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New data shows Henrico Schools are growing, becoming more diverse

Henrico County Public Schools is growing and becoming more diverse, according to enrollment statistics. As of November 2019, K-12 enrollment at the school division’s 72 schools and program centers was 50,406, up from 48,431 in 2010.

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Henrico County Public Schools is growing and becoming more diverse, according to enrollment statistics. As of November 2019, K-12 enrollment at the school division’s 72 schools and program centers was 50,406, up from 48,431 in 2010.

The school division has also become more diverse in the past decade. The number of Hispanic students enrolled in Henrico County Public Schools grew from 3,022 to 5,370, an increase of 78%.

The number of Asian students grew from 3,585 to 6,008, an increase of 68%. At least 100 languages are spoken in HCPS schools.

Henrico County Public Schools: 2010 snapshot Henrico County Public Schools: 2019 snapshot

2010 Snapshot

71 schools and program centers:

  • 45 elementary schools
  • 12 middle schools
  • Nine high schools
  • Five program centers

2019 Snapshot

72 schools and program centers:

  • 46 elementary schools
  • 12 middle schools
  • Nine high schools
  • Five program centers

Enrollment: 48,431

  • Elementary schools: 22,144
  • Middle schools: 10,882
  • High schools: 14,609
  • Other: 796 *

Enrollment: 50,406

  • Elementary schools: 22,496
  • Middle schools: 12,003
  • High schools: 15,355
  • Other: 552 *

Student Diversity:

  • African American: 37%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Caucasian: 46%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Other: 3%

o English Learners: 7%
o Students with disabilities: 11%
o Students eligible for free and reduced-price

meals: 37%.

Student Diversity:

  • African American: 35%
  • Asian: 12%
  • Caucasian: 37%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Other: 5%

o English Learners: 11%
o Students with disabilities: 12%
o Students eligible for free and reduced-price

meals: 46%

Pupil-Teacher Ratio:

  • Elementary schools: 20.6
  • Middle schools: 17.5
  • High schools: 17.9

Pupil-Teacher Ratio:

  • Elementary schools: 19.5
  • Middle schools: 18.9
  • High schools: 19.2

* Because of program changes between 2010 and 2019, there are differences in which students are included in category “Other.”

Some HCPS schools are over capacity. In the 2019-20 school year, 958 of the 8,262 classes taught at HCPS middle and high schools — or 11.6% — contained more than 30 students. Three hundred and eighty-eight of the high-capacity classes were in core subjects such as math or English. A presentation delivered to the School Board at Thursday’s work session contains more details about class sizes. A Nov. 14 presentation to the Board also addressed school division enrollment trends.

Both presentations can be found by going to the Henrico School Board page at henricoschools.us/school-board/ and launching BoardDocs, HCPS’ web-based tool for publishing School Board documents. The enrollment presentations can be found in the Jan. 30, 2020 and Nov. 14, 2019 work session agendas under “Meetings.”

One way Henrico County Public Schools is meeting the challenge of growth is through redistricting, which involves possible changes to school attendance zones, in order to accomplish several goals. A 67-person redistricting committee is in the process of working out proposed school attendance boundaries, using public input and the help of a consultant. The School Board is expected to adopt new boundaries in May 2020. Follow the redistricting process at HCPS’ redistricting page.

Three redistricting committee meetings are set for this week, and another is scheduled for Feb. 19. The elementary and secondary committees will each meet once, and then come together twice for combined meetings. The combined meetings were added last week so that the committees could discuss items of concern to all HCPS schools:

Elementary Redistricting Committee Meeting

  • When: Feb. 4 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hungary Creek Middle School, 4909 Francistown Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060

Secondary Redistricting Committee Meeting

  • When: Feb. 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: New Bridge Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223

Meeting of Combined Redistricting Committees

  • When: Feb. 6 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave., Henrico, Va. 23227
  • Meeting of Combined Redistricting Committees
  • When: Feb. 19 from 6-8 p.m. (This is a change from a previous announcement; 6 p.m. is the new start time.)
  • Where: Jackson Davis Elementary School, 8801 Nesslewood Drive, Henrico, Va. 23229

Henrico County Public Schools is addressing a multitude of changing needs by rethinking school division policies and approaches, as detailed in “Amy’s Passport” and the Henrico Learner Profile. The school division is also using increased funding to provide more opportunities and support systems for students and teachers alike; to continue to invest in safe and well-maintained learning spaces; and to keep working to restore the cuts suffered during the Great Recession.

Explore Henrico County Public Schools’ 2020-21 Recommended Financial Plan at henricoschools.us/budget-finance/.

