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May 28, 2020
 

Please review the RCPS updates below and contact a central office/building administrator if you have any questions or concerns.

    • Continuity of Learning- The last day for students to access the RCPS COL to increase grades is Friday, May 29, unless you have an extenuating circumstance to ask for an extension. If this is the case, please contact your child or children's building administrator to request an extension. We have decided to leave the RCPS COL site up during the summer in case our students and families want to access it. Even though we won't provide feedback or check for completion of assignments, we feel like it is a wonderful RCPS resource for our community to use.
    • Food Distribution- Due to the MES project and move to BHES, we have had to move our Food Distribution site to RHS. If you are a community member who has been coming by MES and BHES to pick up breakfasts/lunches, you will now need to come to RHS beginning Monday, June 1. Bus deliveries will remain the same! I am thrilled to let you know that we will be adding a dinner to our food distribution delivery also beginning Monday, June 1. Directions will be included with the frozen dinner package. Please contact Connie Wood if you have questions (cwood@rcps.org).
    • 20-21 School Calendar - Not much information here. Scenarios include beginning early summer, late summer, early fall, late fall or even after the New Year. All scenarios include a fully virtual, blended or face-face possibility. More information to come as guidance from the VDOE and VDHD is provided.
    • 20-21 Student Registration- The returning student registration for school year 20-21 has opened early this year as it normally opens in August.  It’s important for parents to update student contact information yearly. The RCPS alert system relies on this information.  If it’s not correct, parents will not receive messages from the division or school. The Returning Student Registration for 20/21 link can be found by logging into the Parent Portal, second to the last link in the menu bar on the left.  Each school will send more information to parents regarding the registration process in the near future, but parents are encouraged to complete it as soon as they can.  If you have questions or need assistance with completing the Returning Student Registration for 20/21 please contact the office manager at your child's school.  
    • Summer Remediation- The RCPS summer remediation program will begin Tuesday, June 9. These sessions will be dedicated to McHarg and Belle Heth students as there was not enough interest at Dalton Intermediate or Radford High School.  Those students and families who have signed up to participate will receive a phone call or email from a RCPS staff member next week with more details (days, times, focus, etc) of the program. If you have signed up and you do not receive a phone call or email, please contact BHES at 731-3653.
    • Schools Open For Visitors- All RCPS Schools and Central Office will reopen for visitors by appointment beginning June 1. Beginning Monday, June 1, All RCPS schools and the Central Office will be open from 9:00am-3:00pm Monday through Thursday. Visitors should call ahead to schedule an appointment in order to avoid having too many visitors in the schools or Central Office at the same time. Visitors must follow Virginia Department of Health and CDC guidelines on wearing face coverings and social distancing.
    • Shred-A-Thon-  Please review the following attachment Shred-A-Thon Flyer (RCPS) (1).pdf regarding a Shred-A-Thon scheduled at McHarg Elementary on May 29 from 10am-2pm. Please know that social distancing requirements will be enforced during the entire Shred-A-Thon event. People will need to stay in their vehicle and have documents to shred in the trunk of their car. There is also a limit as to how much the truck can hold.  When the truck is full the event will end so come early. 
    • Graduation- As of today, graduation 2020 at RHS is a semi-formal, social distancing format and still scheduled for June 26 at 9:00 am as long as we move to Phase 2 of the reopening of VA. Please keep your fingers' crossed.

 

May 21, 2020
 

Please review the updates below and contact a building or central office administrator if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Radford Drug, located on West Main Street, have joined the many school community members and businesses who are recognizing and honoring the RHS Class of 2020. All Bobcats seniors are invited to come to Radford Drug to pick up a Bobcat Stadium Cup which they can use to fill up multiple times with Radford Drug fountain drinks for free. This recognition of the Bobcat Seniors will run through July. Thank you so much Scott Armentrout and Radford Drug!
  • Please remember that preschool and kindergarten registration is still open and can be found at this link Preschool application and Kinder registration.pdf. Also a reminder that physical examination and immunization requirements for all first time school enrollment and any student enrolling in kindergarten remain unchanged for the 2020/2021 school year.  A copy of a comprehensive physical exam or school entrance health form from a qualified licensed provider is required within 12 months prior to the start of school. Documentation indicating that the child has received the required immunizations for kindergarten, 6th and 7th grade must be provided. A copy of these may be faxed or dropped off to Belle Heth Elementary school.
  • When you have time, please visit the new webpage on the RCPS website outlining the progress of the McHarg Project McHarg Renovation/Addition Information – McHarg Project.

 

May 20, 2020
 

Please review the RCPS updates for this week and contact a building or central office administrator if you have questions or concerns. 

  • RCPS is exploring the option of offering small group, face-to-face tutoring for students in the areas of Reading and Math during the months of June and July.  RCPS will follow CDC recommendations and advice from the New River Valley’s Health District physician and local government, police and fire department.  RCPS will abide by CDC recommendations regarding the gradual reopening.  Most of these can be found at the following websites:  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-schools.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/images/social-media-toolkit/COVID-19_FaceCovering-1080x1080_4.jpg

Participating students will be placed in small groups of 5-6 children.  RCPS will work hard to keep the teacher/student groups the same each tutoring session so as to decrease the amount of person to person contact. RCPS will not offer meals to students during student tutoring as the RCPS Food Distribution program will be assisting families on a weekly basis during June and July. If you are interested in registering your child for summer tutoring sessions, please fill out the survey below.  You can also access the survey to notify RCPS as to why you are declining the small group tutoring option. If you have difficulty accessing the survey contact Libby Williams at 540-731-3647 and she can provide you support.  This survey will be open for a limited amount of time. Please complete it as soon as possible if you are interested in this opportunity.

