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ReopenWithLove2.0 Health & Safety Protocols

RPS is committed to keeping everyone healthy and safe this school year. We recognize that students benefit from in-person instruction and maintaining in-person instruction during the 2021-22 school year is a priority. The consistent, layered use of the following health and safety mitigation strategies and other measures is critical for RPS community:

  1. Promoting vaccination 

  2. Consistent and correct use of masks 

  3. Physical distancing 

  4. Testing

  5. HVAC/air quality 

  6. Handwashing/hand sanitizing 

  7. Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities 

  8. Daily symptom checking and staying home when sick and getting tested 

  9. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine

In addition to the mitigation strategies listed above, important context about the RPS community, including the level of community transmission, vaccination coverage, trends in school-related outbreaks or increasing cases, and the ages of the children served in a given school will inform decision making and changes in guidance.

This provides guidance on the implementation of these key mitigation strategies as a way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission for students and staff during in-person learning in the 2021-22 school year.  The recommendations are based on current guidelines and information available from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Richmond City Health Department (RCHD) and are subject to change.

The recommendations below are for all RPS schools and buildings.

Mitigation Strategies

Superintendent Kamras on Health & Safety Mitigations