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Governor Northam Closes Schools, Recreation Businesses, and Limits Restaurants to To-Go/Carryout

The school closures announcement leaves more questions than answers. Expect school districts to roll ou their plan in the coming weeks.

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During Governor Northam’s daily press conference he announced sweeping new measures to stem the spread of COVID-19.

  • Virginia schools will be closed for the rest of the year. This includes both public and private schools.
  • All recreation businesses such as bowling alleys, theaters, etc., are ordered closed.
  • Restaurants my no longer offer any dine-in services. All food must be either delivered or offered t0-go. Social distancing and no more than 10 people will be allowed at a time.
  • Breweries and wineries fall into the same category as restaurants. No tasting room, to-go only.
  • Non-essential businesses may remain open but must have 10 or fewer people at a time. Businesses such as hair salons or tattoo parlors are to be closed due to how close the customer and employees must be due to the nature of the service being offered.
  • Essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and others should adhere to the no more than 10 people at a time and maintain a six-foot cushion between people.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Richmond Public School Update 3/17/20

A link to this post will also be on our Corona Virus page and we will update this post as RPS sends out new updates.

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Dear #RPSStrong Family,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We continue to be in awe of your support for RPS!

Before I get to today’s updates, a quick housekeeping note: To streamline and organize the information in these messages, I’ve collapsed the Resources and FAQ sections into a revamped (and better organized) set of FAQs. I’ll keep these updated every day so they can be your go-to source for answers. Please email me at [email protected] if you feel something important is missing. Thanks!

Today’s Updates:

School Closure – As I shared yesterday, RPS will be closed through Spring Break. That means we will be closed, at a minimum, until Monday, April 13. My request of the RPS Family: if you can provide childcare for someone, can you please let us know through our volunteer sign-up page? Thank you!

SOLs – I’ve gotten a ton of questions about whether students will have to take SOLs this year. Here’s the latest: The VDOE just put out a press release indicating that they are seeking permission from the Commonwealth and the Federal Government to waive testing for this school year. Kudos to Dr. Lane for taking this step! As soon as I have further information on this, I’ll be sure to share it.

Food Distribution – Again, thank you so much to RPS staff, families, and volunteers for making our food sites possible! If I may brag on our dedicated staff for a second: Los Angeles Unified, which has about 730,000 students (30 times the size of RPS) has 60 centers (just 3 times as many as RPS). No shade on LAUSD; they’re working around the clock like us all. Just want to make sure folks know that RPS staff are stepping up big-time!

Very important update: we’re launching food delivery into our neighborhoods starting tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18). RPS families can pick up food at any of the locations below, from 9:30 am – 11:00 am.

Additional food updates:

  • All of our school-based food distribution sites will continue to run from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Monday – Friday. For a full list of those sites, click here.
  • The Henderson MS site is now closed due to accessibility issues. Please use the Ginter Park ES site instead.
  • A new site at Carver ES will open tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18).
  • For emergency food support, please call the FeedMorehotline at 804-521-2500. Special shout-out to FeedMore for providing RPS with 500 (not a typo) backpacks filled with non-perishable food!

Finally, here’s a pic from Oak Grove-Bellemeade. I hope it gives you a sense of the scale of our food operations. Thank you to the amazing RPS team and all of our wonderful volunteers!

Donations – In just the last 48 hours, over 52 people have donated over $6,000 to the RPS Education Foundation. Unbelievable! These funds will help us continue to support our students and families throughout the closure. On behalf of RPS, THANK YOU!

Learning at Home – You don’t need to figure this out on your own. We have a TON of resources on our website. Big thanks to the entire academic team for pulling everything together so quickly. Check it out here! Also, have you seen some of the amazing things our teachers are doing to support their students?! If you have a shout-out for an RPS teacher you’d like me to share, can you please email me a sentence or two at [email protected]? Thanks!

Mr. K’s 30 Minutes of Math – I’ll be kicking off my 30-minute math lessons tomorrow (Wednesday, March 17). I know I said they’d start today, but the truth is I just haven’t had a second to prep. The lessons will be live-streamed every day, Monday – Friday, at 2 pm. Here’s the link to tune in. We’ll also record them and make them available on our website.

I’m not going to lie: of everything I’m dealing with right now, this is stressing me out the most. Teaching is HARD, folks – a lot harder than being Superintendent. I imagine a whole bunch of families and caregivers are beginning to realize this as they suddenly become subs. So please take a minute RIGHT NOW to call, text, or email a teacher in your life and say THANK YOU! For real, do it. Now.

