting opportunities, reminders and other items for HCPS families and employees.
Nominations are now being accepted for 2022-23 "Yay of the Day" honors! Whether they work as teachers, nurses, bus drivers, custodians or in some other important capacity — recipients are HCPS employees who have made someone’s day in a positive way. Each recipient will be recognized by Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent.
8th graders: What fires your imagination?
Specialty center information sessions: From the arts to the environment, high school specialty centers offer students the chance to focus on a subject they love. Come to an in-person information session to learn more about the centers and the process for applying. Each information session will feature an introduction and various breakout sessions about each center. Families and students can attend up to three breakout sessions. Each of the two information sessions will offer identical information. Later in October and November, individual specialty centers will host open houses at their high school campuses.
- Sept. 28 (6:30–8:30 p.m.) at Highland Springs H.S., 200 S. Airport Drive, Highland Springs, Va.
- Oct. 6 (6:30–8:30 p.m.) at Glen Allen H.S., 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va.
The Bridge Builders Academy fall season is underway! The HCPS workshop series provides information and builds connections among families, the community and the school division. The series is open to all residents, regardless of whether you have students enrolled in an HCPS school. All sessions start at 6 p.m. and most of this season's workshops are virtual.
- "Dyslexia 101," Sept. 20 (virtual)
- "Power Advocacy: Enhancing Parent and Family Skills to Improve Student Success," Oct. 11 (virtual)
- "What is AAC? Learn How to Use a Communication Device to Help Your Child Communicate," Nov. 1 (Tuckahoe Area Library)
"Signs of Suicide," Nov. 15 (virtual)
To begin its Cultural Heritage Month Series, the HCPS Office of Equity, Diversity and Opportunity presents a recognition of Hispanic/Latin(o/a/x) Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Celebrate the cultures and traditions of those who can trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and Spanish-speaking countries of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The series begins with a virtual panel discussion on the mental health of Hispanic/Latin(o/a/x) students:
- Sept. 21: 6-7:30 p.m. (virtual Teams event)
Hear guest speakers from the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Virginia and the La Esperanza Lab research program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Get more information and a link to the Teams event at https://tinyurl.com/HLeventsEDO.
Student vaccinations: It’s not too late to get your student up to date on state-required vaccines. Need to make an appointment for your child? The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts website is a great place to start.
Staff members at the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts have one more student walk-up clinic for Tdap and meningococcal vaccines for seventh and 12th graders. The event is limited to 30 students each, and organizers recommended that you arrive early as recent clinic events have seen the maximum number of students already in line before the clinic opened.
- Sept. 20: 1-3 p.m. at Henrico East Clinic (1400 N. Laburnum Ave.)
Masks: Although not required for daily school attendance, face masks are available upon request by any student, staff member or visitor to a school building. Currently, the Virginia Department of Health recommends that anyone testing positive for COVID-19 isolate for days 0-5 and wear a face mask on days 6-10 when returning to school or work.
Questions about the new school year?
Attend a Varina District Town Hall Meeting with Alicia Atkins — the School Board’s Varina District representative — and special guests.
- Thursday, Sept. 29 from 6:30-8 p.m.
- Attend in person at Varina Elementary School, 2551 New Market Road, Henrico, Va. 23231
The meeting will also be livestreamed at www.henricoschools.us and recorded for future viewing. Those unable to attend the meeting in person can submit written questions ahead of time at https://tinyurl.com/varina-sept29.
(HCPS’ five School Board members welcome your comments throughout the year. Go to our School Board page to email members of the Board and find out how to address them at a meeting.)
School Nutrition Services
P-EBT card processing error: We've been informed by the Virginia Department of Social Services that many households did not receive summer Pandemic EBT benefits because of a card processing error. If your household received a P-EBT card that isn't working, you don't need to take any action: a new card is already on the way and should arrive by Sept. 30. Please do not contact the P-EBT call center to order another card, as this may further delay the processing of your benefits. For the latest information and guidance, consult the state's P-EBT webpage.
Meals changes: The pandemic-related universal free meals program funded by the USDA is not being extended to the 2022-23 school year. Apply for free and reduced-price meals online or pick up a paper application at any HCPS school. (It’s not necessary for students at some schools to apply. See our School Nutrition Services page for more information.)
- School Nutrition Services encourages families to use MySchoolBucks to pay for a la carte items sold in school cafeterias. Find out more about MySchoolBucks, free and reduced-price lunches, school menus, special diets and more at our School Nutrition Services page.
Donation-matching could be your superpower
Want to be a real hero? The Henrico Education Foundation has been driving innovation and supporting HCPS students for almost 30 years. During September you can double your support for our students — up to $20,000 — through the HEF Hero Matching Challenge. Invest in student programs and initiatives that will help students soar!
- Check out The Connection, our online resources page, to learn about:
- The PowerSchool Parent Portal.
- Online back-to-school forms.
- Grades and attendance information.
- Paying school fees online.
Parent Portal Bus App: Have you downloaded our new bus-tracking smartphone app? With the Edulog Bus Parent Portal apps, you can follow your student’s bus, receive notifications when a bus enters a user-defined zone, and receive important messages from HCPS Pupil Transportation.
Securly: Securly for Parents is a powerful new tool that improves how students are protected when using school-issued digital devices, and offers parents and guardians a window into their student's digital world.
Is your family new to Henrico County? Attend a Sept. 24 event at Quioccasin Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Road.
9 a.m. to noon: Career-awareness and Job-readiness Training (registration required). New community members eligible for employment can begin searching and applying for jobs, and those interested in becoming eligible for employment can learn how to start the eligibility process. Interpreters and limited child care are available. Registration is required for one of the 50 available slots.
- 1-4 p.m.: Job Fair and School-readiness Event (no registration needed). Newcomer families with students attending HCPS schools can pick up school supplies and food, ask questions about the 2022-23 school year, and learn about community resources. Talk with representatives of HCPS departments and learn about their work and services.
The event is hosted by the HCPS Office of Equity, Diversity and Opportunity, in collaboration with Henrico County, the Capital Region Workforce Partnership, the HCPS English-as-a-Second-Language Welcome Center, and the ICNA-Relief Virginia Chapter.
When Henrico County Public Schools approved its 2020-21 school year calendar three years ago, it became the first school division in Virginia to adopt a calendar that reflects the diversity of the community we serve, with more opportunities to observe religious and cultural holidays.