Alternatives to Animal Dissection
School boards must provide notice that they provide alternatives to animal dissection. Richmond Public Schools provides such notice in relevant science course syllabi. Additionally, teachers bring attention to alternatives at relevant times during the school year.
Bill of Rights
In accordance with Virginia School Boards Association Policy IEC, the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States is posted in a conspicuous place in each Richmond Public school.
Child Abuse Reporting
A notice must be posted in each school regarding suspicion of child abuse or neglect and subsequent reporting. View the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) poster, A Guide for School Employees to Recognize and Report Child Abuse, which includes the VDSS toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline. Refer to School Board Policy JHG, Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting (page 94) .
Richmond Public Schools began an ambitious project to develop an actionable, long-range strategic plan that aligns financial resources with specific goals, objectives, and action plans. Beginning in the fall of 2010, we held a series of summits to gather input from community members and business leaders.
Overall, more than 500 committed, passionate individuals contributed to this effort. They devoted more than 3,000 hours of their time in meeting, researching, deliberating, and coming to agreement on the action plans. On June 6, 2011, the School Board of the City of Richmond adopted the Strategic Plan as presented here.
Fair Labor Standards Act
All employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, including school divisions, must post Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Each employer of 50 or more employees shall post on the premises of the workplace a notice regarding Employee Rights and Responsibilities Under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Each employer must post, in conspicuous places on the premises of the workplace, a notice prepared or approved by the Secretary of Labor regarding the federal minimum wage law.
In accordance with Virginia School Boards Association Policy IEB, the statement "In God We Trust," the National Motto enacted by Congress in 1956, is posted in a conspicuous place in each Richmond Public school.
Online Courses and Programs
Distance and Virtual Learning Opportunities - Richmond Public Schools provides virtual learning opportunities through VDOE’s Virtual Virginia program. Virtual Virignia offers pre-Advanced Placement (AP), honors and AP classes as well as academic electives and world languages. Virtual Virginia is designed to meet the needs of students who otherwise would be unable to take these courses due to a lack of availability or scheduling conflicts within their school. Eligible students enroll in Virtual Virginia through their local schools. The deadline for registering is the end of the first week of the local school calendar. The deadline for spring semester 4X4 block courses is the end of the first week of the local school spring semester. Visit Virtual Virginia for details about the program, including the course catalog, school registration information and more.
The following guidelines must be followed by Richmond Public Schools students wishing to earn credit by distance-learning to meet graduation requirements. Distance-Learning includes correspondence courses, on-line courses, or satellite-delivered instruction.
The request to earn credit by distance-learning must be approved by your school counselor and the school principal or principal designee.
- Courses must be approved before the student begins the course.
- Students must take any corresponding SOL tests as required by Virginia law.
- Official transcripts that report the completion of a distance-learning course for graduating seniors must be in the guidance office by May 1st.
See your school's Guidance Counselor for more information.
USERRA (Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act)
Employers are required to provide employees with notice of their rights, benefits and obligations under USERRA. View Your Rights Under USERRA: The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
Virginia Unemployment Compensation Act
All employers in Virginia, including school divisions, must post all notices related to unemployment insurance furnished by the Virginia Unemployment Commission. View the Virginia Employment Commission Notice to Workers concerning unemployment insurance.
School divisions must post, at a location frequented by employees, notice of compliance with the provisions of the Virginia Worker's Compensation Act. View the Workers' Compensation Notice published by the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission.