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Mar 22

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An important message for all of our HCPS employees, families and community:

An important message for all of our HCPS employees, families and community:

I’m writing today to let you know that the closure of Henrico County Public Schools and offices will be extended for an additional two weeks (through Spring Break), due to our community’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. For your planning purposes, this means that the earliest possible date that schools and offices reopen will be Tuesday, April 14. (Monday, April 13 was already a staff and student holiday.)

Like you, we continue to keep a close eye on local, state and national health recommendations, and we can’t rule out the possibility that this information will change again. I know there are so many changes happening at what feels like lightning speed. Let’s address some of them, bit by bit, as of today:

What does this mean for the next month? On our website, we’ve updated the answers to several commonly asked questions that affect employees, students and families in the long term (for example: Testing, length of the school year, specialty center applications, athletics, and more). Please know that there are many more questions that we will continue to answer throughout this situation.

In the short term, here are some important reminders about the rest of this week:

Internet access for our students, laptop repair: During Henrico Schools’ closure for coronavirus, vans are being stationed at four HCPS high schools to act as mobile technology hubs for students and school division staff. The hubs are designed to support virtual learning in two ways: enable up to 400 students and staff members who don’t have home internet access to get it through distribution of Wi-Fi hot-spot devices; and provide a way for HCPS-issued laptops to be repaired and exchanged. The vans are open weekdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. at:

  • Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.
  • Douglas Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va.
  • Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.
  • Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Ave., Highland Springs, Va.

School meals: Starting Thursday, HCPS will add seven additional food distribution sites and an eighth on Monday, bringing to 14 the number of sites where students can pick up free “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches during the school division’s closure for coronavirus. Food distribution is open to all students, regardless of what school they attend, as well as others 18 and under. Please note that adults must be accompanied by each child who needs a meal. Pick-up hours are scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon.

Original meal distribution sites (M-F, 11 a.m.-noon):

  • Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
  • Glen Lea Elementary School, 3909 Austin Ave., Henrico, Va. 23222
  • Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va. 23228
  • Highland Springs Elementary School, 600 Pleasant Street, Highland Springs, Va. 23075
  • Quioccasin Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Road, Henrico, Va. 23238
  • Henrico Volunteer Rescue Squad 31, 5301 Huntsman Road, Sandston, Va. 23150

Additional meal sites opening Thursday, March 19, 11 a.m.-noon:

  • Campus of Virginia Randolph, 2204 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060
  • Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave., Henrico, Va. 23227
  • Longan Elementary School, 9200 Mapleview Ave., Henrico, Va. 23294
  • Montrose Elementary School, 2820 Williamsburg Road, Henrico, Va. 23231
  • Ratcliffe Elementary School, 2901 Thalen St., Henrico, Va. 23223
  • Ridge Elementary School, 8910 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va. 23229
  • Sandston Elementary School, 7 Naglee Ave., Sandston, Va. 23150

Meal site opening Monday, March 23, 11 a.m.-noon:

  • Ward Elementary School, 3400 Darbytown Road, Henrico, Va. 23231

Donations: How can you help? HCPS is accepting donations for Henrico families in need, to serve as supplemental food and supplies on weekends during the HCPS closure period. So far, more than $27,000 in monetary donations have been received by the Henrico Education Foundation. Thank you!

Distance learning: Students have been provided access to instructional activities through virtual and distance learning approaches. Our goal is to ensure that all students have digital and nondigital resources that allow them the option to learn and grow, even outside of school.

Stay informed: Do you have questions about how the COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting Henrico County government operations? Henrico County has set up an information line for citizens at 804-501-5655. The line is staffed by county employees, and operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

A similar line has been set up to answer Henrico County employees’ questions at 804-501-5623.

Also, the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts have opened a public hotline at 804-205-3501 for health and medical questions related to COVID-19. The line is staffed every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, including health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health, go to the Henrico County government’s COVID-19 dashboard.

In closing, thank you for your continued creativity and flexibility as we confront the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

I join our great partner and friend, County Manager John Vithoulkas, in reaffirming our shared mission: we will continue to serve our community while taking the precautions necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone, including you and your families. Thank you for all you are doing. Simply put, you are the best.

Sincerely,

Amy

Amy E. Cashwell, Ed. D.
Superintendent

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