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Amy’s Passport: Progress Report #2, December 2019

To all Henrico families,

This is the second progress report to the Passport that was originally published in 2018. Since then, I’m proud to say the Henrico County Public Schools team has completed 15 community-supported items while making significant progress on many additional promises we’ve made to the teachers, students, families and citizens of our community.

If you’re new to my journey, here’s a recap:

I began my tenure as superintendent in July 2018. That’s when I started listening: To our teachers and staff, to our students and families, and to our community stakeholders who appreciate the value of the excellent public education Henrico’s students receive. Those interactions formed the backbone of my vision for the future. In December 2018, we chronicled my introduction to Henrico in a booklet known as “Amy’s Passport”.  We chose the name because of Henrico’s diversity, a place where I feel I can travel the world without ever leaving home. The “Passport” documented my reflections on those “travels”, and it outlined a series of recommendations and next steps to improve our already great school division.

Available now is the “one year later” progress report that shows some tremendous accomplishments in the areas of Teaching and LearningSafety and Student Instructional Support ServicesEquity and DiversityOrganizational Efficiency, and Financial Planning. The update can be easily “skimmed” for the major highlights, and I do hope you’ll be pleased with what’s new.

Please let me know what you think! Contact me anytime at superintendent@henrico.k12.va.us

 

Amy’s Passport Progress Report: Click on the digital booklet

 Click arrows to follow our progress
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    Revisit the division’s literacy plan

    Revisit the division’s literacy plan, and ensure that schools have...
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    Reading teachers

    Staff elementary and middle schools with a reading teacher who...
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    Robust library of guided reading materials

    Develop a plan to ensure a robust library of guided...
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    Align curricula to deeper learning model

    Ensure that the curricula for pre-K through grade 12 are...
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    Provide personalized learning pathways

    Ensure that the curriculum provides personalized learning pathways and opportunities,...
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    Streamlined, balanced assessments

    Examine the division’s assessment system for redundancy of purpose and...
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    Establish teacher design teams

    Establish teacher design teams that will create a vision to...
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    Measure progress toward deeper learning

    Design a way of measuring the division’s progress toward implementing...
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    Redesign academic and career planning

    Redesign the academic and career planning process for pre-K through...
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    Improve course planning guide

    Improve the middle and high school course Planning Guide to...
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    Infuse coding and computer science concepts

    Infuse coding and computer science concepts into the kindergarten-grade 5...
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    Elementary health and physical education curriculum

    Examine the elementary health and physical education curriculum and delivery...
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    More opportunities to cover mental health and wellness

    Examine the middle and high school health and physical education...
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    Expand opportunities for higher level, rigorous courses

    Expand course offerings and subsequent support structures at each high...
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    Re-imagine learning models to be more student-centered

    Examine high school programs in an effort to re-imagine learning...
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    Prototype for a “high school of the future”

    Develop and implement a prototype for a “high school of...
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    Re-examine structure of STEAM elementary teacher positions

    Re-examine structure of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)...
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    Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting Process

    Determine a model to capture parent input and suggestions related...
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    Multiyear plan for Special Education

    Develop a multiyear plan with clearly stated desired goals and...
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    Conflict management and relationship restoration

    Develop a plan for key staff in all schools to...
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    Tools and expertise for mediation

    Develop a plan to ensure that all schools and key...
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    Evaluate behavior intervention programs

    Evaluate behavior intervention programs, which provide additional services to students...
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    Examine trauma-informed-care support systems

    Examine the current model for mental health and trauma-informed-care support...
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    Ensure buildings are safe and conducive to learning

    Develop a long-range plan for the Henrico County capital/meals tax...
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    School climate survey

    Implement an annual school climate survey to include components that...
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    Promote multicultural awareness

    Ensure curricula are relevant, authentic and provide resources that promote...
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    Cultural sensitivity; implicit and explicit bias

    Require training for all staff, delivered online annually, that covers...
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    Race, equity, access and cultural responsiveness

    Develop a multiyear professional development plan for working with all...
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    Recruit and retain a diverse workforce

    Develop a plan to actively recruit and retain a diverse...
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    Equity Ambassadors

    Create a group framework for new Equity Ambassadors serving in...
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    Full-service community school model

    Research best practices for the full-service community school model, which...
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    Communicate measures and progress toward strategic goals

    Create a mechanism for community stakeholders to easily understand the...
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    Teacher Retention

    Develop a comprehensive approach to teacher retention that includes: personalized/differentiated...
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    Stronger structure for school improvement

    Examine and create a stronger structure for school improvement. Progress...
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    Professional learning pathways for all employees

    Develop professional learning pathways for all employee groups (e.g., clerical,...
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    Consistent staffing models for elementary schools

    Examine, audit and subsequently establish consistent staffing models for elementary...
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    Elementary clerical staffing numbers

    Examine the adequacy of the elementary clerical staffing numbers. Progress...
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    New employee orientation

    Revamp new employee orientation to be less paper-intensive and to...
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    Teacher licensure and microcredentialing

    Develop a coordinated process and system for monitoring teacher application,...
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    Bus communication for parents

    Improve bus communication for parents, guardians and students; add staff...
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    Programming for English as a second language

    Add educational specialists to oversee programming for English as a...
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    Compliance on internal policies and regulatory requirements

    Add a staff member dedicated to compliance on internal policies...
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    Policies are current, transparent and easily accessible

    Ensure that policies are current, transparent and easily accessible to...
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    Eliminate student laptop fees and other instructional fees

    Develop a financial plan that eliminates student laptop fees and...
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    Restore prerecession funding levels

    Restore prerecession funding levels that more accurately meet the division’s...
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    Eliminate the burden and reliance on PTAs and other fundraising efforts

    Eliminate the burden and reliance on PTAs and other fundraising...
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    Twice-a-month pay structure for employees

    Move to a twice-a-month pay structure for employees instead of...
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    Long-term financial strategy

    Develop a long-term strategy, such as a five-year financial plan...
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    Examine facilities for replacement or renovation

    Engage with a third-party expert to examine facilities and determine...
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    Annually examine employee compensation matters

    Establish a joint government and schools committee to annually examine...

