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2023-2024 School Calendar/Bell Schedule Update

Information on the process and final 2023-2024 School Calendar and Bell Schedule is available through the slide deck attached to this message. This information went out through a Power Announcement on May 24, 2023.

RCPS 2023-2024 School Calendar and Bell Schedule

Option 1 Bell Schedule 2023-2024 Information - The results of the School Community Bell Schedule Survey for the 2023-2024 School Year were presented at the school board meeting last night, Wednesday, May 10, 2023. The majority of the survey respondents chose Option 1 which gives McHarg Elementary and Belle Heth Elementary an early release every Thursday. This option gives Dalton Intermediate and Radford High School a traditional 7 period day each day of the week, Monday through Friday. The division is working with the middle and secondary schools regarding additional planning time and may build in an early release or a late arrival on Thursdays as this was not included in the original 7 period traditional day schedule.
RCPS continues to examine the elementary arrival times and is working to find a solution for those parents who must report to work before 8:00 am. The arrival and dismissal times of all schedules may be adjusted to allow the doors at the elementary schools to open earlier. Once we have worked through this challenge, the schedules will be made public. We appreciate your patience as we finalize those times for the 2023-2024 school year.

And, finally, the approved 2023-2024 school calendar remains in effect with no changes. While the district is studying the advantages and disadvantages of a 4-Day Weekly School Calendar, it will retain the approved 5 day a week RCPS 2023-2024 School Calendar.

School Board Listening Tour

The Radford City School Board would like to hear from our community during a School Board Listening Tour scheduled for Monday, May 15th - Thursday, May 18th. (Please click the headline to see the schedule ).

Indicator 8 Parent Survey for School Year 2022-2023

The School Year 2022-2023 Indicator 8 Parent Survey collection period is open. Due to the increased availability of technology for families, the online survey is the preferred method of survey submission. The paper format will continue to be available for families who do not have access to technology or prefer to complete and mail the paper forms.



Superintendent’s Message

Welcome back!
First and foremost, on behalf of RCPS, I would like to thank our school community for their compassion and understanding with our delay of the opening school day this school year. We are grateful for the extra time as we are doing everything we can to make our buildings and campuses welcoming and inviting to all students when they arrive for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. We certainly apologize for any inconvenience the delay in the opening of schools has caused and are eager to welcome our students when they return as follows:
Friday, August 26 – PreK, 1st and 9th only
Monday, August 29 – K, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th