Jul 28

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2020-21: Online for the First Nine


The Henrico School Board voted to adopt a virtual start to the 2020-21 school year, which would last at least through the first nine weeks. The decision to start the 2020-21 school year using an all-virtual format was made with the health and safety of our students, families, staff and community in mind. While a change of this significance can seem daunting, HCPS staff members are working hard to make the format a true school experience, and to get you the information you need. The latest:


  • The plan would be in place for at least the first nine weeks of the school year, depending on health data and recommendations.
  • Virtual learning will be a newly designed, structured experience that is developmentally appropriate, and will include attendance, teacher interaction, assignments and grades.
  • Fully virtual learning does not mean students and teachers have to be in front of their screens all day, every day. Learning can take on different forms such as independent work, or projects.
  • No matter the educational format, HCPS has and will continue to have high expectations for our students. A fully virtual school day will not be a time for students to “check out.”
  • 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.
  • Additional material will be made available soon, including answers to ongoing questions and a full health-risk mitigation plan.

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