DECEMBER 2018 UPDATE: THE FIRST 100 DAYS

Check out July’s Family Learning Series virtual workshops

Henrico, Va. July 9, 2020 — July will include a variety of offerings for Henrico County Public Schools families as part of the school division’s Family Learning Series. The virtual offerings include workshops on resources for families and educators, trauma and resiliency, and building family bonds through cooking. Sessions are presented by the HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement and the HCPS Family and Educator Resource Center. For more information and to take part in the sessions, go tohttps://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/ or go to our website, henricoschools.us, and look under “Hot Topics.”

 

“The Family and Educator Resource Center”

July 14 at 10 a.m., by Alexis Simms, facilitator, HCPS Family and Educator Resource Center.

(Microsoft Teams workshop accessible by weblink.)

You may have become familiar with HCPS’ Family Learning Series but do you know about the center behind the work? Families and educators are invited to learn how the school division’s Family and Educator Resource Center can help them better support students.

 

“Quality Time in the Kitchen”

July 21 at 10 a.m., by Ellen Victoria Luckey of Victoria’s Kitchen.

(Microsoft Teams workshop accessible by weblink.)

What better way to spend quality time with your little ones than by spending time in the kitchen? Kids’ cooking school “Victoria’s Kitchen” will host an interactive cooking demonstration while discussing the importance of intentional family time.

 

“Trauma and Resiliency”

July 28 at 10 a.m., by Tamika Daniel of Greater Richmond SCAN.

(Microsoft Teams workshop accessible by weblink.)

Tamika Daniel, behavioral health community organizer for Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) will talk about understanding the effects of trauma and how resilience helps with bouncing back from stressful experiences.

 

The programs take place using Microsoft Teams. No registration is required, participation is free and you can take part without creating a Teams account. Participants can use https://tinyurl.com/VirtualFamilyLearningSeries to go straight to the sessions.

 

  • If you are accessing the sessions from a mobile device, you may be prompted to download the Microsoft Teams app, but you can participate using the “desktop version” of a mobile browser instead.
  • If you are participating using a Mac or PC, you can download the Teams app or join using a browser.

 

For details and more information about how to join the discussions, view instructions for joining a meeting with Microsoft Teams.Only the first 350 virtual attendees will be able to participate and comment during the discussion. The session will also be recorded and posted online for additional viewing.

 

Questions? Email ansimms@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787.

 

HCPS also has three remaining installments of its “Community Conversations” panel discussion series. In addition to tonight’s 6 p.m. discussion, “Parent Perspectives,” sessions are scheduled for July 20 and Aug. 3. Find out more at https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/.

School Board Community Meeting: Tuesday event will allow for limited in-person attendance

Henrico, Va. July 8, 2020 — The Henrico School Board will hold a community meeting Tuesday evening, with in-person attendance capped at 250. The 7 p.m. discussion at Glen Allen High School will also be livestreamed, and can be viewed by going to the school division’s website, https://henricoschools.us. In-person attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The Board typically does not meet in July but is deviating from its usual schedule in order to answer questions about matters of public interest, including the latest guidance and plans for reopening school. While the Board will address the current state of reopening plans, guidance from state education leaders and health experts continues to evolve daily, affecting the school division’s planning process. “Final plans” for reopening in the fall will not be released or discussed at this meeting.

Questions for the Board may be submitted ahead of time by using a Google Form. A moderator will pose questions to the Board as time allows. Live, in-person questions will also be taken from audience members during the meeting, subject to best practices of social distancing. 

To allow for equitable access to the event, it is encouraged that only one participant attend from each household. Attendance at the meeting will conform to Virginia’s current health and safety guidelines. In accordance with the policy for access to all public facilities operated by Henrico County, attendees aged 10 and older are required to wear masks at the event. Masks will be provided for those needing them, and the seating policy will reflect social distancing guidelines. Attendees will also undergo a brief health screening before entering, including having their temperature taken using a no-contact thermometer. They will also be asked a short list of questions:

  • Have you returned from traveling outside the country within the past 14 days? Have you traveled outside Virginia in the past 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
  • Have you been in close contact with anyone who has traveled outside the country within the past 14 days?
  • Have you been sent home or declined access to a public facility since March 13, 2020 because of COVID-19 screening?
  • Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days?

Attendees answering “yes” to any of the conditions described in the above questions will be denied access to the event.

Capping total in-person attendance at around 250 will ensure adequate space for distancing in seating while accounting for a limited number of HCPS staff members as well as members of the media.

Henrico School Board Community Meeting:

When: July 14 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Where (attendance limit strictly enforced): Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060
Livestream: www.henricoschools.us

RESCHEDULED: Tonight’s ‘Community Conversations’ virtual panel discussion moved to Thursday at 6 p.m.

Henrico, Va. July 7, 2020 — The latest installment of Henrico Schools’ virtual “Community Conversations” series, which had been scheduled for this evening, will now take place Thursday at 6 p.m., in order to address an internet security concern. The discussion, part of HCPS’ Family Learning Series workshops, will feature an online panel of parents discussing experiences within HCPS and in the community.

 

The program will also take place using Microsoft Teams instead of Google Meet. For details and information about how to join the discussion using a free version of Microsoft Teams, go to https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/ on Thursday. No registration is required. Only the first 350 virtual attendees will be able to participate and comment during the discussion. The session will also be recorded and posted online for additional viewing.

 

RESCHEDULED: “Community Conversations: Parent Perspectives”

New date: July 9 from 6-7 p.m.

How to attend: Microsoft Teams workshop accessible by weblink or phone.

A panel comprised of parents from across Henrico County will respond to comments and perspectives of other parents in the school division. They will also speak about their own experiences with HCPS and their commitment to positive change in their school communities.