Student Tutoring Survey

  • Please review the following P-EBT Media Release snp-memo-2019-2020-46a-pebt-media-release May 12, 2020.pdf. This is the same release that was in last week's PA update.
  • Monday will be a holiday for all RCPS employees except for those working the Monday Food Distribution Program. Again, we will be delivering food on Memorial Day Monday with a special treat....ICE CREAM! There is nothing better on Memorial Day than a cup of cold ICE CREAM! We hope you enjoy this special food delivery treat!
  • The Continuity of Learning (COL) is coming to a close soon so please take advantage of this program to raise your yearly grades. Seniors last day to access the RCPS COL will be this Friday, May 22 (which was previously scheduled to be our graduation day). Everybody else will have until Friday, May 29 (which was scheduled to be the last day of the 19-20 school year). Please know that we understand the anxiety and stress we all have experienced during the mandatory school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, students/parents/guardians who have not been able to access the COL or have had difficulty completing COL activities are encouraged to contact their building administrator in order to try and resolve this issue.
  • On behalf of RCPS, I would like to send a special congratulations to  Ms. Jenny Riffe and Dr. Jody Ray who were recently elected to serve on the RCPS school board beginning July 1, 2020. We look forward to having you on our team!

 

May 14, 2020
 

Please review the following updates and contact a building/central office administrator if you have questions or concerns.

  1. Please review the following attachment regarding a Shred-A-Thon scheduled at McHarg Elementary on May 29 from 10am-2pmShred-A-Thon Flyer (RCPS).pdf. Please know that social distancing requirements will be enforced during the entire Shred-A-Thon event.
  2. Please review the attached media release regarding P-EBT information and contact Connie Wood, School Nutrition Director - cwood@rcps.org, if you have questions or concerns snp-memo-2019-2020-46a-pebt-media-release May 12, 2020.pdf .
  3. Graduation is still scheduled for Friday, June 26 in a semi-formal setting at RHS football stadium. We do have alternative options if we are still in phase one of opening Virginia at that time. All of the senior banners should be up by tomorrow afternoon. If you haven't done so, please go take a look at them. They are located on West Main Street between Wadsworth and Robertson Street. They are spectacular.
  4. Please review the Peaceline Wellness Check - https://youtu.be/TEVBdh_yKqQ and self-care guide worksheet. I found this to be a valuable resource.
  5. The Food Distribution Program is remaining strong. In fact, we are looking at providing a dinner opportunity in the near future. More details to come.
  6. We only have a little over a week left with our COL instruction. Please encourage your child(ren) to take advantage of these learning opportunities to increase his/her/their final yearly grade.
May 6, 2020
 

Please see the updates below and contact a building or central office administrator if you have questions or concerns.

 

    • Please see the attached document regarding Pandemic EBT cards. If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Ms. Connie Wood, School Nutrition Director, via email at cwood@rcps.org.
    • The School Board intends to conduct its regularly scheduled monthly board meeting on May 12, 2020 at the School Administration Building. A copy of the agenda can be seen at rcps.org.  It was posted today, May 6, 2020. Because the CDC has recommended that all citizens avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people, the Board urges the public to follow this public health recommendation and avoid in person attendance. The Board meeting will be live streamed on https://youtu.be/5mgAck92ji4, and The Board intends to limit in-person attendance to the following: Superintendent Rob Graham, Assistant Superintendent Ellen Denny, CFO Kerri Long, and Board members Lee Slusher (Chairperson), Liz Altieri (Vice-Chairperson), Lynn Burris (Board Member), Joe Hester (Board Member), and Adam DeVries (Board Member). The community is invited to send comments and concerns regarding Radford City School matters to Kerri Long (klong@rcps.org) and Rob Graham (rgraham@rcps.org)  who will share them with all board members.
    • The returning student registration for school year 20-21 has opened early this year as it normally opens in August.  It’s important for parents to update student contact information yearly.  This information is also used by the alert system.  If it’s not correct, parents will not receive messages from the division or school.  The Returning Student Registration for 20/21link can be found by logging into the Parent Portal, second to the last link in the menu bar on the left.  Each school will send more information to parents regarding the registration process in the near future. Please understand that this is different than the course registration information that was sent out last week.
    • Seniors- Please see the attached letter sent by Glenn Dubois, Chancellor of The Virginia Community College System DuBois Letter to Parents of the Class of 2020 05.04.20 FINAL.pdf. Also, the senior graduation banners are set to be displayed next week on the light poles on West Main Street from approximately the new Dawg House Restaurant area to Robertson Street. Please be patient with the installation of the senior graduation banners as there are 120 that the City must display. Many thanks to Radford City, Ballpark Signs and Radford City School Board for helping us recognize this fabulous class of seniors! At this point, we still have graduation scheduled for June 26 at some point in the morning. We are hoping to be able to have a semi-regular ceremony, but it all depends on the information we receive from the Governor in the near future.  The rain make-up date is July 3. 

 

 
April 30, 2020
 

Please review the information below and contact a building or central office administrator if you have any questions or concerns.

