Overby-Sheppard Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal We are finishing the second nine week period and the first semester.  While this year has been full of challenges.  We have remained steadfast in our determination to ensure the success of our students.  That has come with emotional, social, and academic support.  If nothing else, this year has taught us that we must focus on more than the academic success of our students.

    I want to take a moment to thank you, our village, for partnering with us through these tough times.  Extending to all of us at Overby-Sheppard grace as we make the largest pivot in education that any of us have been forced to make.  I sincerely hope that you can see that we are giving it right back to you.

    With all that said, we have another semester.  The race is not over.   While some have been slow to adapt to this new situation, there is still time to finish strong.  

    During February, Black History Month, it is fitting to end with a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He once said the following:

    "If you can't fly then run, If you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." 

    Our Mission this year is to champion our students, families, and staff.  We want our students to know that we are here working beside them to not only finish the year strong, but hopefully inspire them to continue strong along this journey of education so that they can accomplish their dreams.  I personally want you and our staff to know that we believe in you and want to walk with you along this journey to support you in future endeavors.  Remember, it does not matter how you do it, but to keep moving forward.

    Your partner in education,

    Shayla D. B. Holeman

    #HiveNationStrong

     

Division Announcements

  • Free Extended Day Programming - RPS has reopened the parent interest survey for free Extended Day for the 2021-22 school year. Please complete this survey for each student interested.

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  • 2021-22 Bus Stops - Click here to see your school bus route for this year. This information may be updated to accommodate changing needs so please be on the lookout for Remind messages informing you of updates.

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  • New 2021-22 Bell Schedule - The RPS School Board has approved new daily start/end times for students next year, click here to view the new schedule!

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  • Health and Safety Measures for Fall 2021 - Click here to view the updated RPS Health and Safety Measures for Fall 2021 In-Person Instruction. 

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  • Employee Vaccine Mandate - RPS employees, please be reminded that we now have a vaccine mandate requiring proof of full vaccination by October 1, 2021. Click here to learn more.

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  • RPS Reopening Dashboard - Click here to download the latest update of the RPS Reopening Dashboard.

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

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - September 17, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Tonight's updates: Mask Reminders – Parents and caregivers, please be sure students have their masks on when approaching and boarding the school bus. This helps ensure a safe and speedy boarding process. Please also make sure to send your students with a mask that fits their face. Adult size masks are not appropriate for small children, as they do not fit tightly (see CDC graphic below). If you need pediatric masks, your school can provide them. Thank you for helping keep RPS safe! COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate – RPS employees, please be reminded that you have until October 1 to submit full proof of vaccination or obtain a religious/medical exemption. Though I pray it doesn't come to this, please understand that any employee who does not meet the requirements of the mandate will face progressive discipline, including loss of employment.

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  • RPS Direct Update - September 15, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, While we've been overjoyed to return to school despite COVID, we've also been heartbroken by another pandemic that plagues our community – gun violence. I'm devastated to share that, in the past 48 hours, five RPS students have been shot. We've also lost two students to other causes (unrelated to gun violence or COVID). These tragic events remind us of the grief and trauma that so many RPS students, families, and staff face daily. The RPS family is hurting tonight. Let us all pause this evening to check on one another, support one another, and extend grace and love to one another.

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