Henrico Delays In-Building Classes Again

Comes As Chesterfield Considers Its Plans

January 12, 2021 - 4:47 pm
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News Radio 1140 WRVA


Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - Henrico Schools have announced a delay to their plans to return to school buildings, just one week after setting a date for some kids to return.  The new delay is open-ended, to free up nurses to give the Covid vaccine to teachers.

In a letter to parents, Superintendent Amy Cashwell said "In order to expedite vaccinations for the thousands of HCPS employees who are part of “Phase 1B” in the state’s vaccination effort, school nurses are going to play a key role. In particular, HCPS nurses from all of our schools learned today that their expertise will play an important part in administering the vaccine to HCPS employees, as well as others who fall into “Phase 1B.” This will be a time-consuming, but ultimately necessary and worthwhile effort that will require our nurses to be away from schools for a period of time. This is a critical detail that has newly emerged since we communicated our plans a week ago."

The announcement comes as Chesterfield is figuring out its return plans.  Chesterfield Schools are planning to bring elementary school kids back full-time (if the parents choose) on February 1st, while Middle and High School students would remain virtual for the time being.  Richmond is staying virtual for the rest of the school year.