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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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College admissions deans from multiple schools to offer Virtual College Night May 27th

Virginia high school students who want to learn more about the college admission process and financial aid can attend Virtual College Night for Virginia at 6 p.m. on May 27.

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Virginia high school students who want to learn more about the college admission process and financial aid can attend Virtual College Night for Virginia at 6 p.m. on May 27.

The virtual opportunity is the brainchild of admission deans from the University of Richmond, University of Virginia, Washington and Lee University, and William & Mary. The deans were batting around ideas on how to reach high school students during this time of social distancing. They recognized that many topics are important to potential college students. Rather than provide all of the information individually, they decided to join forces to create the Virtual College Night.

The pilot evening, which will be held via Zoom, will focus on central and south central Virginia. Students who have expressed interest in the four institutions will receive an invitation via email.

If the evening is successful, Virtual College Nights will be scheduled in other regions.

Admission deans will provide information on college search, application review and selection, financial aid, and trends in higher education.

The deans include:

  • Sally Stone Richmond, Washington and Lee University
  • Greg Roberts, University of Virginia
  • Gil Villanueva, University of Richmond
  • Tim Wolfe, William & Mary

They will cover the topics in about 40 minutes followed by a 20 minute Q&A.

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Henrico County Public Schools considering starting school before Labor Day in 2021

The 2020-21 school year is already scheduled to begin the day after Labor Day, which is Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The proposal would apply to the 2021-2022 school year and going forward.

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In early March, Henrico County Public Schools introduced the idea of a pre-Labor Day start to the 2021-22 school year. That was before the educational landscape shifted with HCPS’ closure to combat the coronavirus pandemic. At its May 14 work session, the Henrico School Board decided to revisit the issue and consider two calendar options for 2021-22 — one with a pre-Labor Day start and another with a more traditional post-Labor Day start.

Members of the public are invited to share their thoughts on the two options by taking a survey, open until June 3 at 8 a.m. The survey is available by going to HCPS’ website, henricoschools.us, and looking under “Hot Topics,” or by going to henricoschools.us/2021-22-calendar-options/.

The two calendar options under consideration for 2021-22 are:

  • Calendar Option A (pre-Labor Day start.) School would begin on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. School would end on Friday, June 3, 2022.
  • Calendar Option B (traditional post-Labor Day start.) School would begin on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. School would end on Friday, June 17, 2022.

At the work session, conducted in a virtual format, the Board also considered a third option, where students would attend school year-round, with intermittent breaks. After discussing the “extended school year” idea, the Board decided to eliminate that option, citing a desire for more research and collaboration with other school divisions in central Virginia.

While the first and last days of school differ, as well as student and staff holidays, all options would include the same number of instructional days.

Possible advantages of a pre-Labor Day start (Option A) include:

  • Provides two additional weeks of instruction before International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement testing, resulting in less time between the completion of testing and the end of the school year.
  • The academic calendar would more closely align with the start of fall extracurricular activities, as well as college and university schedules.
  • Provides at least a four-day break for Labor Day weekend.

Possible advantages of a post-Labor Day start (Option B) include:

  • Maintains traditional HCPS school calendar.
  • Keeps intact the construction schedule for the new J.R. Tucker and Highland Springs high schools and the expansion of Holladay Elementary School (a pre-Labor Day schedule would move up the construction deadline).
  • Maintains the length of the 2021 summer break for students and HCPS staff members (a pre-Labor Day start would require a one-time reduction of summer break).

There are no significant budgetary differences between the two options.

The 2020-21 school year is already scheduled to begin the day after Labor Day, which is Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

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Facebook provides $280,000 grant to Henrico Education Foundation to strengthen COVID-19 response

The grant will designate $160,000 for meals and $120,000 for Wi-Fi hot spots. For each $100 donation, the foundation receives they are able to purchase supplies for 40 meals which are distributed throughout Henrico County Public Schools’ 15 distribution sites.

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The Henrico Education Foundation is expanding the impact of its COVID-19 Response Fund supporting vulnerable children and families in Henrico County, thanks to a $280,000 grant from Facebook. The tech company’s Henrico Data Center is located in eastern Henrico’s White Oak Technology Park. The foundation has partnered with the center as part of Facebook’s COVID relief effort.

The grant will go toward strengthening the nonprofit’s response to the current health crisis which focuses on a collaborative approach with Henrico County Public Schools to ensure vulnerable families receive meals and Wi-Fi hot spots so children can have access to remote Internet-based learning.

The grant will designate $160,000 for meals and $120,000 for Wi-Fi hot spots. For each $100 donation, the foundation receives they are able to purchase supplies for 40 meals which are distributed throughout Henrico County Public School’s 15 distribution sites. The foundation has also been purchasing Wi-Fi hotspots for the school system to distribute to families without access to the Internet at home. The school system has a goal of purchasing 625 hotspots to support social distancing. The funds will cover the cost of both the hotspot hardware and the service.

“We are grateful for the generous support of Facebook,” said Mike Taylor, CEO of the Henrico Education Foundation. “These funds are critical for remote learning and to assist with feeding families during this challenging time.”

“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been particularly hard on our most vulnerable families,” said Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent. “Thanks to this substantial contribution from the Facebook Henrico Data Center and the efforts of the Henrico Education Foundation, more families will have reliable meals and equitable technology. It opens up tremendous possibilities for our students.”

“Henrico is our home, and we are invested in its long-term vitality. We are honored to partner with the Henrico Education Foundation to support local students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we hope that it will help students continue their education and learning remotely, as well as lift the burden of food insecurity,” said Amber Tillman, Community Development Regional Manager, Facebook.

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