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COVID-19 Response

The safety of our students and staff is, and always will be, the highest priority at Hampton Roads Academy. As we address the impact of the spread of the virus we will be guided by the latest information that we receive from both federal and local government sources and, in particular, from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We also receive regular updates and best practices recommended by the National Association of Independent Schools, the Virginia Council for Private Education and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.

In light of Governor Northam’s announcement on Monday, March 23, HRA will continue distance learning through the end of this school year. 

General FAQs

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Is HRA open?

    HRA is open for business with more than 600 students and 70 faculty members putting our distance learning plan in action from home. Faculty and staff are available via phone and email Monday - Friday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
  • Q. Will there be a rebate or credit issued for the prepaid busing or food service for the remainder of this school year?

    Yes, HRA will issue a credit to the student account for the unused portion of food service or busing service. This amount will be applied to any outstanding fees for this year or as a credit for next year. If the student is graduating or not returning for the 2020-2021 school year, a refund will be issued once all accounts have been settled in June. Also, by generously donating the tax deductible value of your credit to our annual appeal, you will help HRA navigate this financially challenging time. We would be tremendously grateful for your support.
  • Q. Will there be any adjustments in tuition charges for the 2019-2020 school year?

    Because HRA continues to provide educational services and expertise of our exceptional faculty and staff, there will be no additional charges or reduction in fees for tuition.
  • Q. Will HRA’s Extended Care Enrichment Program be open?

    No, for the safety of our students and ECE staff, HRA’s Extended Care Enrichment Program will be closed through the end of this school year. For questions about HRA’s ECE program, contact HRA’s Director of Ancillary Programs Shirley Tanguy at 757-884-9117 or
  • Q. How often will I receive communication from HRA?

    Students will receive daily communications from their teachers (MS & US on the day their class meets) and families will receive regular communications from their division heads, bi-weekly Navigators e-News and monthly letters from HRA’s Head of School. Protected Hours are now in place for faculty, students and families and include 5 -7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. – 8 a.m. Students & parents will know they will not receive any important/must read information from teachers during these hours, and should not reach out to teachers during this time unless otherwise arranged.  Anything transmitted during this window is willing to wait.
  • Q. What if I have a question, concern or suggestion about my student’s distance learning experience?

    Communication is key! Please communicate any questions, concerns or suggestions to your student’s teacher and include your student’s division head.
  • Q. Are there resources available to my family to help us through this uncertain time?

    Yes, HRA’s counselors are available to provide resources and offer advice during this time. Contact Elizabeth Rous, Upper School Counselor at or (757) 884-9387 or Lisa Thatcher, Middle School Counselor at or 757-884-9145.

Lower School FAQ

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

Middle School FAQ

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Will the Middle School distance learning schedule change after spring break, April 1?

    Yes, details about the new Middle School distance learning schedule were sent on March 30 to all Middle School parents and students. We have worked hard to create a schedule that we hope will be manageable for both students and faculty alike.  It is a schedule that allows us to progress meaningfully without overwhelming, and that we feel is sustainable through the year’s end.  We now have assigned three subject areas to each letter day, allowing for each subject area to have three days reserved within every rotation. Using this plan, we can complete six full rotations between April 1 and May 29, our anticipated end date. Students should expect to have 30-60 min of work or engagement (Zoom sessions, for example) for each of the three classes on those assigned days. (Time range for work depends on grade level, and if it is an Upper School course.) Teachers will be available during school hours those days to give individual help or answer questions.
  • Q. What will be expected of my Middle School student?

    Middle School student responsibilities include:
    • Staying up-to-date on OnCampus, our new Go-To for all information related to classes and day-to-day news.
    • Email will be reserved for one-to-one communications for students and teachers.
    • The most important task for students is to show up and communicate with teachers!
  • Q. When will my Middle School student have an opportunity to pick up items left in his/her locker?

    Many students left important classroom materials in lockers when we dismissed earlier in March.  In light of Governor Northam's most recent announcement, plans are being made for safe and reasonable pickup of these essential locker contents. Locker contents  have been carefully packed in new HRA bags, and labeled with each child’s name.  They are currently arranged in the Spencer Commons,  by grade and in alphabetical order.  They may be picked up any day during the hours of 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.   A plan for retrieving PE locker items will be shared soon, as well.
  • Q. Will Middle School students have the opportunity to make their schedules for next year?

    Yes, this will take place in late April or early May.
  • Q. Will my Middle School student receive grades through the distance learning program?

    Yes, there will be grades! Grades will be based on three factors. Accountability/Participation, Benchmarks and Graded work. Successful completion of this final quarter will ensure that students are prepared for the coming year, and the next grade level.
  • Q. Who should my Middle School student contact with technology questions related to their work?

    HRA’s Tech Department, Will Caulford ( or 884-9395) and Melissa DeBoer (  or 884-9396) are available to help! They want to help if there are any tech issues.
  • Q. Will the Middle School students celebrate honors and awards at the end of the year?

    Yes!  We look forward to finding ways to celebrate and honor the good work that's been done this year and all that is special about our middle school years - because there has been much to celebrate! More details will be communicated.
  • Q. Will my student still have a connection with their spring athletic team?

    Yes!  While the spring athletic seasons have been cancelled, coaches are working on ways to keep spring athletic team members connected. Coaches will communicate individually with their teams.

Upper School FAQs

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

Hampton Roads Academy

HRA is accredited through the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is a National Blue Ribbon School.