2020-2021 “Return to Learn”


Dear Panther Families,

We hope this message finds you healthy and well. As many of you are aware, the school division recently shared our Return to Learn Plan, including options for both virtual and face-to-face instruction.  We know that as a family, you may have questions as you work to consider the right choice for your students. Please visit the Return to Learn site on the HCPS website for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.  Please see the additional notes below regarding information about learning and transportation in the 2020-2021 school year, as well as an announcement about a Town Hall meeting for parents to learn more.  Please feel free to reach out to me at darmstrong@hcps.us or our Assistant Principal, Ms. Pitts at vpitts@hcps.us, with any questions or if we can help in any way.


Dawn Armstrong, Principal


Learning Online: This document provides a comparison of the divisions’ approach to face-to-face learning (with significant modifications in order to employ health mitigation strategies) to the online school, as well as other items to consider before selecting an option.

To choose the online school option, please complete the Online Learning Transfer Form  to make your commitment. Families will need to request registration by July 31st if they would like their child to attend the online school. Families Choosing face-to-face learning do not need to take any action at this time.

Counselors and school employees will be reviewing registration requests, and families will receive an email when the transfer to the online school is complete and/or may be contacted by phone if questions arise about course requests.  We appreciate your patience as we move forward with the scheduling process and look forward to welcoming students in Hanover County’s online school!

Transportation:  In our division plan, transportation to and from schools during Phase III will be significantly limited to help reduce the spread of illness. As a result, transportation will not be available to all students. To assist us in our efforts, we strongly encourage families to transport their students to and from school. Parents who would like to request transportation must complete the online opt-in form by Friday, July 31st.

Please note that your request for service does not guarantee transportation. Service will be prioritized based upon need, age, and distance from school.

During Phase III, students will be seated one per seat. Siblings or occupants of the same household may sit together. Drivers, attendants, and students are required to wear face coverings. Drivers will clean seats and high touch areas after every route. No field trips will be permitted.

Virtual Town Hall: Mark your calendar! All HCPS families are invited to attend a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday, July 28, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., to discuss the Return to Learn Plan  for the 2020-2021 school year. The superintendent, senior staff members, and other panelists will be on-hand to answer your questions on a wide variety of topics, from instruction and technology to health mitigation strategies and transportation. We will share more details about accessing the meeting soon.

You are encouraged to submit your questions in advance using the HCPS Families Virtual Town Hall Meeting Questions Form. This will allow the panel to address as many of the most commonly asked questions as possible during the allotted time. The deadline for submitting questions is July 27 at 12 p.m. The panel will also answer questions submitted by attendees during the meeting.

We value your feedback and participation and hope you can join us.

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