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Some Henrico students will return to in-person learning Monday

Henrico school issues mumps alert
Posted at 10:49 PM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 07:09:19-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Some Henrico students in pre-K through second grade will have the option to return to school for in-person learning beginning Monday.

School leaders said they are prepared for the students' arrival and posted a video saying that every student will have a protective barrier.

Additionally, administrators said the schools are also stocked up on disinfecting supplies.

Officials also reminded parents to complete a daily self-screening each morning for their children.

Screening, monitoring and testing are essential components of limiting the spread of COVID-19. To help safeguard students, employees and visitors in Henrico County Public Schools against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, HCPS has established a home-health screening practice for its students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each student must have a screening of his or her health status performed at home, which consists of reviewing the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Survey for Student SelfAdministration, and having their temperature taken at home before reporting to any school or school-sponsored activity.

Parents were also reminded to make sure their child brings their mask. However, administrators said the schools "have plenty of backups."

Mondays and Tuesdays will be in-person learning days for students while the rest of the school week will remain virtual.

District officials said they will slowly phase in more grade levels to in-person learning each Monday through mid-March.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called on school systems across Virginia to be prepared to welcome students back to in-person learning.

Earlier this month, Northam set a March 15 deadline for school systems to begin at least some in-person learning plans.

In Central Virginia, Hanover and some Chesterfield students have already returned to classrooms.

The City of Richmond is the only school system that decided to stay virtual throughout the 2020-21 school year.

Click here for more information from Henrico County Public Schools expansion of in-person learning.