 

The virtual discussion series originated in response to global protests sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minnesota. So far, the every-other-week discussions have featured a panel of Henrico school leaders and a panel of HCPS students. There are two more discussions planned after this edition, the last set for Aug. 3. Adrienne Cole Johnson, director of the school division’s Department of Family and Community Engagement, moderates the discussions.

 

For questions, email presource@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787.

 

To see videos of past workshops, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics” or go to https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/.

Next edition of Henrico Schools’ ‘Community Conversations’ will focus on parent perspectives

RESCHEDULED for July 9 at 6 p.m.

Community Conversations: Parent Perspectives

A panel comprised of parents from across Henrico County will respond to comments and perspectives of other parents in the school division. They will also speak about their own experiences with HCPS and their commitment to positive change in their school communities.

Moderated by Adrienne Cole Johnson, director, HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement.

Henrico, Va. July 1, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ “Community Conversations” series continues Tuesday at 6 p.m., as an online panel of parents discusses various experiences and perspectives. The conversations are part of HCPS’ Family Learning Series workshops.

For details and information about how to easily join the discussion using Google Meet, go to https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/. No registration is required. Only the first 250 virtual attendees will be able to participate and comment during the discussion. If the audience is larger than 250, those participants will be able to see and hear the discussion using a livestream link that will appear on the Family Learning Series page. The session will also be recorded and posted online for additional viewing.

The virtual discussion series originated in response to global protests sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minnesota. So far, the every-other-week discussions have featured a panel of Henrico school leaders and a panel of HCPS students. There are two more discussions planned after this edition, the last set for Aug. 3. Adrienne Cole Johnson, director of the school division’s Department of Family and Community Engagement, moderates the discussions.

Community Conversations: Parent Perspectives
When: July 7 from 6-7 p.m.
How to attend: Google Meet workshop accessible by weblink or phone.
A panel comprised of parents from across Henrico County will respond to comments and perspectives of other parents in the school division. They will also speak about their own experiences with HCPS and their commitment to positive change in their school communities.

For questions, email presource@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787.

To see videos of past workshops, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics” or go to https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/.

HCPS: Tackling the closure, by the numbers

Henrico, Va. June 29, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ closure in March to stem the spread of the coronavirus has created challenges for Henrico families. HCPS staff members across the school division quickly began to invent new ways of serving families, with creative approaches to online learning, technology repair, meals distribution and much more. With the arrival of summer, we looked at some of the numbers tallied during the closure.

 

Responding to the closure, by the numbers:

 

  • 5,850: Chromebook computers the HCPS Department of Technology has distributed as of June 10 to families of HCPS elementary students in need of computers for educational purposes during the pandemic.
  • 475: Wi-Fit hot-spot devices distributed as of June 23 by the HCPS Department of Technology to families lacking internet service for on-demand learning. About 50 of these were loaned to HCPS staff members in need of internet.
  • 401,000: Grab-and-go lunches and breakfasts distributed as of June 15 to students in need of nutrition during the pandemic.
  • 149: Number of new instructional videos created by HCPS educators so far to complement on-demand learning (go to https://www.youtube.com/henricoschoolstv and click on “EDFlix” under playlists).
  • 652,600: Dollars donated as of June 24 by the community to aid the Henrico Education Foundation’s efforts for families affected by the pandemic. (Want to join the 843 community donors? Go to the Henrico Education Foundation’s secure donation site, https://henricogives.org/covid19/.)
  • 400: Vulnerable Henrico families presented with one-time $500 stipends by the Henrico Education Foundation to help with the economic demands of the pandemic.
  • 12,000: Food bags distributed directly to Henrico families in need, and to community partners supporting Henrico families, by the HCPS departments of Family and Community Engagement, and Equity, Diversity and Opportunity, in cooperation with Henrico General Government.
  • Nine: Virtual workshop topics presented during the closure as part of the HCPS Department of Community and Family Engagement’s Family Learning Series. They include sessions on self-care, mindfulness, exceptional education updates and supportive home learning environments, created to help families cope with the closure. For videos of the workshops, go to https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/.

 

As the school division looks toward reopening in the fall, HCPS is soliciting input from its families and employees. HCPS households and staff members should receive an email with a link to a survey that will help inform HCPS’ planning process. The survey will be open through July 5.

2021-22 school year will begin after Labor Day

NOTE: This version of the news release corrects a typographical error. In 2021-22, the school year will end June 17, 2022.

 
News Release

2021-22 school year will begin after Labor Day

Henrico, Va. June 25, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools will start the 2021-22 school year after Labor Day. After considering input from the public, the Henrico School Board voted at its June 18 virtual work session to use the traditional start date rather than shift the calendar for 2021-22 and begin before the Labor Day holiday.

The Board had considered two calendars and chose “Option B,” which would kick off the school year Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. School would end Friday, June 17, 2022.

In addition to considering public input, the Board cited the ongoing construction of the new Highland Springs and J.R. Tucker high schools, and the expansion of Holladay Elementary School as reasons for choosing the 2021-22 calendar option with a traditional post-Labor Day start. It also cited unknowns related to the upcoming 2020-21 school year, which will also start after Labor Day.

Members of the public weighed in on the two options in a survey conducted from May 20-June 3. A slight majority of respondents — 7,090 (51.4%) to 6,713 (48.6%) — expressed a preference for the traditional calendar. To see the survey results, as well as respondent comments, go to our 2021-22 calendar page at https://henricoschools.us/2021-2022-calendar/.

Highlights of the 2021-22 calendar include:

  • Sept. 8, 2021: First day of school
  • Nov. 24-26, 2021: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 20-31, 2021: Winter Break
  • April 4-8, 2022: Spring Break
  • June 17, 2022: Last day of school

The calendar also includes student and staff holidays for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Memorial Day. It also includes student holidays for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Diwali and Eid al-Fitr, as well as three other student holidays for staff professional development and clerical days.

