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Henrico County Council of PTAs Advocacy Update
VA Senate: Please protect state education funding from the impact of COVID driven enrollment fluctuations.
Tell the Virginia Senate to delay the standard enrollment adjustment
HCPS Stands to Lose $5M-7M Due to Decline in Enrollment

State funding for schools is tied to student enrollment. It was reported at the Oct 8 School Board Work Session that HCPS receives about $5,000/pupil, most of which is tied to average daily membership. School divisions are seeing massive fluctuations in student enrollment. Preliminary enrollment totals indicate that HCPS has lost about 1,500 students from last year. As a result HCPS stands to lose (conservatively) more than $5 million this winter if the standard enrollment adjustment is not delayed. 

On a state level, an estimated 35,000 students unenrolled this fall which is expected to result in a $146M decline in basic aid to Virginia schools. This is in addition to the $490M that was cut from the state budget as the COVID pandemic started and an estimated $95M loss due to a decline in sales tax revenue.

It's critical that schools have enough funding to implement robust safety standards for in-person instruction as well as provide technology to support distance learning.

Both the House and Senate Budgets contain language that addresses the loss in sales tax revenue and allocate $200M ($159/student) of CARES Act funding to mitigate the cost of reopening schools. The Senate budget offers to restore some of the $490M in cuts IF revenue growth rebounds. However, only the House budget has critical language that holds school divisions harmless for the decline in enrollment. This language ensures that no school division receives less state funding this year than they did in the 2019-2020 school year.

TAKE ACTION - TODAY: Contact Senate leadership and ask them to adopt the Virginia House Budget language that protects budgeted funding by holding schools harmless for the decline in enrollment due to COVID.

More details here

Learn more about Virginia PTA's legislative priorities

Curriculum (early childhood, career technical education, farm to school & gardens, world languages) -- Funding and Standards of Quality -- Infrastructure (broadband, building maintenance, clean energy for schools)  -- Mental Health -- Nutrition & School Meals -- School Safety -- Advance Equity & Diversity -- School Quality Profile Data

HCC PTA Return to School FAQ
Return to School

Answers to Your Questions

Separate the rampant speculation from the facts. Understand what has been rumored vs proposed vs decided.  Share facts and original sources to help others and stop misinformation. 

Redistricting

Redistricting Phase I: Focus on Hot Spots

The School Board has discontinued a comprehensive redistricting plan and will focus on addressing hot spots for Fall 2021. Phase I includes proposals to:

  • Utilize the expanded capacity at Holladay Elementary School to teach certain Pre-K classes
  • Address overcrowding at Colonial Trails and Rivers Edge elementary schools by making small changes in Three Chopt district
  • Reexamine the elementary school feeder patterns for Quioccasin Middle School to improve equity

Public hearings on the proposals will be held in November and at the December 10 School Board Meeting. A School Board vote is scheduled tentatively for January 29 to adopt redistricting plans for Phase I.  A more comprehensive look at redistricting will be revisited in Phase II.

See 3:24:33 for the Oct 8 presentation to the School Board: 

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Advisory Committees

Bylaw Changes Allow HCPS Advisory Committees to Resume Meetings

At the Oct 8 School Board Working Session, the bylaws of the HCPS' five advisory boards, committees, and councils (they all hold the same authority, just different names) were modified to allow for public meetings to occur in a "hybrid setting." The hybrid setting requires three people to meet in person with other members participating virtually to meet quorum. None of the five advisory committees have been able to meet since COVID-19 closures due to the previous constraints of their bylaws. [FYI-The Lay Advisory Committee is seeking a new Chair.]

https://henricoschools.us/committees-and-advisory-councils/

Walk Bike to School
October: Walk to School Month

Teaching Pedestrian Safety

Walk to School Month may not actually involve walking to school, but finding other chances to walk in your community. That makes it a great opportunity for students and families to learn and practices safe walking habits. Find video resources for kids ages 5 to 18 from Pedestrian Safer Journey here.

After you walk, use this checklist from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center to rate how walkable your neighborhood is and get advice on how to make your community more walkable.


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Upcoming Community Events

Learn of opportunities to support children and teachers.

For more, follow https://henricoschools.us/bridgebuildersacademy/

Raising a G.U.R.L.L.

10/14 @ 6 p.m.

Presenter: Jentae Scott-Mayo, M.Ed

“Greatness Using Real-Life Lessons” will focus on Mrs. Scott-Mayo’s journey raising her daughters. Discussion will cover how we can empower our girls, boost their self-esteem and encourage a positive self-image.

https://henricoschools.us/bridgebuildersacademy/

School Board Meeting

10/22: The School Board will hear the Health Committee's recommendation concerning which approach will be used for the second nine weeks of the school year, which begins Nov. 16, among other topics at its working session and monthly meeting. The meeting typically starts at 2 pm, but may be adjusted depending on the agenda set a week in advance.

When available, find the full agenda and a link for public comments at: https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/henrico/Board.nsf/Public

Advanced Courses

10/28 @ 6 p.m.

Presenter: Christina Tillery, M.Ed

Advanced Placement courses, specialty center programs and honors courses are available across Henrico County for students interested in challenging themselves academically. This session will focus on information to help your learner access these courses in middle and high school.

https://henricoschools.us/bridgebuildersacademy/

State of the Schools

Nov: HCC PTA hosts an Annual State of Henrico Schools by superintendent Dr. Amy Cashwell followed by breakout sessions with School Board Members. This event provides an opportunity to learn more about the Henrico school division, ask questions specific to your school, and express your opinions directly to decisionmakers.

This year, the meeting will be held virtually. More details will be shared with your local unit and on our website at: https://www.hccpta.com/meetings

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Virginia Election

PTA is helping individuals find information about what is on the ballot, when debates occur, how to register, and when, where, and how to vote in this year's election. Plan to vote!

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US Census 2020
Its Not Too Late to be Counted
US Census 2020

Census responses determine the annual allocation of $675 billion of federal funds that are critical for schools, students, and younger children. Virginia PTA explains more about its impact.

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Seeking a Tuckahoe Area Rep

HCC PTA is looking for a PTA member that lives in the Tuckahoe district to be its next Tuckahoe Area Representative. This position supports area PTAs with information, is a liaison on advocacy issues, and serves on the HCC PTA Executive Board. Read our standing rules.

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