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Amy’s Passport: Progress Report No. 2, December 2019

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

Supporting Student Participation in a Virtual Classroom

In the new space of virtual learning, families and caregivers have the new responsibility of supporting students in the virtual classroom. This session will focus on tips and strategies to support your learners, straight from the mouths of educators in the virtual classroom.

Learning Strand: Beyond the Classroom

Presenter: Emily McMillen Brooke  Kleyman

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No HCPS meals Monday; Service will resume Tuesday, with new voter registration drive

Henrico, Va. Sept. 25, 2020 — Monday is a Henrico County Public Schools student holiday in observance of Yom Kippur, and there will be no meals distribution that day. HCPS will resume free curbside pick-up service at all HCPS schools Tuesday, and bus stop neighborhood drop-off service Wednesday. When the service resumes, families will not only be able to pick up school meals — they’ll be able to get help registering to vote.

School sites and bus-stop sites will have voter registration information available, including registration forms and guidance on how to register online. Information will be available in English and Spanish for eligible students and family members who need to register before the Oct. 13 deadline.

To see a list of neighborhood bus stop drop-off sites and times, go to https://henricoschools.us/returntoschool/ and click on “Free School Meals.”

School curbside pick-up service

Distribution of free meals take place at all elementary, middle and high schools.

  • Resumes Tuesday, Sept. 29 (Regular days are Monday through Thursday, with Friday meals distributed on Thursdays.)
  • 7-9 a.m.: Hot breakfasts (when available) and cold lunches.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Hot lunches as well as cold breakfasts for the next day.

Neighborhood drop-off distribution using school buses

HCPS buses distribute free school meals to neighborhoods two days a week. Participants should follow social distancing and mask guidelines at bus stops.

  • Resumes Wednesday, Sept. 30 (Regular days are Mondays and Wednesdays. On Mondays, buses usually distribute meals for Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesdays, breakfasts and lunches are distributed for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as Monday breakfast.)
  • Buses make 30-minute stops at each location, between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Things to know about HCPS school meals service:

  • Free meals are available to any child 18 or younger at all HCPS school locations and identified bus stops.
  • Parents and guardians can pick up meals at any HCPS location regardless of where their student is enrolled.
  • Parents and guardians don’t need to provide student names or I.D. numbers to receive meals.
  • Families are strongly encouraged to apply for free and reduced-priced meals benefits, in order to participate after the current meals program expires Jan. 1, 2021.

In accordance with the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the universal meals distribution in effect since the spread of the pandemic in March will be continued through Dec. 31.

From the Kitchen to the Classroom

Reinforcing learning materials can be fun, especially in the kitchen! Join Victoria’s Kitchen as the kids’ cooking school staff shows us how to create some healthy snacks for your learner, all while incorporating math!

Learning Strand: Beyond the Classroom

Presenter: Victoria’s Kitchen

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Virginia Board of Education honors HCPS as a ‘School Division of Innovation’

Henrico, Va. Sept. 24, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools has been recognized for its educational innovation by the Virginia Board of Education. Fifteen of the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions were named “School Divisions of Innovation.” The divisions were recognized for “designing and implementing alternatives to traditional instructional practices and school structures” in order to promote learning, readiness for college and careers, and good citizenship.

In announcing HCPS’ designation, the state Board cited two HCPS academic programs that give students a greater role in their education:

  • Giving students access to real-time data, as well as “formative feedback” opportunities to promote and measure their knowledge and skills.
  • Implementing a plan for HCPS students at all grade levels to create and use “learner portfolios” of their work. The portfolios enable students to track their own progress toward college, careers and citizenship, using the state’s “Profile of a Virginia Graduate” as a guide.

School divisions retain the designation for three years. To earn it, local school boards must submit a plan showing how their school divisions met the requirements. Winning school divisions must also submit an annual report to the Virginia Department of Education showing how they are making progress toward the goals described in their plans. The designations were authorized by the General Assembly in 2017. This the first year they have been presented.

“I think it is fair to say that innovation has never been more important in public education than today as schools across the commonwealth and nation focus on improving distance learning in the face of a pandemic, while addressing inequities in opportunities and outcomes,” Daniel Gecker, Virginia Board of Education president, said in a news release. “I congratulate the leaders of all [15] school divisions for creating innovative plans to address the challenges in their schools and engage their students in deeper learning across the curriculum.”

HCPS has implemented a variety of new programs in recent years. In 2017 HCPS adapted the Profile of a Virginia Graduate to create the localized “Henrico Learner Profile.” The Henrico Learner Profile is a common blueprint for the knowledge, skills, attributes and experiences Henrico students should develop during their HCPS career in order to become life-ready. The school division has also emphasized the “deeper learning” academic model that promotes a more active role for students in their education. Find out more about the Henrico Learner Profile at http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/hlp.

2020-21 REB Award: Why is your principal one of central Virginia’s great educational leaders?

Henrico, Va. Sept. 24, 2020 — The REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership provide a tangible, public way to recognize an outstanding principal at a Henrico County school. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. The monetary component of the awards has been increased this year: honorees will receive an unrestricted $10,000 cash grant, as well as $20,000 to be used for school initiatives. Eligible are principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond.

All nominations must be submitted online. To find out more and to nominate a principal, go to cfrichmond.org/Grantseekers/REB-Awards-for-Distinguished-Educational-Leadership.

The Community Foundation is seeking nominations of candidates who:

  • Have served as principal of their school for at least three years.
  • Effectively manage and promote excellence in education.
  • Demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment.
  • Inspire their students and are advocates for their school and faculty.
  • Encourage team spirit.
  • Foster cooperation between the school and the community.
  • Maintain dialogue with students, parents, faculty and staff.