To see the full 2021-22 calendar, go to our calendar page at https://henricoschools.us/calendars/.

The upcoming 2020-21 school year is already scheduled to begin the day after Labor Day, which is Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The school division is soliciting input from its families and employees about the return to school this fall. HCPS households and staff members are receiving an email this week with a link to a survey that will help inform HCPS’ planning process. The survey will be open through July 5.

The possibility of an earlier start is a new option for Virginia school divisions. For many years, school systems in the commonwealth were required to seek a waiver from the Virginia Department of Education to begin the school year before Labor Day. The General Assembly voted in 2019 to do away with that requirement, often called the “Kings Dominion” law.

HCPS families: Take a short survey and help Henrico County Public Schools plan for fall reopening

Henrico, Va. June 24, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools will reopen in the fall, but what exactly will that look like? The school division is making plans for a safe and healthy return to school and is seeking the input of HCPS families and staff members. The survey results will be used for planning purposes and respondents are not committing to any choices for the 2020-21 school year.

HCPS parents, guardians and employees should receive an email this week with a link to a short video about reopening, followed by a survey. The email sender will be “Henrico County Public Schools” and the subject line will read “Back to school: Your feedback needed.” The survey is open through July 5. It is only available to HCPS employees and student households.

“The input we get from families and staff will be critical as we formulate our plans,” said Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent. “HCPS will take into account state guidance, the advice of health experts and the wishes of the larger community before making any final determinations for the fall.”

On June 9, Virginia officials issued guidelines for state schools and school divisions to reopen in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. HCPS will use the state guidance, along with staff and community input, to create detailed plans for instruction and health. After an initial review of the guidelines, HCPS is pursuing a plan that combines two approaches: one hybrid model that alternates in-person and virtual learning, and a second fully virtual, parallel pathway:

  • Hybrid learning pathway: One portion of the student body would attend classes on campus for a period of time, while another portion would learn remotely. This pathway contains several options under consideration. The two groups might alternate days or weeks on campus to build a blended learning environment. Having fewer students on campus would make it easier to implement distancing guidelines.
  • Parallel all-virtual learning pathway: Based on the choice of parents or guardians, students may opt for a fully virtual learning experience that parallels the “in-person” instruction happening in classrooms.

Before reopening for any large-scale in-person instruction, HCPS and other Virginia school divisions must show how they will comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 prevention strategies, including:

  • Use of face coverings.
  • Health screenings for staff and students.
  • Physical distancing measures.
  • Enhanced hygiene practices for staff and students.
  • Isolating symptomatic cases.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

Those not receiving the email should check their email account’s spam or junk folders. For questions about the survey, or if you did not receive an email, contact Helen Whitehurst in HCPS’ Department of Assessment, Research and Evaluation at hswhiteh@henrico.k12.va.us.

For an overview of HCPS’ plans as they stand prior to community feedback, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqlXt4YMZpQ&feature=youtu.be.

The school division will make additional announcements as plans continue to be developed in accordance with the commonwealth’s new health and safety guidelines.

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Check out these summer reading tips, part of HCPS’ ‘Summer Reading Kick-Off’

Henrico, Va. June 17, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ “Summer Reading Kick-Off” aims to build students’ reading skills – and encourage fun – all summer long. At three interactive webpages for HCPS elementary, middle and high school students, you’ll find reading resources, activities and tips for keeping your students engaged this summer.

 

The colorful interactive summer reading pages are available by going to www.henricoschools.us and looking under “Hot Topics” or at https://sites.google.com/henrico.k12.va.us/mockupedflix/summer-reading. The page also features a video welcome to HCPS’ summer program, featuring 15 Virginia authors and illustrators, as well as HCPS community partners.

 

Students can click and explore as they navigate the reading resources and activities appropriate for their school level. The tropical “Elementary Island” page features an explorable beach resort, the middle school page resembles a comfortable hangout for tweens, and the high school site, based on a day at the park, enables students to select useful reading apps on a virtual cell phone. Each page features a video tour by an HCPS librarian.

The sites include student “launch boards” with activities such as reading a cookbook and making a recipe (elementary), making a stop-motion video based on a book (middle school) and drafting a resume (high school). Students can explore ways to find great reads, take part in virtual book clubs, hear audio book talks and more.

 

“During these unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever to stay connected,” said Shannon Hyman, HCPS library services specialist. “This summer, Virginia authors, illustrators and community partners are joining with our school librarians to challenge our students to stay connected through reading. All activities are optional, engaging and designed to encourage learners to read widely all summer long.”

 

How can you encourage your student to read? These tips from HCPS librarians and Library Services Department staff members can help:

 

  • Read aloud together with your student every day, at every age.
  • Borrow audiobooks and listen as a family.
  • Opt outside. Bring your book, read on your device or download an audiobook and enjoy on a walk.
  • Pick up some great magazines to enjoy in the car, at the pool or under a tree! Magazines are gateways to other reading materials and foster visual literacy.
  • Explore Henrico County Public Libraries’ great programs and activities. Your school librarian will be working with our public libraries to share summer reading activities, lists and opportunities with all students. Be sure to check out Henrico County Public Library’s summer reading program, at henricolibrary.org/summerreading.
  • Remember, if you want your student to read, give them ample opportunities to see YOU reading, too!

 

For more summer reading tips, go to https://sites.google.com/henrico.k12.va.us/mockupedflix/summer-reading and click on “Printable Summer Reading Overview Page.”

Hear student perspectives in the next edition of HCPS’ ‘Community Conversations’ on racism and inequity

Henrico, Va. June 17, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ “Community Conversations” series continues Tuesday at 6 p.m., as an online panel of HCPS high school students discusses issues of racism, injustice and inequity. The conversations are part of HCPS’ Family Learning Series workshops.

 

For details and information about how to easily join the discussion using Google Meet, go to https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/. No registration is required. Only the first 250 virtual attendees will be able to participate and comment during the discussion. If the audience is larger than 250, those participants will be able to see and hear the discussion using a livestream link that will appear on the Family Learning Series page. The session will also be recorded and posted online for additional viewing.

