Information for RPS Employees

  • This page last updated 3/22/20.


    Recent Updates

    RPS Transfer Fair -  Given the need for social distancing, the March 31 Transfer Fair is cancelled. We are working on a virtual solution to help teachers and other staff pursue transfers for next year. As soon as we have the details worked out, they will be announced in RPS Direct. Thank you for your patience!
     
    Teacher Licensure Renewal - Though we are technically closed, you can still send in your licensure renewal paperwork to Deborah Dailey, our Licensure Specialist. Use this address: Talent Office – 15th Floor, Attention Deborah Dailey, 301 N. 9th Street, Richmond, VA 23219. You can also email Deborah at ddailey@rvaschools.net.
     
    PRINCIPALS
    • At schools serving as food distribution sites – As of March 17, principals at these schools only need to report from 9 am – 1 pm. 
    • At schools NOT serving as food distribution sites – As of March 19, principals at these schools should no longer report to their buildings and only telework. We will be fully closing these buildings Wednesday afternoon.
    • Why the change? In short, because our principals can largely telework and they have personal responsibilities and family concerns like everyone else. We're exceptionally grateful to those who will be reporting to oversee the food distribution centers!

     

    CUSTODIANS
    • At schools serving as food distribution sites – As of tomorrow (March 17), custodians at these schools only need to report from 9 am – 1 pm. They will continue to receive "straight pay" (on top of normal pay) for these hours. If a custodian at one of these sites is over the age of 50, has health issues, or has any other hardship, they should contact their principal so we can find a replacement.
    • At schools NOT serving as food distribution sites – As of tomorrow (March 17), custodians at these schools should no longer report.
    • Why the change? In short, because it's not critical that we clean schools right now (beyond the areas being used for food distribution). It's more important that our custodians – many of whom are of advanced age – are at home. We will do a deep cleaning of all schools before we reopen.

     

    HEALTH SUPPORT

    We recognize that an increased number of employees will likely need to utilize their health insurance due to COVID-19. If you have any issues with your benefits, please call 804-780-7859 so that we can assist you.

    Please also know that we provide mental health support through our Cigna Employee Assistance Program. Given how stressful and disconcerting things are right now, we strongly encourage you to access this benefit if you are in need of support. To do so, call 877-622-4327 or visit www.mycigna.com. “RPS” (without the quotes) is our Employer ID.

    Full disclosure: there have been times in my life when I’ve needed mental health support. No shame in that. The only shame is when you don’t seek the help you need. If you have any questions about this, please email me at jkamras@rvaschools.net.

    PAY

    ALL RPS employees will continue to be paid for their normal tour of duty. This includes full-time, part-time, and hourly employees. Long-term substitutes ARE included. We do not want any RPS employee to experience financial hardship as a result of the closure.

    Please note that “non-exempt” employees who are deemed Essential Personnel (see below) will receive their regular pay plus “straight time” (their hourly rate for hours worked). “Exempt” employees who are deemed Essential Personnel will just receive their regular pay.

    If you have any pay questions, please email me at jkamras@rvaschools.net.

    ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL

    Though we will be closed, we need to maintain certain vital functions. That is why I am designating some staff as “Essential Personnel,” meaning they will need to continue to work during the closure. When possible, we will encourage these staff members to telework. And when not possible, in the interests of "social distancing," we will make every effort to ensure that there are never more than a handful of people working together at any time.

    If you are designated as Essential Personnel but have challenges that prevent you from working during this time (such as needing to watch your children), please let your manager know. We will work with you to figure out a solution.

    I am designating the following staff as Essential Personnel. Please note that we may need to adjust this list over time as the situation develops further (last updated 3/13/20).

    1. The Senior Leadership Team

    • Michelle Hudacsko, Chief of Staff
    • Tracy Epp, Chief Academic Officer
    • Harry Hughes, Chief Schools Officer
    • Shadae Harris, Chief Engagement Officer
    • Darin Simmons, Jr., Chief Operations Officer

    2. School-Based Personnel

    • Principals and Principal Directors - please see updates for Principals above.
    • Custodians – please see updates for Custodians above.

    3. Academic Office

    • SOME members of the Academic Office – Selected team members will ensure that we are able to support student learning during the closure. Tracy Epp, Chief Academic Officer, will notify the designated team members.

    4. Talent Office

    • SOME members of the Talent Office – Selected team members will ensure that we continue to support our employees during the closure, and continue to hire so that we are prepared for next school year. Helen Demena, Director of Talent Acquisition, will notify the designated team members.

    5. Schools Office 

    • SOME members of the Culture, Climate, and Student Services Team – Selected team members will maintain our collaboration with the Richmond City Health Department and the City of Richmond. Harry Hughes, Chief Schools Officer, will notify the designated team members. 
    • SOME members of the Safety and Security Team – Selected team members will staff each food distribution site. Mauricio Tovar, Director of Safety and Security, will notify the designated team members.=

    6. Engagement Office

    • SOME members of the Engagement Office – Selected team members will ensure that we maintain our division-level communications and continue to coordinate with our partners. Shadae Harris, Chief Engagement Officer, will notify the designated team members.

    7. Operations Office

    • SOME members of the Payroll Team – Selected team members will ensure that ALL RPS staff continue to receive their paychecks. This includes full-time, part-time, and hourly employees. Wanda Payne, Director of Finance, will notify the designated team members.
    • SOME members of the Accounts Payable Team – Selected team members will ensure that we continue to pay our bills on time. Wanda Payne, Director of Finance, will notify the designated team members. 
    • SOME members of the Food and Nutrition Team – Selected team members will staff the food distribution sites. Susan Roberson, Director of Food and Nutrition, will notify the designated team members. 
    • SOME members of the Facilities Team – Selected team members will support custodians and address any facility emergencies that arise. Bobby Hathaway, Director of Facilities, will notify the designated team members.
    • SOME members of the Technology Services Team – Selected team members will ensure our technology infrastructure is maintained. Nick Cammarano, Director of Technology Services, will notify the designated team members. 
    • SOME members of the Transportation Team – Selected members will perform a deep cleaning of all of our buses. Floyd Miles, Director of Transportation, will notify the designated team members.