Understanding SOLs in 2020-2021

The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science and other subjects. Typically, SOL test results are among the multiple performance indicators used to determine whether schools are accredited by the Virginia Department of Education (state accreditation).  

 
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Henrico County Council PTA works to ensure all children have access to high-quality education in a safe and healthy learning environment. We support HCPS’s commitment to providing the tools that teachers and school administrators agree are needed to support a strong instructional model for virtual, blended, or in-person instruction.

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Identifying Needs

The HCPS administration currently hosts meetings with principals and the central school leadership team at a minimum of once a week. Before November, these meetings were at a minimum of twice per week. Principals share teacher feedback and requests for items needed to support instruction at these meetings, which have been ongoing throughout the summer and fall. In addition, the division’s school level directors have met with their principals individually to garner feedback.

 

Based on these ongoing communications between schools and HCPS, items such as additional monitors and desk shields have been purchased for all schools and specific items based on individual school needs.

Purchases Made

The table below (provided by HCPS Administration) includes a comprehensive list of items purchased by the division as well as delivery status as of November 18, 2020

Items Provided or Awaiting Delivery

 

* Delivery dates are subject to change. Please check with your principal for current information.

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Future Needs

HCC PTA encourages local unit PTA leaders to work with your parents, teachers, and principals to identify any additional tools needed to provide a strong instructional model. Ask your principal to bring these requests to HCPS. Keep HCC PTA and School Board members apprised of your school’s requests.

 

The HCPS administration has identified the following items as needs for select schools:

  • Bottled Water to have on hand since water fountains will be closed. Many schools do have touchless hydration stations for filling water bottles during the day. Approximately 4 bottles per student per week.

  • Touchless Hydration Stations. Approximately 2 per school for schools without these stations.

 

The county may be limited in fulfilling certain funding requests. In such cases, the HCPS administration will prioritize funding based on the greatest need. For example, some schools may need to secure outdoor learning spaces with greater priority than others based on school capacity or school design.

 

We ask PTAs to partner with your school principal and use your best discretion as to whether advocacy, soliciting donations, or fundraising is the best solution for your community.

 

 
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Return to School FAQ (OLD)

The following answers were compiled by Henrico County Council PTA (HCC PTA) to answer frequently asked questions based on a review of Henrico County Public Schools’ (HCPS) publicly available materials as of October 7, 2020.

 

All HCC PTA commentary is stated as such and designated through the use of italics. Further questions should be directed to HCPS via healthplan@henrico.k12.va.us