Preschool for 5-year-olds
Due to the effects of the pandemic on the 2020-2021 school year, the Virginia Department of Education will allow children turning 5 years-old on or before September 30, 2021 to register in Preschool for the 2021-2022 school year instead of going to Kindergarten. The purposes of this year’s exception are for children currently attending virtual preschool to stay one more year for an in-person preschool experience, and for children that did not attend preschool this year, to have the opportunity to prepare for Kindergarten.
For more information, please send an email to email@example.com.
Preschool Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is now open.
RPS Preschool offers full-day, high-quality early childhood education to eligible 3 and 4 year old children living in the City of Richmond.
Please upload pictures of child’s original birth certificate, proof of income and two proofs of address to your application. An up to date immunization record and physical (performed within the 12 months prior to the date of entrance) will be required for students to start school.
Families of children with special needs are encouraged to apply.
If you need assistance with preschool enrollment, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For assistance in English call (804) 254-6181.
Para asistencia en Español llama al (804) 254-6180.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Dear #RPSStrong Family, While we've been overjoyed to return to school despite COVID, we've also been heartbroken by another pandemic that plagues our community – gun violence. I'm devastated to share that, in the past 48 hours, five RPS students have been shot. We've also lost two students to other causes (unrelated to gun violence or COVID). These tragic events remind us of the grief and trauma that so many RPS students, families, and staff face daily. The RPS family is hurting tonight. Let us all pause this evening to check on one another, support one another, and extend grace and love to one another.
Dear #RPSStrong Family, One of the issues that came up during public comment at last night's School Board meeting was our school lunches. We heard concerns about the amount/quality of the food provided and the lack of hot meals. Before I address both of these issues, I want to thank everyone who shared feedback. Thoughtful, constructive dialogue about what's working – and what's not – is critical to our collective success and I'm deeply grateful for it. For the start of the school year, we decided against hot lunches and instead went with "grab and go" meals, as we were concerned about students bunching up in the lunch line for as much as 5 minutes, increasing the risk of transmission. We also had logistical concerns about hot lunches given that many of our schools use multiple locations for lunch (not just the lunch room) to ensure 6 feet of distancing. All that said, we do hope to eventually transition to hot meals once everyone has become accustomed to our mitigation strategies and we feel more confident in our ability to execute on the logistics. I'll also note that we have a significant number of vacancies on our food and nutrition team, which will make it difficult to provide hot meals right now. Fortunately, last night, the Board approved an increase in the hourly rate for our food and nutrition employees to help with recruitment and retention.