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  • Child Savers is offering a rising 9th grade therapeutic group to help support 8th graders that will be transitioning to high school. Please see the attached flyer or visit the Albert Hill website for more information. This therapeutic group will offer rising 9th graders an opportunity to connect with others their age, process the abrupt end to their middle school experience, and help prepare them for high school. Students referred to this group will need to meet criteria for receiving outpatient mental health services. If you are not sure if a student would qualify please feel free to reach out to Jessica Gregory, jgregory@childsavers.org.

    Child Savers Outpatient Therapy
    If your student would benefit from counseling services, please see the attached flyer and referral form for outpatient mental health services. You may also visit the Albert Hill Website to access the flyer. There are immediate openings for individual mental health services. Please contact Jessica Gregory, jgregory@childsavers.org for more information.

    ChildSavers Referral Form

    Outpatient Services Flyer

    Rising 9th Grade Group Flyer

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  • High School Credit Bearing Courses


    Based on state and local policy, parents may request that grades be omitted from the student’s transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. If your student completed a course for high school credit in SY2019-2020, and you would like grades and credit omitted from your students transcript (your student will not earn high school credit for the course), please complete the form available on our school website by July 31st.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Gustavson (dgustavs@rvaschools.net). 

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8ScRiYKWGkmtOJI5O4iUWH701dD0ZkGInj_kSDi1pz3hjOQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

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  • RPS SummerCamp@Home  – Preschool through eighth grade students will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual camp experience this summer that includes both academics and a broad array of enrichment activities. We're calling it RPS SummerCamp@Home. Big thanks to our partners on this: YMCA of Greater RichmondBellXcel, and NextUp
    • Who: All RPS PreK-8 students
    • When: June 29 – July 31 
    • Where: Virtually
    • Cost: Free!
    Each week will have a theme:
    • Week 1: “RPS Strong” – Developing healthy minds and healthy bodies!
    • Week 2: “RPS Calm” – Learning mindfulness and meditation practices!
    • Week 3: “RPS Active” – Getting up and moving!
    • Week 4: “RPS Loud” – Making music and dancing!
    • Week 5: “RPS Creative” – Unleashing creativity! 
    Here are a few examples of the virtual enrichment courses that students will have access to:
    • Contemporary Dance
    • Culinary Explorations
    • Latin Salsa & Hip Hop
    • Mindfulness & Art
    • Outdoor Explorers
    • So You Want to Win the Fortnite World Cup?
    • TECHNOLOchicas: Learn Basic Coding
    • Video & Filmmaking
    • Yoga Exploration
    To register for RPS SummerCamp@Home, just click here!
    Please note that high school students and middle school students taking high school courses will have the opportunity this summer to complete their spring 2020 Edgenuity modules and take virtual credit recovery courses. We'll have more information about this very soon.
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  • Middle School Course Descriptions

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  • Attention: Please Scroll Down to See Information for Specific Grade Levels Regarding Course Selection

     

    Current 5/Rising 6 Graders

    Greetings Rising 6th Grade Albert Hill Families! 

    We hope this message finds you and your families well. 

    Richmond Public Schools is currently in the process of scheduling student courses for the 2020-2021 school year! To best support families during our time of social distancing, Richmond Public Schools will utilize an online Course Selection form for all secondary students. Online Course Selection forms are now available in several places. First, check the website of the middle school your child is scheduled to attend for the 2020-2021 school year to find the link for rising sixth grade students. The form is also available on each middle school’s social media platforms. All course selection forms should be completed no later than Friday, May 29, 2020. 

    RPS school offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. However, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact your current school counselor.  On behalf of Albert H. Hill Middle School, we look forward to working with you and helping your student make a smooth transition to middle school!

    For more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SGqMQFGMsiHBdeULxtErCQxv5f2VSu8O/view?usp=sharing

    Course Selection Form: Rising 6th Graders (Current 5th graders)

     

    https://forms.gle/v8oxuFkJqDcumPqt5

     

    Mr. Gustavson 

    Email: dgustavs@rvaschools.net

    Albert H. Hill Principal

    Mrs. Tashiana Ivy

    Email: tmayo@rvaschools.net

     

    Current 6/Rising 7th

    Greetings Albert Hill Families! 

    We hope this message finds you and your families well.

