"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - June 22, 2021

    Correction* Another fabulous graduation is in the books – congratulations to the Armstrong HS Class of 2021! Many thanks to Principal Bell and his team for running a beautiful ceremony this morning (before the rain :). We'll be closing things out tomorrow with George Wythe, Franklin Military Academy*, Richmond Community, and Thomas Jefferson. See you there! Tonight's Updates: Lit Limo – Can you believe the Lit Limo connected with over 12,000 RPS students this year? Take note of the schedule below the shout-outs so we can keep everyone reading this summer! VUU Youth Entrepreneurship Summit – RPS 11th and 12th graders, Virginia Union University is holding an entrepreneurship summit on June 24-25 just for you! Check out the flyer below and sign up here.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 21, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, My apologies for coming to you later than usual tonight – we just wrapped up John Marshall's graduation ceremony at The Diamond! That was our third one of the day: this morning was Huguenot HS and this afternoon was Open HS. All three were all absolutely fantastic (see below for some pix of our valedictorians). Big shout out to Principal Gilstrap, Principal Carleton, Principal Murray, and our Chief Schools Officer, Harry Hughes, for planning and executing beautiful ceremonies! And, of course, congratulations to our amazing, pandemic-defying graduates.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 17, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: 2021 Retirees – On the last day of the school year, we're honoring staff who are retiring with 40+ years of service! Please join me in celebrating these extraordinary individuals who have dedicated their entire professional lives to RPS. We all stand on their very broad shoulders. To our retirees: we love you, we thank you, and we wish you peace, light, and fulfillment as you begin the next chapter of your lives!

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 16, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, One more day to go! Tonight's updates: 2021 Retirees – Today, we're honoring staff who are retiring with 20-39 years of service at RPS! Thank you so much for all those decades of teaching, leading, and serving with love. Tomorrow, we'll close out by honoring those with 40+ years of service! Don’t forget to send in your shout-outs for our retirees and I’ll include them in RPS Direct this week. Southside Community Hub Launch – We're excited to announce the opening of the Southside Community Hub at Cardinal Elementary School, one of several community-based locations where RPS families can get connected to any resources they need. Each hub is staffed with several Family Liaisons whose whole job is to keep our schools and families closely connected. The Liaisons working in the Cardinal Hub are bilingual and able to assist English and Spanish-speaking families.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 15, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I hope you all get a chance to enjoy the gorgeous weather this evening! Tonight's updates: 2021 Retirees – Today, we're honoring educators who are retiring with 10-19 years of service at RPS. Thank you so much for teaching, leading, and serving with love for over a decade! Tomorrow, we’ll share the names of those who are retiring with 20-39 years of service, and we'll cap the week off honoring those with 40+ years of service! Don’t forget to send in your shout-outs for our retirees and I’ll include them in RPS Direct this week.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 14, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy last week of school! As a reminder, our last day is Thursday, June 17. We'll be completely closed on Friday, June 18, in observance of Juneteenth. Tonight's updates: 2021 Retirees – This week, we're celebrating members of the RPS family who are retiring! We're kicking things off with retirees who have 5 or more years of service with RPS (in addition to many years in other divisions). Tomorrow, we'll honor those with 10+ years, Wednesday will be 20+ years, and Thursday will be 40+ years! Please also send in shout-outs for our retirees so we can honor them all week long. Thank you!

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 10 (PM), 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: RPS Live! Recap – A huge thank you to our 2021 Valedictorians for sharing their experiences and wisdom on RPS Live! yesterday. If you missed this episode, I strongly encourage you to check it out. It'll put a huge smile on your face and give you enormous hope for the future!Fall Reopening Community Conversations – The next round of our Regional Community Conversations begins this Sunday with our North Side community! We'll have doctors from the Children's Hospital of Richmond as well as some of our student leaders to discuss fall reopening. Check out the flyers below or visit www.rvaschools.net/conversations for meeting times and login information.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 10, 2021

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Linwood Holton Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) 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 and stay physically distant if you are not vaccinated, and wash your hands.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 9, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Please stay safe everyone, and avoid driving if at all possible, as the Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 7:45 pm. Tonight's updates: RPS Live! – Don't miss this evening's episode, which will feature our 2021 Valedictorians! As always, we'll kick things off at 7 pm on the RPS Facebook page. Scholastic Standout Award Ceremony – Please join us tomorrow, June 10, at 6 pm, to watch our 2021 Scholastic Standout Award Ceremony. It will be livestreamed on the RPS YouTube page, and also available as a video on the RPS Facebook page and the RPS en Español Facebook page.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 8 (PM), 2021

    Español | Français | العربية | Kinyarwanda | Kiswahili Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn YouTube Tuesday (PM), June 8, 2021 Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: RPS Live! – Don't miss tomorrow's episode of RPS Live!, which will feature our 2021 Valedictorians! As always, we'll kick things off at 7 pm on the RPS Facebook page. I also want to take this opportunity to give a huge shout-out to Stefanie Ramsey for taking the amazing valedictorian and salutatorian portraits! Every year she meets with each student for an individual photo shoot and then edits all the images on her own. These beautiful portraits are used on our website and social media accounts, and they're showcased on the 17th Floor of City Hall. Thank you, Stefanie!