 

The virtual discussion series originated in response to global protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. The every-other-week discussions debuted June 8 with a panel of Henrico school leaders. There are three more discussions planned, the last set for Aug. 3. Adrienne Cole Johnson, director of the school division’s Department of Family and Community Engagement, moderates the discussions.

 

Community Conversations: Student Voices

When: June 23 from 6-7 p.m.

How to attend: Google Meet workshop accessible by weblink or phone.

Student panelists from across Henrico County will discuss their perspectives on racial equity and their experiences in Henrico County Public Schools. They will also talk about ways they’ve promoted change in their schools and community.

 

For questions, email presource@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787.

 

The session was initially scheduled for Monday, but was moved to accommodate HCPS’ closure in observance of Juneteenth.

 

Several other virtual workshops will also take place in June as part of HCPS’ Family Learning Series. To find out more and see videos of past workshops, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics” or go to https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/.

HCPS will close Monday for Juneteenth observance

Henrico, Va. June 16, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools will close Monday in observation of Juneteenth, the annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Superintendent Amy Cashwell said in an email to employees Tuesday that she and the School Board hope to encourage reflection and dialogue, and prioritize cultural and historical legacies that have often been marginalized.

Because June 19 falls on Friday this year, it is not a workday under the HCPS summer schedule. As a result, the school division will observe the holiday Monday.

“Over the past week, I’ve engaged in several emotional and difficult conversations with employees, students and community members,” Cashwell said in the message. “They’ve shared with me the trauma they are experiencing in light of the recent acts of racism, hate and bigotry seen across our nation, as well about their personal struggles for racial equity within the Henrico County Public Schools organization. While I recognize that I can never fully understand the feelings of our African-American community, I promise I will continue to bring empathy, as well as a commitment to listen and be introspective as our organization continues this critical dialogue.

“A point that has resonated with me during these conversations is the overwhelming sentiment that Black culture is neither seen nor valued. As I reflect on this sentiment, I’m reminded that too often accounts of history have failed to elevate the voices, narratives and events that impact Black America.

“This is only the beginning of the important and difficult work we must embark on together as we ensure a safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning and work environment for every HCPS student and employee. This requires an enduring organizational promise to be responsive in our actions, as well as an openness to change.”

The message contained several links to articles and interviews to encourage discussion and reflection. Read the entire message at https://henricoschools.us/superintendent/.

The closure will result in minimal changes at HCPS building locations, since facilities remain closed for the pandemic and most HCPS employees are working remotely, but will provide time off for staff members to observe the holiday.

Note: While schools and offices will be closed June 22 for normal business, two high schools will still hold their graduation photo sessions as scheduled, in honor of the Class of 2020. Those schools will communicate additional reminders if necessary.

Juneteenth: Schools and offices to close in observance on Monday, June 22

June 16, 2020

To the Henrico team,

Over the past week, I’ve engaged in several emotional and difficult conversations with employees, students, and community members. They’ve shared with me the trauma they are experiencing in light of the recent acts of racism, hate, and bigotry seen across our nation, as well about their personal struggles for racial equity within the Henrico County Public Schools organization. While I recognize that I can never fully understand the feelings of our African American community, I promise I will continue to bring empathy, as well as a commitment to listen and be introspective as our organization continues this critical dialogue. 

A point that has resonated with me during these conversations is the overwhelming sentiment that Black culture is neither seen nor valued. As I reflect on this sentiment, I’m reminded that too often accounts of history have failed to elevate the voices, narratives, and events that impact Black America. This Friday marks Juneteenth, the 155th celebration and commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, held annually across the nation on June 19. Let us not miss this opportunity as an organization and as individuals to recognize and reflect on this deeply meaningful tradition of celebration. 

Because June 19 falls on a Friday this year, it is not a workday under the HCPS summer schedule. As a result, the School Board and I would like to observe Juneteenth by closing all HCPS schools and offices on Monday, June 22. 

For those who don’t traditionally celebrate Juneteenth, I ask that you please use the time off to reflect on how we, individually and collectively, can have a greater appreciation for the experience of Black Americans and others for whom race and culture have been underrepresented and/or marginalized in our nation’s history. I ask that each member of the Henrico team please consider using this time to deepen your understanding of what we can do better to achieve racial justice as educators, school administrators, and citizens. 

This is only the beginning of the important and difficult work we must embark on together as we ensure a safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning and work environment for every HCPS student and employee. This requires an enduring organizational promise to be responsive in our actions, as well as an openness to change.  

Let’s look within ourselves, perhaps sit with some discomfort and reflect on what each of us can do differently. How can you do this? I might suggest starting with one or more of the following resources:

I challenge the entire Henrico team to look within ourselves and use this opportunity to not only recognize Juneteenth and to share our collective voice that Black Lives Matter, but to do our part and take responsibility for eliminating systems of racial inequity.

Sincerely,

Amy

Amy E. Cashwell, Ed.D.

Superintendent

As review continues of new state guidelines, HCPS eyeing two-pronged approach for return to school

Henrico, Va. June 15, 2020 — After an initial review of new guidelines announced last week by Gov. Northam and the Virginia Department of Education, Henrico County Public Schools will pursue a combination of in-person and virtual formats for reopening in the fall.

In May, HCPS had announced five possibilities for a return to school, but will now focus on creating a plan that combines two approaches: one hybrid model that alternates in-person and virtual learning, and a second fully virtual, parallel option:

  • Hybrid learning: One portion of the student body would attend classes on campus for a period of time, while another portion would learn remotely. The two groups might alternate days or weeks on campus to build a blended learning environment. Having fewer students on campus would make it easier to implement distancing guidelines.
  • Parallel virtual learning: Based on the choice of parents or guardians, students may opt for a fully virtual learning experience that parallels the “in-person” instruction happening in classrooms.

