Dear Parents or Guardians,
Welcome to the start of the 2020–2021 school year, new and returning Titans! First, I would like to say that I have missed each and every one of you. I hope you have had a fun and safe summer. As you’ll know this year’s instruction will be delivered virtually. With that being said, we are more than ever committed to providing the best education as possible to our amazing students. The instruction will be robust and engaging, with blended learning. In addition, he will continue to support the physical and mental wellness of our students, through our school counselors, social worker, CIS, and the RPS Engagement Office. However, we can’t do it alone, it will take a collaborative effort from students, parents, teachers, and the community to have a successful school year.
RPS will be providing updates through Superintendent’s Kamras Direct Newsletters, please subscribe by email. You can find this information on the RPS homepage website.
The first day of school will be September 8, 2021. The school hours are from 9:15am – 4:20pm. Additional information can be found on our school website and our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
There is doubt that this will be a challenging school year, but I know we are up to the challenge. We will meet each challenge head on, with love and grace. Our teachers are diligently working to create a challenging and rewarding learning experience, in which all students can be successful.
We encourage and invite parents to be active participants in their child’s virtual learning experience. Without the support and involvement from parents and families, we would not be able to achieve our goals. Working together will build a sense of school community.
Our virtual open house will take place on Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm, for 6th graders and 6:00pm -7:00pm. Additional information will be forthcoming.
Thank you for entrusting us with your wonderful child(ren). I hope that you find your experience at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle very valuable and rewarding. I look forward to working with you and your child(ren) this school year.
Mrs. Inett Dabney, Principal
#ReopenWithLove - For the latest information on fall reopening plans and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution, technology distribution, school supply kit distribution, and other critical information.
Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helplne at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.
New Student Enrollment - RPS is enrolling all new students for the 2020-2021 school year! Head to the Enroll RPS portal for more info & online enrollment. Contact your zone school if an appointment is needed for in-person support. Note - this process is NOT for transfers within the RPS system (i.e., students moving to a new school because of zoning changes or a change of address). If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, I'd like to begin this evening by acknowledging the pain coursing through our community yet again in the wake of the decision yesterday by a Kentucky grand jury not to charge any of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor with homicide or manslaughter. Outcomes like this only tear at the unhealed wounds borne by so many within the RPS family. Please check on your colleagues, friends, and loved ones this evening. Please recognize that they may need extra time and space to process this latest injustice. And please be there for them, in whatever capacity they need. Thank you. I also want to take a moment tonight to express my profound gratitude to Karla Ramos (Manager, Office of Multicultural Affairs for the City of Richmond), Fernando Rodriguez (Communications Director, Richmond & Henrico Health Districts), Jannette Duhart (RPS Bilingual and EL Coordinator), and Yahusef Medina (RPS Bilingual Family Liaison) for a candid, insightful, and educational discussion on RPS Live! yesterday about the Hispanic/Latin-American/Latino/a/x community in Richmond and RPS. A big thank you as well to Carlos Hernandez, our interpreter for the evening. If you missed this episode, I strongly encourage you to check it out here. With great appreciation, Jason
Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share that an RPS employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is a staff member at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School and was last at the school on 9-3. At the direction of the Richmond City Health Department (RCHD), we encourage anyone who was present at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School on the date listed above to monitor their symptoms and reach out to their primary care provider if they have any concerns. Individuals can also contact RCHD’s COVID-19 hotline at (804) 205-3501. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. We will continue to work in close collaboration with the Richmond City Health District to ensure the well-being of the entire RPS community. If you have any questions, as always, please don't hesitate to contact me. Best, Jason