Will RPS employees be laid off or furloughed as a result of the virtual semester?
No. There are no plans to lay off or furlough RPS employees with contracts for the 2020-2021 school year due to the virtual semester.
Will RPS employees continue to be paid their normal compensation during the virtual semester?
Yes. All RPS employees will continue to be paid their normal compensation during the virtual semester.
Will all contractors continue to be utilized?
No. RPS will continue working with contractors and subcontractors who are able to support our students during their virtual semester. We are in the process of evaluating all of our contracts.
What are the work expectations for RPS employees during the virtual semester?
Employees will be expected to perform all of their typical duties, although in a virtual environment. For some roles, modifications to work responsibilities will be necessary as a result of RPS opening virtually. Supervisors will be communicating with employees regarding in-person duties. Employees should reach out to their supervisors regarding any questions about in-person work duties or health and safety protocols for the virtual fall semester. Please also note that all employees will continue to be evaluated throughout the year, including during the virtual semester.
How will classroom observations, feedback, and support work?
Classroom observations, feedback, and support will occur virtually. For example, a principal or instructional coach will join a teacher’s virtual lesson to observe and then schedule a one-on-one debrief session to provide feedback and support. School leaders will receive training on conducting virtual observations over the next several weeks.
Will any RPS employees be required to work in person?
No. Employees who opt out of working in-person or who cannot perform their typical duties in a virtual environment will be assigned other responsibilities, as appropriate.
Will RPS employees still be able to use their leave during our virtual semester?
Yes. How employees accrue and use leave will remain the same for the 2020-21 school year. Employees who are directly impacted by COVID-19 will have access to enhanced leave benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Employees who would like to discuss FFCRA should contact Michelle Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Will the parental leave policy be in place during the virtual semester?
Yes. The School Board will complete a first review of the new parental leave policy at its meeting on August 17. The goal is to have it officially adopted in September.
Will RPS have substitutes during the virtual semester?
Yes. As always, RPS will need the support of substitute staff next year, and the process for requesting a substitute will be the same. Substitute teachers will be included in our August trainings and will have access to the #ReopenWithLove teacher kits to assist them with virtual teaching.
Will RPS still have an open enrollment process for benefits during the virtual semester?
Yes. The open enrollment period will run from October 12 to October 30 this year, with benefits selections going into effect on January 1, 2021. During the enrollment period, employees will be able call (844) 379-0069 during normal operating hours to make changes to their benefits. They can also do so online here.
Will teachers have planning time?
Absolutely. Teachers will have dedicated planning time built into their schedules. In addition, some of the Wednesday afternoon professional learning blocks will be dedicated to planning.
Will the Richmond Teacher Residency (RTR) continue?
Yes. The RTR Residents will work with their mentor teachers virtually.