2020 Virtual Reopening Plan
December 7, 2020 Update - RPS has officially announced that we will remain completely virtual for the second semester beginning on February 8, 2021. Further updates will be shared in RPS Direct and within this section of our website.
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RPS Direct Update - January 15, 2021
Dear #RPS Strong Family,I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s:
Please reach out to your primary care provider if you have any concerns, or contact the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) by calling their COVID-19 hotline: (804) 205-3501. Please also continue to wear your mask, stay physically distant, and wash your hands.Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Towards that end, we will continue to work in close collaboration with RCHD 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(PM)Dear #RPSStrong Family,Happy Friday! I have a few very important updates tonight about vaccine registration:
- Barack Obama Elementary School – 1 staff member (last there on 1/8)
- Franklin Military Academy – 1 student (not physically present this school year)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School – 1 staff member (last there on 1/11)
- Miles J. Jones Elementary School – 1 staff member (last there on 1/12)
- Thomas C. Boushall Middle School – 1 student (not physically present this school year)
- Transportation Department – 1 staff member (at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School on 1/13; at North Bus Compound and Chamberlayne Garage on 1/14)
Like all of us at RPS, our public health officials are attempting to do something that's never been done before. So many people have extended us so much grace over the past year; I humbly ask that we do the same for our colleagues at VDH and RCHD. They are literally working day and night to distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible.Speaking of our public health partners, I want to thank Ruth Morrison and LaWanda Dunn from RCHD, and Na-Keisha White, RPS Coordinator of Health Services, for joining me on a special edition of RPS Live! this afternoon to share information about the COVID-19 vaccine. If you missed the discussion, you can watch it here.Turning to Monday's celebration of Dr. King, RPS is honored to join Virginia Union University's 43rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Celebration – virtual this year – at 9 am on January 18. You can watch the program on VUU’s Facebook page or CBS6’s live stream. As a reminder, we are closed on Monday in observance of the holiday.Finally, to close out your week, please take a moment to read this wonderful article about former RPS student Sam Merkle, one of the dancers featured in "On Pointe," a new Disney+ documentary series. Many thanks to the RTD's Colleen Curran for covering this story!With great appreciation,JasonShout-outs! – Please keep sending them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
- You may have just seen a news alert that thousands of registrations for the vaccination events next week at the Richmond Raceway were cancelled. To clarify, as I understand it, the intent was only to cancel invalid registrations. The upcoming events are strictly for school, police, and fire personnel. A number of individuals outside these fields signed up. Those are the registrations that were cancelled.
- The freed up slots will be distributed by each of the localities in central Virginia. I don't have more information on how that process will work just yet. As soon as I do, I'll share it with you.
- If you were not able to register yet, I'm told there will be more opportunities with a new registration system by early February. Again, as soon as I have more details, I'll share them.
RPS en Vivo Recap – Many thanks to Matthew Stanley, RPS Director of Advocacy and Outreach, and Lyons Sanchezconha, Huguenot High School Teacher and Community Leader, for joining RPS en Vivo yesterday to discuss how we can continue to empower our students, families, and community through advocacy. If you missed the conversation, you can catch it here.Wellness Opportunities for RPS Staff – As many of you know, infusing trauma responsive practices into our schools – for both students and staff – is a key priority of our strategic plan, Dreams4RPS. One of our partners in this work is Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN). During the pandemic (and hopefully for years to come!), they've expanded their collaboration with RPS by working directly with staff, helping us all better manage stress and prioritize our own wellness. Towards that end, I’m excited to announce that SCAN is working with BareSOUL Founder Ashley Williams and other BareSOUL ambassadors to provide RPS staff with mindfulness and wellness opportunities each Monday and Wednesday, starting January 20. RPS employees, please check your email accounts for all the details!Mobile Helpdesk Update – Due to potential COVID-19 exposure, the Mobile Help Desk will be suspending services until January 25. For any technology needs, please contact email@example.com.Scholarships – The Dream Project Scholarship is awarded to immigrant students who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, community involvement, and perseverance in the face of adversity. The application closes on February 1.Dominion Energy is awarding $500,000 in scholarships in 2021 to assist African-American and underrepresented students who reside in the company’s service area. The scholarships will be the first made under the Dominion Energy Educational Equity Scholarship Program, a six-year, $10 million initiative. The application closes on January 25.Facilitated Learning Centers – As a reminder, there are still seats available at the "facilitated learning centers" serving RPS students. See below for details.