    Richmond Public Schools is currently in the process of scheduling student courses for the 2020-2021 school year! To best support families during our time of social distancing, Richmond Public Schools will utilize an online Course Selection form for all secondary students. Online Course Selection forms are now available in several places. First, check the Albert Hill website to find the link for the appropriate grade level. The form is also available on our Albert Hill social media platforms. In the event you need a paper copy, they are available for pick up at the school. All course selection forms should be completed no later than Friday, May 29, 2020. 
     

    Our school offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. However, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. G, dgustavs@rvaschools.net.  

    Course Selection Form: Rising 7th Graders (Current 6th graders)

    https://forms.gle/QWgbLRoUuFh5Ta7j6

    For more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SGqMQFGMsiHBdeULxtErCQxv5f2VSu8O/view?usp=sharing

     

    Current 7/Rising 8th

    Greetings Albert Hill Families! 

    We hope this message finds you and your families well.

    Richmond Public Schools is currently in the process of scheduling student courses for the 2020-2021 school year! To best support families during our time of social distancing, Richmond Public Schools will utilize an online Course Selection form for all secondary students. Online Course Selection forms are now available in several places. First, check the Albert Hill website to find the link for the appropriate grade level. The form is also available on our Albert Hill social media platforms. In the event you need a paper copy, they are available for pick up at the school. All course selection forms should be completed no later than Friday, May 29, 2020. 
     

    Our school offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. However, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. G, dgustavs@rvaschools.net.  

    Course Selection Form: Rising 8th Graders (Current 7th graders)

     

    https://forms.gle/2CeGT86FBb3WbafV8  

     

    For more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SGqMQFGMsiHBdeULxtErCQxv5f2VSu8O/view?usp=sharing

     

     Current 8/Rising 9th

    Greetings Albert Hill Families! 

    We hope this message finds you and your families well.

    Richmond Public Schools is currently in the process of scheduling student courses for the 2020-2021 school year! To best support families during our time of social distancing, Richmond Public Schools will utilize an online Course Selection form for all secondary students. Online Course Selection forms are now available on the website of the high school your child is scheduled to attend for the 2020-2021 school year. Students should complete the form for rising ninth grade students. All course selection forms should be completed no later than Friday, May 29, 2020. 

    RPS school offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. However, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. G, dgustavs@rvaschools.net. We look forward to working with you and helping your student make a smooth transition to high school!

    For more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SGqMQFGMsiHBdeULxtErCQxv5f2VSu8O/view?usp=sharing

     

     

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  • Next Up Online Classes

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  • Code Beats

    Using hip hop music to teach computer programming 

     

    With technology touching nearly every aspect of our society, it is essential that all students acquire skills and knowledge in computer science (CS). Unfortunately, availability of classes and interests from students is still limited due to a low presence of CS in K-12 education. To address this challenge, we have developed a system which uses hip hop music to teach basic computer programming skills.
    Our three-week long online camp teaches students to code as they make hip hop beats. Each weekday from 10-11am we broadcast live to them, teaching the day’s lesson, hosting virtual guests like NO BS Brass’s Taylor Barnett or rapper Nickelus F, interacting with students via live chat and online voting, and making sure students are prepared to complete the day’s lesson. At 11am, we release the day’s assignment. Assignments are designed to require only 15 minutes of time, but many students spend hours making their beats spectacular. We share some students’ beats in class the next day. At the end of the three weeks we hold a beats competition, where students compete in a March-Madness-style bracket to see who can create the best beat. This camp has an emphasis on FUN!
    What:
    Three weeks of cheap ($25, 10 scholarships available), introductory classes on making hip hop beats with code. Video briefly demonstrating Code Beats available here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2I--jQTG58  
    When:
    May 4th to May 22nd, with 1 hr sessions at 10am each weekday.
    Where:
    Online and live streamed via Twitch.tv.
    Requirements:
    Computer (Windows or Mac), headphones, Twitch account.
    Recommended ages:
    11-15 (middle school - 9th grade)
    Professors:
    David Shepherd, Ph.D.
    Douglas Krug, M.S.
    Taylor Barnett, Ph.D.
    Kate Sicchio, Ph.D.
    Nickelus F
    Undergrad Instructors:
    Edtwuan Bowman

