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Getting ready for back to school virtually: What you need to know

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Posted at 9:55 AM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 13:34:42-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The 2020-2021 school year kicks off on Tuesday for Richmond, Henrico County and Chesterfield County Schools.

School districts have been providing helpful tips and lists leading up to September 8.

Richmond Public Schools: #Reopen With Love

Henrico County Public School: Mission Forward

Chesterfield County Public Schools: Project Restart

But with these helpful tips and guides, parents are still asking questions about technology and meals.

With the first nine weeks beginning virtually, school officials are committed in making sure students have what they need to begin the school year on the right foot.

Technology:

Richmond Public Schools have placed an order for 10,000 Chromebooks that are expected to arrive at the end of the month. In the mean time, they have been distributing tablets and WiFi hot spots.

Schools like Westover Hills Elementary began prepping at 10:00 a.m. Monday.

"Every student will have a device. We're hoping that every student will have a device by tomorrow at 9:15, that's our goal," Principal El Koubi said of her Westover Hills students. "So they will either get a Chromebook if they are third fourth and fifth grade. But then everyone else will get a tablet."

School officials will reach out to parents for pick up information and times.

"You know we're not just going to survive this fall we're going to thrive. And great learning is going to happen, relationships are going to be built," said El Koubi

"We are stronger together."

Each RPS school is scheduling their own technology distribution events. Families can reach out directly to their school for information regarding technology distribution or click here.

Henrico County Public Schools will be change their technology hub hours back to normal school hours on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

For any technology questions, you can call HCPS Technology " Help Desk" at 804-328-5207 or email helpdesk@henrico.k12.va.us

Chesterfield County Public Schools has reported 90 percent of students have school issued laptops, but will continue to make sure everyone has one and will also continue to invite eligible households to install Comcast Internet codes.

Each school's website homepage has a link to the self help tech tab.

Meals:

Each school district has continued to provide meals to students during the pandemic and have adjusted meal distribution times for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Richmond Public Schools:

Different schedules for the East and West End districts and the North and South Side have been created (https://www.rvaschools.net/meals). Meals will be dropped of twice a day.

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Students K-12th grade

11 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Pre-k and other students who will need door to door services.

12 schools will be designated meal sites.

Students will be eligible to pick up Monday - Thursday, one breakfast and one lunch and two breakfasts and two lunches on Fridays.

Henrico County Public Schools :

Meals will be provided Monday - Thursday either by school curbside pick up or neighborhood bus drop offs.

7:00 a.m- 9 a.m. : Breakfast and cold lunches
11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. : Hot lunches and cold breakfast for the next day.

Bus drop off will be Monday- Wednesday starting at 11:30 a.m. Each stop will be no more than 30 minutes.

Chesterfield County Public Schools :

Meal orders forms closed on Sept. 2nd.

You can call 804-743-3717.

Families can also apply for the Federal Free and Reduced Meals Program or prepay at myschoolbucks.com.