Last year’s HCPS winner was Joy Reed, principal of Ratcliffe Elementary School.

Who: The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators, and the greater community. Principals may not nominate themselves.

When: Nominations must be submitted through the foundation’s online portal by 5 p.m. on Nov. 5. Hard copies or nominations submitted via email or fax will not be accepted.

How: To nominate a principal, go to cfrichmond.org/Grantseekers/REB-Awards-for-Distinguished-Educational-Leadership and scroll to the “Nominate Here” button. Nominators must create an account before logging in. As part of their application, nominators should upload a one- to two-page letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership. Nominators may also upload as many as three one-page letters of support.

For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, director of HCPS’ Department of Professional Learning and Leadership, at 804-652-3840.

Award recipients will be announced in March 2021.

Family workshops abound in HCPS’ newly reimagined ‘Bridge Builders Academy’ series

Henrico, Va. Sept. 23, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ family workshops have always been about transformation. Now, the workshop series itself has been transformed to bring Henrico families and educators even more useful presentations, speakers and events. Formerly known as the Family Learning Series, the series will kick off its fall season with the name “Bridge Builders Academy.” The new name better evokes the series’ purpose: to build connections among families, the community and the school division. The series has also been divided into four “learning strands,” or categories, to make it easier to find relevant information. The learning strands are: Beyond the Classroom; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Exceptional Education; and Information, Access and Opportunities.

All fall “Bridge Builders Academy” workshops are virtual, and students, staff and members of the public can participate using Microsoft Teams. Instructions for joining the workshops are at the new Bridge Builders Academy webpage at https://henricoschools.us/bridgebuildersacademy. Workshops are recorded for later viewing, and you can watch past workshops by going to the Bridge Builders Academy page.

Fall 2020 Bridge Builders Academy workshops are below, grouped by category. For more information, go to https://henricoschools.us/bridgebuildersacademy. The fall sessions are moderated by the HCPS Department of Family and Community Engagement, in conjunction with the session hosts. Questions about workshops can be directed to ansimms@henrico.k12.va.us.

Fall 2020 Bridge Builders Academy workshops, listed by category:

  • Beyond the Classroom:
    • Supporting Student Participation in a Virtual Classroom (Sept. 29 at noon). In the new space of virtual learning, families and caregivers have the new responsibility of supporting students in the virtual classroom. This session will focus on tips and strategies to support your learners, straight from the mouths of educators in the virtual classroom.
    • Understanding “New Math” (Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.). A common challenge for most parents is understanding the transition to “new math.” Mathnasium will join us to help families and caregivers understand why the switch was made and how to assist your learner who may need support.
    • Building Resilience in Your Learner (Oct. 20 at noon). When you think of resilience what comes to mind? Join nonprofit ChildSavers for a workshop on building resilience in your learner to help them succeed in their learning space and beyond.
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:
    • Raising a G.U.R.L.L. (Greatness Using Real-Life Lessons) (Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.). “Greatness Using Real-Life Lessons” will focus on Mrs. Scott-Mayo’s journey raising her daughters. Discussion will cover how we can empower our girls, boost their self-esteem and encourage a positive self-image.
  • Exceptional Education:
    • Centering You” with the Center for Family Involvement (Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.). Have you heard of the Center for Family Involvement at VCU’s Partnership for People with Disabilities? This session will provide an overview of the organization’s resources and a bonus self-care session for parents to help them support their virtual learners.
    • Virtual IEP Kits (TBD). “IEP Kits” were sent last year to each HCPS school, to help keep families informed about the Individualized Education Program. Explore the digital version, and get access to the information you need about IEPs.
  • Information, Access and Opportunities:
    • Digital Resources at Your Fingertips (Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.). Are you ready to help your child reach for the stars? Do you want to get a closer look at the digital resources that support your child’s pre-K through grade 5 virtual classroom? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us for an up-close look at Henrico’s digital resources.
    • Save, Spend, Achieve (Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.). This session will discuss setting financial goals and strategies to achieve them.
    • Welcome to Henrico from the HCPS Welcome Center (Oct. 13 at noon). Starting in a new school division is a major shift for any family, but especially for families who may need language assistance. Join the HCPS Welcome Center for a session for English-learner families entering Henrico Schools.
    • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Oct. 27 at noon). Grandparents raising their grandchildren often face unique challenges as they navigate the school experience. Especially this fall, grandfamilies and other relative caregivers must learn new technology, practices and systems. Join us as nonprofit Formed Families Forward provides tools and resources for grandparents raising their grandchildren.
    • Advanced Courses (Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.). Advanced Placement courses, specialty center programs and honors courses are available across Henrico County for students interested in challenging themselves academically. This session will focus on information to help your learner access these courses in middle and high school.

Fall 2020 Bridge Builders Academy workshops, listed chronologically:

  • Supporting Student Participation in a Virtual Classroom (Sept. 29 at noon)
  • Digital Resources at Your Fingertips (Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.)
  • Save, Spend, Achieve (Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.)
  • Understanding “New Math” (Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.)
  • Welcome to Henrico from the HCPS Welcome Center (Oct. 13 at noon)
  • Raising a G.U.R.L.L. (Greatness Using Real-Life Lessons) (Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.)
  • Building Resilience in Your Learner (Oct. 20 at noon)
  • “Centering You” with the Center for Family Involvement (Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.)
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Oct. 27 at noon)
  • Advanced Courses (Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.)
  • Virtual IEP Kits (TBD)

HCPS hosting virtual panel discussions and presentations for Hispanic Heritage Month

Henrico, Va. Sept. 23, 2020 — October is Hispanic Heritage Month, and Henrico County Public Schools will host four virtual events as part of the observance. The events include a panel discussion on activist Dolores Huerta; a teacher panel on Hispanic representation in education; a presentation on community resources; and a discussion of language in the Hispanic community. The events are free and are presented by HCPS’ Department of Equity, Diversity and Opportunity. While some events are geared toward particular audiences, everyone is welcome to attend.