    To register:
    Sign up for the newsletter (low traffic) to be notified of the details, including how and when to sign up for this camp:
    https://bit.ly/registerCodeBeats
     
    Buy a one-month, $25 subscription (for the month of May) to the davidcshepherd Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/davidcshepherd 
    FAQ:
    Q: How do you register? A: You can register by subscribing to the davidcshepherd channel on Twitch (the $25 subscription). You CAN pay for only a one-month subscription by pressing "More Options" in the subscription process. Note that you should not register until May 1.
    Q: When should I register? A: May 1st. The subscription is for 1 month and so please wait until May to register. Note that we will send a single email reminder to register on May 1.
    Q: Can I share this with others? A: YES! https://codebeats.weebly.com/camps.html
    Q: I already took the first week of the Code Beats course, will this be a repeat? A: There will be some repetition, but we will learn more, more deeply, and with better supporting content (e.g., videos from music experts). 
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  • Rep. McEachin's At-Home Education Panel 4/28 @5:30PM

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  • NJHS UPDATES

     

    The National Junior Honor Society(NJHS) Leadership Committee is creating a slideshow in honor of the Eighth graders' journey through middle school. We are asking for pictures from students, parents and teachers of any eighth grader during their time at Albert Hill Middle School. Please send pictures to AHMSslideshow@gmail.com.The deadline for the pictures is May 20. We greatly appreciate your help!  
     

    The NJHS is undertaking a huge task in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. While we'd like the final product to remain a secret, we need your help! If you have a teacher you love and appreciate, please use this link to leave a positive note of appreciation for that teacher! Students, Parents, and even other teachers are welcome to leave notes of appreciation for teachers that have made a difference for them. If you have any favorite photos of a teacher to share, please email them to our adviser Ms. Howard (mhoward@rvaschools.net). On behalf of the NJHS Character Committee, we appreciate YOU for helping send warm messages to our amazing Albert Hill teachers!  

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  • YEARBOOK UPDATES
     
    The 2019-2020 Yearbook WILL be published this spring! To order your yearbook, use our online platform: Navigate to ybpay.lifetouch.com. Enter Albert Hill's Yearbook ID Code: 13170420. Select any optional add-ons to your yearbook order and complete your payment securely online! Support the fund to purchase yearbooks for students in need (especially 8th graders) by contributing when offered on the site. We expect the books to be delivered sometime in June. More information will be provided about yearbook pick-up. (Unfortunately, mail delivery to home addresses is not possible.) Thank you for your support!
     
    The dedicated student staff of the AHMS Yearbook is hard at work to meet our final deadlines, but we need your help! Do you have any photos of your student's sport games, field trips or more? We'd love to have them. It is always the dream of a yearbook staff to have more than enough photos, and in particular we need assistance with sport match photos, and the new music and theatre programs of our school! Send photos or share Google folders to this email address: ahms.yearbook1@gmail.com. Thanks for your help!
     
    Finally, before the school closures, the yearbook staff was unable to complete name preference verifications with our students. Does your child prefer to go by another name than their legal name? Jen instead of Janet? Tony rather than Anthony? Please complete this Google form in order to ensure your student's name will be updated in the portrait section of the 2019-2020 yearbook.
     
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  • Art After School Online Spring 2020

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  • STEM Resources from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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  • Corona Virus Resources from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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  • Virtual Learning Resources

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  • March 12, 2020

    Greetings Albert Hill Family,

    Out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling tonight’s performance of Bedtime stories as told by my dad who messed them up. We are extremely proud of Mrs. Vollmer, all student performers, and the stage crew who prepared for the show over the last few months. They had an amazing performance last night! We would also like to thank the Albert Hill staff who assisted, our PTA and wonderful parent volunteers who made this all possible.

    We ask for your understanding in this decision that we have made to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and community. Thank you for your continued support.

    In partnership,

     

    Tashiana Ivy

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  • COVID-19 CDC Fact Sheet / COVID-19 CDC Fact Sheet (Spanish)

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  • COVID-19 Message for Families / COVID-19 Message for Families (Spanish)

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  • Community Talks with Superintendent Jason Kamras

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  • Rezoning Meeting @ Albert Hill

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  • MARCH 4TH 5-9PM! CARYTOWN LOCATION

    • You will need to mention Albert Hill or show the printed or digital flyer when you make your purchase!
    • Online orders do not count – you must pay in the store. 
    • Catering orders can count towards the fundraiser, but the order must be placed 24 hours ahead and picked up during our fundraiser time frame (5-9 pm). The number for catering orders is 1-800-CHIPOTLE. The cashier needs to be alerted at pickup for the purchase to count for Albert Hill.

