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    2021-22 #ReopenWithLove2.0

    We could not be more excited to begin the process of reopening our schools and welcoming our students and teachers back into classrooms this summer and fall. As we #ReopenWithLove2.0, we have three key principles:

    • Extend grace and love to all students, staff, and families – Returning to in-person instruction will require the same grace, love, and flexibility that we extended each other during our virtual year. We’ll need to reestablish school and classroom routines, learn and follow safety protocols, and adjust to ever-changing health recommendations. I’m confident that if we continue to work together and support one another, RPS will open stronger than ever before.

    • Protect everyone’s health and safety, including their mental health – During the closure, our facilities team has been hard at work making all sorts of changes in our buildings to protect everyone’s health and safety. We’re placing standalone HEPA filtration units in every classroom and common area, upgrading our bathrooms with touchless soap and paper towel dispensers, installing hand sanitizer stations throughout our buildings, and more. We’re also investing in more mental health supports for our students and staff to provide everyone with the support they need.

    • Communicate, communicate, communicate – We know coming back to in-person school is going to be a big change for everyone and you’ll likely have lots of questions. So we’re going to do our very best to communicate in a number of different ways so you have all the information you need to make the best possible decisions for your family. To kick things off, we have a series of informational events this spring. You can find all the details about them on our website at www.rvaschools.net/conversations.

    Now to the first key decision you need to make for next school year. We’re going to have two options for students: 5 days/week of in-person learning OR 5 days/week of virtual learning. We strongly encourage everyone to come back in-person, but understand that some families may prefer or need to remain virtual for health reasons. If you want your student/s to come back in-person, you don’t need to do anything. In-person is the default option. But if you want them to remain virtual, you’ll need to let us know by June 1, 2021 by filling out the 2021-22 Virtual Instruction Selection Form (Formulario de intención de instrucción virtual). Please note, families can transition back to in-person at any time, though a transition at quarter/semester marks is recommended for a smoother academic transition.

    This section of our website will be updated regularly with information and resources you may need as RPS prepares to Reopen With Love 2.0 and and we encourage you to visit frequently.

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RPS Direct Update - July 22, 2021

  • Dear #RPSStrong Family, 
    Tonight's updates:
    Summer Fest– Our first Summer Fest event is this Saturday, July 24! We can’t wait to see our students, families, and staff at MLK Jr. Middle School from 11 am - 3 pm. Please see the flyers below for all the details.
    Free Extended Day Program for Next Year – In partnership with the City of Richmond, RPS will be providing FREE extended day programming – including enrichment and academic support – to any preschool-5th grade families who wish to participate next year. Snacks and transportation will be included. If you're interested, please complete this survey by August 11
    ReopenWithLove2.0 Teacher Welcome Baskets – As reminder, we're putting together welcome baskets for our teachers this fall. If you'd like to help, here's how you can do so:
    • You can donate school supplies or other goodies for the baskets by filling out this form. Keep in mind that you don't need to provide enough for every teacher! We'll determine the most appropriate grouping of items once we have all donations in hand.
    • You can also volunteer to help assemble or deliver baskets by filling out this form
    With great appreciation,
    Shout-outs! – Please keep sending them to me at jkamras@rvaschools.net!
    • I don’t know your name, but you are a bus driver picking up the kids from Blackwell Elementary. Yesterday when you dropped my boys off at Cardinal Elementary over an hour late, I just assumed the bus was running behind and I just waved my hand and nodded at you. At the time I didn’t know my 3 boys – ages 8, 8 & 6 – were on the wrong bus. You took the time to figure out where to bring my boys. You brought my scared babies home. The first thing my autistic son said when he got off the bus was, “I didn’t think I was ever going to see you again, mom." I wish I knew your name; I would love to thank you in person.
    • Shout out to Mr. Byrd and Ms. Williams at Westover Hills Elementary School for their hard work in preparing our school for reopening. They masterfully demonstrate what it means to lead with love. From their commitment to making our school as clean as it has ever been, to their compassionate supervision of a large group of volunteers, these amazing RPS employees are leading the way in showing love to our community. Thank you, Mr. Byrd and Ms. Williams, for all that you do!
    • I’d like to thank Ms. Schoolfield at Holton Elementary for helping me this morning. My internet went out at home and I needed to print some documents for a workshop! Not only did she allow me to use the copier, she helped me with my tech issues!!! Thank you so much for your kindness, Ms. Schoolfield!!!!!
    • Shout out to Mr. Powell, principal of John B. Cary, and Ms. Singleton, the dean. Both of them have been great at answering my questions about school reopening and held a really helpful series of Zoom meetings earlier this summer (I'm late on my shout out) where they talked about the school, reopening processes, and what they are getting going for next year.
    • Shoutout to Michelle Hudacsko, chief of staff, for being very responsive regarding my questions about the after school program. She shed light on what was going on and gave me an update when I asked her. Very appreciated.
    • Shout out to all RPS summer school teachers, staff, & principals who are committed to teaching summer school to our RPS students this summer! We appreciate your service & time.
    • Shout out to all RPS students who are dedicated & learning this summer during summer school! We are so proud of you!
    • Shout out to the Oak Grove-Bellemeade administration team, office staff, and custodians who are preparing for school reopening in the fall! You rock & we appreciate your hard work this summer!
    • I would like to give a huge shout out and thank you to Rochelle Wilkins. She made an RPS student's dream come true. Through her dedication to student achievement she gave a student hope and encouragement. For that, we say thank you!
    • I would like to shout out the marvelous summer school staff at River City. Thank you, Ms. M Braxton, Ms. Estrada, Ms. Gray, Ms. Gregorey, Dr. Aldridge and Ms. Blackman. Thank you, ladies, for all that you do! 
    Optional Professional Learning Sessions – RPS staff, please see the flyer below or click here to learn about some exciting professional learning opportunities this summer. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Samara Booker at sbooker@rvaschools.net.
    RPS Literacy Institute – RPS staff, please join us for our First Annual Literacy Institute! See below for all the details and register here by July 26.
    Vaccination Events – We've partnered with the Richmond City Health District to provide COVID vaccines as well as non-COVID vaccines that are required for 7th and 12th graders. The next vaccination clinic will take place on August 5 at River City Middle School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School from noon to 2 pm. Vaccines include:
    • 7th Grade: Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV
    • 12th Grade: Meningococcal
    • Students 12 and Older: COVID-19 
    Consent forms are available from your school nurse or can be found here. You can submit your form at the vaccination sites listed above or email it to the VDH's encrypted e-mail box at richmond.immunzations@vdh.virginia.gov.
    Mobile Community Conversations – Our Mobile Community Conversations are happening all around Richmond this summer! Take a look at the flyer below to see when and where we’ll be in your neighborhood. 
    ReopenWithLove2.0 FAQs – We received lots of great questions during our Fall Reopening Community Conversations and we've turned them into a Reopen With Love 2.0 FAQ document. If you have a question that's not covered in the FAQ, please email us at enrollrps@rvaschools.net so we can include it going forward. 
    Want to Switch to In-Person Next Year? – If your family selected virtual learning for the 2021-22 school year, but you'd like to switch to in-person, no problem! Just complete the Switch Pathways Form (Formulario de Cambio de Decisión) so our Enrollment Team can make the change. For more information about the 2021-22 school year, please email us at enrollrps@rvaschools.net or call our Family Support Line at 804-780-6195.
    Important Links – Last updated on June 17, 2021.

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    COVID-19 Links
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