Henrico, Va., Nov. 19, 2020 — Input and information sessions on three HCPS school attendance boundary “priority areas” have concluded, with one proposal put on hold and the School Board seeking further input on the other two. An update on the proposals, commonly referred to as “redistricting”:
- At the Nov. 12 School Board meeting, members decided to postpone the proposal related to the way students are assigned to Quioccasin Middle School. It will be revisited for further public discussion in fall 2021.
- The Board is still seeking public input on two other proposals:
- Provide written comments anytime by using the General Feedback Form on the HCPS redistricting webpage: https://henricoschools.us/redistricting/
- Submit written public comments specifically for the Dec. 10 School Board meeting by going to the School Board’s page: https://henricoschools.us/school-board/ (Please note that the public comments form is different than the “General Feedback Form” on the redistricting page, but all comments are carefully reviewed and considered.)
- The Board will hold a Jan. 14 public hearing on the redistricting proposals for the two priority areas. Depending on the status of the pandemic, the public hearing may be virtual.
- Jan. 29 (tentative): Possible School Board vote on redistricting changes.
- The three information and input sessions have concluded, but you can view videos of the sessions at https://henricoschools.us/redistricting/.
The two ongoing proposals for implementation in fall 2021 are:
Effectively using additional capacity at Holladay Elementary School
This proposal would move some preschool students at other schools to Holladay Elementary School, which will double its capacity when a current construction project is completed. The moves would free up instructional space at Crestview, Dumbarton, Johnson, Lakeside, Longan and Echo Lake elementary schools.
Addressing overcapacity at Colonial Trail and Rivers Edge elementary schools
This proposal would address overcapacity at Colonial Trail and Rivers Edge by moving some students to other schools. Besides Colonial Trail and Rivers Edge, other schools that may be affected are Kaechele, Longan, Springfield Park, Twin Hickory and Echo Lake elementary schools.
A third proposal, for elementary feeder patterns into Quioccasin Middle School has been postponed and will be revisited in fall 2021. This proposal would realign the feeder patterns for Quioccasin Middle School, reducing from three to two the number of high schools that Quioccasin students attend. It would also reduce the number of middle schools that feed J.R. Tucker High School from five to four. Under the proposal, students at MaybeuryElementary School would attend Quioccasin Middle School instead of Tuckahoe Middle School. Students at Skipwith Elementary School, and Jackson Davis Elementary School students who live north of Three Chopt Road would attend Tuckahoe Middle School instead of Quioccasin. Colonial Trail Elementary School students who live in the Trails at Short Pump and the Crossings at Short Pump would attend Pocahontas Middle School and Mills Godwin High School instead of Quioccasin Middle School and J.R. Tucker High School.
See links to interactive maps of the proposals at https://henricoschools.us/redistricting/.
A 2019-20 comprehensive countywide redistricting process had been scheduled to be phased in beginning this year. The School Board announced in April that it would delay that process to allow the community to focus on the public health crisis. In September, the Board announced that it would discontinue the comprehensive process and focus instead on solutions for the three specific areas of concern described above.
Specialty Center application training – open to all 8th grade families-
Mrs. Joan Ozolins, school counselor will be conducting a training overview of the 20-21 specialty center application process. The training will be on Monday, November 16th from 5:30-6:30pm.
Students can access the link through the School Counseling course banner on Schoology.
Parents can access the Teams link here: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Unable to attend the overview? Okay – Comprehensive application information can be found on the HCPS website: https://henricoschools.us/specialty-centers/
Three HCPS middle schools offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, which includes a comprehensive curriculum for students who are highly motivated and who have demonstrated the ability to achieve academically.
Application are now being accepted and are available in all elementary and middle school counseling departments. *Private school applicants must contact the IB Programs Office at Tuckahoe MS for an application.
Public Info Session/Virtual Open House Schedule
Thursday, October 15, 2020 – Fairfield MS 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – George H. Moody MS 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 -Tuckahoe MS 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Participation is free! Events happening now through November 4th!
Students are encouraged to participate live so they can ask questions and interact with the college admissions counselors. Visit https://www.strivescan.com/virginia/ to see participating colleges, event dates, register and learn more!
We are so excited to welcome you to Pocahontas Middle School!
The attached document will share information on class schedules, online school schedule, school counselors’ contact information, online parent resources, and step-by-step directions for logging into your laptop and Schoology.
Please read our school’s policy on student absences and make-up work:
What is Anonymous Alerts?
The Anonymous Alerts safety and anti-bullying reporting system helps combat negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.
The system allows for one-way or two-way anonymous encrypted communication between those submitting reports (students, parents or community members) and school division administration and staff members. System users have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.
How does it work?
To use the new app, students, parents or others simply visit the Henrico County Public Schools website and click on the “Anonymous Alerts” button or the text link to submit a report expressing a concern. Anonymous Alerts apps can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or Chrome stores.
Users enter Henrico Schools’ Anonymous Alerts activation code – Henrico – and select the school to which the message should go. Informational posters explaining how to use the system will be displayed in HCPS schools and offices.
To send reports from the internet, go to: https://report.anonymousalerts.com/henrico.
To send a report from your phone:
- Download the free Anonymous Alerts app from the Apple Store, Google Play store or Chrome store.
- Launch the app and enter the activation code, Henrico.
- Send important reports to school officials.
- If desired, add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident.
To expedite morning drop off, please do not stop in front of our main doors to drop off your Hawk. Follow the directions of our staff member to fill the entire front circle before your child exits your vehicle.