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(Updated August 11, 2020)

  • 2020-21 sample schedules for pre-K, elementary, middle and high school students are now available below. 
  • Two in-depth documents will be emailed to families Thursday, Aug. 13, and will be posted on this page.
    • The 68-page “2020-21 Learning Plan: A Handbook for Families and Students” details how instruction will be adapted effectively and equitably to the predominantly virtual format.
    • The HCPS COVID-19 Health Plan outlines the strategies HCPS will use to reduce the health risks of coronavirus in our schools.
  • Answers to your most frequently asked questions about the 2020-21 school year are available.
 
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Planning for 2020-21: First nine online; Limited in-person instruction

In order to prioritize the health and safety of employees, students and families during the continuing coronavirus pandemic, HCPS will use a predominantly virtual start to the 2020-21 school year. The virtual model will be in place for at least the first nine weeks of the school year, which begins Sept. 8.

A predominantly virtual start to the 2020-21 school year

What will the school day look like for your child? Sample schedules are now available below. Two important documents will be available Aug. 13: the new 68-page “2020-21 Learning Plan: A Handbook for Families and Students” details how we plan to make the school year as effective and healthy as possible for all HCPS students; and the HCPS COVID-19 Health Plan outlines the strategies we will use to reduce the health risks of coronavirus in our schools.

The decision to start the 2020-21 school year using a predominantly virtual format was made with the health and safety of our students, families, staff and community in mind. The 2020-21 virtual format will differ from the “emergency learning model” adopted after the March closure. It will be rich, structured, robust and graded. It will be “school,” not a collection of activities.

HCPS will continue to work to get students back in school when conditions allow, starting with select groups of students for limited in-person instruction during the first nine weeks.

We pledge to keep you informed as we work together to engage all our children during this health crisis. To address specific questions, we will be adding answers to the return-to-school FAQs, as well as information about a variety of topics.

Visit this page the afternoon of Aug. 13 to see two important documents: the HCPS 2020-21 Learning Plan: Family and Student Handbook and the HCPS COVID-19 Health Plan.

Sample Schedules UPDATED: 8/11

Pre-K Sample Schedule

K-2 Sample Schedule

3-5 Sample Schedule

Middle School Sample Schedule

High School Sample Schedule

Henrico County School Board meeting: July 23, 2020

On July 23, 2020, the Henrico County School Board held a Public Forum, received a presentation from the HCPS superintendent and staff, questioned and discussed a wide variety of plans and possibilities, and ultimately voted to approve a predominantly virtual start to the 2020-21 school year.

Presentation slides 

Public Forum (57 minutes)

School Board members’ comments and votes (18 minutes)

Full Return to School presentation and discussion (4 hours, 39 minutes)

 Full meeting (5 hours, 46 minutes)

Full meeting (5 hours, 46 minutes)

Community Feedback

Community input is crucial to planning for the fall. HCPS conducted a survey June 24-July 5. The School Board held a Community Meeting July 14 and shared the following information:

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