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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.

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RPS Direct Update - May 11 (PM), 2021

  • Dear #RPSStrong Family,

    Another packed one tonight!

    RPS Central Office Reopening – I'm excited to share that the RPS Central Office (all locations) will return to in-person operations on July 1. Like our schools, our offices will have a number of health and safety enhancements, including HEPA filtration units, hand sanitizer stations, mask requirements, and more. I recognize returning to in-person work may cause anxiety for some employees so please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to email me at jkamras@rvaschools.net

    Vaccine Update for Adolescents – As you have likely seen by now, the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use in children as young as 12. Here are some of the ways you can access this opportunity for your adolescents:

    • Vaccines.gov – Start by going to Vaccines.gov to find pharmacies or other providers in your area that have available Pfizer doses. You can then visit the website of individual providers or call them to find available appointment times. Check back frequently as pharmacies will add new appointments weekly.

    • Pediatricians – Several of our region’s pediatricians will begin offering the Pfizer vaccine to existing patients aged 12-15. Parents and caregivers should contact their pediatrician to find out more information about scheduling an appointment.

    • Local Health District Events – All Richmond and Henrico Health District Pfizer events are now open to children aged 12-15, either with appointments scheduled through vax.rchd.com/804-205-3501 or as walk-ups. There's a special vaccination event for RPS students aged 12 and up – staffed by RPS nurses – at George Wythe High School on Saturday, May 22, from 11 am - 3 pm. An event for the second dose will be held three weeks later at the same location.

    Note: A parent or guardian must sign a consent form for a child aged 12-15 to receive the vaccine. The form is electronic and can be signed on-site at the vaccination clinic. An adult must also accompany the child to the vaccination appointment, though it is not required that the adult be the child’s legal guardian. 

    RPS Live! – I hope you can join us for RPS Live! tonight at 7 pm on the RPS Facebook page. We'lll be discussing the facility improvements we're making to ReopenWithLove2.0. Our guests include:

    • Alana Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer
    • Mary Gresham, Manager of Custodial Services
    • Irvin Jackson, Crew Leader at Richmond Community High School
    • Shawn Moorer, Crew Leader at River City Middle School

    ReopeningWithLove2.0 East End Community Conversation – Tomorrow, May 13, from 6 pm - 7:30 pm, is the East End Community Conversation about fall reopening. Here are all the ways you can join:

    • Call-in Number: 301-715-8592
    • Zoom Meeting ID: 947-4942-5763
    • In-Person Viewing Location: Mt. Olivet Church, 1223 N 25th St

    Preschool – Just a reminder that our preschool and kindergarten enrollment is still open! Please see the flyers below for additional information.

     
    Greene ES Demolition – Remember the old Greene Elementary School? Well, it's coming down! Check out the picture below with the beautiful new Cardinal ES in the background. Next to come down is the old Mason ES. Stay tuned!
     
    Teacher Appreciation Month – Here's another Teacher Appreciation video!

    Decision Day Announcements
     – Class of 2021, please keep sharing your Decision Day news with us at outreach@rvaschools.net!

    Huguenot HS
    • Te’Vonya Jeter - Howard University
    • Elizabeth Montejo Andres - Virginia Commonwealth University

    With great appreciation,

    Jason
     
    Shout-outs! – Please keep sending them to me at jkamras@rvaschools.net!
    • I want to give our School Health Services Team a massive shout-out as we recognize National School Nurse Day. School nurses are more than just “ice, lice, and band-aids.” They are change agents that strongly advocate for the health and well-being of our students. They recognize and combat health disparities and social determinants of health. They provide connections to care as well as provide continuity of care. They treat the whole student by utilizing an evidence-based approach to address physical and mental health issues. Furthermore, they have served our students and families while navigating through a global pandemic. Thank you, RPS Health Services Staff, for all you do! 
    • In recognition of National School Nurse Day, Richmond Technical Center gives a huge shout out to our new full-time school nurse, Ms. Mya Cousins. We are so happy to have her. She has come into our family and acts like she's been with us for years. She has attended our staff meetings and given us tips on staying well during this unique time. We are enjoying her warm personality and loving spirit. Our students are sure to love her as much as we do. Kudos, Ms. Cousins. We appreciate you!!
    • We are giving a big shout out to our Health Services Team as we celebrate National School Nurse Day. Thank you to all of our nurses and nurse assistants for truly living this year's national theme of "Championing the Whole Student."
     
    Fall Reopening – Big thanks to the more than 1,000 family members and staff who have attended our reopening conversations so far. As a reminder, we'll have two options for our students in the fall: 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. To learn more about how the virtual pathway will work, click here for English and here for Spanish. 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, please let us know by June 1, 2021 by filling out the 2021-22 Virtual Enrollment Form on our website – here in English and here in Spanish. We recognize this is a big decision so don't hesitate to reach out with any and all questions.

    ReopeningWithLove2.0 Community Walks – Our Family Liaisons are out in the community sharing information about our fall reopening. Here's where they'll be this week:

    Thursday, May 13
    • East End: Mosby Court – 1543 Coalter St (9:30 am - 11 am)
    Saturday, May 15
    • Southside: Woodland Crossing Leasing Office (previously Walmsley Terrace) – 3465 Walmsley Blvd (10 am - 12 pm)
     
    Reopening Conversations for Staff – We're hosting a series of fall reopening conversations for our staff over the next couple of weeks. See the flyer below for details and register at www.rvaschools.net/staff-conversations. We hope you can join!
     
    COVID-19 Vaccine – One of the most helpful things we can do to prepare for next year is get as many people as possible vaccinated – now including students down to 12 years old! For the latest information about how and where to get vaccinated, please consult the Virginia Department of Health's website
     
    Vision Screenings – Conexus for Children’s Vision is providing free vision screenings for kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 10th grade students on Friday, May 14, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, at Huguenot High School. If you have an RPS student who is not in one of these grades, please contact your school nurse for more information. 
     
    Talent Office Updates – RPS employees, please take note of these important updates:
    • RPS Virtual Academy – If you're interested in teaching in the PK-5 RPS Virtual Academy next year, please click here to apply. The deadline to submit your application is May 21. If you have any questions, please email Meredith Hill at mhill4@rvaschools.net.
    • Transfer Process (All RPS Positions) – If you're interested in transferring to another school, please click here for instructions. All transfers must be completed no later than June 15. If you have any questions, please email the Talent Office at talentoffice@rvaschools.net.
    • Summer Session Interest Form – Finally, if you'd like to teach this summer, click here submit an interest form. The deadline to do so is May 21.
     
    Elementary Teacher Fair – Please join us next Saturday, May 15, at 9 am, for our Virtual Elementary Teacher Recruitment Fair! Check out the flyer below and register here.
     
     
    2021 Summer Session – We're excited to offer a variety of free, in-person programs for RPS students this summer! For grades PK-8, our theme is "Summer Learning Olympics," with special activities to learn about countries all over the world in celebration of the Summer Olympics in Japan. 
    The PK-8 summer program is designed for students with unfinished learning from this past year. Families of these students will receive a communication from RPS (if they haven't already) with additional information. The five-week session will run from July 12 - August 13. Please note that Monday - Thursday will be fully in-person, and Friday will consist of virtual field trips and activities.

    For high school students, we have five different pathways to meet students' unique needs. To get all the details, just click here
     
    Important Links – Last updated on April 29, 2021.

    RPS Links
    COVID-19 Links
    Crisis Support Links

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