Open Announcements

August 29, 2021

Dear Open High Family,

THANK YOU to all the volunteers who came out Saturday to help get our campus ready on one of the hottest days of the year. The results are dramatic! More dramatic changes are coming inside as well. Our HVAC system is being upgraded, and we're putting the finishing touches on the Student Lounge renovation. Thanks to Building a Better RPS and the hard work of parent Scott Garnett for making this project a reality.


Thanks also to parent Michele Cox for helping families connect for transportation. If you have a need, complete one of these forms: Willing to carpool? Need a ride? For GRTC route information visit http://ridegrtc.com/


If you missed the ReOPENing Town Hall, August 25, 2021 you can watch a recording here.


Teachers also returned last week and are busy planning for students' return to the building after almost 18 months. We are all looking forward to being back in person! Here is an outline of what students can expect the first week of school:


Wednesday, September 8

8:30 AM - 3:25 PM

All students report to Open High

Lunch provided by PTSA


Thursday, September 9

8:30 AM - 3:25 PM

All students report to Open High

Bring lunch or visit the Nutrition Nook


Friday, September 10

8:30 AM - 3:25 PM

Report to Open High or Randolph Community Center according to schedule

Bring your lunch, visit the Nutrition Nook, or enjoy lunch off campus


We will spend the first few days orienting students to Open and each other in Family groups. Read more about the Family concept in the Student/Parent Guidebook below. Don't know who your Family Head is? Just look at the top of your Student Schedule next to Homeroom.


Enjoy the last days of summer!


Joyfully,


Clary Carleton

Principal

cwashing@rvaschools.net

804-780-4661 (school phone); 804-229-9961 (work cell)

#OpenHive

#ReOpenWithLove2.0

Please visit the RPS website for general information on how we are preparing for the fall including the Family Letter & Checklist. For the very latest information from the district, subscribe to RPSDirect. Health and Safety guidelines are attached and reviewed in the following video.

RPS Health & Safety Protocols for Fall 2021

Technology

Chromebooks

Chromebooks will be distributed to students the first week of school. Some hotspots will also be made available. Students will be expected to have their chromebooks with them everyday and charged every evening.


Google Classroom

Teachers will continue to use Google Classroom to post assignments and communicate with students. Classrooms are rostered based on our Aspen management system. If there is a schedule change, there may be a lag before Classroom is updated. All students have an RPS email which is the student ID@rvaschools.net.


Cell phones

Teachers may use cell phones for instructional purposes. Otherwise phones should be turned off and out of sight. Teachers will collect cell phones to ensure that they do not become a distraction during class time. If they do become a distraction for any reason they can be confiscated and will be returned to a parent/guardian. Students may use cell phones during lunch and between classes. Parents should not call or text with students during the school day except in the event of an emergency. In that case, the school should also be notified at 804-780-4661.


Cyberbullying

If it is determined that the use of technology, and/or social media on or off school property, causes a disruption in school, the school has the authority to discipline the student. Be kind all the time.

Parent Teacher Student Association

Please join the Open High PTSA here. Next meeting is Tuesday, September 14 at 6 PM via Zoom. If you have questions about the PTSA, please contact President Pam Embrey at pjembrey@gmail.com


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Early College Academy (ECA)

If you missed the ECA Parent/Caregiver Orientation, you can view a recording here. See below for other information presented.

Remind Text Messaging

Please text @openhig to 81010 and download the Remind app to receive messages from the school. Teachers will also be able to communicate with students and parents through this app once classes are set up. In addition, our brand new website will be launched later in September and will be a repository for all things Open.