    • RHS Graduation and Senior Recognition Details- With feedback from our senior class officers, we have decided to reschedule graduation to Friday, June 26 at Bobcat Stadium (rain date is July 3), pending the lifting of stay at home orders and social distancing requirements. We have not decided on a time, but should have that information in the very near future. If social distancing and stay at home orders remain in place throughout June and into the first part of July, we do have a virtual graduation option that we will share with you after June 10. We now have senior yard signs and t-shirts at RHS. Mr. Smith will be sending out details on the pickup of these items this afternoon. We also are about a week away from receiving our senior banners and hope to have them hung throughout the City by the second or third week of May. Please know how appreciative we are to Radford City, Ballpark Signs and Eleven West for partnering with us to help us support our seniors during these challenging times (pictures of the senior items are attached). Many of you have probably seen the senior tribute from the staff at BHES . If you haven't, here is the link for you to watch it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5fI9tIKMAo.
        • Please see the attached document for details on how to register for preschool and kindergarten at McHarg Elementary.
        • Students attending Dalton Intermediate and Radford High School during the 2020-2021 school year can find course registration information through the following sites:

      Dalton Intermediate: 

        • DIS Course Selection Guides
        • DIS Explanation of Courses- refer to the tabs at the top right for specific course information.
        • Google Registration Form - These have been sent to students in 6th and 7th grade through their school email.  You may only submit the google form once so please review all information before sending in your form. 

      Radford High School:

        • RHS Course Selection Guides
        • RHS Explanation of Courses- refer to the tabs at the top right for specific course information.
        • Google Registration Form - These have been sent to students in 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade through their school email.  You may only submit the google form once so please review all information before sending in your form. 
    • We have planned for 5 scenarios regarding the 20-21 school calendar. Once we know more from the Governor about when he feels like it will be safe to open schools, we will share the appropriate scenario (calendar) with you.  Thank you to all families who completed the Parent Continuity of Learning survey for your child's school.  Those surveys can still be accessed through RCPS social media sites.
    • The McHarg Project continues to move forward. The modular units are at BHES and will begin installation starting this Monday. We hope to have the certificate of occupancy by May 15. MES and BHES staff members have started packing and hope to have everything moved to Belle Heth sometime during the first week of June. The bid announcement for the abatement and hazardous waste removal will be posted on Sunday.
    • RYAP is supporting an art contest for all JDIS and RHS students. Please see the attached flyer for more details on the contest.
April 22, 2020
 

Please review the following updates below and contact a building or central office administrator if you have questions or concerns:

    • RCPS wishes to get your feedback regarding the assignments and virtual learning opportunities that you and your child have accessed through the Continuity of Learning. Please fill out a survey for each school that you have children enrolled. The information will help RCPS strengthen it's online approach to learning and your feedback is most appreciated. In addition there are 2 calendar questions. We have not been told when the schools can reopen but to help us in future planning when that announcement is made we would like your input on start and end dates as well as traditional holidays. The survey links for each school are below:

McHarg Elementary - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C6FCRJG

Belle Heth Elementary - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CZW3B5Q -

Dalton Intermediate - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JKGMXN6

Radford High School’ - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J8P3G9R

    • With the help of local officials, schools, and libraries across Virginia, the Commonwealth Connect team and Virginia Tech have developed an interactive map of free, publicly available wifi hotspots that Virginians can access from a vehicle. Updates will be done weekly as we receive new locations.  Virginia Wifi Hotspot Map
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Please review this contest opportunity - 

KAINE ANNOUNCES ‘EVERYBODY’S THE GRADUATION SPEAKER’ VIDEO CONTEST FOR VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

Watch his video announcing the contest here.

 
 

 

April 16, 2020
 

Hope everyone is safe and well!. Please review the following updates below and contact a building/central office administrator if you have questions or concerns.

    • Good news on the McHarg Project front! City Council approved us to move forward to receive bids for the abatement/hazardous waste removal and construction (Thank You City Council and Mr. Ridpath).We are hoping to have abatement/hazardous waste bids by late May or early June and construction bids by late July or early August with plans to break ground (pending bid estimates) by mid to late August.
    • If you have driven by Belle Heth, you will notice that 9 of the Mobile Modular Classrooms have arrived. Three more will be delivered tomorrow with an anticipated date of occupancy scheduled for May 15.
    • With City Council's approval to move forward with the McHarg project, we need to begin the transition process for moving at both Belle Heth and McHarg. We will adhere to the following schedule.

Thursday (16th) - Belle Heth custodians will move left over student belongings to the cafeteria.

Tuesday (21st) - Belle Heth students can come by school and pick up belongings between 7:30 am and 2:00 pm.  This will be a curbside event where personnel will bring items out. The number of people working the event will not exceed 3 total.  

Tuesday (21st) - McHarg custodians will move left over student belongings to the cafeteria.

Thursday (23rd) - McHarg students can come by school and pick up belongings between 7:30 am and 2:00 pm.  This will be a curbside event where personnel will bring items out. The number of people working the event will not exceed 3 total. 

Friday (24th and beyond) - Schools will schedule less than 8 teachers a day to begin packing up their rooms. Principals will work on that schedule and send it to their staff.

Mid-May - Belle Heth Staff will move into new rooms in Belle Heth and into the modular classrooms.

Late May - SWVA Moving Company and McHarg staff will move into Belle Heth.  McHarg Preschool will move into Grove United Methodist Church.