Wishtree Read-Aloud – Yesterday, we kicked off a community read-aloud of the Wishtree. Click here to see me reading the first two chapters. Mayor Stoney recorded Chapter 3 and School Board Chair (and former Librarian!) Linda Owen recorded Chapters 4 and 5 (see below). Huge thanks to them both! Stay tuned to see who our celebrity guest readers will be tomorrow!

With great appreciation,

Jason

Wishtree Chapter 3 – Guest Reader: Mayor Levar Stoney

Wishtree Chapters 4 and 5 – Guest Reader: School Board Chair Linda Owen

Revised (Hopefully Better!) FAQs

Closure 

  • How long are we closed for?Until April 13. Keep in mind that we may need to close even longer.
  • Will we need to go to school in the summer?I highly doubt it. In all likelihood, the State will waive the days we’re closed, meaning we won’t have to make them up. Once I know for sure, I’ll let everyone know.
  • Are events run by external organizations that rent space at schools (like churches for Sunday services) cancelled? ALL activities are cancelled.

Food

  • Where are the food distribution centers and what are the hours?The hours are 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday. The locations are listed here.
  • Can students pick up food without their parent/caregiver being present? 
  • Can parents/caregivers pick up food without their student being present?
  • If I want to help in some way, what should I do?Please fill out this Google Formso we can follow up with you. Thank you!

Pay

  • Who will be paid during the closure? ALL RPS employees will continue to be paid. That includes full-time, part-time, and hourly employees.
  • Are long-term subs included?Yes!

Academics

  • Where do I find the “Learning at Home” section of the RPS website?Just click here.
  • Will students receive official grades for the work they’re doing while we’re closed?
  • Will students need to take SOLs this year?The VDOE just put out a press release indicating that they are seeking permission from the Commonwealth and Federal Government to waive testing for this school year. As soon as I have further information on this, I’ll be sure to share it.
  • What should I do if I want to access online learning resources, but I don’t have internet? Please call Comcast at 855-846-8376 (English) or 855-765-6995 (Spanish) to get 60 days of FREE internet. In addition, Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are now FREE. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, just select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch any browser.

Communications

  • What is the RPS website address? rvaschools.net
  • Can anyone receive my daily RPS Direct emails? ANYONE can sign up here.
  • Are these messages available in other languages? They’re all posted on our website, which has an auto-translate function for dozens of languages. The translate button is on the top right of the menu bar.
  • Does RPS have any guidance on how to talk about the coronavirus with children? Please click herefor a number of resources.

Information for RPS Employees

Nothing new to report today! As a reminder, if you have questions about your benefits, please call 804-780-7859. And if you have any other concerns, please reach out to me directly at [email protected]. I want to make sure you have all the information and support you need during this difficult time!

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Mobile hubs at four HCPS high schools will distribute Wi-Fi hot-spot devices, repair division-issued laptops

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 the distribution of Wi-Fi hot-spot devices; and provide a way for HCPS-issued laptops to be repaired and exchanged.

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Vans will be stationed at four Henrico County Public Schools high schools to act as mobile technology hubs during HCPS’ closure for coronavirus.

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 the distribution of Wi-Fi hot-spot devices; and provide a way for HCPS-issued laptops to be repaired and exchanged.

Starting Wednesday, those who have previously informed the school division of their need for home internet can visit vans at Deep Run, Douglas Freeman, Hermitage, and Highland Springs high schools and borrow one of 400 portable Wi-Fi hot-spot devices. The devices, which will be available while supplies last, will connect their laptop to the internet at home using cellular service.

The vans are staffed by employees of the school division’s primary technology vendor, Technology Integration Group. The vans have canopies in case of rain and feature the large “TIG” logo of the laptop-support vendor. The mobile sites will be open to distribute hot-spot devices and conduct laptop repairs weekdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Most laptop issues can be resolved in less than 10 minutes by moving the hard drive to a replacement computer. Replacement devices will be sanitized before being issued.

Hours

  • March 18-20 and March 23-27 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and from 2-4 p.m.

Sites

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

The school division’s closure is currently scheduled to last through March 30. Should the closure be extended, the status of the hubs would be reassessed. More information about HCPS’ response to the spread of the coronavirus can be found at the school division’s COVID-19 webpage at henricoschools.us/covid19/.

As part of a response to the spread of coronavirus, telecommunications company Comcast recently announced that it was offering two free months of home internet service to low-income families who qualify for the company’s “Internet Essentials” service. The website for the promotion is internetessentials.com/covid19.

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