RPS Summer Learning Olympics

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Welcome to our 2021 Summer Learning Olympics! We are excited to receive your student IN PERSON this summer from July 12 - August 13. This SMORE newsletter will serve as a weekly update for families enrolled in the RPS 2021 Summer Learning Olympics. Please look out for an updated SMORE every Friday!

Important Update - J.B. Fisher Summer Families

Dear RPS Families,

We have learned that a student(s) and/or staff member(s) at J.B. Fisher has tested positive for COVID-19.

Any individuals who were in close contact, as defined by the Virginia Department of Health as within 6 feet (with or without mask) for 15 minutes or longer during a 24-hour period, have been notified directly. If you have not been contacted, your child was not in close contact and is not considered exposed.

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 if you are not vaccinated, 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 us.

Health and Safety Precautions

In order to ensure the safety of our students and staff, below are some FAQs to read prior to entering summer school.

Will staff and students be required to wear masks?

All PreK-12 students AND all staff are required to wear a mask at all times while in the school building, EXCEPT when eating. Students will be distanced to the greatest extent possible while eating and should replace masks when finished. Unvaccinated individuals must wear masks when outside at recess unless they can maintain at least six feet of distance.

Will health screenings be performed each day?

Families and students should perform a self-check at home each day before reporting to summer school using the following wellness screener. Students who exhibit any of these symptoms should stay at home.

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What happens if a student shows symptoms of an illness at school?

Students that present with signs/symptoms of infectious illness (including COVID-19) will be isolated from other students and staff in an effort to minimize transmission.The school nurse will evaluate the student in the school’s clinic. If a student displays additional symptoms, parents/caregivers will be notified to make arrangements for pick up.

RPS works in collaboration and under the direction of the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) to perform case investigation and contact tracing of all positive and probable (by test) cases of COVID-19. Plan(s) of action will vary on a case-by-case basis.


Friday, July 15, 2021 Update

Virtual Enrichment Fridays

Happy Friday! Today is our first day of virtual enrichment. We look forward to seeing you virtually this morning!

Grades 3-5 Enrichment

Students in grades 3-5 received virtual enrichment take home kits from our YMCA partners. Please follow the instructions in the kits to join this morning's virtual enrichment.

Grades PK-2 and Grades 6-8 Enrichment

Students in grades PK - 2 and grades 6-8 can select from various virtual enrichment experiences through our Next Up partners here: https://bit.ly/3xOB0jZ . All enrichments through Next Up begin at 10am but please join a few minutes before!

Reminder for Families Attending Broad Rock Elementary School

Thank you for your patience today as we welcomed students back to in-person summer school. As a reminder, Broad Rock has limited space for vehicle traffic and drop off lines may be a little longer than expected. We encourage you to let your student(s) ride the bus to and from school each day to help reduce the flow of traffic.

Mandatory Mask Wearing

To ensure the safety of our entire RPS family, all students and guardians who enter an RPS school building MUST wear a mask at all times. Parents of students who refuse to wear masks will be contacted for pick up and and families who refuse to wear masks will not be allowed to enter the building.

First Week Attendance

Registered students who do not show up to summer school by Thursday, July 15, will be removed from the summer school program. If you have a special circumstance, please contact your summer school site or summerschool@rvaschools.net.

Summer Waitlist

Families of students on the waitlist will be notified by Thursday, July 15 if a spot becomes available. Registration on the waitlist does not guarantee a spot in summer school. If you are unsure about your student's registration status, please email summerschool@rvaschools.net. Do not send your student to summer school unless you are sure they are registered.

Friday, July 9, 2021 Update

Summer Transportation

Summer school bus stops can be found at www.rvaschools.net/busstops . For questions about summer transportation, please contact 804-674-1234.

Transportation will be provided to all RPS Summer school students who attend summer school hubs for schools in their regular attendance zone. Transportation will not be provided to out-of-zone summer school students.

All PK - 2nd grade students must have a parent/guardian present at the bus stop in the evenings for students to be dropped off. If a parent/guardian is not present, PK- 2 students will not be released from the school bus.

Summer Sites/Times

Information about summer school sites can be found on the summer school website HERE. Students who need to attend a summer site hub outside of their attendance zone should contact their home school for more information.

Summer School Times

PK - 5th Grade: 9:00am -3:30pm

6th Grade - 8th Grade: 8:00am - 2:30pm

Items to Bring to Summer School

  • All students should bring their RPS student chromebook, headphones and charger to summer school each day.
  • Parents are not required to send any supplies to summer school. All summer supplies will be provided to students (notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.)
  • Breakfast and lunch are provided free of charge to all summer school students, however, students may bring their own lunches.
  • Students may bring a refillable water bottle.

Allergy/Medical Forms

Students who have a food allergies or require medication during the day must complete the following forms and bring them to summer school on the first day. Please click the links below.

RPS Medication Permission Form

Food Allergy Form

Food Allergy Form (Spanish)

Student Immunizations

All students who plan to attend IN PERSON summer school must have up-to-date immunizations. New requirements are in place as of July 1st. Please view the requirements HERE. Contact your home school to determine if RPS has appropriate documentation.

Students who do not have up-to-date immunizations will not be allowed to attend summer school.

Change of Registration Status

If you registered for the RPS 2021 Summer Learning Olympics but have now decided not to attend, please complete the form below. This will allow us to invite students who are on the waitlist.

Form: https://forms.gle/dcNRcgamUdRYELA69

Friday, June 26, 2021 Update

Summer Learning Olympics Virtual Open House

RPS hosted a series of Virtual Open houses to answer questions about the Summer Learning Olympics. Please click the link HERE to watch the recording.


Las escuelas públicas de la ciudad de Richmond desea compartir información acerca del programa escolar de las clases de verano del 2021.

En el documento compartido encontraran las fechas, horarios, detalles de transportación y programas académicos disponibles este verano según el grado escolar en el que su estudiante ha sido matriculado.

Por favor, no dude en contactar la escuela donde su estudiante asiste regularmente, para cualquier pregunta o duda que pueda tener.


RPS Live! Information Session

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Summer Contact

Please contact your home school for questions about summer school. You may also contact summerschool@rvaschools.net or campamentodeverano@rvaschools.net.