Rules around teachers being in the building:

      • Masks must be worn in public areas of the building (not in your classroom with door shut).
      • Only in special circumstances and with permission from the building administrator, a teacher may bring one family member.  
      • No congregating in groups.
      • If you need access to the office, you must call the building admin to leave your room.
      • When possible, come in the back door.
      • Remember social distancing while parking. 
      • Notify the building admin when you leave the building.
      • Secure all doors when you have left, including classroom and exterior if a building admin is not present.
    • Be on the lookout in the next week or so,  for a survey regarding the 20-21 school calendar.  Although we already had an approved calendar we now must make revisions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Calendar revisions will be made to respond to the academic needs of our students and we value your input.

 

April 13, 2020
 

I hope our school community enjoyed a safe and peaceful holiday weekend with their family and friends. Please review the updates below and contact a building or central office administrator if you have any questions or concerns.

    • A joint City Council/School Board virtual meeting has been scheduled for today, April 13 at 4:00 to discuss the McHarg Renovation and Addition Project. The meeting can be found by clicking on the following link - https://www.facebook.com/Radford-City-Government-301072910338/.
    • The School Board intends to conduct its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday,  April 14, 2020 at the School Administration Building at 4:00pm. A copy of the agenda can be seen at rcps.org.  It was posted last Thursday, April 9, 2020. Because the CDC has recommended that all citizens avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people, the Board urges the public to follow this public health recommendation and avoid in person attendance. The Board meeting will be live streamed at  https://youtu.be/AWGV0zNQFmkand the Board intends to limit in-person attendance to the following: Superintendent Rob Graham, Assistant Superintendent Ellen Denny, CFO Kerri Long, Director of Technology Stacey Howard and Board members Lee Slusher (Chairperson), Liz Altieri (Vice-Chairperson), Lynn Burris (Board Member), Joe Hester (Board Member), and Adam DeVries (Board Member). The community is invited to send comments and concerns regarding Radford City School matters to Kerri Long (klong@rcps.org) and Rob Graham (rgraham@rcps.org)  who will share them with all board members.
    • Last week, Ms. Denny and I visited with our top two senior class officers, President Jon Woods and Vice-President Sophie Graham. The discussion can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx4Y1l1iOpEand includes information on recognizing seniors, graduation, prom, etc. There is also a visiting guest who dropped by to check in on the senior class!
    • Please see the attached letter from Madam Board Chair Lee Slusher. Please know how grateful I am to have such a supportive school board during these difficult and challenging times.

Have a safe week!

 

April 9, 2020
 

Please see the updated information below and contact a building or central office administrator if you have questions or concerns.

    • A joint City Council/School Board virtual meeting has been scheduled for Monday, April 13 at 4:00 to discuss the McHarg Renovation and Addition Project. The meeting can be found by clicking on the following link - https://www.facebook.com/Radford-City-Government-301072910338/.
    • The School Board intends to conduct its regularly scheduled meeting on April 14, 2020 at the School Administration Building. A copy of the agenda can be seen at rcps.org.  It was posted today, April 9, 2020. Because the CDC has recommended that all citizens avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people, the Board urges the public to follow this public health recommendation and avoid in person attendance. The Board meeting will be live streamed on https://youtu.be/AWGV0zNQFmkand The Board intends to limit in-person attendance to the following: Superintendent Rob Graham, Assistant Superintendent Ellen Denny, CFO Kerri Long, and Board members Lee Slusher (Chairperson), Liz Altieri (Vice-Chairperson), Lynn Burris (Board Member), Joe Hester (Board Member), and Adam DeVries (Board Member). The community is invited to send comments and concerns regarding Radford City School matters to Kerri Long (klong@rcps.org) and Rob Graham (rgraham@rcps.org)  who will share them with all board members.
    • All school buildings, including the school administration building, will be closed to citizens and school community members on Friday in recognition of the holiday weekend.
    • Continuity of Learning assignments will be pushed out Monday evening instead of Sunday evening due to the holiday weekend.
    • Food distribution will still be held on Monday, April 13 following the same schedule and process as last week.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

 

 

 

April 2, 2020
 

Please review the information below:

    • We will hold an elementary teacher parade tomorrow, Friday, April 3 beginning at 9:00 in the McHarg parking lot. Parade route information and map can be found attached to this email. Please review the attachments to judge when you feel like the teachers will be near your home. Remembering requirements of social distancing, come out to see them, wave to them and say, "Hi!" The teacher parade route is approximately 15 miles long and expected to last approximately 40 minutes. We would like to say a special "THANK YOU" to RCPD and the Radford Sheriff's Department for partnering with us on this exciting celebration!
    • We have received questions regarding grading procedures during the mandatory school closing. Please refer to our Continuity of Learning website (https://sites.google.com/rcps.org/continuity-of-learning/home) to help answer those questions.
    • We have opened another food distribution site at Belle Heth in addition to our original site at McHarg. We will be providing drive thru pickup at Belle Heth and McHarg on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:20-12:20. All other aspects of the RCPS food distribution program will remain the same.
 

