HCPS Back to school 2021-22
Back to school 2021-22


HCPS is planning for a full return to in-person learning in the fall. The 2021-22 school year begins Wednesday, Sept. 8 and is set to include five days a week of full-length school days.

The Henrico Virtual Academy” will debut for 2021-22, for students and families who want to continue learning in a fully virtual environment (registration for HVA closed in May.)

HCPS will continue to follow the latest health and safety guidance, which will largely depend on the recommendations of health and safety experts as the new school year begins in September.

The vast majority of HCPS employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and students ages 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

Henrico families,

I write today [April 2021] 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:

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 July 2021)

Stay tuned for additional information.