HCPS is working to ensure the safety of students, staff and families.
Please use this page as a resource and check back frequently for updated information. As distancing guidelines change, health and instructional plans for HCPS are also subject to change.
2020-2021 Health Plan (updated September 2020)
Schedule: HCPS is currently operating on a hybrid schedule.
Hybrid students will attend school on an AABB schedule. This means that students in group A will attend school on Monday and Tuesday and learn virtually from home Wednesday-Friday. Students in group B will learn virtually from home on Monday and Tuesday, attend school in person on Wednesday and Thursday, and learn virtually from home on Friday. Siblings will attend school on the same day, regardless of the school(s) they attend. Families who select virtual learning only for their students will be given that option for the fall semester.
Note: It is critical that contact information for each family is current in the system. If you have not yet completed enrollment for the coming school year, please do so. Families who need to update contact information at any time during the school year may contact the school secretary or email Monica.Hatchett@henry.k12.va.us.
Updated guidance from CDC:
On March 19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation to permit for 3 feet of physical distancing in certain school circumstances, with universal mask use. The CDC Guidance now recommends the following with regard to physical distancing:
- Between students in classrooms
- In elementary schools, students should be at least 3 feet apart.
- In middle schools and high schools, students should be at least 3 feet apart in areas of low, moderate, or substantial community transmission. In areas of high community transmission, middle and high school students should be 6 feet apart if cohorting is not possible.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance in the following settings:
- Between adults (teachers and staff), and between adults and students, at all times in the school building. Several studies have found that transmission between staff is more common than transmission between students and staff, and among students, in schools.
- When masks cannot be worn, such as when eating.
- During activities when increased exhalation occurs, such as singing, shouting, band, or sports and exercise. Move these activities outdoors or to large, well-ventilated space, when possible.
- In common areas such as school lobbies and auditoriums.
Virginia most recently updated its Revised Interim Guidance for PreK-12 School Reopening on March 9, 2021; this guidance does permit 3 feet of distancing in certain circumstances.