 

March 30, 2020
 

The only updates this evening are:

    • I have attached the Governors Executive Order for your review
    • We will continue with the student belonging pickup and drop off as scheduled tomorrow at JDIS and RHS

 

 
 
March 29, 2020
 

Please review the RCPS updated information below:

    • Please review the attached documents (two were sent on Friday) regarding student belonging pickup that is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning at 8:00
    • Please also review the attached document regarding the RCPS Continuity of Learning Plan for the remainder of the school year (was sent on Friday too). Teachers will be pushing out assignments for this next week by 6:00 tonight.
    • Answers to Friday's Brain Teaser - It will never cover the ladder because as the water rises, so will the floating ship and none...a pear tree does not bear plums.
    • I will be moving my daily announcements and brain teaser to once a week unless their is a need to send more throughout the week. Please know that you can reach me at anytime via email at rgraham@rcps.org.
 
 

 

March 27, 2020
 

Please review the updates below and contact a building or central office administrator if you have questions or concerns. Have a great weekend!

  • Food Distribution Update

    • Please see the attached letter below regarding revisions to the food distribution program that will begin on Monday, March 30, 2020. Or, you can access the information by clicking on this link https://www.rcps.org/apps/news/article/1185781 .

  • Continuity of Learning Update

    • Please see the attached document regarding the RCPS plan for Continuity of Learning for the remainder of the school year. A video can also be accessed at the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rduQFIyKBwQ in order to provide clarity to this plan.

  • RHS and DIS Personal Belongings Pick Up Schedule

    • Please see the attached DIS and RHS Pick up Schedule for students to come and gather their belongings and educational resources from their lockers beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. Please know that we are sending groups of 8 students into the schools every 15 minutes. Two RCPS administrators or teachers will be in RHS on M-TH and JDIS on M-T. Students will adhere to the 15 minute time-frame and social distancing requirements so that all children have an opportunity to clean out their lockers safely. Please pay attention to the tabs at the bottom of the excel documents to review student pickup times for DIS and RHS.  Remain in your car until your assigned time.  Those who have transportation issues, please contact Mr. Smith, Mr. Freeman or Mr. King via email to arrange alternate plans. Both buildings will be deeply sanitized again after the pick-up schedule is completed.

    • This is also an opportunity to bring back anything that is owned by RCPS Items such as  band uniforms, athletic uniforms, library books, etc. They need to be dropped off in marked areas of the RHS/JDIS cafeteria where they will be quarantined for 5 days and then sanitized. This does NOT include your instructional materials and resources, or Chromebooks. 

  • Chromebook Opportunities

    • We still have some Chromebooks available for pickup if students need them. Please come by the board office any day M-W of next week between 10:30 and 12:30 to pick them up. We will provide Chromebooks until they are all gone.

  • Internet Connections 

    • The internet can be accessed in the parking lots of McHarg and Belle Heth Elementary. Please pull into a parking lot and stay in your car until you depart the lot.

  • Driver’s Education Information

    • We would like to inform you of a fantastic opportunity available to some of our students who are ready for Behind the Wheel Drivers Education Instruction.  We have 15 full scholarships (valued at $350) available on a first come, first served basis for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. The instruction will be delivered by Driver Training, Inc. and their team of instructors. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Mr. Smith (267-3252) or Mr. Freeman (267-3251). After speaking with one of them, please contact Ms. Susan Walling of Driver Training, Inc. at 276-644-1845 to arrange for days and times to receive instruction. Also, if you need your “green card”, you may get it when you come to pick up your things, or we can mail it to you.

  • Following the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in the New River Valley area, the Montgomery County Public Health Task Force created a video and podcast to help address concerns. Video message from Dr. Bissell. Thank you, wash those hand and stay at home if you can.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oMopOp8ovM&feature=youtu.be Podcast
  • https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-fn6pq-d68fe6?utm_campaign=u_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=u_share
  • Brain Teaser answers from yesterday. Your left hand and Sarah, Tommy, Max, Timmy, and then Sally. Friday’s Brain Teasers are Easy - The rungs of a 10 foot ladder attached to a ship are 1 foot apart. If the water is rising at the rate of one foot an hour, how long will it take until the water covers over the ladder? Difficult - A farmer in California owns a beautiful pear tree. He supplies the fruit to a nearby grocery store. The store owner has called the farmer to see how much fruit is available for him to purchase. The farmer knows that the main trunk has 24 branches. Each branch has exactly 12 boughs and each bough has exactly 6 twigs. Since each twig bears one piece of fruit, how many plums will the farmer be able to deliver?

 

March 26, 2020

Please review the following information below and contact a building or central office administrator if you have questions or concerns.

    • Food distribution for tomorrow will remain as scheduled. Please know that after tomorrow, food distribution plans will change. More information in tomorrow's update will be shared regarding the food distribution schedule revisions.
    • Chromebook delivery was a success today! Over 250 Chromebooks were loaded for delivery with the food distribution program this morning. 50 of those Chromebooks were not claimed and will be held for one day for those families to pick up at the school board office from 10:30-12:30 tomorrow. This also holds true for any tuition students who filled out the Chromebook Survey and did not pick up their Chromeboook today.  Any other families who did not complete the Chromebook Survey sent last Tuesday morning, but still would like a Chromebook to use, should also come to the SBO tomorrow from 10:30-12:30. We have a very limited number of these Chromebooks and they will be passed out on a first come, first serve basis. Please remember that we DO NOT have enough Chromebooks for our McHarg students at this time.
    • Information regarding the Continuity of Learning will be shared tomorrow in the daily update.
    • Brain teaser's answers from yesterday's update are - Give the fifth girl her apple in the basket and FIVE...Remove the 2 letters F and E from five and you have IV. Today's brain teasers are EASY - What can you hold in your right hand, but not in your left? Difficult - You have 5 kids and you have to get them all into a car. Tommy and Timmy are twins but they fight so they can't sit together. Sarah and Sally fight too, so they can't sit together. Max fights with his sisters so he can only sit by his brothers. There's 5 seats side by side and you have to put them in order. How would you seat the kids, so that everyone is happy?
 
