Greetings OGBES Teddy Bears,
I truly hope that you and your families are doing well. I have missed seeing each of you. Please know that you are in my thoughts as we navigate these unprecedented times. Our theme this year is " We Are World Changers!" Our faculty and staff have been participating in various professional developments this summer with a clear focus on providing academic rigor and engagement with our students as we prepare for the virtual start of the 2020-2021 school year.
The virtual school year starts Tuesday, September 8th,2020. We will be sharing student schedules and class assignments later this month. The distribution of student supply kits will begin on September 1st. We will be communicating more specific information regarding pick-ups of student kits in advance of distribution.
Stay tuned for more information and be sure to subscribe to our RPS social media to stay informed and connected.
Daily updates from Mr. Jason Kamras, Superintendant
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RPS Registration and Enrollment ( for new students, PreK or Kindergarten)
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#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.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
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:
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.