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Henrico County Council of PTAs Advocacy Update
Get Ready to Virtual Rally: Starts Aug 18. Take a picture or make a 20 sec video of your top priority. Post and tweet on Tuesday when the General Assembly convenes for Special Session! #FundReturn2School
Post, tweet, email, and call during the General Assembly Special Budget Session
Virtual Rally to Fund Return to School

Action can be as simple as a social media post. 

This weekend, take time to snap a picture holding a simple sign with a school funding priority on it or record a 20-second video.

Then, join Virginia PTA and our coalition partners at Fund Our Schools Va by calling, emailing, tagging and tweeting at your legislators starting on Tuesday, August 18, and throughout the General Assembly Special Budget Session.

We want to let legislators know that we support:

✅ Restoring the $500M of K-12 funding that was unallotted in April

✅ Funding $600M for Flexible K-12 Pandemic Response

✅ Accelerating funding for High-Speed Broadband

✅ Restoring $50M for School Counselors

✅ Providing a Registered School Nurse for every school

✅ Improving accessibility of licensed, affordable childcare

#FundReturn2School #FundNotFreeze #VAPTAAdvocacy #TakeAction4Kids

    Read VA PTA's Positions
    Example: Rapid COVID Testing #VAPTAAdvocacy #FundReturn2School
    Example: Support low-income families. #FundOurSchools #VAPTAAdvocacy
    School Supply Drive: Tues and Thurs, 9am-noon, New Bridge Learning Center
    Create a local drop off location
    Promoting HCPS School Supply Drives

    PTAs can support the HCPS school supply drives by collecting supplies locally to deliver to New Bridge Learning Center and promoting the "Pop Up" events. The PTAs have been asked to focus on 16x20 whiteboards, erasers and dry erase markers.

    Upcoming Community Events

    Learn of opportunities to support children and teachers.

    School Board Working Session

    8/27: The School Board will hear a HCPS's presentation of proposed metrics for reopening schools among other topics at its working session and monthly meeting. The meeting typically starts at 2 pm, but may be adjusted earlier depending on the agenda set a week in advance. 

    Normally, working sessions are not open to public participation, but public comments can be submitted by 8 AM on 27th at:

    Supports and Services for Latinx Communities

    8/27, 7 pm - 8:30 pm: Join Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, the Virginia PTA, and the Virginia Latino Advisory Board for a virtual town hall discussion about the community of support and services available to help Virginia's Latinx community prepare for the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and upcoming school year. Simulcast in English and Spanish.

    Student Town Hall Meeting

    8/31, 10 AM: School Board Member Alicia Atkins and HCPS staff will answer student questions about the return to school. Previous sessions occurred on August 6 with other School Board Members.

    Equity and Opportunity in Education

    Wednesdays in August, 1 pm: ChamerRVA Virtual Education Forums.
    Beginning July 29 ChamberRVA is hosting a series of five sessions virtual highlighting businesses and community leaders discussing equity in education. 

    8/19: Providing Pathways

    8/26: Alternative Routes to Enter Workforce

    Learn more at

    Advocacy Chair Image
    Show your passion
    Seeking a 2020-2021 Advocacy Chair

    HCC PTA is looking for a PTA member to be its next Advocacy Chair. This position communicates National PTA and Virginia PTA positions with local units, supports grassroots efforts for Virginia PTA, and engages local units in forming and positions for Henrico county.

    Contact with Questions
    Kindergarten and New Student Registration is Open
    Continue Encouraging Enrollment

    Please share your school's office hours/procedures for kindergarten and/or new student enrollment with your parent community and neighborhoods.

    What to Bring
    Feedback: How can we better serve you?
    Henrico County Council of PTAs

    c/o VA PTA -1027 Wilmer Ave - Richmond, VA 23227 

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