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  • RPS SummerCamp@Home

    Virtual Summer School for RPS Students

    Registration: June 1 - June 19, 2020

    Registration can be found here:

    RPS SummerCamp@Home will help ensure students have a strong foundation for the upcoming school year. Summer learning programs play a critical role in the continued support of students at every age in mastering the academic objectives required to be successful as they move to the next grade level. The extended time offered by RPS summer programs provides students with additional opportunities filled with rigorous and relevant instruction as well as student-centered learning and enrichment experiences. This program is FREE for RPS students.


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  • Feedback Surveys about reopening in the Fall

    I  want to draw everyone's attention to two feedback surveys about reopening in the fall: one for families, in both English and Spanish. If you haven't already done so, please take a few minutes to complete the survey that applies to you. All responses will be anonymous and all data will be publicly shared. Thank you in advance for taking the time to provide your invaluable feedback.

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  • Rising 6th Grade Groups

    To find out more about this group or to reserve your spot prior to June 10th, please call Thom Zahler at (804)-591-3942.

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  • Middle School Course Request link for MLK AND MLK STEM- Please click on the link (or copy and paste into the browser)

    Please Note: Ms. Battle will also be sending families emails with the same link to access the course request forms for MLK and MLK STEM. If your child has been accepted to an RPS middle school other than MLK i.e. Binford, Henderson Middle the course request link for those schools will also be shared via email. If you have email access, please provide your email address to Ms. Battle at Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

    Please click here for the RPS Course Selection letter.

    **ALL middle school course request forms are due Friday, May 29th by 5:00 pm.

    Thank you, Ms. Battle, School Counselor

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  • Ms. Battle, our professional school counselor, is excited to share her user-friendly virtual site CLICK HERE (if unable to click, please copy and paste into browser) —> with everyone. It allows full access to many great resources and materials.

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  • School Renaming Process – We are thrilled to report that we have a new name for the new school that is opening this fall.
    George Mason Elementary School: Henry L. Marsh III Elementary School (to honor Richmond's first African-American Mayor)
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  • If you're still not sure what school you're zoned for next year, just click here and you'll be taken to a map where you can enter your address to find your zoned school for 2020-21. Click on "View School Zones" and then make sure you've checked the box for "Board Approved" elementary, middle, or high school zones. For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about rezoning implementation (and answers!), just click here!

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Supt. Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - July 14, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Thank you once again for all the feedback about reopening! In the last 24 hours, I've received several hundred emails, texts, and phone calls – and I truly appreciate every last one of them. If you have the time, I encourage you to tune in for tonight's School Board meeting at 6 pm on our Facebook page. To help you follow along, I've included below a few slides that summarize the five plans and provide a few high-level bullets about how we'll approach virtual instruction (since that's a key element of all the plans). Finally, I'd like to express my profound appreciation to everyone who acknowledged in their feedback the very real struggles of families and staff with whom they disagree. We have a corrosive empathy deficit in America today, but I like to think that the RPS Family is helping nudge us in the right direction, one thoughtful conversation at a time.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 13, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I'd like to begin this evening by thanking the hundreds of teachers, support staff, parent/caregivers, and students who have reached out to me over the last 72 hours with feedback about school reopening. I'm grateful for your questions, your ideas, and your personal stories about how the coronavirus is affecting you and your loved ones. You still have time to share your thoughts before tomorrow night's Board meeting. Just email your public comments to before 1 pm tomorrow or email me directly at As a reminder, here are the five plans the Board will be discussing tomorrow:

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 10, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! I know I said my next RPS Direct would come on Monday, but I felt it was important to circle back about school reopening after our Board meeting last night. First off, I want thank Dr. Danny Avula, Dr. Romesh Wijesooriya, Dr. Emily Godbout, and Dr. Bergen Nelson for joining us to provide an update on what the medical community has learned about COVID-19 over the last four months. See below for screenshots of a few of the most salient slides from their presentation. As soon as we get the whole document posted to our website, I'll share the link in my RPS Direct.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 9, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Please note that we have a School Board meeting this evening at 6 pm, which you can watch live on our Facebook page. The main topic tonight is our draft school reopening plans. If you can't tune in this evening – or if the discussion goes until the wee hours of the night and you don't last – don't worry! I'll make sure to provide a summary of where things are headed in my Monday RPS Direct (RPS is closed tomorrow).

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 8, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Please note that we have a School Board meeting tomorrow evening at 6 pm. You can watch it live on our Facebook page. As I shared yesterday, we'll be discussing two possible school reopening plans: Plan A A fully virtual option PLUS A hybrid option that includes 2 days of in-person instruction and 3 days of virtual instruction each week PLUS 5 days of in-person instruction each week for students with greater academic needs (e.g., certain students with IEPs and certain English Learners) Plan B A fully virtual option PLUS A fully in-person option Please note that the Board will not be voting on these plans tomorrow. They'll just be reviewing and discussing them.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 7, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I hope you all had a restful July 4th weekend! I had the chance to do some hiking along (and in) the James River this weekend with my sons. Hands down, it was one of the best experiences we've had since moving to Richmond. To navigate the current in a particularly tricky spot, my eight-year-old grabbed my hand as the water rushed around our legs. After we both wobbled our way through, I said: "I'm not sure if I was helping you or you were helping me." To which he replied: "We were helping each other, Daddy." Indeed. Because RPS is never far from my mind, I immediately thought of the many difficult decisions we're facing about how to reopen this fall. At the end of the day, no matter what path we take, we're going to need to help each other through it.

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 3, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Since we're closed today, I wasn't planning on sending an RPS Direct, but I wanted to clarify what's happening with meal distribution on Monday, July 6. The RPS distribution will be closed, but the city's Parks and Rec meal distribution will be open (RPS will be open again on Tuesday, July 7). Please see below for locations and times of the Parks and Rec program. With great appreciation, Jason Click above to view meal schedules!

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  • RPS Direct Update - July 2, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, This morning, I had the opportunity to tour the new River City Middle School on the Southside with Mayor Stoney, School Board Chair Owen, and School Board Vice Chair Burke. The school is stunning – and huge! See below for pictures of the main atrium, one of the science labs, the media center, the auditorium, the full-service kitchen, and the athletic fields. I'll admit I was borderline giddy when I walked through River City today. It's beautiful, full of all the amenities our children deserve, and primed for 21st Century learning. Our students will know that we love them very much when they walk through the doors this fall. Click above to read more!

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