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Mar 13

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COVID-19 Newsletter for Vulnerable Families

DEAR FAMILIES,

Concern about COVID-19 (coronavirus) has quickly increased and we want to keep you informed
about what supports are in place for your child. Keep this newsletter with tips and information and be
sure to stay connected to your email and social media.

HEALTH TIPS
Transmission of the coronavirus can occur via person to person contact, and by touching
infected surfaces. Please be aware of the following tips to increase the health and safety of
your family:
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
● Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after
blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom; and before eating or
preparing food.
● If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at
least 60% alcohol.
● Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects using diluted household
bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and EPA registered
disinfectants (i.e. clorox disinfectant wipes, clorox multi-surface bleach)

EXPLANATION FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING
The decision to close schools was made to support the health and safety of our students, staff
members and community. In support of recommendations by Governor Northam for social
distancing, please be aware of the following recommendations for social distancing. Social
distancing requires people to avoid gathering in public places. It is recommended that people
should be at home as much as possible and not gather in groups inside or outside the home.
The medical community has pointed to the use of social distancing as an effective way to
reduce the transmission of this highly contagious virus.

GENERAL INFORMATION
● Student medication can be picked up from school on Monday during regular school
hours.
● Comcast Internet Essentials Offer – – https://www.internetessentials.com/ . If you want
to apply for Internet Essentials over the phone please call 1-855-8-INTERNET
(1-855-846-8376). Call Center hours of operation are from 8 AM to Midnight (EST),
seven days a week.

FOOD INSECURITY SUPPORTS
HCPS is in the process of setting up food distribution sites throughout the county. These sites
will be set up as “grab and go”, and students will be able to access a packaged lunch and
breakfast. Per USDA School Nutrition guidelines, meals must be distributed to students,
parents who arrive at the pick up locations will need to have students with them in order to
access the service. Meals will be available on a first come, first serve basis during the allotted
distribution time each day.
This service is scheduled to begin on March 17th, additional information about locations and
pick up hours will be made available to families via the HCPS COVID-19 website
( https://henricoschools.us/covid19/ ) and a robocall on March 16, 2020.
Each week needs will be assessed based on food availability and updates will be shared with
families via robocalls and the COVID-19 website.

VIRTUAL LEARNING
Virtual/Distance Learning experiences will be available to K-12 students beginning 3/17/20. We
are working to define next steps to keep our learning fun and engaging during this time.
Elementary students will have access to project based learning opportunities and secondary
students will be able to continue their learning online using our learning management system
Schoology. More information will be forthcoming.

STAY CONNECTED
Our decisions may change as this situation changes. Stay connected to our website and social
media outlets to ensure you are up to speed with the latest information. Connect here:
HCPS Website: https://henricoschools.us/covid19/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HenricoCountyPublicSchools
Twitter: @HenricoSchools

We are in this together! Thanks for your flexibility and patience as we figure this out.

Sincerely,
Department of Family Engagement
Department of Equity, Diversity & Opportunities

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