Overby-Sheppard Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal We are finishing the second nine week period and the first semester.  While this year has been full of challenges.  We have remained steadfast in our determination to ensure the success of our students.  That has come with emotional, social, and academic support.  If nothing else, this year has taught us that we must focus on more than the academic success of our students.

    I want to take a moment to thank you, our village, for partnering with us through these tough times.  Extending to all of us at Overby-Sheppard grace as we make the largest pivot in education that any of us have been forced to make.  I sincerely hope that you can see that we are giving it right back to you.

    With all that said, we have another semester.  The race is not over.   While some have been slow to adapt to this new situation, there is still time to finish strong.  

    During February, Black History Month, it is fitting to end with a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He once said the following:

    "If you can't fly then run, If you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." 

    Our Mission this year is to champion our students, families, and staff.  We want our students to know that we are here working beside them to not only finish the year strong, but hopefully inspire them to continue strong along this journey of education so that they can accomplish their dreams.  I personally want you and our staff to know that we believe in you and want to walk with you along this journey to support you in future endeavors.  Remember, it does not matter how you do it, but to keep moving forward.

    Your partner in education,

    Shayla D. B. Holeman

    #HiveNationStrong

     

Division Announcements

  • Free Extended Day Programming - RPS has reopened the parent interest survey for free Extended Day for the 2021-22 school year. Please complete this survey for each student interested.

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  • 2021-22 Bus Stops - Click here to see your school bus route for this year. This information may be updated to accommodate changing needs so please be on the lookout for Remind messages informing you of updates.

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  • New 2021-22 Bell Schedule - The RPS School Board has approved new daily start/end times for students next year, click here to view the new schedule!

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  • Health and Safety Measures for Fall 2021 - Click here to view the updated RPS Health and Safety Measures for Fall 2021 In-Person Instruction. 

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  • Employee Vaccine Mandate - RPS employees, please be reminded that we now have a vaccine mandate requiring proof of full vaccination by October 1, 2021. Click here to learn more.

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  • RPS Reopening Dashboard - Click here to download the latest update of the RPS Reopening Dashboard.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helpline at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - September 15, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, While we've been overjoyed to return to school despite COVID, we've also been heartbroken by another pandemic that plagues our community – gun violence. I'm devastated to share that, in the past 48 hours, five RPS students have been shot. We've also lost two students to other causes (unrelated to gun violence or COVID). These tragic events remind us of the grief and trauma that so many RPS students, families, and staff face daily. The RPS family is hurting tonight. Let us all pause this evening to check on one another, support one another, and extend grace and love to one another.

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  • RPS Direct Update - September 14, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, One of the issues that came up during public comment at last night's School Board meeting was our school lunches. We heard concerns about the amount/quality of the food provided and the lack of hot meals. Before I address both of these issues, I want to thank everyone who shared feedback. Thoughtful, constructive dialogue about what's working – and what's not – is critical to our collective success and I'm deeply grateful for it. For the start of the school year, we decided against hot lunches and instead went with "grab and go" meals, as we were concerned about students bunching up in the lunch line for as much as 5 minutes, increasing the risk of transmission. We also had logistical concerns about hot lunches given that many of our schools use multiple locations for lunch (not just the lunch room) to ensure 6 feet of distancing. All that said, we do hope to eventually transition to hot meals once everyone has become accustomed to our mitigation strategies and we feel more confident in our ability to execute on the logistics. I'll also note that we have a significant number of vacancies on our food and nutrition team, which will make it difficult to provide hot meals right now. Fortunately, last night, the Board approved an increase in the hourly rate for our food and nutrition employees to help with recruitment and retention.

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