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Henrico County Council of PTAs Advocacy Update
Rebuilding Trust. How PTAs can help heal the divide between HCPS and parents
PTA: Advocates and Partners

Building strong school communities is hard work in 2020. The difficulty is more than just our physical separation. Our communities are challenged by diverse opinions on how and when to return to school, by uncertainty, and by fear about children's health, safety, and ability to reach their potential during the pandemic.

If you missed our November 16th program on how PTAs can help heal the divide between HCPS and parents by rebuilding trust, we invite you to watch the replay. [View Slides]

Watch the Replay
Advocating for funds vs Providing funds
Return to School

Help Equip Teachers

HCC PTA encourages local PTA leaders to work with your teachers and principals to identify tools needed to provide a strong instructional model, whether it is virtual, in-person, or blended. Ask your principal to bring these requests to HCPS. Then, keep HCC PTA and School Board members apprised of your school’s requests. We will work together to secure the funding necessary to provide a quality education.

The county may be limited in its ability to fulfill certain funding requests. In such cases, the HCPS administration will prioritize funding based on the greatest need. We ask PTAs to partner with your school principal and use your best discretion as to whether advocacy, soliciting donations, or fundraising is the best solution for your community and every child.

Learn What HCPS is Providing
Redistricting

Quioccasin Middle School Redistricting Postponed

The School Board decided to reexamine in Fall 2021 the elementary school feeder patterns for Quioccasin Middle School. The issue is postponed from the current, limited redistricting process and will be considered in Phase II.

The Phase I redistricting effort now focuses on two hot spots:

  • Utilizing the expanded capacity at Holladay Elementary School to teach certain Pre-K classes
  • Addressing overcrowding at Colonial Trails and Rivers Edge elementary schools by making small changes in Three Chopt district

For more information and to provide written feedback, visit: https://henricoschools.us/redistricting/

The next public hearings on the proposals will be held at the December 10 School Board Meeting. A School Board vote is scheduled tentatively for January 28* to adopt redistricting plans for Phase I.  A more comprehensive look at redistricting will be revisited in Phase II.

    See the redistricting presentation, discussion, and decision at the Nov 12  School Board (2:30:16 mark): https://youtu.be/altHwZdMKmI?t=9016

    *Please note HCPS communications corrected the date to January 28 from a previously published January 29.

    Uniting for mental health
    Advocacy Partnerships

    Uniting for Mental Health

    Virginia PTA is partnering with HCA Virginia, Virginia Education Association, and the Virginia Association for Colleges of Teacher Education to support the mental health of our students, teachers, and families in Virginia. Over the next five weeks, we'll be talking about mental health using five key pillars: Collaboration, Care, Community, Connection, and Conversation. We encourage you to follow along on Facebook and show your support! #UnitingforMentalHealth #HCAVirginia #VAPTA #VEA #VACTE

    Deadline: Jan 11

    Submit a Resolution

    Do you know of a situation or concern which affects children and youth and requires a statewide solution? 

    Elevate your research and proposed action, opinion, or needed solution by submitting a resolution for consideration by Virginia PTA's General Membership at our Annual Meeting on March 20th. 

    Visit The VA PTA resolution writing toolkit to get started. Please send any questions to Jenna Alexander, VP of Advocacy, at advocacy@vapta.org.

    Upcoming Events

    We are so grateful for our teachers' and principals' hard work to make this school year work, especially this past month. Please consider showing them your appreciation.

    Happy Thanksgiving! 

    School Board Working Session

    Dec 10: The School Board will hear the Health Committee's update and discuss redistricting. There will be an opportunity for public comment on redistricting.

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

    HCC PTA Advocacy Committee Mtg

    Dec 16: Join HCC PTA Advocacy Chair Jennifer Lumpkin at 6:30 PM for a roundtable discussion on state issues and Richmond District preparations for the 2021 General Assembly. County concerns for future consideration can be raised during a Q&A at the end.

    Register at https://tinyurl.com/registerHCCPTAadvocacy

    HS Specialty Center Applications

    Deadline Jan 14 @ 4 PM: The online application is available to current HCPS eighth-grade students. All parents or guardians must complete an online Parent Authorization and Waiver Form, accessible through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Learn more:

    https://henricoschools.us/hcps-student-applicant-process/

    Tuckahoe Area Representative Wanted
    Be a liaison on advocacy issues
    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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