Henry County Public Schools to bring back hybrid students four days a week by mid-April

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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — In less than two weeks, all hybrid students at Henry County public schools will start spending four days a week in the classroom, school officials announced on Thursday.

According to Henry County Public Schools, beginning on Monday, April 19, the school district will resume in-person instruction on Mondays through Thursdays for all students participating in the A/B hybrid learning model.

Meanwhile, virtual students who wish to participate in face-to-face instruction are asked to coordinate with their principals in order to guarantee there is enough space for them to return to the classroom while still maintaining social distancing guidelines.

This news comes after the members of the Henry County School Board wrapped up their monthly meeting on Thursday, April 8. You can watch a recording of that full meeting here:

In the comments section of the livestream for the school board meeting, Henry County Public Schools told a viewer that the school district will not move to year-round schooling and will continue to operate on a traditional academic calendar.

Board members also voted on Thursday to purchase what’s called “Tyler Drive” software, which is aimed at helping bus drivers in the upcoming school year.

The program will be loaded on dash-mounted tablets, keeping track of when students get on and off and offering a complete map of routes to help new drivers.

Installing these tablets on all school buses in Henry County will cost more than $250,000. Even though $170,000 in CARES Act funds are going toward buying those tablets, the rest will come from school transit funds.

In addition, school leaders signed off on installing “bipolar ionization devices” in all Henry County public schools as a cost of more than $300,000.

Ionization uses electric charges to create a field that purifies the air.

The school district is working with Trane — with whom they currently have a maintenance contract — to install this equipment.

Right now, it’s not clear if this equipment would be paid for through CARES Act funds or money from the state.

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