Safety and Wellness
Equity and Opportunity
Henrico County Public Schools will leverage its strength of diversity and lead dialogue to ensure equity and access for all.
Overview of the Goal
With the growing social and demographic changes in Henrico County, it is necessary to plan and prepare all county students, families, and community stakeholders to be able to productively engage and collaborate to foster access and equity for all. Henrico County Public Schools will educate and embrace the individual’s contributions, creating a culturally responsive community.
Henrico County Public Schools will:
- Develop a consensus regarding a common language about equity and diversity, develop an education plan that defines terminology, and provide ongoing education that will empower community stakeholders to find their voices in the effort.
- Develop an ongoing outreach initiative at the division and school levels that involves and includes all stakeholders. The initiative will build relationships among people who are not traditionally involved due to barriers (e.g. economic, language, social, learning and physical access barriers).
- Develop an initiative to celebrate and recognize those engaged in the ongoing process of equity and diversity.
- Support events, activities and celebrations throughout the year related to equity and diversity. This will be documented by inclusion on the agenda at meetings of the School Board and Henrico County Council of PTAs, and dedicated space to highlight the work on HCPS’ website and social media accounts. At the school level, leaders will report quarterly on their school’s activities to the HCPS Director of Equity and Diversity.
- Develop a multiyear professional development plan for working with all school administrators and instructional staff to engage all schools in courageous conversations about race, equity, access, and culturally responsive practices.
- Create a group framework for new equity ambassadors serving in high schools. The ambassadors elevate student voices about equity issues in schools and develop leadership skills.
- Consider opportunities to create PTA sister-school partnerships, including potentially sharing financial resources, to avoid unintended inequities.