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R2L Weekly: April 29, 2021

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“R2L Weekly” has Henderson County Public Schools’ most recent “Return to Learn” updates in each issue, posted on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Individual updates will be linked on our Return to Learn webpage (, sent to families through SwiftK12 email and phone reminders, and shared on social media. R2L Weekly content is current as of Wednesday at noon.

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Vaccination Options for Students Age 16+

Per NC DHHS, all individuals age 16 and over are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and local health care partners have options for families.

Blue Ridge Health

Blue Ridge Health is providing free COVID-19 vaccinations (Pfizer two-dose series) to HCPS students and parents who are interested in receiving the vaccine. Students must be ages 16+ in order to receive the vaccine. The first dose may be administered  once parental permission is received and the second dose is administered 21 days after the initial dose.

In order to gauge how many parents and students are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, BRH asks that interested families complete the following survey:

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Pardee UNC Health

Pardee Urgent Care is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine at select urgent care locations, to accommodate for busy schedules. Walk-in’s will not be accepted for vaccines only, so families are asked to schedule an appointment using the online scheduling tool below.

Want to schedule a vaccine? Click here to get started.

If you don’t see an opportunity that suits your schedule, be sure to check back regularly for additional vaccine appointment dates.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are an mRNA vaccine. Common among vaccines, these vaccines require two doses to complete immunization. During the appointment for the first dose, individuals will schedule their appointment for the second dose at the same clinic location.

* Individuals will not be able to choose between Moderna or Pfizer as Pardee is unable to know which of those two vaccines will be available at which clinics from week to week.*

Curious about the science behind COVID-19 vaccines? Click here to learn more.

Face Coverings at HCPS

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Families may be wondering, “What’s the status on face coverings in schools?” since yesterday Gov. Cooper announced the state will lift the outdoor mask mandate on Friday, April 30.

Our school buildings are governed by the state and our local board of education, when concerning their usage as educational facilities. This includes adherence to health and safety requirements in the NCDHHS StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit, which currently require all individuals five years or older to wear face coverings in schools (see p. 9).

Per Gov. Cooper’s announcement yesterday, face coverings will continue to be required indoors and in public places, even though the outdoor face covering restriction will be lifted April 30.

Therefore, face coverings are still required indoors at all HCPS schools and facilities, and outdoors when social distancing is not feasible.

HCPS will continue to adhere to current state guidance and local public health recommendations to keep staff and students safe.

“WNC Healthy Impact” Regional Health Survey

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Our families have the opportunity to help the Henderson County Department of Public Health identify the most critical health issues in our community!

Henderson County is part of a larger effort taking place across Western North Carolina to better understand the health of our region, through a collaboration called WNC Healthy Impact ( Data collected during this regional initiative represents a broad look at health, including demographics, socioeconomics, health status, health disparities, health behavior, clinical care, physical environment, and quality of life.

Between March and June, a national research firm is conducting phone surveys with approximately 200 individuals in the area – so don’t be alarmed if you get a phone call! The confidential survey will ask questions about residents’ health status, behaviors, and experiences.

“We want to encourage everyone to participate if they’re called. This is the public’s opportunity to help us determine where the greatest needs exist and seek ways to improve health for all residents,” said Camden Stewart, Community Health Improvement Specialist with the health department.

Community members who are not selected at random by the phone survey are encouraged to provide feedback electronically. The survey is available online in English and Spanish and can be accessed at until May 31.

Student Learning

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Testing Reminder

hand filling out testing bubbles in pencil with text "testing"Remember, End-of-Grade (EOG), End-of-Course (EOC), and Advance Placement (AP)* testing is just around the corner, and will take place in-person, for all students.

Review the scheduled testing windows for schools here:

May 3-7, 10-12, 14, and 17: AP Testing
May 17-May 28: Elementary schools, Middle schools, and Hendersonville High
May 24-May 28: High schools on “Block Schedule”

*High schools will be holding in-person AP testing during the first 2 weeks of May on the dates listed above. Fully remote students are asked to come to campus to test, but if they are unable to, they will test remotely June 1-11.

If you have questions about your school’s specific testing dates, please contact your child’s school.

Save the Date: Summer School 2021

Save the Date: Summer School 06.09.21

We are currently lining up teachers and staff for our six-week Summer School session, which will begin June 9!

Intended to be offered at each school location, Summer School 2021 will run Mondays-Thursdays each week, beginning  Wednesday, June 9, and ending Thursday, July 22. A one-week break (July 5-9) during the July 4th holiday will be observed.

Transportation will be provided by the district. Schools will communicate transportation, programming and additional details to families of students recommended for Summer School 2021 later in the spring.

All “R2L Weekly” issues are archived on our R2L: Communications page.