#ReopenWithLove2.0 Family Letter and Checklist

  • April 27, 2021

    Dear RPS Family,

    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.

    Before signing off, I just want to express my profound gratitude to our teachers and support staff for the extraordinary job they’ve done this year. They have literally reinvented our school system and done so with excellence. Through countless actions, small and large, they have once again truly shown what it means to Lead, Teach, and Serve with Love.

    With great appreciation,

    Jason Kamras

Family Checklist 2.0

Virtual Family Academy

  • Check out our Virtual Family Academy! The videos below help guide you through the topics in our Family Checklist with navigation through the RPS website and other resources. If you have any questions, please call our Family Support Line from 8am - 4pm, Monday through Friday (holidays excluded) at (804) 780-6195.

#ReopenWithLove Overview

Know Your Zone!

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