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 8, 2021

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: River City Middle School - 1 student (last at Huguenot High School on 6/7) 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 and stay physically distant if you are not vaccinated, and wash your hands.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 7 (PM), 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, It's hard to believe, but we're down to two weeks left of this once-in-a-lifetime year. Let's finish strong, everyone! Tonight's updates: Valedictorians and Salutatorians – I'm thrilled to announce our 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorians! Please join me in congratulating these phenomenal students. Achieving this level of success under normal circumstances is extraordinary; to do so amidst COVID-19 is simply stunning! To our Vals/Sals: We're incredibly proud of you and thrilled to celebrate you, your families, and your teachers at graduation. Most of all, we can't wait to see all the amazing things you're going to do to make the world a brighter, more peaceful, and more just place. Congratulations!

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 7, 2021

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: G.H. Reid Elementary School - 1 student (not physically present this school year) 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.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 4, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Tonight's Updates: This Week's Fall Reopening "See It to Believe It" Installment – All of our custodians recently received hands-on training for new equipment that will help us keep our buildings clean and healthy for students and staff. The equipment included: Ride-on and Walk-behind Scrubbers - As previously shared, the scrubbers will allow custodians to safely and more efficiently clean floors, freeing them up to focus on other COVID-19 cleaning protocols. HEPA Vacuum Cleaners - These vacuum cleaners help reduce dust, allergens, and other particulates, improving air quality for students and staff. Kaivac No-Touch Bathroom Cleaning Machines - These machines combine an indoor pressure washer, chemical injection, and a wet vacuum into a single space-efficient platform. The results are sparkling clean bathrooms without ever touching a contaminated surface. Propane Burnishers – These are floor polishing devices powered by propane. They're designed to rotate at speeds in excess of 1200-1800 RPM to seal wax to the floor, creating a shiny, brand new look.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 3, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Watch out for the storms this evening and please stay safe! Tonight's updates: Graduation Ceremony Changes – Given new guidance from the CDC and the Governor's Office, we're thrilled to announce that each senior will now receive 8 tickets for graduation! In addition, per the new guidance, please note that we will no longer be requiring physical distancing and that masks will only be required for individuals who have not been vaccinated. Thank you for your grace and understanding as we continue to respond to the evolving guidance from our healthcare officials. See you soon at The Diamond!

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  • RPS Direct Update (PM) - June 2, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Don't forget to catch RPS Live! at 7 pm tonight on the RPS Facebook page. We have a great episode lined up about Pride Month at RPS. Hope you can join! Tonight's updates: Family Survey – As we prepare to #ReopenWithLove2.0 this fall, we'd like to hear from our families! We want to know what's working and what's not so we can continue to improve as a division. Please complete this short and confidential Family Survey one time for each of your students enrolled in RPS. When you click on the link, you'll be prompted to choose English or Spanish. Thank you! Meal Distribution Update – From Monday, June 7, through Thursday, June 17 (the last day of school), RPS meal distribution bus routes will only run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 2, 2021

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share the following COVID-19 positive test result/s: Barack Obama Elementary School - 4 students (not physically present this school year) Franklin Military Academy - 1 student (not physically present this school year) 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

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 1, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I hope you all had a peaceful weekend and found your own personal way to honor those who have fallen in defense of our country. Yesterday, The Washington Post ran a very interesting piece about the history of Memorial Day that's well worth the read. Tonight's updates: 2021 Scholastic Standouts – Congratulations to the 2021 RPS Scholastic Standouts! For the uninitiated, this is one of the most prestigious student awards in RPS. Every elementary school selects one 5th grader, every middle school selects one 8th grader, and every high school selects one senior based on academics, social-emotional leadership, and attendance. Inspired by John Templeton, a former editor at the Richmond Afro-American newspaper, the Scholastic Standout program has recognized over 1,600 RPS students since its inception in 1981. This year's virtual recognition ceremony will be streamed on the RPS Facebook, RPS en Español (in Spanish), and RPS YouTube pages starting at 6 pm on Thursday, June 10. Please join us to help celebrate these extraordinary RPS students!

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  • RPS Direct Update - May 28, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a peaceful, restful, and reflective Memorial Day weekend. One logistical note: since we're completely closed on Monday, May 31, my next RPS Direct will be on Tuesday, June 1. Tonight's updates: Fall Virtual Option Deadline – The deadline to select the virtual option for this fall is Tuesday, June 1. To register, click here for English and here for Spanish. Weekly "See It to Believe It" Fall Reopening Update – This week's update features the Webasto Air Filtration System, which is being installed on every RPS bus. As air cycles through the system, HEPA filters remove 99.9% of airborne particles, bringing clean, fresh air back into the bus for our students and drivers. We also have new electrostatic sprayers to disinfect our buses each day. Floyd Miles, our Director of Transportation, provides a demonstration in the video below. Take a look!

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  • RPS Direct Update (PM) May 27, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: Very Important Deadlines – Please note the fast-approaching deadlines below: Summer School – TOMORROW, May 28, is the deadline to sign up for summer school if your student is in preschool, elementary school, or middle school. June 23 is the registration deadline for high schoolers. Please visit www.rvaschools.net/summerschool to enroll. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at summerschool@rvaschools.net. Fall Virtual Option – The deadline to select the virtual option for this fall is Tuesday, June 1. To register, click here for English and here for Spanish. RPS Live! Recap – A huge thank you to Tracy Epp, Imani Hill, Gloria Keating, and Marie LaMonica-Sarro for joining RPS Live! yesterday to discuss RPS preschool and the virtual academy option for next year.

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