RPS is excited to partner with the media to highlight the great things happening throughout the division. We look forward to inviting you into our schools and sharing stories of our students and staff that inspire, uplift, and unite the RPS community.
In order to best support you, all media requests will be streamlined through the Office of Engagement. To help facilitate these requests, we ask the media to adhere to the following guidelines and procedures:
POINT OF CONTACT FOR RPS MEDIA RELATIONS
All media inquiries and interview requests should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests should be directed to email@example.com.
ACCESS TO SCHOOLS
Due to COVID precautions, RPS is currently limiting media access in our schools while students are in the building. Media are permitted to film outside of schools and inside schools outside of normal school hours. All media visits must be cleared by the Office of Engagement prior to arrival. Once the visit has been approved, media representatives are required to check-in at the front office.
PHOTOGRAPHING, VIDEOTAPING, OR INTERVIEWING STUDENTS
RPS operates in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This law allows students and parents to opt-out of the release of certain information about students including photographs and video. The Office of Engagement will work with each school to determine who cannot be photographed and interviewed according to FERPA guidelines. Please check with the Media Relations team before taking photos, video, or conducting interviews with students.
The following individuals are the designated spokespersons for Richmond Public Schools:
Jason Kamras, Superintendent
Dr. Shadae Harris, Chief Engagement Officer
Michelle Hudacsko, Chief of Staff
Matthew Stanley, Director, Advocacy & Outreach
Sarah Abubaker, Associate Director, Advocacy & Outreach