All four events are virtual, and students, staff and members of the public can participate using Microsoft Teams. Please register for the events by going to https://tinyurl.com/HCPSHispanicHeritage2020. The day before the event, you will receive a link via email to join the event.

2020-21 HCPS Hispanic Heritage Series:

  • Discussion on Dolores Huerta (Sept. 24 at 4 p.m.) *
    Join us for a discussion about Dolores Huerta, American labor leader and civil rights activist, who cofounded the National Farmworkers Association with Caesar Chavez.
  • Latinx Teacher Panel (Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m.) *#
    HCPS teachers of Hispanic heritage will discuss Latinx representation in education.
  • Community Resources (Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.)
    Michael Zajur of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will discuss a variety of community resources of interest to the Hispanic community.
  • The Power of Language (Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m.) *#
    Lisa Zajur of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will discuss the importance of language in the Hispanic community.

* May be of particular interest to instructional staff.
# May be of particular interest to administrators.

You can take part in the events without creating a Teams account:

  • If you are accessing the session 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.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

The County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia, will hold the following meeting: 

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 

1 p.m.         Work Session

The meeting will take place in the auditorium of the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Virginia. Closed sessions will be held during the work session as deemed necessary. School Board meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. Note: In accordance with the policy for access to all buildings operated by Henrico County, attendees ages 10 and older are required to wear masks at the meeting, and the seating policy will reflect social distancing guidelines. Attendees will also undergo a brief health screening before entering. There will be a public forum at 3 p.m. for interested citizens to address the Board in person. Citizens are required to sign up in advance using an online form. Those who sign up to speak cannot relinquish their spot to someone else. Speakers will each receive two minutes and names must be submitted by 8 a.m. on Sept. 24.   

Citizens are also invited to submit written comments in advance using an online form, which must be submitted by 8 a.m. on Sept. 24, by going to the School Board webpage at https://henricoschools.us/school-board/ and clicking “Submit comments for the next available public forum.” The written comments submitted using the online form, will be distributed to the Board members before the meeting and posted for public view in “BoardDocs,” where all meeting materials are archived.   

Anyone wishing to attend who needs visual, audio or physical assistance should contact Andy Jenks, HCPS’ chief of communications and community engagement, at 804-652-3726.

More in-person instruction for HCPS? Process will rely on close monitoring of regional health data

Henrico, Va. Sept. 14, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools students, families, teachers and staff pine for a school year that includes vibrant hallways, joyous assemblies and full in-person learning. HCPS has developed a comprehensive, data-driven process to guide decisions allowing more in-person learning. A new page at the school division’s website — https://henricoschools.us/healthupdate/ — breaks down the process, offers the latest information and a timeline for decisions, and outlines the many strategies HCPS is putting in place to ensure readiness for when students return.

A 16-person HCPS Health Committee meets every two weeks to examine the latest regional data about the coronavirus pandemic from the Virginia Department of Health, with a goal of safely expanding in-person learning. The group uses the data to determine the current “pandemic status,” characterizing the severity and transmission trends in central Virginia. The pandemic status relies on several health indicators, including conditions during a 14-day window; the incidence rate; the percentage of people testing positive; and the number of outbreaks. HCPS, in turn, uses the status to determine what instructional approach (from 1 to 4 on a continuum) the school division can safely use to conduct classes.

The Health Committee, made up of representatives from the Henrico Health District, Henrico County Public Schools, the HCPS Student Health Advisory Board and the larger community, makes regular presentations to the Henrico School Board. On Sept. 10, the group reported that regional data from the previous week resulted in a pandemic status of “Substantial/High Community Transmission.” That status is tied to HCPS’ current instructional approach, “Approach 2.” The continuum of reopening includes four instructional approaches:

  • Approach 1 (Stay-at-home order): No in-person instruction. Schools closed to the public.
  • Approach 2 (Substantial/High burden): Most students learning online with students seen in person on a limited basis. Schools are open to the public on a limited basis.
  • Approach 3 (Moderate burden): Smaller groups of students in classrooms and schools are open to the public on a limited basis.
  • Approach 4 (Low burden): Larger groups of students in classrooms (most, if not all, students back on campus) and schools are open to the public.

For a breakdown of the health data factors that determine the pandemic status, and corresponding HCPS instructional approaches, as well as presentation videos and slideshows, go to our “Health Update” page at https://henricoschools.us/healthupdate/.

Important upcoming dates for health-related presentations include:

  • Sept. 24: Health Committee update to Henrico School Board.
  • Oct. 8: Health Committee update to Henrico School Board.
  • Oct. 22 School Board meeting: Target date for committee recommendation concerning the second nine weeks (also called the second marking period) of the school year, which begins Nov. 16.

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HCPS will provide students with free meals in 2 ways: School curbside service and neighborhood bus drop-offs

Servicios de Nutrición de HCPS brindarán comidas a los estudiantes a través del servicio de tomar y llevar y distribución en los vecindarios

Henrico, Va. Henrico, Va. Sept. 4, 2020 — Even when school begins using a predominantly virtual format, families depend on the thousands of meals prepared each day by Henrico County Public Schools’ School Nutrition Services Department. The department has answered the challenge of a highly unusual school year with plans to get free breakfasts and lunches to students using two distribution systems. Nutrition staff members will offer free curbside pick-up service at all HCPS schools, and team with HCPS Pupil Transportation Services to distribute free meals directly to 61 stops in Henrico County neighborhoods, using school buses. A list of meal distribution drop-off sites follows this message.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that, in accordance with the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the universal meals distribution in effect since the spread of the pandemic in March would be continued through Dec. 31.