 
March 25, 2020
 

Please review the updates below and contact a building administrator, Ms. Denny or me if you have questions or concerns.

    • Chromebooks will be delivered tomorrow morning during our food distribution program for those who requested a device through the Chromebook survey that was sent earlier this week. PLEASE review the attachment below for more information about how these devises will be distributed.
    • The food delivery program is still going very well. Many thanks to the the dedicated and committed RCPS employees who continue to provide this service daily. Be prepared for some slight changes in the food distribution schedule next week. We will provide those details tomorrow or Friday.
    • We continue to work on our plan for continuity of learning for the remainder of the school year. We hope to have that information to our school community in the near future. Please be patient.
    • Yesterday's brain teaser answers were...A chick in an egg and when you add two hours to eleven o'clock, you get one o'clock. Today's teasers are Easy - Five apples are in a basket. How do you divide them among five girls so that each girl gets an apple, but one apple remains in the basket? Difficult - How can you take 2 from 5 and leave 4? 
 
March 24, 2020 @4:30
 

Please review the updates below and contact building or central office administrators if you have questions or concerns.

    • Not crossing anything today.  Unfortunately, we have our first case of COVID-19 in the NRV here in Radford City.  I have a call into the health district for some guidance and will get that out to you all as soon as possible.  I also attached what the City posted regarding the new case.
    • The School Board intends to conduct its regularly scheduled meeting on March 24, 2020 at the School Administration Building.  A copy of the agenda can be seen at www.rcps.org.  It was available on March 18, 2020. Because the CDC has recommended that all citizens avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people, the Board urges the public to follow this public health recommendation and avoid in person attendance. The Board meeting will be live streamed on https://youtu.be/gUaB3w561x0 and the Board intends to limit in-person attendance to the following: Superintendent Rob Graham, Assistant Superintendent Ellen Denny, SRO Thad Beasley, CFO Kerri Long, School Savety Consultant Donnie Goodman and Board members Lee Slusher (Chairperson), Liz Altieri (Vice-Chairperson), Lynn Burris (Board Member), Joe Hester (Board Member), and Adam Devries (Board Member).
    • I have attached a letter for our RHS seniors to review.  They have been weighing heavily on my heart these last few days.  Please share my letter if you have a senior.
    • Our leadership team is working hard on the continuity of learning and will have information available to our school community as soon as we can.
    • If you haven't already and your child is in need of a Chromebook to complete online learning, please complete the Chromebook information survey that was sent out this morning.  Students in grades 3-12 are a priority for Chromebook distribution.
    • Yesterday's brain teaser's answers were...drop the S and carpet.  Here are today's teasers: Easy - I have a little house in which I live all alone.  It has no doors or windows, and if I want to go out I must break through the wall. What am I?  Hard - When can you add two to eleven and get one as the correct answer

 

 
March 24, 2020 am
 

Radford City Schools understands the challenges students face with online learning without the appropriate tools.  As we were on spring break when the statewide closure of schools happened, we know that many of our high school students are without their chromebook.  In addition, we understand that students in grades K-8 may now need a tool at home to access continued learning opportunities as the closure mandate continues.  Therefore, we are working to supply students in all grades, but specifically 3rd - 12th, the essential tool to access the continuity of learning opportunities.  While we want to supply all students a chromebook, we must start with students in grade levels/courses that are assigned SOL, DE and AP activities/assessments. 

If your child has access to a computer or laptop at home, we ask that you not fill out the form requesting a chromebook.  An exception to this is if you have multiple children who are needing access to online learning at the same time.  To secure a chromebook, again if needed, the following form needs to be completed as we will refer to this data to assign chromebooks.

After the data has been reviewed and chromebooks matched to students, we will notify you regarding how they will be distributed.  We feel that time is of the essence right now and we want to distribute these as quickly as possible.  Please complete the Google Form, Chromebook Information, as soon as possible, but required by 4:00 pm Wednesday, March 25, 2020 if your child is in need of this tool.  We will create the distribution list Thursday morning and are hopeful we can have these in the hands of students who need them by Friday, March 27, 2020. Please know that we may need to revise this plan depending upon the information we receive from our community.

In an effort to comply with CDC recommendations, please continue to practice social distancing, especially during food distribution pickup and delivery.

 

March 23, 2020 6:30pm
 

Updates are below for your review:

  • Just spoke to the NRV health department and we still have no confirmed COVID-19 cases in the NRV. Fingers, toes, hair, arms and legs now crossed!
  • The School Board intends to conduct its regularly scheduled meeting on March 24, 2020 at the School Administration Building. A copy of the agenda can be seen at www.rcps.org.  It was available on March 18, 2020. Because the CDC has recommended that all citizens avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people, the Board urges the public to follow this public health recommendation and avoid in person attendance. The Board meeting will be live streamed on https://youtu.be/gUaB3w561x0and the Board intends to limit in-person attendance to the following: Superintendent Rob Graham, Assistant Superintendent Ellen Denny, SRO Thad Beasley, CFO Kerri Long, School Safety Consultant Donnie Goodman, and Board members Lee Slusher (Chairperson), Liz Altieri (Vice-Chairperson), Lynn Burris (Board Member), Joe Hester (Board Member), and Adam DeVries (Board Member).   

