With the exception of the Richmond Technical Center and the Early College Academy (ECA), student transportation is self-directed with GRTC bus tickets provided to students who use public transportation. GRTC bus tickets are distributed via family group once per week. A new bus pass system will be in replace the old bus ticket system in October 2018. More information about the new system will be provided at that time.
Safety While Travelling Throughout Richmond
All students are expected to abide by the following safety rules while travelling throughout the city.
- NEVER TRAVEL ALONE. Always travel in groups of at least three students.
- Cross streets ONLY AT CROSSWALKS WHEN GIVEN THE SIGNAL TO CROSS.
- Make sure to look both ways before crossing the street at any time, even if you have the right of way or the signal to cross.
- Please be completely aware of your surroundings while walking; this includes being able to clearly hear the sounds of the road.
- Follow all state regulations regarding driving.
- The number to the school is 780-4661. Please take a communication device with you when traveling.
Posted by Office of Communications & Media Relations at 9/30/2016
As superintendent of schools, I am held accountable for the success of RPS. As a parent of an RPS student, I have a very deeply vested interest in the progress being made. From the outside looking in, it may appear to some that we are not making enough progress – particularly when it comes to school accreditation. The school accreditation ratings that were recently released were not what we expected and do not represent what we want for our schools or students. While we are disappointed that we did not continue the great progress made during the previous school year with an approximately 55% improvement in the number of schools fully accredited, over the past two school years, we have been able to move and maintain more schools meeting the fully accredited status:
In the 2016 - 2017 school year there are 14 fully accredited schools
In the 2015 -2016 school year there were 17 fully accredited schools
In the 2014-2015 school year there were 11 fully accredited schools
It is important to also note that there are schools that have shown significant progress, but still missed the mark by only one or two points for full accreditation. For example, Bellevue Elementary School jumped from 68 to 74 percent passing.