HCPS employees and families were updated in an email message sent Friday, the last day of school.

“There’s no doubt that we’re excited about welcoming our students and staff back to school in the fall, but we agree with the governor that the school day will look very different,” said HCPS Superintendent Amy E. Cashwell. “We continue to review the state’s guidance and narrow our focus. We know already that this summer and fall will be about reimagining the school experience and building community confidence that our schools will continue to be a healthy and safe place for students to learn and grow.”

The state guidelines — called “Recover. Redesign. Restart.” — aim to help school divisions as they consider everything from identifying gaps in student learning to providing safe spacing on school buses. They divide reopening into three phases. The document and related information is available at the Virginia Department of Education website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/covid-19/recover-redesign-restart.shtml.

While the document provides guidance and flexibility, Virginia school systems must ultimately decide on a reopening plan that aligns with one of the phases, and are required to submit a comprehensive instructional plan at least 15 days before the start of the new school year.

Because HCPS’ plans would incorporate in-person instruction, the school division would also be required to submit a health mitigation plan.

HCPS will make additional announcements as plans continue to be developed in accordance with the new health and safety guidelines. The school division expects to survey the public and collect additional input and feedback from employees, families, and students before reopening school.

Grab-and-go meals distribution, other closure-related services moving to summer schedules

Henrico, Va. June 12, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ “grab-and-go” meals distribution service will move to a summer schedule Monday, as will its mobile technology hubs and an information hotline designed to help families during HCPS’ closure for the coronavirus pandemic.

In an effort to increase efficiency and anticipate the needs of families, the grab-and-go service will shift some locations and reduce the number of sites from 15 to 14. The service will operate during the summer from Monday through Thursday, in accordance with HCPS’ traditional summer schedule.

In addition to the daily breakfasts and lunches, on Thursdays, students, parents and guardians can also pick up meals for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Distribution is on a first-come, first-served basis. Food distribution is open to all students, regardless of what school they attend, as well as others age 18 and under.

Summer meals distribution (beginning June 15)

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-noon

Summer locations:

  • Brookland Middle School, 9200 Lydell Drive, Henrico, Va. 23228
  • Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
  • Harvie Elementary School, 3401 Harvie Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
  • Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va. 23228
  • Highland Springs Elementary School, 600 Pleasant St., Highland Springs, Va. 23075
  • Lakeside Elementary School, 6700 Cedar Croft St., Henrico, Va. 23228
  • Longan Elementary School, 9200 Mapleview Ave., Henrico, Va. 23294
  • Montrose Elementary School, 2820 Williamsburg Road, Henrico, Va. 23231
  • Quioccasin Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Road, Henrico, Va. 23238
  • Ridge Elementary School, 8910 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va. 23229
  • Sandston Elementary School, 7 Naglee Ave., Sandston, Va. 23150
  • Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road, Henrico, Va. 23231
  • Ward Elementary School, 3400 Darbytown Road, Henrico, Va. 23231
  • L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. 23227

Many students depend on school meals as a crucial part of daily nutrition. Since launching the distribution service in March to address family nutrition needs during the closure, HCPS’ School Nutrition Services Department has packaged and distributed around 400,000 breakfasts and lunches. For more information about summer nutrition, contact Dana K. Whitney, director of HCPS’ Department of Nutrition Services, at 804-226-5555.

The mobile tech hubs that help HCPS students and families with laptop repairs and internet access will also move to summer hours beginning June 15. The hubs will be open at the same four sites, but with reduced hours and days.

Summer mobile technology hubs (beginning June 15)

Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Summer locations:

  • Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va., 23059
  • Douglas Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va., 23229
  • Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va., 23228
  • Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Ave., Highland Springs, Va., 23075

The HCPS Hotline, designed to help families get the information they need during the school division’s closure for to combat the spread of coronavirus, will also move to a summer schedule.

Summer HCPS Hotline (beginning June 15)

Call: 804-501-5655
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Para asistencia en español, llame al: 804-527-4604.

Hours and locations for summer services may still change, depending on demand. Families should check the latest information about locations and hours at the HCPS’ COVID-19 webpage, henricoschools.us/covid19/.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to the USDA by:

 

  • Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    Washington, DC 20250-9410
  • Fax: 202-690-7442; or
  • Email: program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Douglas Freeman High School will engage in listening process on future of ‘Rebels’ nickname

Henrico, Va. June 11, 2020 — Douglas S. Freeman High School will solicit input from students, families, alumni and community members on the future of its “Rebels” nickname, the school’s principal announced today in an email message. The process will be about collecting experiences and opinions. A committee of community members, students and staff will compile the responses, analyze feedback to identify themes and create a report that will be a basis for community dialogue. While the process will be school-based, the Douglas Freeman administration will work closely with Henrico County Public Schools’ superintendent and School Board.

 

“While our traditions contribute to our strong school culture, this moment in our nation’s history demands that we ask if our symbols and language reflect our core values,” said John Marshall, Douglas Freeman principal. “In this spirit, hundreds of our students, alumni, families and community members have written over the past few weeks expressing their view that now is the time to change Freeman’s mascot.”

 

The Rebels nickname is viewed by some, Marshall said, as a name for those “who use our talents to challenge the status quo and change the world.” Others view the nickname as archaic, and a “dividing and unwelcoming force for many students.

 

“There have been petitions and student-led calls for a mascot change, and just as many petitions and calls for keeping it. However, there has not been a public, school-led, formal examination of the topic until today.

 

“Douglas Freeman High School is a model in many ways,” said Marshall, “and this moment gives us another opportunity to lead. I am optimistic about our ability to have this conversation as a Freeman Family, and model how a community should have such a dialogue.”

 

The input form is available by going to www.freemanmascot.info. Questions about the process can be emailed to freemanmascot@henrico.k12.va.us. Respondents can submit thoughts in written, audio or video form.

 

While the Henrico County school retains its Rebels nickname, it has not used a visual mascot for many years, instead opting for an interlocking “DSF” logo.

