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  • COVID-19 Update - April 8, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Passover to those who celebrate! My extended family will be holding a traditional Passover dinner tonight – called a seder – but with a big change from our normal routine: we won't be physically together. We're using Zoom to connect my family in Richmond with my parents in Sacramento and my brothers' families in Los Angeles and San Francisco. That's 14 people and two dogs! This got me thinking: with Passover tonight, Easter just around the corner, and Eid al-Fitr coming in May, a lot of traditional family gatherings that anchor the year for so many of us won't be possible this spring. I'll be honest: that got me a little down this morning. But then I started pulling together the shout-outs for today and I felt uplifted by the RPS family. I read about Principal Sears at TJ who started the #teejayflashbackchallenge for her seniors, asking them to post childhood pictures of themselves as a way to have some fun with each other. If you need a pick-me-up, please check out the pictures; they're adorable. And if you need an extra special laugh, check out mine.

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  • COVID-19 Update - April 7, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Thank you for all the wonderful feedback about RPS@Home! I'm overjoyed that so many RPS families are using it! Enormous gratitude to our Academic Office, led by Tracy Epp, as well as the teachers, principals, and other staff who made this possible. Thank you also to those of you who shared how we can iron out some of the wrinkles. Keep the feedback coming so we can make RPS@Home even better! RPS@Home Notes – I've received several questions over the last 24 hours about whether the lessons are required, if they'll be graded, and other similar issues. Click above to read more!

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  • COVID-19 Update - April 6, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Good morning! I'm excited to share that RPS@Home is now live! You can access it by clicking the "Learning at Home" box above. Click the link above to read the full RPS Direct.

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  • COVID-19 Update - April 5, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather today! I managed to squeeze in a family bike ride to the Union Presbyterian Seminary. The pathways and ramps make an excellent race course for our boys :). Since it's Sunday, I'm sticking with shout-outs. I'll have lots more to share tomorrow. Have a wonderful evening! With great appreciation, Jason Click above to read more!

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  • COVID-19 Update - April 4, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Since it's Saturday, I'm just doing shout-outs. Before I get to them, just a quick reminder that we still need volunteers to help with our food distribution program. If you're willing and able, please sign up here. Thank you! With great appreciation, Jason Shout-outs! – Please keep sending them to me at jkamras@rvaschools.net! I want to say thank you to Mrs. Renesha Parks for continuing to provide professional development opportunities for all Special Education Staff during school closure...Again, thank you Mrs. Renesha Parks, you’re the BEST! Click above to read more!

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  • COVID-19 Update - April 3, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I know the days of the week have all sort of blurred together, but happy Friday nonetheless! A few notes before we head into the weekend. I want to remind everyone that RPS@Home, our pre-packaged online lessons, will launch on Monday. I'll send a quick message when it's live, along with some introductory notes. We have a School Board meeting on Monday (5 members in-person and the others virtually, per VA statute), where I'll be sharing recommendations about how to handle third quarter and final grades. In my Tuesday RPS Direct, I'll provide an update based on our discussions Monday evening. Click above to read more!

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  • COVID-19 Update - April 2, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, As I shared yesterday, we'll be rolling out the 2nd generation of our online learning plan, which we're calling "RPS@Home," on Monday. In preparation for that, I want to clarify expectations for our teachers during the closure. First let me say how thrilled I am that so many of our educators have taken it upon themselves to leverage YouTube, FaceTime, ClassDojo, and so many other online resources to stay connected with their students and support them academically and emotionally. Because of their efforts, I am prouder and more inspired than ever before to be a part of the RPS Family! I do want to be clear that these efforts – while laudable – are not required. Many of our teachers have children of their own and/or other family members to care for all day; some are sick themselves; and some are struggling with economic insecurity because their partners just lost their jobs. On their behalf, I am humbly asking for grace from our families during this very difficult time. Click above to read more.

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  • COVID-19 Update - April 1, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I'm excited to share that we'll be rolling out the 2nd generation of our online learning plan, which we're calling "RPS@Home," on Monday. It will have a daily schedule of lessons for just about every grade and subject, with very clear directions for students and families. We're hoping RPS@Home will provide more structure so that families have less to figure out on a day-to-day basis. I'll have a lot more information about this in my Friday message, so keep an eye out for it! One important caveat: To be able to access RPS@Home, you're going to need a computer and internet access. That's why we're asking any RPS family who needs these resources to let us know ASAP by filling out this survey. Please spread the word!

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