HCPS will make a full return to in-person learning in the fall. The 2021-22 school year begins Wednesday, Sept. 8 and, by Virginia law, will include five days a week of full-length in-person school days.
The “Henrico Virtual Academy” will debut for 2021-22, for students and families who opted to continue learning in a fully virtual environment. Families who are on the HVA waitlist will be contacted soon.
HCPS will continue to follow the latest health and safety guidance, which will include indoor mask-use and other recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health.
More than 6,000 HCPS employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and students ages 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.
Welcome back, Henrico families!
It’s not only a brand new school year, but something we didn’t fully have last September: an Autumn return to classrooms. This year will be about leaping into teaching and learning — but doing it in ways that prioritize health and safety. What are some things you need to know?
School year: Here’s the full 2021-22 divisionwide school calendar.
Buses: You may have heard about the urgent need for school bus drivers, a shortage being felt nationwide. We’ve been working hard to recruit and train more drivers, but unfortunately they won’t all be in place for the first weeks of school. We ask for your patience, as some buses will be later picking up and dropping off students than we would all like. Please know, however, that we are committed to getting your students to school and home each day, safely. We expect the situation will improve as we settle into the new school year.
Bus driver pay: Did you know that we’ve increased bus driver pay AND we’re offering incentives in the range of $1,000-$3,000 that include both new and current drivers? Spread the word! Full details begin on this page.
COVID-19 case information: Just like last year, we’ll be tracking COVID-19 cases in HCPS schools and offices. Information will be updated almost every day. Bookmark this page to keep track of positive cases and other important COVID-19 information.
Flow chart: What happens when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19? Check out this flow chart to become familiar with the steps that HCPS will take, in line with the guidance of health experts.
What about instruction and daily attendance for students who have to quarantine? Visit this page for an explanation of possible scenarios, as well as digital learning support.
Masks: As you know, masks are required inside schools and offices for all individuals (employees, students and others), regardless of vaccination status. Mask-use is required on school buses by a federal order. HCPS also asks that students and staff wear masks outdoors, especially when physical distancing is not possible. For more, check out this FAQ and an infographic about mask-use in specific situations.
Free school meals: School breakfasts and lunches are free of charge during the school year!
Health and safety during mealtime: We’re also responding to your concerns about health and safety during meal times. Every school cafeteria, starting with our elementary schools, will have multiple brand new portable air-purification systems, which perform a five-stage process of filtering and purifying indoor air. Additional information about our review of air-handling systems is available here. Specific health and safety plans for each building will be communicated by your school, often in a principal’s message and/or the school’s own website.
Other health strategies: In addition to reviewing and adjusting all of our indoor air systems (which we instituted last year), we are changing our filters more frequently and upgrading filters where the system designs allow. Keeping our students and staff healthy also includes: Maintaining 3-foot distancing where possible; Frequent cleaning of high-touch areas; Clear plastic desk guards (for use by request); A continued focus on handwashing, and more!
PowerSchool Parent Portal and other important resources: Find HCPS’ online services at “The Connection,” one easy place to find the tools you need, and how to sign up. PowerSchool gives families of all grade levels easy access to class grades, attendance information and student schedules. If you need assistance with your student’s login/password or student I.D. number, please email email@example.com and a member of our Technology team will respond, usually within one business day.
Welcome back, and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021-22 school year!
Stay tuned for additional information.
Frequently Asked Questions
(updated August 19, 2021)