    Here is a link to the digital flyer.

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  • Rezoning – Please see below from some FAQs regarding rezoning implementation.
    • How do I find out what school my child is zoned for? Just click the button below and you'll be taken to a map where you can enter your address and see your zone for next year. Click on "View School Zones" and then make sure you've checked the box for "Board Approved" elementary, middle, or high school zones.
    What school am I zoned for next year?
    • What did the Board decide about "grandfathering?" The Board voted to provide any rising 5th, 8th, and 12th graders (students who will be in those grades NEXT year) with the option of remaining at their current school regardless of the new zones. (We will soon share the formal process for eligible students/families to exercise this option. Please do not use the Open Enrollment/Specialty School application platform, SmartChoice, to make this selection.)
    • If one of my children is “grandfathered-in” at their current school, can my other child/children remain at that school? No. Siblings must attend their zoned school unless they received their current placement through Open Enrollment in a previous year.
    • Will transportation be provided for students who are “grandfathered-in” at their current school? As is common practice in Virginia school divisions, transportation will not be provided for students who are “grandfathered-in” at their current school. 
    • Can I opt to send my child to a school other than the one to which they are assigned under the new zones? Students may attend a school other than their zoned school only by applying through the Open Enrollment or Specialty School Application process.
    • Will students with IEPs be “grandfathered-in” at their current schools? Students who have IEPs will not be "grandfathered-in" unless they are entering 5th, 8th, or 12th grade at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Will IEP services for my child change if they are rezoned to a different school? No. Students will receive the services outlined in their IEP regardless of the school they attend.
    • How will RPS support the transition of students with IEPs? RPS staff will work with parents to ensure that students have smooth transitions to their new schools, including setting up "Transition Meetings" with the relevant special education teachers, as necessary.
    • How is RPS going to build community for students who are going to new schools? We will host a number of open houses and community-building events during the spring and summer to help introduce students/families to their new schools.
    • Where can I go if I want to learn more about the rezoning process? Please visit the RPS website at rvaschools.net/rezoning.
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  • Newborn Screening Event Opportunity - February 1

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  • Have you joined the PTA yet? Membership and donations allow the PTA to pay for teacher requested items like flexible seating options for our exceptional education classrooms and replacing dry erase boards that have worn out in Ms. McPhillip's classroom.
    It’s not too late. Join today at the link below!

    https://squareup.com/store/albert-hill-middle-school-pta/

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  • Richmond Math & Eureka Support for Parents – In an effort to ensure that our parents are provided with opportunities to experience Richmond Math and to learn about the resources incorporated within this curriculum, the C&I Elementary Math team will host Richmond Math Parent Nights. The dates and locations of these events will be forthcoming. In addition, Great Minds has developed a Parent Support Page with Parent Tip Sheets that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for supporting learning at home; Homework Helpers that provide examples similar to those found within student homework sheets; and Featured Strategies & Videos that demonstrate common models that are utilized within the Richmond Math curriculum. Please click this link to access these helpful Parent Tips. 

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  • Did you know you can link your Kroger account to Albert Hill so that the school receives rewards from every purchase you make?

     Here’s how you do it -- first, open up your Kroger app. In the top right corner of the app, from the opening screen hit the four square symbol in the top right corner. Then press My Account, and then Community Rewards under the Loyalty tab. It'll ask you to sign in with your email address, and then all you have to do is search for Albert Hill.

     It couldn’t be easier to support Albert Hill!

