Why is Henrico County Public Schools redistricting? Because of current and projected population growth, school overcrowding, new school construction and other demographics, school divisions must occasionally examine and alter their school attendance zones. This process has the potential to affect many communities in Henrico County.
Draft Options as of Dec. 19, 2019
(All options are considered ‘drafts’ and are subject to change. Additional options are likely in the future. No final decisions are being made until May of 2020.)
What is the HCPS Policy and Regulation pertaining to School Attendance Zones?
P10-08-002 School Attendance Zones
(Revised August, 2019)
The Planning Office shall recommend to the Superintendent the boundaries for school attendance zones. Recommendations shall be based on factors such as population characteristics, program needs, capacities of available facilities, transportation patterns indicated by the Department of Pupil Transportation and legal advice when appropriate. The recommended zones are subject to modification by the School Board and all school zones must be approved by the School Board and may not be changed without approval. Refer to Regulation R10-08-002, “Objectives and Procedural Guidelines for the Establishment of School Attendance Zones,” and Regulation R6-03-011, “School Assignments/Variance Procedures.”
R10-08-002 OBJECTIVES AND PROCEDURAL GUIDELINES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SCHOOL ATTENDANCE ZONES
(Revised May, 2015)
A. Objectives for Establishing School Attendance Zones
1. To achieve the efficient utilization of present and projected school facilities.
a. the current and projected student population growth within census tracts within school zones;
b. the Division’s plans for new school construction;
c. the feasibility of plant expansion and/or renovation to provide comparable educational facilities; and
d. the placement of special programs that affect regularly formulated capacity figures for a school building (e.g., special program rooms with average capacities of less than the average classroom).
2. To further implement the grade-level organizational goals of K-5 Elementary Schools, 6-8 Middle Schools, and 9-12 High Schools.
3. To maintain the concept of geographic zoning which encourages the participation and involvement of geographically contiguous communities with a school.
4. To provide all students with the best physical learning environment possible through the uniform and equitable utilization of facilities according to the Division’s educational program needs.
B. Procedural Guidelines to be Used When Attendance Zones are to be Altered
1. Provisions should be made to assure the continuity of a child’s progress in K12. This continuity should seek to avoid having a family with children in two different schools at the same educational level except for the placement of children in special programs.
2. Implementation of a rezoning plan over a span of several years would be preferable if it has the effect of minimizing the need for additional boundary changes for a community in the near or immediate future (e.g., the possibility of phasing in certain changes to avoid additional changes when new school construction is completed).
3. Major roads and natural boundaries will be used whenever feasible as zone lines.
4. All reasonable efforts should be made to assure contiguous geographic zones that minimize the separation of clearly identifiable community components (e.g., apartment units, residential subdivisions, etc.).
5. All legal and judicial guidelines for the maintenance of a unitary school system will be adhered to strictly.
6. Efforts will be made to establish walking schools and reasonable walking zones.
7. Efforts will be made to assure an efficient system of Division-provided transportation.
What are the goals of this redistricting project?
The committee will be charged with developing recommendations for redistricting that include:
Jan. 15 update: We’ve added “map markups” and posted them to the documents associated with the December and January meetings. These files include photographs of the draft options, and the handwritten notations of committee members made at the time the meetings took place.
Dec. 19 update: We’ve added a NEW Draft Option C for elementary, middle and high schools as well as a NEW Draft Option D just for high schools. We’ve also added agendas and documents related to the elementary committee meeting scheduled for Jan. 7 and the middle/high school committee meeting scheduled for Jan. 8, 2020. In addition, there is a newly scheduled joint meeting of both committees on Jan. 9, 2020.
Sept. 12 update: We’ve uploaded a four minute “Fast Facts” video, an interactive map of current school boundaries, as well as video and documents related to the Sept. 9 and 11 public information sessions and committee orientation meetings.
Aug. 30 update: The HCPS Redistricting Committee has been finalized. The members of the elementary committee will meet for orientation after the Sept. 9 public information session, and secondary committee members will meet for orientation after the Sept. 11 public information session.
Aug. 12 update: A timeline and schedule for the redistricting process has been set. The first opportunities for the public to learn more about the process will come at two public information sessions: Sept. 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at New Bridge Learning Center auditorium, and an identical session Sept. 11 at Glen Allen High School.