 

Among the features of the HCPS plan:

  • Free meals are available to any child 18 or younger at all HCPS school locations and identified bus stops.
  • Parents and guardians can pick up meals at any HCPS location regardless of where their student is enrolled.
  • Parents and guardians don’t need to provide student names or I.D. numbers to receive meals.
  • Families are strongly encouraged to apply for free and reduced-priced meals benefits, in order to participate after the current meals program expires Jan. 1, 2021.

School curbside service
Distribution of free meals will take place at all elementary, middle and high schools.

  • Monday through Thursday (Friday meals are distributed on Thursdays.)
  • 7-9 a.m.: Hot breakfasts (when available) and cold lunches.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Hot lunches as well as cold breakfasts for the next day.

Neighborhood distribution using school buses
HCPS buses will distribute free school meals to neighborhoods two days a week. Modifications are possible, based on demand and other logistical factors. Participants should follow social distancing and mask guidelines at bus stops.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays. On Mondays, buses will distribute meals for Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesdays, breakfasts and lunches will be distributed for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as Monday breakfast.
  • Buses will make 30-minute stops at each location, between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The following pages contain a current list of bus stops slated for school meals distribution. See an online map of school and bus stop distribution sites by going to https://tinyurl.com/HCPSMealsSites.

HCPS will use a predominantly virtual learning model for at least the first nine weeks of the school year because of the coronavirus pandemic. For more information, go to our Mission Forward page at https://henricoschools.us/returntoschool/.

Neighborhood meals distribution bus stops:
(*Because of construction, curbside service will not be available at Holladay Elementary School until Sept. 14.)

Bus Stop Location (Elementary School, Middle School, High School)

