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Date registered: August 15, 2019

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  1. COVID-19 School Counseling Resources for Families — March 16, 2020
  2. COVID-19 Newsletter for Vulnerable Families — March 13, 2020
  3. STEAM Learning Suggestions for Home — March 13, 2020

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Mar 16

COVID-19 School Counseling Resources for Families

March 16, 2020


Dear Adams Families:

We know there is much uncertainty right now, but we believe it is important for all of us to take care of ourselves and our families. While we are away to ensure we are staying physically healthy, we also want to make sure we are taking care of our mental and emotional health. During this time, we understand many different feelings and thoughts can arise. We want to provide resources to help support you and your families while we are navigating this period away from Adams. Here are a few links to resources on how to talk to our students about the Coronavirus, how to deal with fear and anxiety, mindfulness strategies, coping skills, and educational activities.

In the event you need access to mental health services, here is the information for Henrico Mental Health Services. Phone Number: 804-727-8100

East End Location:

3908 Nine Mile Road

Henrico, VA 23223 

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, six sites will open to distribute free “grab and go” school meals. Our students can pick up lunches and breakfasts each school day on a first-come, first-served basis. Food distribution is open to all students, regardless of what school they attend, as well as others under age 18. Please note that adults must be accompanied by each child under 18 who needs a meal. Pick-up hours are scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon, but hours and locations may increase, depending on demand.

The HCPS school nutrition staff will regularly assess student needs. Food availability and updates will be shared with HCPS families via our full slate of communication platforms, including www.henricoschools.us/covid19.

Where can your student pick up meals? Five schools will operate as hubs for distribution, where food will be prepared, packaged and distributed to students. Meals will also be transported to Henrico Volunteer Rescue Squad 31 in Sandston, to be distributed. Locations may be expanded for the week of March 23-27, depending on demand. If the school closure period is extended past March 30, HCPS leaders will assess the status of the food distribution program.

The student meal distribution sites (starting Tuesday, March 17 from 11 a.m.-noon) are:

  • Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va.
  • Glen Lea Elementary School, 3909 Austin Ave., Henrico, Va.
  • Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.
  • Highland Springs Elementary School, 600 Pleasant Street, Highland Springs, Va. 23075
  • Quioccasin Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Road, Henrico, Va.
  • Henrico Volunteer Rescue Squad 31, 5301 Huntsman Road, Sandston, Va.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email at amfrederick@henrico.k12.va.us. I will be readily available and responding to emails.

Alexis Frederick, Jacob Adams Elementary School Counselor


Permanent link to this article: https://adams.henricoschools.us/2020/03/16/covid-19-school-counseling-resources-for-families/

Mar 13

COVID-19 Newsletter for Vulnerable 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.

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)

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.

● Student medication can be picked up from school on Monday during regular school
● 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.

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/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.

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.

Department of Family Engagement
Department of Equity, Diversity & Opportunities

Permanent link to this article: https://adams.henricoschools.us/2020/03/13/covia-10-newsletter-for-vulnerable-families/

Mar 13

STEAM Learning Suggestions for Home

Hi Adams Families,

While you are home with your family, stay safe, and keep learning! There are so many ways to keep doing STEAM, even at home. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Build a tower using only certain materials (cans, paper, paper towel rolls). It doesn’t have to be anything specific, just make your own rules and build, rebuild, test and try again!
  • Make something! Use materials and art supplies from around the house to create something special. Make a habitat, animal or plant cell, solar system, or a story book.
  • Draw up designs for new inventions? What problems do you want to solve? Can you make a device that can help solve that problem?
  • Build with your toys! If you’ve got Legos or other blocks at home, use them! Make a rocket ship, make a car, make a house, make a monster, or make a bridge. Just be creative!
  • CODE! Use scratch anywhere that you have wifi! See inside of other people’s projects to learn new coding strategies and ideas. Try them out on your own projects.
  • Try out some kitchen experiments… Cook with your family! Cooking is science. Being stuck at home can be really tasty if you start playing around with your recipes! Check out a cook book from the library and try something new.
  • Remember, you can access Clever from anywhere with wifi. Check out links there that will take you to read alouds, science exploratory sites, coding platforms, 3-D design tools, and research portals. The possibilities are endless.

I hope this gives you some new ideas on how you can keep STEAM learning happening while out for this break. I can’t wait to hear all about how you tried STEAM at home! Don’t forget, everything starts with a question, and when we answer that question with more questions, the learning never stops! Keep asking, keep thinking, keep designing, keep creating, keep learning!

Stay safe and healthy!


Mrs. Grant

STEAM teacher


Permanent link to this article: https://adams.henricoschools.us/2020/03/13/steam-learning-suggestions-for-home/