Overby-Sheppard Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal I am proud to stand with justice in this uncertain climate.  The inequities that have been highlighted recently touch every fabric of our society.  My heart is saddened by recent events, but it goes beyond those events.  I am saddened with the knowledge that we cannot protect our students from the realities of the systems that currently stand that are not built to support all of them in a just manner.  

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best when he made the following statement:

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

    We stand on the side of justice at Overby-Sheppard!  All of our students matter! However, black lives must matter before we can even say that all lives matter!

    Principal Shayla Holeman


District Announcements

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Update for RPS Employees - On Thursday, January 14, 2021, all RPS Staff should have received an email containing a registration link for the COVID-19 vaccine. Also please tune into a special COVID-19 edition of RPS Live! for staff on Friday, January 15 at 4:30pm on the RPS Facebook page.

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  • RPS Mobile Help Desk Temporarily Closed - Due to potential COVID-19 exposure, the Mobile Help Desk will be suspending services until January 25, 2021. For any technology needs, please contact helpdesk@rvaschools.net.

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  • RPS Family Academy - With live workshops and a virtual resource library, the Family Academy provides RPS families and advocates the opportunity to connect with each other and get engaged with our childrens' education and future. Learn more and register for upcoming sessions here.

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  • #ReopenWithLove - For the latest information and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution and other critical information.

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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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  • Support RPS - There are many ways to support RPS and #ServeWithLove! Please consider volunteering, donating, or partnering with us, and for new and existing partners, don't forget to add your organization to our new searchable partnership database!

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - January 19, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Lots to cover tonight, so let's dive in! First, I have a couple of updates about the vaccine registration process for RPS staff: As I noted on Friday, the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) had to cancel hundreds of appointments and disable the registration link that was previously shared. We've learned that a number of RPS staff had their appointments inadvertently canceled. I'm so sorry about the frustration and anxiety that caused. Please note that there will be a new registration system and new vaccination events scheduled for February. I'll share more information about this as soon as I have it. Finally, our nurses will be reaching out to any RPS employees who are currently working in-person (for example, bus drivers and nutrition workers) to ensure they are vaccinated – if they want to be – during the events scheduled for this week and next. If you have any other questions, please reach out to us at talentoffice@rvaschools.net. Click above to read more!

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  • RPS Direct Update - January 15 (PM), 2021

    Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn YouTube Friday (PM), January 15, 2021 Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! I have a few very important updates tonight about vaccine registration: You may have just seen a news alert that thousands of registrations for the vaccination events next week at the Richmond Raceway were cancelled. To clarify, as I understand it, the intent was only to cancel invalid registrations. The upcoming events are strictly for school, police, and fire personnel. A number of individuals outside these fields signed up. Those are the registrations that were cancelled. The freed up slots will be distributed by each of the localities in central Virginia. I don't have more information on how that process will work just yet. As soon as I do, I'll share it with you. If you were not able to register yet, I'm told there will be more opportunities with a new registration system by early February. Again, as soon as I have more details, I'll share them. Like all of us at RPS, our public health officials are attempting to do something that's never been done before. So many people have extended us so much grace over the past year; I humbly ask that we do the same for our colleagues at VDH and RCHD. They are literally working day and night to distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible.

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