Zone Bus Stop Location ES MS HS Potential # Route # Stop Time Meal Hub
5 Watts La & Kings Point Dr Harvie ES Fairfield MS Highland Springs HS 57 1 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Fairfield MS
5 Brookhill Rd & Crenshaw Av Laburnum ES Wilder MS Henrico HS 215 1 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Fairfield MS
5 Old Route 301 & Grammarcy Circle* Chamberlayne ES Brookland MS Henrico HS 154 1 12:50 PM – 1:20 PM Fairfield MS
5 Newbridge Cir & Mailboxes (Coventry Gardens Apts)* Highland Springs ES Fairfield MS Highland Springs HS 203 2 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Fairfield MS
5 Newbridge Ci & Hawkes La @ Building #305 Highland Springs ES Fairfield MS Highland Springs HS 223 2 12:05 PM – 12:35 PM Fairfield MS
5 Kenway Av @ Swimming Pool Arthur Ashe ES Fairfield MS Highland Springs HS 378 2 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM Fairfield MS
5 Bluestone Dr & Cool La Ratcliffe ES Fairfield MS Highland Springs HS 57 3 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Highland Springs HS
5 Delmont St & Winston St Glen Lea ES Wilder MS Henrico HS 170 3 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Highland Springs HS
5 Delmont St & Engleside Dr Laburnum ES Wilder MS Henrico HS 274 3 12:50 PM – 1:20 PM Highland Springs HS
1 Whiteside Rd & Bradley Pines Cir Seven Pines ES Elko MS Varina HS 76 4 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Highland Springs HS
1 Betner Rd & Betner Ct Seven Pines ES Elko MS Varina HS 40 4 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Highland Springs HS
1 Cornett St & Cedarwood St Donahoe ES Elko MS Highland Springs HS 91 5 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Highland Springs HS
1 Hanover Rd & Camero Ct Donahoe ES Elko MS Highland Springs HS 53 5 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM Highland Springs HS
1 Dry Leaf La & Early Forest Ci Donahoe ES Elko MS Highland Springs HS 87 5 12:50 PM – 1:20 PM Highland Springs HS
1 Subrenda Dr & Colleen Rd Sandston ES Elko MS Highland Springs HS 63 6 11:30 PM – 12:00 PM Fairfield MS
1 Wood Thrush Cir & Meadowlark Ct Adams ES Rolfe MS Highland Springs HS 102 6 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM Fairfield MS
1 Airport Dr & Airport Pl (Inside Oakmeade Apts – 2nd Ent) Fair Oaks ES Elko MS Highland Springs HS 102 6 12:55 PM – 1:25 PM Fairfield MS
1 Bull Run Ct & Bull Run Dr Mehfoud/Varina ES Rolfe MS Varina HS 73 7 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Varina HS
1 Oakano Dr & Old Bronze Rd* Baker ES Rolfe MS Varina HS 222 7 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM Varina HS
1 Millers La & Kings Dr Montrose ES Rolfe MS Varina HS 63 7 12:55 PM – 1:25 PM Varina HS
1 Henrico Arms Apartments @ Darbytown Rd* Ward ES Rolfe MS Varina HS 102 8 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Varina HS
1 Shirleydale Av & Thalia Cr Ward ES Rolfe MS Varina HS 95 8 12:05 PM – 12:35 PM Varina HS
4 Strangford Pl & Glen Eagles Dr Pinchbeck ES Quioccasin MS Godwin HS 82 9 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Quioccasin MS
4 Pleasant Run Dr & Milhaven Dr Carver ES Pocahontas MS Godwin HS 196 9 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM Quioccasin MS
4 Wilde Lake Dr & Shore View Dr Nuckols Farm ES Pocahontas MS Godwin HS 73 10 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Quioccasin MS
4 Three Chopt Rd & Bridgeworth Dr Short Pump ES Pocahontas MS Godwin HS 109 10 12:05 PM – 12:35 PM Quioccasin MS
4 Heritage Hill Dr & Constitution Dr Pemberton ES Quioccasin MS Godwin HS 101 11 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Quioccasin MS
4 Pump Rd & Castile Rd @ Entrance to Cantebury Square Maybeury ES Tuckahoe MS Freeman HS 78 11 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM Quioccasin MS
4 Castille Rd & Palace Way Maybeury ES Tuckahoe MS Freeman HS 202 11 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM Quioccasin MS
4 Jamestown Apartments @ 2nd Entrance to Apartments Maybeury ES Tuckahoe MS Freeman HS 146 12 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Tuckahoe MS
4 Cloisters West Behind Swimming Pool Ridge ES Quioccasin MS Freeman HS 337 12 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM Tuckahoe MS
4 Imperial Dr & Sir Walter Dr Ridge ES Quioccasin MS Freeman HS 369 12 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM Tuckahoe MS
4 Tanelorn Dr & Spendthrift Dr Davis ES Quioccasin MS Tucker HS 88 13 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Tuckahoe MS
4 Vollmer Rd & Moorefield Rd Three Chopt ES Tuckahoe MS Tucker HS 21 13 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM Tuckahoe MS
4 Hungary Spring Rd & Prestwick Rd Skipwith ES Quioccasin MS Tucker HS 195 13 12:55 – 1:25 PM Tuckahoe MS
4 Mountainbrook Dr & Huntsmoor Dr Gayton ES Pocahontas MS Godwin HS 76 14 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Quioccasin MS
4 Sweetbriar Rd & Woodberry Rd Tuckahoe ES Tuckahoe MS Freeman HS 30 14 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Quioccasin MS
4 Engel Rd/Pollard Dr & West Club La Crestview ES Tuckahoe MS Freeman HS 60 14 12:55 PM – 12:25 PM Quioccasin MS
2 Sargeant Ct & Sanctuary Dr Trevvett ES Brookland MS Hermitage HS 105 15 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Glen Allen HS
2 Virginia Center Pw & Virginia Centerway Pl Longdale ES Brookland MS Hermitage HS 117 15 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Glen Allen HS
2 Jack Burd La & Shrader Rd Dumbarton ES Brookland MS Hermitage HS 71 16 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Hermitage HS
2 Cardinal Rd & Cardinal Ct Dumbarton ES Brookland MS Tucker HS 168 16 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM Hermitage HS
2 Wistar Village Dr & Sprenkle La Johnson ES Brookland MS Tucker HS 118 16 12:50 PM – 1:20 PM Hermitage HS
2 Elswick La & Shrader Rd Dumbarton ES Brookland MS Hermitage HS 84 17 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Hermitage HS
2 Eunice Ct & Eunice Dr Dumbarton ES Brookland MS Hermitage HS 70 17 12:05 PM – 12:35 PM Hermitage HS
2 Almora Av & Beth Rd Holladay ES Brookland MS Tucker HS 237 18 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Hermitage HS
2 Fox Rest Dr & Fernwood St Holladay ES Brookland MS Tucker HS 93 18 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM Hermitage HS
2 Brook Run Dr & Cliffbrook La Lakeside ES Moody MS Hermitage HS 120 19 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Glen Allen HS
2 Townhouse Rd @ Mailboxes Johnson ES Brookland MS Tucker HS 190 19 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Glen Allen HS
3 Magnolia Ridge Dr & Sherwin Pl Greenwood ES Hungary Creek MS Glen Allen HS 210 20 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Deep Run HS
3 Woodman Rd & Blackburn Rd Greenwood ES Hungary Creek MS Glen Allen HS 233 20 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Deep Run HS
3 Mill Place Tr & Mill Place Dr Glen Allen ES Hungary Creek MS Glen Allen HS 66 20 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Deep Run HS
3 Grey Oaks Park Rd & Grey Oaks Park Dr Kaechele ES Short Pump MS Deep Run HS 178 21 11:30 PM – 12:00 PM Deep Run HS
3 Blue Ocean La & Calm Harbor Dr Colonial Trail ES Short Pump MS Deep Run HS 169 21 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM Deep Run HS
3 Arbor Creek Dr & Arbor Creek Wy Colonial Trail ES Quioccasin MS Tucker HS 226 21 12:55 PM – 1:25 PM Deep Run HS
3 Fairlake La & Fairlake Ct Longan ES Holman MS Tucker HS 196 22 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Deep Run HS
3 Linsey Lakes Dr & Stone Lake Dr Springfield Park ES Holman MS Glen Allen HS 58 22 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Deep Run HS
3 Castle Point Rd & Castle Point La Echo Lake ES Hungary Creek MS Glen Allen HS 78 22 12:55 PM – 1:25 PM Deep Run HS
3 Maben Hill Run & Holman Ridge Rd Rivers Edge ES Holman MS Deep Run HS 194 23 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Deep Run HS
3 Orchard Park Dr & Orchard Park Ct Twin Hickory ES Short Pump MS Deep Run HS 158 23 12:10 PM – 12:40 PM Deep Run HS
3 Millstone Landing Dr & Morning Creek Rd Shady Grove ES Short Pump MS Deep Run HS 76 23 12:55 PM – 1:25 PM Deep Run HS

 

HCPS ‘Help Chats’: Live sessions, step-by-step videos will take families from login to learning

Henrico, Va. Aug. 31, 2020 — It’s early on the morning of Sept. 8 and families are readying their Chromebooks, iPads and laptops, and excitedly preparing for the start of Henrico County Public Schools’ new, predominantly virtual school year.

