Mid-August Updates

Hello Warrior Families! This is Ms. Castillo-Rose with a few quick updates for the upcoming school year.

  1. Covid Guidance

As many of you know, we received new  guidance from the Health Committee, School Board and Dr. Cashwell regarding the safety protocols we will be using this upcoming school year. There may be questions about what this will look like at Henrico High School. Please join me on August 25th at 6pm on Microsoft Teams for our 1st Community Townhall of the 21-22 school year. We will discuss expectations for the new school year and I will address any questions and concerns at that time.

Click here to join the meeting

  1. Important Start of School Events

Family Reunion Days 

Thursday, September 2- Seniors- 9 am-12 pm, Juniors 1-4 pm

Friday, September 3- Freshmen- 9 am-12 pm, Sophomores 1-4 pm

Family Reunion Days will take the place of our traditional Freshmen Orientation and it will be for all grades.

What to expect:

  1. Schedule Pick up
  2. Laptop Pick up (crossing our fingers they arrive on time)
  3. Parent Portal set up
  4. Student Life-
  • Live DJ
  • Food Trucks
  • Kona Ice Truck
  • Club/Activities Sign up
  • Games
  • Swag sale
  • Guided tours for Freshmen and Sophomores
  • Senior caps gown order
  • Social Media Pics- Rep your grade

Look out for our info flyer coming soon!

  1. Online Fee Payment System is now open

You can pay your fees online at your convenience. Click on the OSP system to view and pay for your student’s fees. There is NO laptop fee this year. You will be able to pay for yearbooks, parking passes and program fees using this site.

  1. Laptop and Charger Drop-off

Laptops and chargers can be dropped off at Hermitage or Highland Springs High Schools Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon. Please do this if you have not done it yet. Thank you to those who have already done it! As a reminder, you cannot get a new device in August if you do not turn in your old device.

 

  1. Vaccination Requirements for Seniors

As a reminder, the  Meningococcal virus vaccine is required for students entering 12th grade. HCPS is providing another clinic opportunity for students to get this vaccine on August 18th at Brookland Middle School from 2pm to 4pm.

If your student has gotten the vaccine this summer, please drop off  all documentation with our School Registrar. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:30. Students will not be allowed to participate in school on the first day of school without this vaccine.

  1. Seniors!

It’s that time of year!  We need your information to order Caps and Gowns.  Please fill out the following Google Form to place your order!

Cap and Gown Order Form

  1. HCPS Updates

As you know, HCPS is committed to five days a week of full length in-person learning in a safe and healthy school environment. Based on current health data and trends, along with the latest guidance from health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health, the Henrico County School Board voted unanimously to open the 2021-22 school year with a mask requirement inside schools and offices for all individuals (employees, students, etc.), regardless of vaccination status. Mask use also remains required on school buses due to a federal order.

Moving forward, masking protocols will be reviewed approximately every two weeks at the School Board’s public meetings (view the upcoming School Board meeting dates here.)

While outdoors, masks will still be strongly recommended, especially for individuals who are not yet vaccinated, or when physical distancing is not possible. Our schools will also be prepared to address the nuances of indoor mask-use, including (but not limited to) athletics, band, chorus, eating/drinking, field trips, medical requirements, etc. You can visit our website for a deeper look at specific circumstances. 

Aside from mask-use, plans for the new school year include continued implementation of our health-risk mitigation strategies such as:

  • Well-maintained indoor air systems.
  • Maintaining 3-foot distancing where possible.
  • Frequent cleaning of high-touch areas.
  • Clear plastic desk guards (for use by request.)
  • A continued focus on handwashing.

Individual schools will share school-specific health and safety plans with their communities prior to the start of the new year. As always, we are prepared to be flexible as health conditions change.

If you’re eligible to be vaccinated, please get vaccinated. Information from the Virginia Department of Health is a great place to start! https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to ensure our 2021-22 school year is safe and healthy for everyone. We look forward to welcoming our students on the first day of school, which is Wednesday, Sept. 8. (Tuesday, Sept. 7, is a student holiday in observance of Rosh Hashanah.)

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