More than half of Henrico students opt to continue with virtual learning

More than half of Henrico students opt to continue with virtual learning
A student in a child care program at Henrico High School has tested positive for COVID-19 (Source: HCPS)

HENRICO Co., Va. (WWBT) - More than half of Henrico County students say they will stick with virtual learning for the second nine weeks of the school year and beyond.

Henrico County Public Schools released student intention numbers Wednesday afternoon more than a week after the deadline passed for families.

According to the data, 62% of students who responded to the intention form said they would continue to learn online; Thirty-eight-percent said they wanted to return to in-person learning; five-percent of the student body did not respond to the intention form.

HCPS student intention numbers for the second nine weeks of school and beyond
HCPS student intention numbers for the second nine weeks of school and beyond (Source: HCPS)

On Monday, Superintendent Dr. Amy Cashwell announced a delay for expanding in-person learning opportunities citing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases across the region.

Despite the delay, the school system said:

“Student intentions that were given earlier this month will remain in effect. Our schools will remain flexible, as space permits, when there are extenuating circumstances.”

Looking at the breakdown of the intention numbers, 30 of the 46 elementary schools saw large numbers of students opting to continue learning virtually. Seven of the elementary schools were nearly split in student decisions.

Out of the 12 middle schools, all but one (Tuckahoe Middle School) saw a significant number of students wishing to keep learning online.

Among the nine high schools in Henrico County, only one (Douglas S. Freeman High School) saw many students wishing to return in-person. The remaining high schools showed a significant number of students wishing to remain online.

HCPS also noted 2,707 students did not respond to the intention form.

For more information on HCPS’s plan for the second nine weeks of the school year and beyond, click here.

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