HCPS will continue to follow the latest health and safety guidance, including mask-wearing, distancing and other important risk-mitigation strategies.
More than 6,000 HCPS employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and students ages 16 and older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.
I write today to share my sincere gratitude for your support as we near the finish line of the 2020-21 school year. While a strong conclusion deserves our highest energy and focus, many are also asking “what’s next?” With this in mind, I want to keep you informed about our intentions for the upcoming 2021-22 school year:
Yes, Henrico County Public Schools is planning for, expecting and encouraging the return to five days a week of fully in-person learning when school begins Wednesday, Sept. 8.
In general, this includes:
- Employees and students will attend school in person five days a week.
- Bell schedules will return to their normal, five-day, full-length times (including the two-tiered approach for elementary schools).
- While our efforts to support the social and emotional well-being of students is stronger than ever, the five-day bell schedule means we would not continue “Wellness Wednesdays.”
- “Hybrid” teaching (in-person and virtual teaching at the same time) will no longer be necessary.
- Virtual learning is still an option, but it will look different in 2021-22. The new “Henrico Virtual Academy” will be the option for students in grades K-12 who desire completely virtual learning. Please see the Henrico Virtual Academy webpage for more information.
- See a video recording of the presentation about the Henrico Virtual Academy and discussion from the School Board’s April 22 work session.
- Here is a PDF of the Henrico Virtual Academy presentation slides from the same work session.
- HCPS will continue to follow the most current health and safety guidance, which should still be expected to include mask-wearing, physical distancing, rigorous cleaning and disinfecting, and other common risk-mitigation measures.
We can agree that in-person learning is where the vast majority of students perform their best. But we also know that it’s never just that simple. There will always be nuance and individual circumstances that must be considered as we strive to meet the needs of our employees, students and community. Please visit our website to read through an early version of questions and answers that are important to HCPS families. We will continue to share updates as information becomes more clear.
Thank you for reading, and for doing incredible things, together, in support of Henrico County Public Schools.
Amy E. Cashwell, Ed. D.
Frequently Asked Questions
(updated April 21, 2021)
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