Now what?

To help families better understand the concepts and technologies behind virtual learning, Henrico County Public Schools will offer a series of virtual learning “Help Chats.” The chats will include a series of prerecorded videos that will break out exactly what families need to know, as well as three live question-and-answer sessions using Microsoft Teams.

The prerecorded videos are available now, by going to HCPS’ Mission Forward page at https://henricoschools.us/returntoschool/ or by clicking the “Help Chats” playlist on HCPS’ YouTube channel, http://youtube.com/henricoschoolstv. If families have additional questions after watching the videos, the live sessions will provide a chance to get additional answers or guidance.

“We realize that the predominantly virtual start to the school year presents families with a host of challenges,” said Amy Cashwell, superintendent. “We want to do our best to make sure that the technical aspects of virtual learning are as simple as possible, and that families can get their questions answered quickly.”

“Help Chat” prerecorded videos specifically targeted to the needs of HCPS families (available now):

These videos feature prerecorded segments addressing specific aspects of virtual learning, so families can easily get just the information they need. The six recorded “Help Chat” video segments can be seen at https://henricoschools.us/returntoschool/ and at http://youtube.com/henricoschoolstv. The video topics are:

“Help Chat” live question-and-answer sessions using Microsoft Teams (Thursday, Sept. 3):

Three live, interactive sessions using Microsoft Teams will take place Sept. 3 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The sessions will be moderated by Andy Jenks, HCPS’ chief of communications and community engagement. They will consist of panels of HCPS technology and learning experts answering questions from families and taking a step-by-step approach to virtual learning for all grade levels. All three sessions will be similar and no registration is required. To join the sessions, go to https://tinyurl.com/HCPSHelpChat. For help using Microsoft Teams, information is available at https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-series/.

  • 10 a.m. session.
  • 2 p.m. session.
  • 6 p.m. session.

For more information about HCPS’ predominantly virtual start to the 2020-21 school year, go to our Mission Forward page at https://henricoschools.us/returntoschool/.

Henrico County Public Schools adopts new, more inclusive nondiscrimination policies

Henrico, Va. Aug. 27, 2020 — The Henrico School Board has adopted expanded and inclusive new nondiscrimination policies for the school division. One policy is more overarching, while the other is aimed specifically at protecting students’ access to programs. Both policies update previous nondiscrimination policies and take effect immediately. The five School Board members voted unanimously to approve the revisions at the Board’s Thursday afternoon work session.

The first revised HCPS policy, P1-03, adds sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, disability and status as a veteran to characteristics protected from discrimination. The second, P6-04-007, adds sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and status as a veteran to student characteristics protected from discrimination.

The adopted text of P1-03 reads:

“The Henrico County School Board is committed to nondiscrimination with regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, disability, status as a veteran, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. This commitment prevails in all of its policies and practices concerning staff, students, educational programs and services, and individuals and entities with whom the Board does business.

The second, P6-04-007, concerning students, reads:

“Each student shall have access to programs, services, and activities regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, age, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, disability, status as a veteran, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law, hereinafter referred to as protected group status.”

Specific complaints of alleged discrimination or harassment against students or personnel based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, disability, status as a veteran, genetic information, or race, color, national origin, religion, or a disability, including matters under Title II, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, or any other characteristic protected by law should be filed with the person holding the following position:

Division Title IX Officer
Compliance Office
Henrico County Public Schools
3820 Nine Mile Road
Henrico, Va. 23223
Phone: 804-652-3832
Fax: 804-652-3933
complianceoffice@henrico.k12.va.us

Henrico School Board’s virtual ‘Student Town Hall Meeting’ series concludes Aug. 31

Henrico, Va. Aug. 25, 2020 — The Henrico School Board will wrap up a series of three virtual meetings with HCPS students Monday at 6 p.m. The event was slated for the morning but has been moved to an evening start time. HCPS students are invited to discuss a variety of topics with Alicia Atkins, the Board’s Varina District representative, and several guests. All HCPS students are invited to attend.

For details and information about how to easily join the discussions using Microsoft Teams, go to https://henricoschools.us/school-board/ and click on “Other Upcoming Events.” You can also join the meeting directly using Teams by going to https://tinyurl.com/HCPSStudentTownHall. No registration is required.

The meeting will be recorded and posted on the School Board webpage for additional viewing. Video versions of the first two meetings are available at the School Board page by clicking on “Previous Events.” The first virtual meeting with students was hosted by Board members Micky Ogburn and Marcie Shea; the second was hosted by Board members Roscoe Cooper and Kristi Kinsella.

Community Conversations: Student Town Hall Meetings with Henrico School Board
When: Aug. 31 at 6 p.m.
Participant: Alicia Atkins (Varina District representative)
Possible topics include students’ thoughts on staying connected during predominantly virtual education, including resources for mental and physical well-being and ways to stay motivated and combat isolation and depression.

The meetings are part of HCPS’ Community Conversations series. 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.

HCPS partners will provide limited in-school child care for essential workers, working families

Henrico, Va. Aug. 21, 2020 — Three Henrico County Public Schools partners who have provided after-school care in HCPS facilities will offer limited in-school care programs this fall. The programs are designed to help essential workers and working families who need quality, affordable child care during HCPS’ predominantly virtual start to the 2020-21 school year.

The YMCA of Greater Richmond, the Henrico Education Foundation and Henrico Police Athletic League have reimagined their traditional after-school models as full-day programs to meet community needs posed by a virtual school day.

“While this is a new initiative, brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, it is consistent with the efforts we make during ‘normal’ school years to connect families to quality, affordable after-school programming,” said Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent.

The small programs can prioritize safety in ways that are not possible at this time for a general school population. They will be limited in scale to conform to CDC guidelines, and will serve far fewer children. Students will be in the same small groups all day, in dedicated areas of the school, including a dedicated classroom or instructional space for each group. These areas will undergo frequent intensive cleaning. Transportation will be provided by families, avoiding the risks associated with transporting large groups of students together using HCPS’ bus fleet.

The partners will provide their own staffing models and determine the capacity for their programs, within the guidelines of the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Education, the CDC and HCPS. The typical ratio of students to adults in the child-care setting is 10-to-one.

While some HCPS teachers will be working in their classrooms, conducting virtual classes and offering limited in-person instruction for students, plans for in-school child-care programs will take this capacity into account and won’t detract from “regular” HCPS programming or safety. The in-school child-care programs also won’t interfere with any plans to incorporate more in-person student attendance, as conditions allow.

In-school child-care partner programs:

Henrico PAL: The program will operate Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Programming will consist of support for HCPS virtual learning, as well as Henrico PAL programs such as STEAM concepts, chess, dance, art and financial literacy. While the new program is operating, PAL’s regular after-school program will not be offered. The program is open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade, and the cost is $100 per week per child. Program sites are:

  • Laburnum Elementary School.
  • John Rolfe Middle School.
  • Dumbarton Elementary School.

For more information, go to Henrico PAL’s child care information page at https://www.henricopal.org/after-school-program.html.

Henrico Education Foundation: This program will operate from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students will participate in virtual learning activities during the school day, and after-school recreational activities each afternoon. Staff members will work closely with HCPS to support classroom teachers’ facilitation of virtual learning. Children will be provided with two snacks each day and lunch will be available for a fee. The Fair Oaks, Greenwood and Wilder sites will serve Henrico County children in kindergarten through fifth grade, while the Quioccasin site will serve children of HCPS employees who fall into the same age group. The cost of the program is $100 per week per child. Program sites are:

  • Fair Oaks Elementary School.
  • Greenwood Elementary School.
  • L. Douglas Wilder Middle School.
  • Quioccasin Middle School (For children of HCPS staff members. Employees received a separate email about how to register.)

For more information and to register, go to https://henricogives.org/after-school-enrichment-program/ or contact HEF’s Scott Williams at scott@henricogives.org.

YMCA of Greater Richmond: The YMCA is planning programming options across the Richmond area to accommodate school systems using a predominantly virtual format. The program will operate Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., and will be adaptable to meet students’ virtual classroom schedules. The later portion of the day will include enrichment opportunities such as STEAM concepts, drumming, dance, computer coding, cooking, poetry and a variety of other activities. The program is for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The cost of the program is $100 per week per child. Program sites are:

  • Deep Run High School.
  • Glen Allen High School.
  • Mills Godwin High School.
  • Henrico High School.
  • Hermitage High School.
  •  Varina High School. 

For more information, go to https://www.ymcarichmond.org/child-care-camps/supporting-virtual-learning/henrico-county-schools/.

Interested families should contact the providers directly. Schools are unable to register students for these programs.

Starting Monday, HCPS’ mobile tech hubs will expand schedule for final weeks of summer

Henrico, Va. Aug. 20, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools’ four mobile technology hubs will offer expanded technical support hours for the last two weeks of summer, before transitioning to regular school-year hours at all HCPS secondary schools.

 

Abbreviated summer hours for HCPS’ four mobile tech hubs had been scheduled to continue until just before the start of school, but from Aug. 24-Sept. 4 hours will be expanded and the mobile hubs will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Beginning Sept. 8 (the first day of school), normal technology support hours will start at all HCPS secondary schools. Middle and high school students will get technical support at mobile tech hubs stationed at their schools. Elementary students should go to the nearest HCPS high school for technical support. HCPS staff members will continue to receive technical support at their assigned schools.

 

The mobile hubs will help with repairs to student iPads, Chromebooks and laptops, as well as device exchanges and other needed support. Wi-Fi hot spots for families without internet access will also be available at middle and high schools while supplies last. 

 

Revised tech support summer hours:

  • Aug. 21: 8:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 24-28: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Aug. 31-Sept. 4: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Where:

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

 

School-year tech support hours:

  • Sept. 8 (first day of school): tech support begins during normal school hours, Monday through Friday.

Where:

  • All HCPS middle and high schools.

 

Families who need help with HCPS technology can email helpdesk@henrico.k12.va.us and a member of the HCPS Technology team will respond by the next business day to provide assistance.

ExEd Family Community Meeting

The Henrico County Exceptional Education department hosted a community meeting to provide updates and answer questions for parents regarding general topics for the first nine weeks of virtual learning.

Presenters: Donice Davenport, Katie Smith, Tiffany Young, Kristin Pepper, Maggie Walsh, Courtney Ellis, and Kim Marshall

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Thursday’s Varina District Virtual Town Hall Meeting will feature back-to-school update, tips

Henrico, Va. Aug. 18, 2020 — Henrico County Public Schools will hold a virtual Varina District Town Hall Meeting Thursday evening to kick off the 2020-21 school year. The pep-rally style event will be hosted by Alicia Atkins, the Varina District’s representative on the Henrico School Board, “live” from a Varina District school. With Atkins will be several guest speakers. Varina District principals will join the meeting remotely.

 

Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent, will give a short update on back-to-school plans. Families will also hear tips to help prepare for the school year, which will use a predominantly virtual format for at least the first nine weeks in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

 

To join the discussion using Microsoft Teams, go to https://tinyurl.com/VarinaDistrictTownHall. No registration is required. The session will also be recorded and posted online for additional viewing.

