Virtual Learning and Facilitated Learning Childcare

  • What should an RPS family do if they need childcare for their students?

    The City of Richmond, in partnership with a variety of community organizations, is offering “facilitated learning” childcare centers. These centers ensure that students have a responsible adult caring for them while they are virtually learning for the day.

    Emergency Childcare Centers / Facilitated Learning Centers – If you need childcare for your RPS students, please make sure to register below!

    • The YMCA is is running facilitated learning centers at Miles Jones ES, Holton ES, and Huguenot HS for K-8th grade RPS students. The full-day option goes from 7:30am until 6pm, and is completely free for low-income families. To learn more, click here.

    • The Peter Paul Development Center is running a facilitated learning center at MLK MS for 2nd-8th grade RPS students. The full-day option goes from 9am until 6pm, and is completely free for low-income families. To learn more, click here.

    • Additional childcare centers/facilitated learning centers (not housed in RPS schools) can be found by visiting the Help1RVA portal here.
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  • Learn more about virtual learning by reviewing our Guide for Families or the Guide for Community Partners below!

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Alternatives or Supplements to Virtual Learning

  • RPS understands that some parents may seek alternatives or supplements to virtual learning. Below are options that parents may consider that are in compliance with the compulsory attendance law which requires children of school age to attend a private or public school or receive an education through alternatives to school attendance.

    Common alternatives include:

    • Learning pods/Facilitated Learning Centers (FLCs). Parents using the RPS virtual platform through learning pods or at FLCs have no additional requirements.
    • Home-instruction by a parent. Parents that wish to meet the compulsory attendance law through home-instruction must complete a Notice of Intent and supply supporting documentation. Click here to access the Notice of Intent form, requirements for religious exemptions, and the Guidelines for Home Instruction in Virginia.
    • Home instruction by a teacher/tutor. Section 1-254 of the Code of Virginia requires tutors or teachers to meet the teacher licensure qualifications prescribed by the Board of Education and that the individual has been approved by the school division superintendent. 

    Parents planning to have their child taught by a certified tutor or teacher must submit a letter to the superintendent that includes the following information:  

    • Student’s Name (first and last)
    • Student’s grade level
    • Student’s previous school
    • Parent’s name, address, phone number, and email address
    • Tutor’s/teacher’s name, address, phone number, and email address
    • Copy of the tutor’s/teacher’s Virginia issued teacher’s license (must be current)

    Once we receive the required documents, we will review and process the information. Letters will be mailed to acknowledge the receipt of Notice of Intent forms and approvals for tutor/teacher certifications. Notice of Intent forms must be submitted yearly. Tutor certifications will remain valid as long as the tutor maintains his/her state-issued teacher’s license.

    Mail or email letters to:

    Valenta Wade

    301 N. 9th Street, 14th Floor

    Richmond, VA 23231 vwade@rvaschools.net

    Parents who choose to use an alternative route to educate their children are welcome to return to Richmond Public Schools at any time. If you have any questions or concerns please call 804-780-7905.