Ginter Park Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Jones Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  What a profound change we’ve experienced over the past few months.  As we now know, RPS is prepared to implement Distance Learning for all students, beginning September 8, 2020.    Virtual or Distance Learning is defined as instruction in which the students and the teacher are in different locations.  It’s important to note that Distance Learning includes a range of methods and strategies, not limited to a full day of digital/online learning.  Our teachers will connect with each of their students on a regular basis, prioritizing their time together to focus on the most important, relevant learning.  For this to be effective teachers and parents must work as a team to co-facilitate learning, design consistent routines, and establish a learning environment in which students can thrive. Our unique journey together has just begun, so please be ready to keep adjusting in the weeks ahead.  Let’s work together even harder to strengthen our partnership and commitment in order to make this a Great Year of Learning for our Ginter Park scholars!  We appreciate your patience, support, and grace as we move forward together.  Gator Nation...Stronger TOGETHER!!


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    Are You Taking Your Eye Break?
    Digital eye strain has been evolving as a significant problem and because COVID-19 has so many of us working from home and children learning virtually, it's more important than ever to limit screen time and give your eyes a break.
    The Conexus Blink 20 program recommends a four-pronged approach to preventing damage to your vision:
    20-20-20: Everyone should take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and look 20 feet away. This will give your eyes a break!
    Adjust Your Work Space: Arrange your space so that your eyes are 23-25 inches from your computer screen.
    Blink Often: Blinking will help your eyes from getting dry.
    Get Outside: Natural light and utilizing multi-distance focal points are great ways to keep your eyes healthy.
    Additional information is available HERE.
    Conexus Dispenses Glasses
    Over the last couples of weeks, the Conexus team has been able to get back out to several schools in Richmond and Petesburg and dispense glasses to students that were served mere days prior to the COVID shutdown.
    By dispensing these glasses, we can be confident that poor vision is no longer a barrier to their success in the classroom!
    The schools we visited were Blackwell Elementary, Overby-Sheppard Elementary, George Carver Elementary, Miles Jones Elementary, Broad Rock Elementary, and Westover Hills Elementary in Richmond as well as Lakemont Elementary in Petersburg.
    Even with masks as a COVID precautionary measure, you could still see their smiles as they were seeing the worlds around them clearly for the very first time!
    WTVR 'Virginia This Morning' Features Conexus and the Blink 20 Program
    Thank you Virginia This Morning on CBS 6 WTVR CBS 6 News for helping us raise awareness about the importance of Blink 20 in the fight against digital eye strain!
    If you missed the segment, please click HERE.
    Conexus is Stocked With New Frames
    Our latest styles of frames arrived this week for the 2020-2021 Mobile Vision Clinic program. We are so excited to get out to the schools and bring healthy vision to thousands of children this school year.
    Thanks to the generosity of VSP Vision Care and their Eyes Of Hope, we received 7,500 pairs of glasses of all colors, styles, shapes, and brands. Frames we know the kids we serve will love to wear!
    Conexus VisioCheck Sreening Update
    Our VisioCheck screenings have begun and Conexus techs have visited two school divisions, Norton and Cumberland.
    So far, we screened 3,292 students, finding 819 children with vision problems; a 25.3% referral rate.
    This school year, we have provided screenings to Patrick County, Bath County, Richmond County, Brunswick County, Grayson County, Buchanan County, Warren County, Giles County, Dickenson County, Cumberland County, the City of Norton, and the City of Danville.
    Next week, Conexus techs will be visiting schools in Russell County and Brunswick County.
    Last year, our VisioCheck program screened more than 59,000 students.
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  • RPS will deliver meals to the following stops between 7 and 9 am Monday through Friday. Additional information can be found at our district website:

    Meal Distribution

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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 - January 15 (PM), 2021

    Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn YouTube Friday (PM), January 15, 2021 Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! I have a few very important updates tonight about vaccine registration: You may have just seen a news alert that thousands of registrations for the vaccination events next week at the Richmond Raceway were cancelled. To clarify, as I understand it, the intent was only to cancel invalid registrations. The upcoming events are strictly for school, police, and fire personnel. A number of individuals outside these fields signed up. Those are the registrations that were cancelled. The freed up slots will be distributed by each of the localities in central Virginia. I don't have more information on how that process will work just yet. As soon as I do, I'll share it with you. If you were not able to register yet, I'm told there will be more opportunities with a new registration system by early February. Again, as soon as I have more details, I'll share them. Like all of us at RPS, our public health officials are attempting to do something that's never been done before. So many people have extended us so much grace over the past year; I humbly ask that we do the same for our colleagues at VDH and RCHD. They are literally working day and night to distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible.

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  • RPS Direct Update - January 15, 2021

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Barack Obama Elementary School – 1 staff member (last there on 1/8) Franklin Military Academy – 1 student (not physically present this school year) Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School – 1 staff member (last there on 1/11) Miles J. Jones Elementary School – 1 staff member (last there on 1/12) Thomas C. Boushall Middle School – 1 student (not physically present this school year) Transportation Department – 1 staff member (at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School on 1/13; at North Bus Compound and Chamberlayne Garage on 1/14) 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.

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