News from RMS

August 20, 2021

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Virtual Curriculum Night

This year, Curriculum Night will be held virtually using Zoom. Your student's teachers will email and post a link to their Zoom sessions so you can join. We look forward to 'seeing' you on Thursday, August 2 at 6 PM! Please look for more information a few days prior to Curriculum Night.

Students with any type of sickness symptoms are not permitted to come to school

This is an important reminder that students who have any type of sickness symptoms (cold, runny nose, fever, nausea, stomach issues, headaches, body aches, etc.) are not permitted to come to school. These are the same guidelines from last school year. In addition, if you are waiting results from a COVID test, please wait for the results of the test before you return to school.

These important GCPS precautions are for the daily health and safety of our students and staff.

Thank you for your support in this important matter!

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Bus Information

Our afternoon bus dismissal has been much later than in previous years. Unfortunately, our district has a shortage of bus drivers. Until this situation is corrected, five of our drivers take one group of students home and come back to the school a second time to pick up a second group of students. We are working hard to help the drivers leave Richards as quickly as possible.

We know that this is a tremendous inconvenience to you. If you know anyone that is interested in applying for a bus driver position in our area, please direct them to the district website to reach the Transportation Department Applications.

Important Reminder about Electronics

RMS has a NO VISIBILITY policy for cell phones, headphones, and ear buds. These items should NOT be used while on school property unless a teacher or administrator has given the student permission. Please talk with your student and make they understand this rule.

Dress Code

If you have not already, please take a few minutes to view our RMS Student Handbook and the RMS Student Dress Code. Be sure to discuss the Dress Code with your student and ensure their clothes are within the Dress Code.

RMS Intramurals

It's time for Intramurals at RMS! The program will start the week of August 23 and will run every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. We will rotate through basketball, flag football, volleyball, and soccer. The hours will be from 7:15-a.m – 8:55 a.m.

Click the link for more info and for the permission form!


All students must have current immunizations to attend school. The GA Department of Public Health requires that all students enrolled, including students who are attending as digital learners have a current GA Form #3231 Certificate of Immunization. Vaccinations and certificates of immunization can be obtained from your private physician or at the following local health department office. The Lawrenceville Health Center is the closest one to Richards MS.

Lawrenceville Health Center:

455 Grayson Highway, Suite 300

Lawrenceville, GA 30046 Suite 300


Relay for Life

If you would like to donate to or sign up for the RMS Relay for Life team, please visit My Payments Plus!

StudentVue App

If your student has not year downloaded the StudentVue app, please take a few minutes this weekend to do so! With the StudentVue app, students and parents can see their grades, attendance, messages from teachers, and also view their Titan Tokens!

Click here for directions!

Open House Forms

If you have NOT yet accessed and digitally signed your child's Open House forms (Clinic Card, GCPS Handbook, etc.), you may do so on My Payments Plus.

To access your student's Open House forms, please click here to go to MyPaymentsPlus.

If you have not yet created a My Payments Plus account or need help with My Payments plus, please click here for GCPS help documents: My Payments Plus Help Documents.

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Information Update!

We want to be able to reach you in case of an emergency!

Click here to access the parent portal so you can update your information. Know someone whose information has changed? Please send them this information and ask them to contact the school!

Free and Reduced Lunch

Please apply! Information about beginning of the year and how to apply can be found here. Remember, you need to reapply every school year in order to keep receiving assistance.

Safety Reminders

In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, please remember these four things we expect our students to do to help:

  • Masks -- Masks are required in all GCPS facilities.
  • Practice Hand Hygiene -- Students will be given opportunities to wash their hands and should do so at these times. Additionally, each classroom will have hand sanitizer available for student use.
  • Maintain Physical Distancing -- Follow your teacher's guidelines for walking in the hallway; stay to the right and walk in a line.
  • Stay Home When Sick -- It's important for students to stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms, if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or have tested positive.

Throughout the day, students and teachers will clean work areas to avoid spreading the virus.

Richards Middle is working hard every day to ensure the safety of everyone in our building.