Richmond Alternative School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Trotter

    Dear Parents and Students,

    I would like to open this letter by saying WE MISS YOU! Since March 13th our halls and classrooms have been absent without your bright faces and engaging conversations throughout our building.  We hope that during this time of uncertainty you’re taking care of yourself as well as your families.

    This year as you know will begin much differently than others, we’ll open “Virtually” with students working from home through various instructional platforms. Our district motto from our superintendent is Re-Open with Love and that’s exactly what we want to ensure takes place with each of our Richmond Alternative School students.

    Over the next week you’ll receive your class schedules to be ready for our September 8th opening. On March 13th the district launched our RPS@Home virtual modules students had to complete for course credit, these modules were in conjunction with the core classes students were enrolled in during the school year. Parents, if your child did not complete those modules/courses he/she will need to complete these prior to moving into the next core class. As this will be noted on their student schedules.

    For example ( if a student was in English 9 and the modules (RPS@Home) was not completed then that student will complete English 9 prior to moving to English 10)  should you have any questions regarding where your child is with these modules or Edgenuity please contact us at the number below.

    New students who need to participate in New Student Orientation you’ll also receive a call from our Director of Orientation next week to schedule your virtual orientation.

    As mentioned previously our FIRST day of school is September 8th – each Richmond Alternative School student should have a laptop or Chromebook to begin instruction. If you’ve not received a device or need a hotspot please email at or send a text with your child’s name to 804-774-8577. We’re working diligently to make sure each student has a necessary device to be ready for day one.

    Please follow our social media page (Facebook) at Richmond Public Schools and Richmond Alternative School as we post important information daily relating to our campus and district. Staying in contact with each of you is of most importance during this time.

    In closing, as we navigate during this virtual world together we’ll continue to support one another to make sure you’re child has the tools to be successful our only ask is that you continue to remain in contact with us each step of the way. We can be reached at


    School Line: 804-780-4388                      

    Cell: 804-774-8577

    Principal Trotter    


District Announcements

  • Winter Break Meal Packs - RPS School Nutrition Services will be providing 5-Day Meal Packs including breakfast and lunch items before RPS closes for Winter Break from December 21st to January 1st! There will be no meal distribution during Winter Break. Click here to pre-order your Meal Pack by November 30th!

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  • Reopening Survey - RPS Families and Staff, please complete our Second Semester Reopening Survey by December 7th! The survey for families is available in English and Spanish, and we have a separate survey for school-based staff.

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  • Open Enrollment and School Applications - The school application window for open enrollment, specialty schools, and regional governor’s schools is now open! Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2020 at 4:30 PM. To learn more about the application process, and to get started, visit the RPS Enroll Portal.

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  • #RPSLove Store - Show your #RPSLove and check out our new Bonfire store with t-shirts, hoodies, masks and more! All proceeds and donations benefit our schools, teachers and instructional assistants, and local racial justice, housing, and food support non-profits.

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  • #ReopenWithLove - For the latest information and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution and other critical information.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helplne at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.

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  • Support RPS - There are many ways to support RPS and #ServeWithLove! Please consider volunteering, donating, or partnering with us, and for new and existing partners, don't forget to add your organization to our new searchable partnership database!

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  • Free Flu Shots - RPS is offering free flu shots on November 18th at MLK Middle School and December 2nd at Huguenot High School from 1pm-4pm. Learn more!

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  • Don't Wait, Vaccinate! - Up-to-date physicals and immunizations are required for all students. Learn more and schedule an appointment for free immunizations through the Richmond City Health District and area partners.

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - November 23, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I am heartbroken to share – yet again – that we have lost another student to gun violence. I no longer have the words to convey the sadness and anger I feel in the face of these senseless tragedies. So I'm going to channel my energy tonight into a plea for action. If you, or someone you know, is in trouble, please reach out for help: Mental Health – Call the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority crisis line at (804) 819-4100. Domestic Violence – Call the Safe Harbor crisis line at (804) 612-6126. Child Abuse – Call the Virginia Child Protective Services crisis line at (800) 552-7096. Suicide – Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. Let's also fight the darkness of this tragedy with light. Please flood my inbox with shout-outs tonight so that tomorrow's RPS Direct – my last before Thanksgiving – turns into one long love letter to our teachers, support staff, families, and partners. With great appreciation, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - November 20 (PM), 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Just a few reminders tonight: All RPS schools and offices will be closed next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for Thanksgiving. Please note that we'll be providing double meals next Monday and Tuesday. For more information, please go to Our surveys about the second semester are still open. If you haven't had a chance to weigh in, please do so using the following links: Family Survey in English, Encuesta de Familias en Español, and Staff Survey. As of 5 pm today, we're up to 2,447 staff responses and 4,913 family responses (English and Spanish). Don't forget that the deadline to apply for out-of-zone schools and specialty schools is December 1 at 4:30 pm. To learn about the different programs at our schools, check out our Virtual School Tour. The Lit Limo will be very busy tomorrow. We hope to see you! (Westover Hills Elementary School, 9 am; Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School, 9:30 am; Miles J. Jones Elementary School, 10 am; G.H. Reid Elementary School, 10:30 am; J.L. Francis Elementary School, 11 am; Cardinal Elementary School, 11:30 am; Swansboro Elementary School, 12 pm; J.H. Blackwell Elementary School, 12:30 pm) To close out your week, please take a couple of minutes to watch this wonderful video of Bellevue Elementary School students singing "America the Beautiful" in honor of Veterans Day. Go, Dragons! With great appreciation, Jason

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