 

  • Just a reminder that the School Board Office is now closed to the public. Most of the SBO essential employees that have been working during the last week and a day will begin working remotely from home beginning this Wednesday. They will still need to access the building at points during the week, but for the most part they will be at home working and practicing social distancing.
  • I have another conference call with Dr. Lane, state superintendent, tomorrow at 2:00. I fully expect him to start providing guidance on issues like graduation, continuity of learning, special education services, grading, etc. I feel confident, he won't be able to answer all the questions that we have, but we will certainly share with you what we learn from him on this call.
  • This week food distribution will remain the same as last week. We may have some changes for the following week if approved by the USDA.
  • Last nights Brain Teaser answers were - A one level house doesn't have stairs and die. Tonight's teaser - Easy - How do you make the number 7 an even number without addition, subtraction, multiplication or division? Difficult - I am a word of six; my first three letters refer to an automobile; my last three letters refer to a household animal; my first four letters is a fish; my whole is found in your room. What am I?
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March 23, 2020
 

As announced by Governor Northam today, Radford City Public Schools, along with all Virginia Schools, will remain closed for the remainder of this school year. We understand that this decision will present challenges for our students and their families, and we remain committed to leveraging the district’s resources to support families through these challenging times. We will continue coming together to support each other as one district, one family. I want to thank all of our staff and the Bobcat Backpack program who have worked tirelessly so our schools could provide meals and food to our students and families. We will continue to provide this service for as long as we can. Please remember that we are following the same format and schedule as we did last week for food distribution for the remainder of this week. More guidance will follow in the coming days in regards to our food distribution program.

We recognize that there remain many issues to resolve such as graduation requirements, student verified credits, grades, continuity of learning, employee compensation, and more. The Virginia Department of Education and the district are working through these issues now, and we are committed to updating families and staff as soon as possible.

I urge each of your to follow CDC recommendations and practice social distancing. The challenges we will face in the days ahead are unprecedented, but not insurmountable.

March 22, 2020
 

Please review the information below and don't hesitate to contact the School Board Office if you have questions or concerns:

  • I just was in contact with Dr. Bissell, Director of the NRV Health District. As of today, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the NRV. She did say the Virginia is seeing more and more confirmed cases of COVID-19 as it starts to spread across the State. Fingers, toes, hair and now arms are crossed!
  • The School Board intends to conduct its regularly scheduled meeting on March 24, 2020 at the School Administration Building. A copy of the agenda can be seen at www.rcps.org.  It was available on March 18, 2020. Because the CDC has recommended that all citizens avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people, the Board urges the public to follow this public health recommendation and avoid in person attendance. The Board meeting will be live streamed on https://youtu.be/gUaB3w561x0and the Board intends to limit in-person attendance to the following: Superintendent Rob Graham, Assistant Superintendent Ellen Denny, SRO Thad Beasley, CFO Kerri Long, School Safety Consultant Donnie Goodman, and Board members Lee Slusher (Chairperson), Liz Altieri (Vice-Chairperson), Lynn Burris (Board Member), Joe Hester (Board Member), and Adam DeVries (Board Member).   
  • We have had a number of folks ask us how they can donate money to help with our food distribution program, which will begin tomorrow following the same format and schedule that we did last week. To make a donation, please send a check to: Partners for Excellence Foundation. P.O. Box 355 Radford, VA 24143 and add "RCPS Food Hardship Fund" on the memo line of the check. Or, you can make a donation online at www.rcps.org and follow: Community, Giving, Partners for Excellence and Donations. Please know that online donations will have a small surcharge and that all donations are tax deductible since the Partners for Excellence Foundations is a 501C(3) organization. Thank you in advance for helping us with this program!
  • The School Board Office will be closed to all citizens beginning tomorrow morning. Even though there are still about 9 employees working in the building practicing social distancing, we find it necessary to close to all citizens just to be on the safe side (deliveries will still be accepted). All other building and campuses are closed except for McHarg which remains open in the mornings only for food distribution personnel. 
  • I have a conference call at 1:00 tomorrow with State Superintendent, Dr. Lane. That will be followed at 2:00 with the Governor's address. I feel certain they will both be providing us with important information.
  • I have decided to support the continuity of learning by challenge students to try and figure out the Brain Teasers I post with each daily announcements. Tonight's Teasers are: Easier- If you live in a one story house made entirely of redwood, what color would the stairs be? Harder- What has six faces, but does not wear makeup, has twenty-one eyes, but cannot see? What is it? I will post the answers with tomorrow's announcement.
March 20, 2020
 

Please review the following updates below:

  • As of today, still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the NRV. Fingers, toes and hair now crossed!

  • The School Board intends to conduct its regularly scheduled meeting on March 24, 2020 at the School Administration Building. A copy of the agenda can be seen at www.rcps.org.  It was available on March 18, 2020. Because the CDC has recommended that all citizens avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people, the Board urges the public to follow this public health recommendation and avoid in person attendance. The Board meeting will be live streamed on https://youtu.be/gUaB3w561x0and the Board intends to limit in-person attendance to the following: Superintendent Rob Graham, Assistant Superintendent Ellen Denny, SRO Thad Beasley, CFO Kerri Long, School Safety Consultant Donnie Goodman, and Board members Lee Slusher (Chairperson), Liz Altieri (Vice-Chairperson), Lynn Burris (Board Member), Joe Hester (Board Member), and Adam DeVries (Board Member).  

