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Henrico schools up to 175 teaching vacancies

As Henrico County Public Schools enter a new school year, teacher vacancies remain an issue, but less so than a few weeks ago.

The school system is currently 95% staffed, with 175 teaching positions vacant across the county. Some of these vacancies are filled by substitute teachers, while others are filled by school staff in non-teaching positions who hold a teaching certificate. Some teachers are paid to cover additional class periods until a permanent teacher is found. All classes will be staffed on the first day of school on Monday, Superintendent Henrico Amy Cashwell announced at Thursday’s school board meeting.

According to Henrico Schools spokeswoman Eileen Cox, 13 school staff qualified to teach but who are not teachers will teach classes this year across the district.

Additionally, four virtual teachers will help with graduate-level math and science classes, according to Cox. Although a teaching assistant is present, students in these classes will learn through a screen while in class.

Teacher shortages are greater in Henrico’s lower-income schools.

“It is important to note that schools receiving federal Title 1 funds have lower student-teacher ratios, and therefore have more classes and need more teachers.” Cox wrote in an email.

Many of the schools receiving this funding are in east Henrico, where more families live in poverty and more students receive free and reduced-price lunch. These schools have been hardest hit by teacher vacancies.

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The Henrico School System also adopted two bus tracking apps this year, which will show students and parents where school buses are. Like the GPS tracking system on the Uber and Lyft transportation apps, the Edulog Bus Parent Portal and Parent Portal Lite apps will allow parents to track their students’ buses on their phone. (The Lite version is used only for exceptional educational paths.)

However, app users cannot follow any bus. In order for parents to see their students’ bus information, they must have information about their students, including date of birth, name, school, and student ID. Parents using the app will also receive notifications about changes to the bus route and notifications when a different bus is used due to maintenance.

The apps are free for parents, guardians and students and also have a Spanish option, although no other languages ​​are currently available.

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In Henrico County’s only fully online public school, hundreds of students will learn virtually for the second year in a row.

A total of 875 students are enrolled in the Henrico Virtual Academy this year. The K-12 school, which was established last year, offers online education to students through a mix of synchronous and asynchronous online courses.

Students can apply to the school “for any reason,” according to the school’s website, and are generally accepted.

Former Elko Middle School vice-principal Garry Marshall is the current HVA principal.

Students attending HVA have online access to many services that would be present in a physical school building, such as after-school clubs and counseling services. Student-athletes participate in in-person sports through their neighborhood school.

The academy has seen a drop in attendance since last school year, when more than 1,300 students were enrolled.

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Anya Sczerzenie is Henrico Citizen’s educational reporter and Report for America staff member. Make a tax deductible donation to support his work, and RFA will match it dollar for dollar. Register here for its free weekly education newsletter.

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