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    2021-22 #ReopenWithLove2.0

    We could not be more excited to begin the process of reopening our schools and welcoming our students and teachers back into classrooms this summer and fall. As we #ReopenWithLove2.0, we have three key principles:

    • Extend grace and love to all students, staff, and families – Returning to in-person instruction will require the same grace, love, and flexibility that we extended each other during our virtual year. We’ll need to reestablish school and classroom routines, learn and follow safety protocols, and adjust to ever-changing health recommendations. I’m confident that if we continue to work together and support one another, RPS will open stronger than ever before.

    • Protect everyone’s health and safety, including their mental health – During the closure, our facilities team has been hard at work making all sorts of changes in our buildings to protect everyone’s health and safety. We’re placing standalone HEPA filtration units in every classroom and common area, upgrading our bathrooms with touchless soap and paper towel dispensers, installing hand sanitizer stations throughout our buildings, and more. We’re also investing in more mental health supports for our students and staff to provide everyone with the support they need.

    • Communicate, communicate, communicate – We know coming back to in-person school is going to be a big change for everyone and you’ll likely have lots of questions. So we’re going to do our very best to communicate in a number of different ways so you have all the information you need to make the best possible decisions for your family. To kick things off, we have a series of informational events this spring. You can find all the details about them on our website at www.rvaschools.net/conversations.

    Now to the first key decision you need to make for next school year. We’re going to have two options for students: 5 days/week of in-person learning OR 5 days/week of virtual learning. We strongly encourage everyone to come back in-person, but understand that some families may prefer or need to remain virtual for health reasons. If you want your student/s to come back in-person, you don’t need to do anything. In-person is the default option. But if you want them to remain virtual, you’ll need to let us know by June 1, 2021 by filling out the 2021-22 Virtual Instruction Selection Form (Formulario de intención de instrucción virtual). Please note, families can transition back to in-person at any time, though a transition at quarter/semester marks is recommended for a smoother academic transition.

    This section of our website will be updated regularly with information and resources you may need as RPS prepares to Reopen With Love 2.0 and and we encourage you to visit frequently.

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RPS Direct Update - June 22, 2021

  • Tomorrow's graduations are George Wythe, Franklin Military Academy, Richmond Community, and Thomas Jefferson!
     
    Dear #RPSStrong Family, 

    Another fabulous graduation is in the books – congratulations to the Armstrong HS Class of 2021! Many thanks to Principal Bell and his team for running a beautiful ceremony this morning (before the rain :). We'll be closing things out tomorrow with George Wythe, Franklin Military Academy, Richmond Community, and Thomas Jefferson. See you there!
     
     
    Tonight's Updates:

    Lit Limo – Can you believe the Lit Limo connected with over 12,000 RPS students this year? Take note of the schedule below the shout-outs so we can keep everyone reading this summer!

    VUU Youth Entrepreneurship Summit – RPS 11th and 12th graders, Virginia Union University is holding an entrepreneurship summit on June 24-25 just for you! Check out the flyer below and sign up here
     
    With great appreciation,

    Jason

    Shout-outs! – Please keep sending them to me at jkamras@rvaschools.net!
    • Summer Hill Preschool would like to shout out Ms. Liz Ragland, compliance coordinator for special education. She has been a great support to our teachers and staff this year with meetings, IEPs, and records. We appreciate all the extra care she gives our staff. Thanks, Liz!
    • We would like to say a big "Thank You!" to Nurse Deborah Clark for helping us this year at Summer Hill Preschool. We will miss her kind heart and her generous spirit.
    • I would like to shoutout the terrific team at Cary for always going above and beyond! Shoutout to Samantha Jones, Ingrid Cauthorne, Kathy Harris, Lindsay Barnes, Provonda Hunter, and John Davis for all you do for Cougar Nation. You are so appreciated.
    • Many thanks to Assistant Principal Cliff Murray; School Counselors Selena Scott and Timothy Carter; Crew Chief Arsenio Moore and his custodial team; and the amazing office staff (P. Anderson, C. Shaw, P. Hunter, and C. Henderson) at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. Their hospitality in accommodating my high school testing team on Saturdays from January through June was beyond exceptional. In addition this same level of professionalism and teamwork was extended during the middle school SOL testing administration, where the team that Mr. Murray rallied together came through carrying out those behind the scenes, yet important, tasks. They are an amazing group of individuals and their presence, welcoming demeanor, and performance helped to ensure a successful testing environment. 
    • Lastly, I cannot thank Valenta Wade enough for her tireless and one-of-a kind steadfast leadership and mentorship. She never operates as an island, she values feedback, and uses feedback to improve systems. Not in a million years, did we ever foresee having to do 6 months of Saturday testing during a pandemic, and then add in-person weekday testing to that in a compressed time period. However, Valenta surrounded herself with the best logistical thinkers and she led us through a seemingly impossible task. Valenta, you're the real MVP during the testing season.....under your leadership, we made it and we did it, and the students of RPS (Grade 3 -12) are the beneficiaries!!!!!
    • I'd like to acknowledge the team at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary who planned an awesome End of Year Cookout for staff last week! Our cookout co-chairs did a wonderful job planning: Ms. Shannon, Ms. Simmons, Mr. Williams & Mr. Pennie. Thanks to our always helpful custodial staff for setting up & cleaning up:  Mr. Williamson, Mr. Wyche, Ms. Randolph & Mr. Bosco. The cookout committee & hospitality committee made sure we were well fed and well entertained throughout the event! Special thanks to our assistant principal, Ms. Jordan, who always makes the best desserts and ensures we don't go hungry. This was such a nice way to close out the school year together so thanks to everyone who made the last day so special!
    • The fine arts collaborations at Boushall Middle School were so invigorating, informative and well received by our students. Thank you to Mr. Carter, Ms. Dabney, Ms. Himmelman and Ms. Black for a great year. They really made those moments the best times, by meeting together, planning together, teaching together. There were no dissensions, just pure joy and respect.
    • I would also like to thank Tony F. Sias who is the CEO of Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio.  Karamu is the oldest African American theater in the country. He attended our virtual assembly and was generous with his time and information. He spoke about careers in the fine arts, since Karamu also has programs today in music, dance and visual art. He also held the position that Ms. Adams now holds for Cleveland Municipal School District before going to Karamu. His speech was exactly what our students needed. I won't fail to mention that the Fine Arts Department came together and planned the assembly without a hitch.
    • I am reaching out to commend and give thanks for Ms. Shayla Riggs and Mrs. Mary Falke for being outstanding educators...The classroom environment that was created and nurtured still allowed for the kids to be kids and create friendships. We could hear them laughing down the hall, playing games with their classmates and finding ways to engage with their teachers. We can only imagine how emotionally taxing this year has been for educators. With some feedback from teachers in other school districts, we are so happy to have our children at William Fox Elementary with Principal Jacobs. At this juncture, we don't feel as if our children's 1st and 3rd grade years were grossly compromised. We would be remiss if we hadn't personally reached out to express our gratitude for Ms. Riggs and Mrs. Falke's commitment to their students, and their patience during such a difficult school year. 

    Lit Limo – Please review the updated summer schedule (now in effect) for the stop closest to you!
     
    Summer Meals – In partnership with Feed More and the City of Richmond’s Parks and Recreation Department, we have a variety of free meal pick-up options for our families throughout the summer. Check the flyers below or visit www.rvaschools.net/meals for more details and an interactive map.

    Important Links – Last updated on June 17, 2021.

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