Ginter Park Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Jones Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  What a profound change we’ve experienced over the past few months.  As we now know, RPS is prepared to implement Distance Learning for all students, beginning September 8, 2020.    Virtual or Distance Learning is defined as instruction in which the students and the teacher are in different locations.  It’s important to note that Distance Learning includes a range of methods and strategies, not limited to a full day of digital/online learning.  Our teachers will connect with each of their students on a regular basis, prioritizing their time together to focus on the most important, relevant learning.  For this to be effective teachers and parents must work as a team to co-facilitate learning, design consistent routines, and establish a learning environment in which students can thrive. Our unique journey together has just begun, so please be ready to keep adjusting in the weeks ahead.  Let’s work together even harder to strengthen our partnership and commitment in order to make this a Great Year of Learning for our Ginter Park scholars!  We appreciate your patience, support, and grace as we move forward together.  Gator Nation...Stronger TOGETHER!!


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  • Flu Info

    In collaboration with the Richmond City Health District (RCHD), two community flu vaccination clinics are being planned. The goal is to have drive thru clinics at Huguenot HS and MLK Middle School. The proposed dates and times are as follows:

    Wednesday, November 18, 1pm-4pm @ MLK
    Wednesday, December 2, 1pm-4pm @ Huguenot


    Vaccine Information Statement

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    Please review the Revised K-5 Schedule.


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    Are You Taking Your Eye Break?
    Digital eye strain has been evolving as a significant problem and because COVID-19 has so many of us working from home and children learning virtually, it's more important than ever to limit screen time and give your eyes a break.
    The Conexus Blink 20 program recommends a four-pronged approach to preventing damage to your vision:
    20-20-20: Everyone should take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and look 20 feet away. This will give your eyes a break!
    Adjust Your Work Space: Arrange your space so that your eyes are 23-25 inches from your computer screen.
    Blink Often: Blinking will help your eyes from getting dry.
    Get Outside: Natural light and utilizing multi-distance focal points are great ways to keep your eyes healthy.
    Additional information is available HERE.
    Conexus Dispenses Glasses
    Over the last couples of weeks, the Conexus team has been able to get back out to several schools in Richmond and Petesburg and dispense glasses to students that were served mere days prior to the COVID shutdown.
    By dispensing these glasses, we can be confident that poor vision is no longer a barrier to their success in the classroom!
    The schools we visited were Blackwell Elementary, Overby-Sheppard Elementary, George Carver Elementary, Miles Jones Elementary, Broad Rock Elementary, and Westover Hills Elementary in Richmond as well as Lakemont Elementary in Petersburg.
    Even with masks as a COVID precautionary measure, you could still see their smiles as they were seeing the worlds around them clearly for the very first time!
    WTVR 'Virginia This Morning' Features Conexus and the Blink 20 Program
    Thank you Virginia This Morning on CBS 6 WTVR CBS 6 News for helping us raise awareness about the importance of Blink 20 in the fight against digital eye strain!
    If you missed the segment, please click HERE.
    Conexus is Stocked With New Frames
    Our latest styles of frames arrived this week for the 2020-2021 Mobile Vision Clinic program. We are so excited to get out to the schools and bring healthy vision to thousands of children this school year.
    Thanks to the generosity of VSP Vision Care and their Eyes Of Hope, we received 7,500 pairs of glasses of all colors, styles, shapes, and brands. Frames we know the kids we serve will love to wear!
    Conexus VisioCheck Sreening Update
    Our VisioCheck screenings have begun and Conexus techs have visited two school divisions, Norton and Cumberland.
    So far, we screened 3,292 students, finding 819 children with vision problems; a 25.3% referral rate.
    This school year, we have provided screenings to Patrick County, Bath County, Richmond County, Brunswick County, Grayson County, Buchanan County, Warren County, Giles County, Dickenson County, Cumberland County, the City of Norton, and the City of Danville.
    Next week, Conexus techs will be visiting schools in Russell County and Brunswick County.
    Last year, our VisioCheck program screened more than 59,000 students.
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  • RPS will deliver meals to the following stops between 7 and 9 am Monday through Friday. Additional information can be found at our district website:

    Meal Distribution

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  • Protect your child against Whooping Cough and HPV Cancer.

    TDAP/HPV Clininc

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - December 3, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, This evening, I’d like to preview the recommendation I’ll be making to the School Board on Monday regarding the second semester. Before doing so, I want to express my profound gratitude to the nearly 10,000 families and staff who responded to our surveys, as well as the hundreds of people who reached out to me personally to share their thoughts. I also want to thank our educators and support staff, our families, and most of all, our students, for showing each other so much grace over the past several months. Though our fall has been far from perfect, I do believe we managed to #ReopenWithLove and we should all be immensely proud of that. At Monday’s School Board meeting, I will recommend that we remain fully virtual for the second semester. I plan to do so for three reasons. First, given rapidly rising infection rates, I continue to be very concerned about the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Just yesterday, the United States experienced the highest number of COVID deaths and hospitalizations ever. Here in Virginia, we also hit a new high for hospitalizations.

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  • RPS Direct Update - December 2 (PM), 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Don't forget to tune in at 6 pm tonight on the RPS Facebook page for our Civic Voices Town Hall about retaining, developing, and recruiting male teachers of color. Please note that RPS Live! will return next Wednesday at 7 pm. Switching gears, we're looking for volunteers to help distribute Winter Break meal packs from Tuesday, December 15, through Thursday, December 17. If you can help, please sign up here. Thank you! Finally, in case you missed them, check out these two articles about our 2020 REB Winners and the Richmond Alternative School Turkey Giveaway. Thanks to Kenya Hunter from the RTD for covering these stories!

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