Richmond Alternative School

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Principal's Message


    A Message from Principal Trotter

    Greetings Richmond Alternative School Community,

    We are confident that you will find the information on this site useful and that you will learn more about what makes Richmond Alternative School a special place. Since September RAS continues to support our students and families as we all navigate through virtual learning. I would like to commend our teachers for doing a phenomenal job facilitating within this new setting. Students you too have done a great job and continue to impress us with classroom discussions and engaging responses.

    I would like to highlight a few GREAT things taking place at Richmond Alternative School. Although we’re virtual we:

    • We hosted a social distancing Trunk and Treat in October for your community
    • In November we distributed over 120 turkeys for Thanksgiving to our school and RPS families.
    • Hosted a community event where our campus provided meals to the homeless.
    • Prior to winter break we held a school attendance raffle where students who attended school each day from Dec. 7th – 18th had the opportunity to win a 19 inch or 24 inch flat screen tv. 

    We’d like to celebrate those students who attend school each day and give your BEST!

    Our school continues to make great academic gains with by increasing our graduation rate and decreasing our dropout rate. These numbers are attributed to the hard work and high expectations our staff has for each of our students, continuing to encourage them that THEY CAN DO IT!

    As we look to the New Year (2021) our school district continues to remain FULLY VIRTUAL, parents we’d like to hear from you! Please don’t hesitate to contact us at the information listed on our school webpage or social media platforms.

    Some new things you’ll find on our school website are:

    Our social media flat forms (follow us)

    Our Aspire Academy Teachers post instructional video weekly (they can be found under the student tab)

    If your child attends Spartan/Aspire Academy and you would like to schedule an orientation or need to speak with someone please don’t hesitate to contact us at 804- 780-4388 (office number) 804 -774-8577 (school number)

    In closing, continue to remain safe we look forward to seeing your bright faces with us very soon.


    Lamont Trotter

    School Line: 804-780-4388                      

    Cell: 804-774-8577

    Principal Trotter

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District Announcements

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Update for RPS Employees - On Thursday, January 14, 2021, all RPS Staff should have received an email containing a registration link for the COVID-19 vaccine. Also please tune into a special COVID-19 edition of RPS Live! for staff on Friday, January 15 at 4:30pm on the RPS Facebook page.

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  • RPS Mobile Help Desk Temporarily Closed - Due to potential COVID-19 exposure, the Mobile Help Desk will be suspending services until January 25, 2021. For any technology needs, please contact

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  • RPS Family Academy - With live workshops and a virtual resource library, the Family Academy provides RPS families and advocates the opportunity to connect with each other and get engaged with our childrens' education and future. Learn more and register for upcoming sessions here.

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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 Helpline 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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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update (PM) - January 22, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I have some important updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccinations scheduled for next week. Due to the national vaccine shortage, the Virginia Department of Health is rescheduling RPS employees who were previously registered for January 25, 26, 30, and 31. (See the FAQs below for more information.) Of note: If your appointment is on Monday, January 25, it will be moved to a new time on Friday, January 29. If your appointment is on Tuesday, January 26, it will be moved to the same time on Wednesday, February 3. If your appointment is on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday (January 27, 28, or 29), there will be no changes. If your appointment is on Saturday, January 30, your appointment will be moved to the same time on Thursday, February 4. If your appointment is on Sunday, January 31, your appointment will be moved to the same time on Friday, February 5. If you were originally scheduled for next Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, or Sunday, you will receive an automated confirmation of your new appointment from “Acuity Scheduling” in the coming days. On Monday, January 25, RPS nurses will begin reaching out to everyone impacted by these changes to provide assistance. Click above to read more!

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  • RPS Direct Update - January 22, 2021

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Engagement Office - 1 staff member (last at Thomas C. Boushall Middle School on 1/14) Thomas H. Henderson Middle School - 1 staff member (last there on 1/11) Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (804) 205-3501. Please also continue to wear your mask, stay physically distant, and wash your hands. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Towards that end, we will continue to work in close collaboration with RCHD to ensure the well-being of the entire RPS community. If you have any questions, as always, please don't hesitate to contact me. Best, Jason

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