- A huge shout out goes to Sandra Griffin at G.H. Reid! Sandra clearly cares a great deal about her students, families, and colleagues, and goes the extra mile to make sure they are supported. I also appreciate her willingness to share candid feedback on ways we can improve with great humor and kindness.
- The River City Middle School Math Department volunteered this past Wednesday for the third time to pass out math books: Mrs. Murphy-Braxton, Mrs. Hussain, Mrs. Piondexter, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Boyd, and Ms. Elaine Williams.
- I'd like to shout out Chelsea Mason, flex sub at Fairfield Elementary, who has been the long-term sub for one of our first grade teachers who is on maternity leave. Ms. Mason has built relationships with students and staff, attended collaborative meetings and community circles, and so much more to provide a wonderful atmosphere for our students. She will continue to be a part of the FCES Family this school year!
- I'd like to shout out our reading coach, Charlise Wilson, reading interventionist, Darlene Mills, math coach, Joanne Grandison, and our math interventionist, Toy Parrish, at Fairfield Court, for their leadership during collaborative meetings, and for creating schedules for our tutors, reteaching and reinforcing skills with our students, and providing instructional strategies to help our scholars succeed. They are amazing thought partners and help create a culture of teaching and learning, always doing what is in the best interest of students.
- I want to send a huge shout out to the parents and staff of Maymont Preschool! Although attending preschool is not compulsory, the Maymont team has really focused on encouraging our students to attend virtual preschool everyday in order to prepare them with the necessary skills they'll need for kindergarten. I am proud to say that we met our 90% daily attendance goal on Thursday!! Special thanks to all of our families for getting up each day ready to participate and engage in the daily activities. We are truly the home of the mighty and resilient Peacocks!
- I'm sending a gigantic shout out and virtual fist bump to the SPACE and Project Impact students at Blackwell, Carver, and Fox who log in for our weekly sessions! It brings me great joy to see you all and engage in a variety of activities and virtual field trips. Your stories about what you've been up to and the creations you share when asking "Can I present my screen?" leave me chuckling and super proud of you! Thank you for keeping me grounded and on my toes during this time when we're connected only by a screen. I also must shout out a special group of 1st graders and their awesome teacher at Carver and two special students at Cary. I look forward to those "bonus" meetings and am thankful to work with you all, too!
- I would like to shout out the amazing Finance Department. Through all of this they have come in to work daily making sure that bills are paid and that all the staff continues to receive their paychecks. Thank you for your dedication and commitment. Thank you for your assistance behind the scenes making sure that RPS runs smoothly.
RPS Love Store – Show your RPS Love and help us raise money for RPS families in need and local racial justice non-profits by ordering something today from the RPS Love Store!Crisis Support – Please reach out if you need help.
- Peter Paul Development Center is running a facilitated learning center at MLK MS for 2nd-8th grade RPS students. The full-day option goes from 9 am until 6 pm, and is completely free for low-income families. To learn more, click here.
- The YMCA is is running facilitated learning centers at Miles Jones ES, Holton ES, and Huguenot HS for K-8th grade RPS students. The full-day option goes from 7:30 am until 6 pm, and is completely free for low-income families. To learn more, click here.
- There are also many other facilitated learning centers not housed in RPS schools across the city. To learn more, click here.
Important Links – I'll note in orange when there have been additions/updates so you you won't miss anything.#ReopenWithLove Links
- Mental Health – Call the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority crisis line at (804) 819-4100.
- Domestic Violence – Call the YWCA Greater Richmond regional hotline at (804) 612-6126.
- Child Abuse – Call the Virginia Child Protective Services crisis line at (800) 552-7096.
- Suicide – Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.
Local, State, and National Public Health Links
- #ReopenWithLove Section of the RPS Website
- Meal Distribution
- Tech Support
- Family Support Line (804-780-6195)
Local, State, and National Public Education Links
- Richmond City Health District
- City of Richmond COVID-19 Updates
- RVA Strong (Hub for Local Support)
- Cigna (RPS Healthcare Provider)
- Virginia Department of Health
- Virginia COVIDWISE app
- Centers for Disease Control
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