 

For detailed information and directions on joining the meeting using Teams, go to the School Board page at https://henricoschools.us/school-board/ and look under “Other Upcoming Events.” You can also view videos of virtual School Board community events that have taken place recently.

 

Varina District Virtual Town Hall Meeting

When: Aug. 20 from 6:30-8 p.m.

How to attend: Go to https://tinyurl.com/VarinaDistrictTownHall. The event will take place using Microsoft Teams.

What will school days look like for HCPS students? New handbook will feature these sample schedules.

Henrico, Va. Aug. 11, 2020 — Beginning the school year using a predominantly virtual model raises a host of questions, including the one most commonly asked by families: What will the school day look like for my child? Henrico County Public Schools’ new guide to the school year will address that and other questions in detail.

 

The 68-page “2020-21 Learning Plan: A Handbook for Families and Students” will be emailed to families Thursday and posted to the school division’s website that afternoon, in conjunction with a presentation to the School Board at its regular 1 p.m. work session.

The guide details how the school division plans to make the school year as effective and healthy as possible for all HCPS students, including those in special education, career and technical education, and gifted programs, as well as English learners. It also shows how the instructional day will be adapted to the predominantly virtual format that will be used for at least the first nine weeks to prioritize safety during the coronavirus pandemic. The plan was created by HCPS educators and other staff members from across the school division, with the input of community members and experts.

See the attached “Day in the Life” charts for sample schedules for pre-K, elementary, middle and high school students.

 

In addition to the 2020-21 handbook, families will soon receive information about their schools’ “master schedules.” Elementary principals will send master schedules (schedules that apply to the entire school) to families this Thursday, Aug. 13. Middle and high school principals will send theirs to families Aug. 28.

In addition to information on students’ schedules, the Handbook for Families and Students includes details on HCPS’ plans for:

 

  • Keeping families informed.
  • Student support and involvement, from computers and extracurriculars to equity.
  • How the school division will incorporate some limited, in-person instruction.
  • Options for gradually returning to school.
 

The school division has also created an in-depth COVID-19 Health Plan, which will be shared Thursday as well.

 

The 1 p.m. work session can be viewed live by going to the school division’s website at https://henricoschools.us. Both documents will be available after the presentation by going to HCPS’ “2020-21: Mission Forward” page at https://henricoschools.us/returntoschool/.

Wednesday ‘pop-up’ school supply drive will help Henrico County Public Schools students in need

Supplies will also be accepted Tuesdays, Thursdays at New Bridge Learning Center

Henrico, Va. Aug. 11, 2020 — Each year, HCPS school supply drives help Henrico County Public Schools students whose families may not be able to afford proper supplies. Many students will need supplies during predominantly virtual learning for the first nine weeks, and as students gradually return to school in person. Besides standard supplies, some families also need assistance with supplies that might normally be found in a classroom, such as whiteboards and pencil sharpeners.

 

If you’d like to participate, you can drop off supplies at a “pop-up” drive Wednesday at Allen Family Dental on Laburnum Avenue from 1:30-3 p.m., or at ongoing drives on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon at New Bridge Learning Center on Nine Mile Road. 

 

To prioritize safety, the Wednesday event will use a drive-thru format. All drives will have social distancing and mask-use in effect. The drives are sponsored by HCPS’ Department of Family and Community Engagement.

 

Pop-Up School Supply Drive (drive-thru format)

When: Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 1:30-3 p.m.

Where: Allen Family Dental, 5251 S. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va.

Questions? Contact Van-Neisha Johnson at 804-328-8110 or vvjohnson@henrico.k12.va.us.

 

Ongoing School Supply Drive (drop-off format)

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. (Please enter through door 7)

Questions? Contact Van-Neisha Johnson at 804-328-8110 or vvjohnson@henrico.k12.va.us.

 

Possible items for donation to annual school supply drive:

(Below is a list of school supplies that may be useful to HCPS students in need.)

Elementary school items:

  • Wide-ruled notebook paper.
  • No. 2 pencils.
  • Highlighters.
  • Black and white composition notebooks.
  • Lined index cards.
  • Pocket folders.
  • Washable markers.
  • Glue sticks.
  • Crayons.
  • Child-sized scissors.
  • Pencil boxes.
  • Backpacks for possible return to school.

 

Middle and high school items:

  • College-ruled notebook paper.
  • No. 2 pencils.
  • Blue, black and red pens.
  • Highlighters.
  • Spiral notebooks.
  • Lined index cards.
  • Three-ring binders.
  • Colored pencils.
  • Four-function calculators.
  • Dry-erase markers.
  • Washable markers.
  • Backpacks for possible return to school.

 

Virtual learning family support items:

  • Calendar anchor charts.
  • Flash cards for all grade levels (math, sight words, language arts, shapes and colors etc.).
  • Classroom organization charts.
  • Pencil boxes.
  • Three-ring binders.
  • Paint and paint brushes.
  • Workbooks (for all grade levels).
  • Binder rings.
  • Index cards.
  • Wooden craft sticks.
  • Current wall maps and globes.
  • Compact home/office laminators.
  • Hole punches.
  • Pencil sharpeners.
  • Red correcting pencils.
  • Staplers and staples.
  • File folders.
  • Whiteboards.
  • Treasure chest/prize box incentives.
  • Sharpies.
  • Erasers.
  • Post-it Notes.
  • Printers.
  • Ink cartridges.
  • Earbuds with built-in microphones.
  • Printer paper.
  • Magnetic letters and numbers.


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