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  • Principal Carleton

    Message from Principal Clary Carleton

    Welcome to Open High. While this historic school year will begin virtually, we are working hard to make this experience a special one. Our mission to develop intellectually curious and socially responsible students will not change. Open, "the school without walls" has always been more than a building, and this will be tested like never before. We know that there will be unforseen challenges, but because we have a strong community, we believe our students can thrive. 

    Like any other time. we want students to love school. We want them to experiment and create, research and share. We want them to read with anticipation, and write to learn what it is they think. We want them to take intellectual risks and learn from their mistakes. And we want them to embrace the possiblities that this year has in store.  

    We will continue to give students a voice in their own education, knowing that adolescents are most capable when they are taken seriously. With opportunities, accountability, and support, we believe we can grow great human beings--even from a distance. 

    Thank you for your continued patience. I ask that we all share gratitude and extend grace to one another as we enter unchartered territory. If you have any questions about this year or an Open education, don't hesistate to contact me at

    With joy and hope, 

    Clary Carleton


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  • RPS Direct Update - September 18 (PM), 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, To all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, RPS wishes you a "Shanah Tovah Umetukah," a Good and Sweet Year! In my family, brisket is the go-to food for this holiday. Mine's been cooking all day; can't wait to hear the boys' verdict :). Thank you again for all the feedback about our virtual instruction. As I shared yesterday, we're drafting some adjusted schedules based on your input. We'll have details at Monday's School Board meeting. In the meantime, feel free to keep emailing any thoughts you have! As you have likely seen from my special RPS Direct messages, we've had a number of positive COVID-19 cases recently. These cases are a reminder that the coronavirus is still very active in our community, and we all need to take every precaution. A few reminders for RPS employees:

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  • RPS Direct Update - September 18, 2020

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share that two RPS employees have tested positive for COVID-19. One of the employees is a staff member at Henry L. Marsh, III Elementary School. This individual was at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School on 9-11. The other employee is a member of the Transportation Team and was at the Belt Boulevard Transportation Office on 9-17. Both employees are in isolation, per CDC and local guidelines. At the direction of the Richmond City Health Department (RCHD), we encourage anyone who was present at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School or the Belt Boulevard Transportation Office on the dates listed above to monitor their symptoms and reach out to their primary care provider if they have any concerns. Individuals can also contact RCHD’s COVID-19 hotline at (804) 205-3501.

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