Henrico County Public Schools continues to implement prevention strategies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, using data and recommendations from the CDC and local and state health officials. From Plexiglas, to PPE, here’s a look at the steps our schools continue to take to be prepared for a healthy, safe 2021-22. (Individual schools will share school-specific health and safety plans with their communities). As always, we are prepared to be flexible as health conditions change.
See our current mask policy and visit our Back-to-School page for FAQ about health and education.
Health-risk prevention strategies HCPS is continuing include:
(Not an exhaustive list)
- Well-maintained indoor air systems.
- 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.
- Enhanced virtual training for HCPS employees regarding COVID-19 awareness and prevention.
- Plexiglas barriers in main offices and other select areas of the schools.
- Hand sanitizer and additional cleaning/disinfecting products for every classroom.
- Self-screening procedures for HCPS employees and students.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees, including face coverings.
- Face coverings for the use of students who don’t bring their own.
- Floor stickers and signs indicating proper 6-foot distancing.
- Reimagining in-school meal service to eliminate touch points and large group gatherings.
- Enhanced cleaning schedules of high-touch areas in schools.
- Classroom layouts that allow for maximum physical distancing, and assigned seats to support contact tracing, if needed.
- Seating arrangements, as well as entry and exit plans that maintain maximum allowable physical distancing on school buses.
- New equipment and enhanced procedures to thoroughly clean school buses and other vehicles between uses.
- Health screenings for visitors to school property.
- Collaboration with the Henrico Health Department to respond to positive cases, exposures and potential exposures.
- Reviewed more than 500 mechanical systems with an engineering consultant and building-automation experts to determine necessary mechanical system changes. Reviews incorporate recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control as well as American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.
- Upgraded filters in accordance with system capabilities and designs.
- Maximizing outside air provisions in accordance with system designs.
- “Flushing” the air in HCPS buildings through continuous air operation.
- Purchased portable air-purification units for installation in all HCPS cafeterias.