 

The school, which opened in 1954, is named for Douglas Southall Freeman, a Richmond historian, author and journalist. While Freeman won Pulitzer Prizes for his biographies of both Robert E. Lee and George Washington, the school’s nickname was likely inspired by his Confederate subjects.

From Watch Parties to Victory Laps, it’s graduation week. There are 3 ways to watch commencement ceremonies live.

Henrico, Va. June 8, 2020 — It will be a memorable end to an unusual year. Henrico County Public Schools’ Class of 2020 will be honored this week, as “Graduation Celebration 2020” kicks off. Each high school’s graduating class will have a “Graduation Ceremony Watch Party” this week as their virtual ceremony is livestreamed, and each group of new graduates will take a “Victory Lap” at Richmond Raceway. In-person commencement ceremonies at VCU’s Siegel Center were called off to combat the spread of coronavirus.

There are three ways to watch each ceremony live (links can be accessed on any desktop computer or on mobile devices):

Richmond Raceway has offered HCPS use of “America’s Premier Short Track” for a Victory Lap for each senior class, where graduates and their immediate family members will parade in cars around the historic oval. To add to the atmosphere at the Victory Lap, graduates can tune their car radios to HCPS’ student radio station at 91.1 FM. “Melissa and Jack,” the morning team at radio station “103.7 Play” has recorded a special show for each high school’s graduating seniors, featuring music, banter and congratulatory messages.

Note to members of the media: In an effort to simplify the events, coverage of the Graduation Victory Laps at Richmond Raceway will be limited to Mills Godwin High School’s event, which takes place Wednesday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent, and Dennis Bickmeier, Richmond Raceway president, will be available for interviews, as will some members of the Class of 2020. For more information, email Richmond Raceway’s Brent Gambill at bgambill@richmondraceway.com.

Want to watch your graduate’s big day again? Go to https://henricoschools.us/graduations/, where you’ll find:

  • A link to a replay of each ceremony, available shortly after the live event concludes, so you can watch it again or share the link with friends and relatives.
  • An order form for DVDs of each virtual commencement, available for purchase in coming weeks.
  • A schedule of replay times on HCPS-TV, our cable channel, which will be posted by next week.

The third element of Graduation Celebration 2020, a “Cap and Gown Photo Session” for each graduate, is being scheduled individually by each high school.

Virtual Commencement Ceremonies*

Tuesday, June 9:
Deep Run High School , 11 a.m.
Mills E. Godwin High School, 3 p.m.
Douglas S. Freeman High School, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10:
Glen Allen High School, 11 a.m.
Hermitage High School, 3 p.m.
J.R. Tucker High School, 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 11:
Highland Springs High School, 11 a.m.
Varina High School, 3 p.m.
Henrico High School, 7 p.m.

*Virtual ceremonies for the Virginia Randolph Education Center and the Academy at Virginia Randolph took place today. Replays are available at https://henricoschools.us/graduations/.

‘Call to Action’ conversation will feature voices from across Henrico on racism, injustice and inequity

Henrico, Va. June 5, 2020 — In response to global protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, Henrico County Public Schools will hold a virtual panel discussion about racism, injustice and inequity featuring Henrico leaders, students and other members of the community. The one-hour discussion is part of HCPS’ Family Learning Series and will take place Monday evening at 6 p.m.

 

For details and information about how to easily join the virtual discussion using Google Meet, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics” or go to our Family Learning Series page at https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/. No registration is required. Only the first 250 virtual attendees will be able to participate and comment during the discussion. If the audience is larger than 250, those participants would still have “view/listen only” access. The session will be recorded and posted online for additional viewing.

 

“As a school system, we have pledged to advance critical work related to equity, to build the ability and resources needed to recognize and combat bias, and to strengthen our cultural competence,” said Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent. “This is important work, and while we have already made significant strides, I recognize this is an enduring commitment that requires continued difficult conversations and responsive actions.”

 

The Henrico School Board issued a statement earlier today, committing to the creation of an inclusive school environment, asking for community feedback, recognizing the value of different cultural experiences and making the community aware of a new list of HCPS resources on race and diversity. Read the whole statement at the Board’s webpage, https://henricoschools.us/school-board/.

 

Panel participants at the Monday discussion will include:

 

  • Tyrone Nelson, Henrico Board of Supervisors’ Varina District representative.
  • Roscoe Cooper III, School Board chair and Fairfield District representative.
  • Monica Manns, HCPS’ chief equity, diversity and opportunity officer.
  • Sharita Bryant, president of the Henrico County Council of PTAs.
  • A student representative from HCPS’ Equity Ambassadors program.

 

Community Conversations: A Call to Action

When: June 8 from 6-7 p.m.

How to attend: Google Meet workshop accessible by weblink or phone.

Recent events have lit a worldwide spark of concern regarding racism, injustice and inequity. We want to ensure that our school division is considered a safe space to listen and engage in dialogue, with the purpose of supporting student and family needs. Please join us for a community conversation involving a panel of Henrico leaders. Voices from the community will be represented, including Henrico leaders, as well as student, parent and guardian voices.

 

The discussion will be moderated by Adrienne Cole Johnson, director of HCPS’ Department of Family and Community Engagement. For questions, email presource@henrico.k12.va.us or call 804-652-3787.

 

Several other virtual workshops will also take place in June as part of HCPS’ Family Learning Series. To find out more and see videos of past workshops, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics” or go to https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/.

Summer: All students will have learning ‘pathways’; Fall: 5 possibilities under consideration for return

Henrico, Va. May 28, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools will provide all students with customizable learning pathways for the summer and is considering five options for a return to school for the 2020-21 school year.

In an attempt to buttress summer learning and mitigate the effects of instructional time lost to the closure for coronavirus, all of the school division’s students will have access to prescribed learning pathways for the summer months. In some cases, students’ plans will be optional, and in others, will be required. The avenues will include both asynchronous learning (online learning that happens on students’ schedules) and synchronous learning (online education that happens in real-time, delivered by a teacher at a specific time).

