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Dec 11

Safety Matters-Winter Edition 2019

December Family 2019 Safety Matters 

Winter Safety Tips
What do most students love the most about winter? Getting that phone call from Andy Jenks informing everyone of a snow day! Whether your child is at school or at home enjoying the winter weather, there are a few safety tips that you may want to keep in mind because students are not always aware of the dangers that can arise.

First, make sure that your child is appropriately dressed for cold weather by wearing layers and protecting the areas most susceptible to frostbite such as the head, face, and hands. Beware of clothing hazards such as scarves and hood strings which can strangle smaller children. Check your child’s shoes to make sure that they can “get a grip” on snow and crushed ice.
Regarding ice, please remind your children that they can slip very quickly on “black ice,” so caution them about this when they get ready to jump out of your car. Of course, please explain the dangers of ice to your young drivers and remind them to slow down when driving to and from school and especially in school parking lots. We have teenage drivers who drop students off at elementary and middle schools on their way to their high school, so frequent reminders never hurt. Also remind your teenage driver to use patience and good judgment when parking in a school lot because the parking lines may be covered with a thin coat of ice and snow.

Because chunks of ice and rock are often in snowballs, please discourage your child from throwing them at school because they can cause injuries. Outside of school, children love playing in the snow, so you may want to discuss safe ways for them to play such as avoiding throwing snow in a person’s face. According to University of Michigan Medicine, head trauma is a common winter injury, usually resulting from sledding and closely followed by skiing and snowboarding; therefore, teach children how to do them safely and have them wear helmets.

Before your child goes outside to play, apply sunscreen because he/she can get a sunburn in the winter, too, as the sun reflects off the snow. In addition, keep your child hydrated because in drier winter air, your child loses more water through his or her breath. Encourage them to drink plenty of water and warm drinks such as soup.

Remind your children to use caution near fires such as wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, and outdoor fire pits. You may want to make sure that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working at home.
Enjoy this beautiful time of the year with your family and friends!

Sources: Save the Children, American Academy of Pediatrics, and University of Michigan Health System.

During a variety of holidays and birthdays, many of our students receive gifts and are eager to bring them to school to show friends or use for “show and tell.” Please instruct your child to keep them at home because the gift that your child wanted and received may not be appropriate for school and may even be in violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Also, gifts could be lost or stolen at school or in route to and from school. So, keep the new stuff at home!

Definition: Frostbite occurs when the body’s skin, bones, and blood vessels freeze because of exposure to extreme cold with tem-peratures below 28 degrees Fahr-enheit.
Symptoms: Skin may appear pale, gray, or blistered and feel cold to numb. There may also be a tingling or aching sensation or even pain.
What to do: Get inside and warm exposed areas with blankets and warm water. Gently massage the area to stimulate circulation. Seek medical attention.

Winter School Bus Safety Tips
Here are some safety tips to share with your bus riders to keep them safe in the winter.
1. Dress warmly but be able to see and hear what is going on around them. Make sure your child has a clear line of sight and can hear traffic and other noises.
2. Put down the phone to be able to walk carefully on snow or ice covered surfaces.
3. Don’t rush to catch the bus. Allow extra time to get to the bus stop in cold, windy, or snowy conditions.
4. Use the handrails on the bus when getting on and off the bus, and watch the last step!

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Oct 24

AVR Horticulture landscapes Logan Elementary School

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Oct 15

Safety Matters

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Oct 01

VIDEO: Dontrese Brown visits AVR

Speaker Dontrese Brown visited with the students at The Academy at Virginia Randolph recently. Brown, who was instrumental in the Arthur Ashe Boulevard renaming project spoke about branding and finding your purpose

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Sep 25

The Academy at Virginia Randolph Climate Survey

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Sep 23

Child Find


Link to .pdf in English 

Link to .pdf in Spanish


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Aug 30

An important message for families of students who use bus transportation

This is an important message for families of students who use bus transportation:

First day of school is almost here! Our drivers have been working hard to rehearse their routes and make sure Sept. 3 is the beginning of a great week. With that in mind, we ask for your patience next week as some buses may experience delays. Here’s why, along with answers to some other frequently asked questions.

What can I expect during the first week of school?

Thousands of Kindergarten and preschool students are riding a school bus for the very first time. We take extra care with these students, such as requiring authorized adults to show ID in order to get them off the bus in the afternoon. Afternoon delays are inevitable as parents become accustomed to our process, and as our drivers meet many of these families for the first time. In limited instances, bus delays may become very lengthy on the first couple of days, but those delays should quickly shorten as everyone gets used to the new routine.

We also realize that the first week of school can often be filled with emotional moments and “must get” photo opportunities. Sometimes this will result in buses being behind schedule.

Where can I find bus information?

Bus stop information is now available on our website as well as through Rycor Online Forms and PowerSchool. We recommend students be at their morning bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Please review bus stop safety procedures and follow the direction of bus drivers.

Will you let me know if the bus is running 10-15 minutes late?

Pupil Transportation staff makes every effort to notify parents of significantly late buses through School Messenger text messages. For more information on our automated communication methods, click here to visit the Communications and Community Engagement page 

What if I need to call someone in the Transportation department?

If you would like to speak to someone in our Transportation department, you can do that too by calling one of our zone offices. Henrico is a big county that is served by several different transportation zones. To find the zone office that is responsible for your student’s school, click here.

How do I make a formal request regarding my student’s transportation?

Transportation staff receives hundreds of written requests from parents in September. Parents should complete the “School Bus Request Form,” also linked on the web page.  Priority will be placed on assigning new or recently moved students. Requests for changes to bus stop locations will be addressed as a lower priority.

Here’s to a great 2019-20 school year!

Josh Davis
Director, Pupil Transportation

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Aug 28

Henrico Schools using “Anonymous Alerts” system to improve communication about safety concerns

What is Anonymous Alerts?

The Anonymous Alerts safety and anti-bullying reporting system helps combat negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.

The system allows for one-way or two-way anonymous encrypted communication between those submitting reports (students, parents or community members) and school division administration and staff members. System users have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

How does it work?

To use the new app, students, parents or others simply visit the Henrico County Public Schools website and click on the “Anonymous Alerts” button or the text link to submit a report expressing a concern. Anonymous Alerts apps can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or Chrome stores.

Users enter Henrico Schools’ Anonymous Alerts activation code – Henrico – and select the school to which the message should go. Informational posters explaining how to use the system will be displayed in HCPS schools and offices.

To send reports from the internet, go to:

To send a report from your phone:

  • Download the free Anonymous Alerts app from the Apple Store, Google Play store or Chrome store.
  • Launch the app and enter the activation code, Henrico.
  • Send important reports to school officials.
  • If desired, add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident.


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May 20

Beat the “Summer Slide”

Summer slide isn’t a piece of playground equipment – it’s the tendency for students to lose some of the progress they’ve made during the academic year. But there are ways to keep your students’ skills sharp and have fun all summer long.

For details, resources and lots more ways to foster reading this summer, go to HCPS’ summer reading page.

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Apr 24

Senior Fees Due Now

Senior Fees are due IMMEDIATELY


cash or check written to “AVR” (card option available on AVR website)

Fees cover: cap, gown, tassel, and diploma


Any question contact Ms. Bacon:

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