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School News

"RPS Direct" Emails from Supt. Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - June 4, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, We're blessed again to have a reflection this evening from another member of the RPS team, Samara Booker, Elementary Math Instructional Specialist. Enormous gratitude to Ms. Booker for sharing this powerful essay. Before turning it over to her, I want to publicly thank Mayor Stoney and Council Member Jones for introducing an ordinance at City Council to remove the Richmond-controlled confederate statues on Monument Avenue; and Governor Northam for announcing that the Commonwealth will do the same with the Virginia-controlled statue of Lee. Eliminating these glorifications of injustice and inhumanity is a necessary – though certainly not sufficient – step towards creating a truly inclusive and equitable Richmond. Though I recognize not everyone will agree with my position on this, I urge those who do to make their voices heard.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 3, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, We're blessed with another powerful reflection this evening – this one from Gueringe' Richardson, our Secondary English/Language Arts Instructional Specialist. Enormous gratitude to Ms. Richardson for sharing this deeply moving letter with the RPS Family. Quick reminder that Rodney Robinson, the 2019 National Teacher of the Year, will be my guest this evening on RPS Live! at 7 pm on our Facebook page. Hope you can join! With great appreciation, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 2, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, This evening, we are blessed with a powerful essay from Mr. Rodney Robinson, the 2019 National Teacher of the Year. On behalf of RPS, I want to publicly thank Mr. Robinson for carving out the time and head space to draft this, and for joining me on RPS Live! tomorrow evening at 7 pm on our Facebook page. Please make sure to tune in and please follow Mr. Robinson on Twitter @RodRobinsonRVA to stay abreast of his latest insights and reflections. Click the link above to continue reading Rodney Robinson on How Educators Can Turn Grief Into Action.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 1, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, This evening, I find myself at a loss for words to adequately convey my anguish over the current state of our nation. And so I offer those of someone far more eloquent: Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Below is his column from this weekend's LA Times in its entirety. I urge you to read it. With great appreciation, Jason Click above to continue reading.

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  • RPS Direct Update - May 29, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, A number of you asked that I re-share the resources from the Center for Racial Justice in Education. Here they are. I also wanted to address the growing criticism of those who have registered their outrage about the injustice of Mr. Floyd's death through protest riots. Now, more than ever, the words of Dr. King – particularly the challenging ones – resonate. "In the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear?" That's the question we must all confront. Let's make sure that we continue to do so long after the camera crews leave Minneapolis – not only as a country, but also as a school division. What more can we all do to hear – and be responsive to – the voices of those in our community who are most in pain?

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  • RPS Direct Update - May 28, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Before diving into today's updates, I want to acknowledge the additional pain that is coursing through our community right now as a result of George Floyd's harrowing death at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer. The similarity to the Eric Garner case, down to both men's cries – "I can't breath" – is chilling, to say the very least. Nearly 35% of RPS students are African-American young men. The America that they will experience over the course of their lives is fraught with racist prejudices – held consciously or not – that dehumanize them and make deaths like Mr. Floyd's not just possible, but common. We must change that. Our responsibility as educators is so much more than just teaching reading and math. It's about preparing our young people with the knowledge, skills, and social capital they'll need to construct a better, more just world – and doing whatever we can as adults to pave the way for them. Towards that end, I'd like to make a request of my fellow white members of the RPS community: If you haven't already done so, please discuss Mr. Floyd's death – and the long history of racialized violence that precedes it – with your children. Yes, it may be difficult. But families of color don't have much choice when it comes to "the talk" – it's literally a matter of life and death for them. For the entire RPS Family, here's a set of resources for talking with young people about race, racism, and racialized violence from the Center for Racial Justice in Education. Finally, to everyone who is processing this tragedy with great pain, please know that your RPS family stands with you – and always will. With great appreciation, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - May 27, 2020 (PM)

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Please join me at 7 pm tonight for the latest episode of RPS Live! I'll be interviewing several of our 2020 Valedictorians. "See" you soon on our Facebook page! Today's Updates: Senior Spotlights – Over the next month, please join us as we celebrate the Class of 2020 on our social media platforms. Starting tomorrow at 7:50 am (the normal start time of the high school day) and 2:45 pm (the normal dismissal time), we'll post a Senior Spotlight highlighting one of the top 5 seniors from each of our high schools. Please join the celebration by liking and sharing the posts, and offering words of congratulations to these amazing seniors! Click above to read more!

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  • RPS Direct Update - May 27, 2020 (AM)

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, We recently learned that an RPS employee who was present at multiple events at Mary Munford Elementary School over the last two weeks has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was asymptomatic at the time and is currently in isolation at home, per CDC guidelines. For health privacy reasons, we cannot release the name of the staff member, but please keep this individual and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

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