The five options for the 2020-21 school year include a full return to school campuses for all students, an all-online option, and three options that would combine the two. All options that involve returning to school facilities would include new, possibly unprecedented, safety protocols for successfully reopening public schools.

“This summer and fall will be about flexibility, creativity, and above all, safety,” said Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent. “We’re going to keep working hard to find innovative ways to support all our students as they continue learning this summer, and to prepare for a safe return to school in the fall, no matter what that may look like.”

Summer student pathways:

Summer learning pathways are part of HCPS’ “Henrico Edflix” learning plan and will enable all students to build skills directly related to the grade-level content they will encounter during the 2020-21 school year. Some of the pathways are designed for students who may have gaps in learning, while others are designed for review, enrichment and acceleration. There are also several exceptional education options under consideration for students with disabilities. The plan will include students who, in other years, might have taken part in HCPS’ Summer Academy, accelerated learning or extended-school-year programs. For details about the pathways, go to HCPS’ On-Demand Learning webpage at https://henricoschools.us/covid19/ondemandlearning/.

Fall options for 2020-21 school year:

Henrico County Public Schools is considering five possible formats for 2020-21 school attendance, depending on factors related to the pandemic. New safety measures would be adopted for on-campus options, and under all options, the pace of learning would be adjusted to include content students may have missed in the spring. The five options under consideration are:

  • Option A: On-campus learning. All students would be back on campus, with new, possibly unprecedented, safety measures in place.
  • Option B: Remote learning that is structured and enhanced. All students would participate in required daily remote learning that includes graded schoolwork. While HCPS’ March closure necessitated emergency distance-learning measures, this option would more closely resemble the traditional expectations of a typical school day.
  • Option C: Interrupted on-campus learning. All students would be back on campus for several weeks or months at a time, which could be interrupted by periods of structured remote learning in response to health concerns that may arise.
  • Option D: Hybrid learning. One portion of the student body would attend classes on campus for a period of time, while another portion would learn remotely. The two groups might switch after a number of months, or alternate days on campus to build a blended learning environment. Having fewer students on campus would make it easier to implement distancing guidelines.
  • Option E: Parallel learning. Part of the student body would attend all classes on campus while another group would learn remotely for the entire school year because of choice or necessity. This option would not require students to alternate days, unless a student needed to shift from one track to the other.

Each of the five options would require extensive coordination and planning by HCPS staff members. At this time a final plan has not been determined. The school division will make additional announcements as plans continue to be developed in accordance with health and safety guidelines.

Should the 2021-22 school year start before or after Labor Day? Tell us your thoughts.

Henrico, Va. May 20, 2020 — In early March, Henrico County Public Schools introduced the idea of a pre-Labor Day start to the 2021-22 school year. That was before the educational landscape shifted with HCPS’ closure to combat the coronavirus pandemic. At its May 14 work session, the Henrico School Board decided to revisit the issue and consider two calendar options for 2021-22 — one with a pre-Labor Day start and another with a more traditional post-Labor Day start.

Members of the public are invited to share their thoughts on the two options by taking a survey, open until June 3 at 8 a.m. The survey is available by going to HCPS’ website, henricoschools.us, and looking under “Hot Topics,” or by going to henricoschools.us/2021-22-calendar-options/.

The two calendar options under consideration for 2021-22 are:

  • Calendar Option A (pre-Labor Day start.) School would begin on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. School would end on Friday, June 3, 2022.
  • Calendar Option B (traditional post-Labor Day start.) School would begin on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. School would end on Friday, June 17, 2022.

At the work session, conducted in a virtual format, the Board also considered a third option, where students would attend school year-round, with intermittent breaks. After discussing the “extended school year” idea, the Board decided to eliminate that option, citing a desire for more research and collaboration with other school divisions in central Virginia.

While the first and last days of school differ, as well as student and staff holidays, all options would include the same number of instructional days.

Possible advantages of a pre-Labor Day start (Option A) include:

  • Provides two additional weeks of instruction before International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement testing, resulting in less time between the completion of testing and the end of the school year.
  • The academic calendar would more closely align with the start of fall extracurricular activities, as well as college and university schedules.
  • Provides at least a four-day break for Labor Day weekend.

Possible advantages of a post-Labor Day start (Option B) include:

  • Maintains traditional HCPS school calendar.
  • Keeps intact the construction schedule for the new J.R. Tucker and Highland Springs high schools and the expansion of Holladay Elementary School (a pre-Labor Day schedule would move up the construction deadline).
  • Maintains the length of the 2021 summer break for students and HCPS staff members (a pre-Labor Day start would require a one-time reduction of summer break).

There are no significant budgetary differences between the two options.

The 2020-21 school year is already scheduled to begin the day after Labor Day, which is Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

2020-21 registration: Online portal opens for kindergartners, other new HCPS students

Henrico, Va. May 18, 2020 — Registration for the 2020-21 school year is now open for kindergartners, as well as new students in grades 1-12. In order to help slow the spread of coronavirus, HCPS is conducting registration online, rather than in person. Register your new student with his or her school using the new HCPS Online Registration portal.

 

  1. Go to henricoschools.us/registration/, where you’ll find a link to the registration portal, as well as instructions and information about the documents you’ll need to register your student.
  2. Click the button to go to the HCPS Online Registration portal.
  3. Complete the three forms available in the portal:
    • Enrollment Form (parts 1 and 2).
    • Home Language Survey.
    • McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act screening form.
  1. Upload the additional documents spelled out on our registration page.
  2. Submit your registration to your school online.

 

For more information, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, go to henricoschools.us/registration/.

 

Information is also available in Spanish at henricoschools.us/registro-de-estudiantes/.

 

If you need to find the school your child will attend, use the HCPS School Locator by going to henricoschools.us/school-locator/.



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