Dear Parents and Students,
I would like to open this letter by saying WE MISS YOU! Since March 13th our halls and classrooms have been absent without your bright faces and engaging conversations throughout our building. We hope that during this time of uncertainty you’re taking care of yourself as well as your families.
This year as you know will begin much differently than others, we’ll open “Virtually” with students working from home through various instructional platforms. Our district motto from our superintendent is Re-Open with Love and that’s exactly what we want to ensure takes place with each of our Richmond Alternative School students.
Over the next week you’ll receive your class schedules to be ready for our September 8th opening. On March 13th the district launched our RPS@Home virtual modules students had to complete for course credit, these modules were in conjunction with the core classes students were enrolled in during the school year. Parents, if your child did not complete those modules/courses he/she will need to complete these prior to moving into the next core class. As this will be noted on their student schedules.
For example ( if a student was in English 9 and the modules (RPS@Home) was not completed then that student will complete English 9 prior to moving to English 10) should you have any questions regarding where your child is with these modules or Edgenuity please contact us at the number below.
New students who need to participate in New Student Orientation you’ll also receive a call from our Director of Orientation next week to schedule your virtual orientation.
As mentioned previously our FIRST day of school is September 8th – each Richmond Alternative School student should have a laptop or Chromebook to begin instruction. If you’ve not received a device or need a hotspot please email at email@example.com or send a text with your child’s name to 804-774-8577. We’re working diligently to make sure each student has a necessary device to be ready for day one.
Please follow our social media page (Facebook) at Richmond Public Schools and Richmond Alternative School as we post important information daily relating to our campus and district. Staying in contact with each of you is of most importance during this time.
In closing, as we navigate during this virtual world together we’ll continue to support one another to make sure you’re child has the tools to be successful our only ask is that you continue to remain in contact with us each step of the way. We can be reached at
School Line: 804-780-4388
#ReopenWithLove - For the latest information on fall reopening plans and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution, technology distribution, school supply kit distribution, and other critical information.
Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helplne at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.
New Student Enrollment - RPS is enrolling all new students for the 2020-2021 school year! Head to the Enroll RPS portal for more info & online enrollment. Contact your zone school if an appointment is needed for in-person support. Note - this process is NOT for transfers within the RPS system (i.e., students moving to a new school because of zoning changes or a change of address). If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Loads of Love laundry facility and Parent Resource Center were developed to provide extra support to our families,” said Lamont Trotter, Principal of Richmond Alternative School. “We want to create an environment that is welcoming to our community while offering a safe place to wash their clothes.”
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, A huge thank you to everyone who submitted public comment about our schedules for Monday night's School Board meeting, and to the REA leadership for providing feedback directly to Dr. Epp today. We're using all of this input to make a few more adjustments to the draft schedules we shared on Monday. I'll circle back soon with updates. In the meantime, please feel free to continue reaching out to me with any additional thoughts. Don't forget to tune in for RPS Live! tonight at 7 pm on our Facebook page. I'll be joined by Karla Ramos (Manager, Office of Multicultural Affairs for the City of Richmond), Fernando Rodriguez (Communications Director, Richmond & Henrico Health Districts), Jannette Duhart (RPS Bilingual and EL Language Coordinator), and Yahusef Medina (RPS Bilingual Family Liaison) for a discussion of the heritage, culture, and diversity of the Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx community in Richmond. With great appreciation, Jason
Dear #RPSStrong Family, I am devastated to share that we lost two RPS students last night – one from Franklin Military Academy and one from Richmond Alternative School – in two separate tragedies. The students had connections to a number of other schools, including Henderson Middle School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Chimborazo Elementary School, and Huguenot High School. All of these communities are grieving this evening; please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. On behalf of RPS, I want to extend my deepest condolences to both students' families. As a parent, I can't bear to imagine the pain they are experiencing right now. I pray that the RPS family will do whatever is necessary to provide them with a glimmer of light amidst the darkness they now face. With great appreciation, Jason