  • We fed 712 families today with our food distribution program. The food distribution program will continue next week (M-Fr) just as it did this week.

  • Please continue to access our continuity of learning website and the websites of our instructional staff members while schools are closed.
  • I have received many emails asking me if SOL test will be cancelled this year. The USDOE has given states approval to apply for a waiver to remove state testing for this year. The VDOE is working on the waiver to submit to the USDOE and will provide us more guidance in the near future.
  • I have also received many emails asking if the mandatory school closing will be extended. My gut feeling is that it will, but I have not received any word from the VDOE or the Governor regarding this issue. I expect that we will here more information regarding extending school closing by the end of this weekend or early next week.
 
 
 
March 19, 2020
 

Please review the following:

  • As of 2:00 this afternoon, the NRV Health District was still reporting no cases of COVID-19 in the NRV. Still keeping fingers crossed...toes now too!
  • We fed close to 700 families today with our food distribution program. Tomorrow is a special day as we will hand out some Bobcat treats (footballs, water bottles, cups, etc.)  to our students to show them how much we miss being with them! Also, in last night's video, we stated that we would move to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday food distribution schedule next week. Unfortunately, our waiver for approval from the USDA to do this has not yet been approved, so we will continue next week to serve food and deliver other materials the exact same way we are doing it this week.
  • The School Board intends to conduct its regularly scheduled meeting on March 24, 2020 at the School Administration Building. A copy of the agenda can be seen at www.rcps.org.  It was available on March 18, 2020. Because the CDC has recommended that all citizens avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people, the Board urges the public to follow this public health recommendation and avoid in person attendance. The Board meeting will be live streamed on https://youtu.be/gUaB3w561x0 and the Board intends to limit in-person attendance to the following: Superintendent Rob Graham, Assistant Superintendent Ellen Denny, SRO Thad Beasley, CFO Kerri Long, School Safety Consultant Donnie Goodman, and Board members Lee Slusher (Chairperson), Liz Altieri (Vice-Chairperson), Lynn Burris (Board Member), Joe Hester (Board Member), and Adam DeVries (Board Member). 
  • Wanted to send a shout out to everyone, students, parents, staff, school community members and community members for staying positive and united during the mandatory closure of schools.
 
 
March 18, 2020
 

Please review the following (sorry for the late post...it has been a long day):

  • As of 2:00 this afternoon, the NRV Health Department said there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the NRV. We are keeping our fingers crossed that it will stay this way for a long time.
  • We fed close to 600 families today. We hope to have more tomorrow. A huge shot out to our bus drivers, school nutrition and paraprofessional employees for making our food drive so successful!
  • Below you will find a link to a video (hoping that it works) providing information to our community regarding our priorities during this two weeks of mandatory closures, our food distribution program and our continuity of learning plan. We wanted to provide this information to our community for clarity and to lessen confusion. Please know that this is not a professional video, but we think it provides good support. Also, you will hear in the video that the VDOE does not allow us to require assignments to be completed or work to be graded. They have change that mandate (as of this afternoon) to make it a decision of the local school division, but are still highly recommending that assignments are not required or graded. We will continue in RCPS with our platform, which is providing engaging and innovative opportunities without the stress of grading. 

As always, please contact your building administrator, Ms. Denny or me if you have any questions or concerns.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKSixRqMWEM

 

 

March 17, 2020
 

Just a few updated announcements:

  1. We fed close to 500 students during our food distribution this morning!
  2. Still no COVID-19 in the NRV
  3. Teachers continue to contact students and parents. If you have not heard from a teacher by 4:00 tomorrow, please contact your child's building administrator.
  4. Please continue to review the www.rcps.org website for updated continuity of instruction updates.
 
March 16, 2020
 

Please pay close attention to the updated information below:

  • I just got off of a conference call with the NRV Health District Coordinator. According to her, at this time, we are still free from any confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the NRV. She did reiterate to make social distancing a priority!
  • Please review the information from Shentel found in the this link -  https://investor.shentel.com/news-releases/news-release-details/shenandoah-telecommunications-companys-response-covid-19
  • Please remember that the Food Distribution information can be found at the bottom of the home page of the division website www.rcps.org. Today, we fed over 250 families. We hope that number will grow tomorrow.
  • All students should be receiving communication from one of their RCPS teachers via phone or email within the next 48 hours. This communication includes information regarding the Continuity of Instruction plan, which can also be found at the bottom of the home page of the division website www.rcps.org. If you do not hear from a teacher in this time-frame, please contact your child's or children's principal.

If RCPS can be of any assistance during these trying times, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

 

March 15, 2020 @ 5:00
 

Please review the following:

  1. At this point, we still have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the New River Valley.
  2. The RCPS food distribution during the mandatory school closings will begin tomorrow. Information regarding this program (same info. that was sent yesterday) can be accessed in a link at the end of this email.
  3. All school nurses will be at the School Board Office (1612 Wadsworth Street) tomorrow to distribute prescription medicines that have been housed at schools back to families since schools will be closed for the next two weeks. The nurses will be out the School Board Office from 11:00-1:00.
  4. We received notice today from the City that the recreation department and the public library will be closing at the end of business today for at least two weeks.
  5. Only the kitchen and lobby at McHarg and the School Board Office will be open until further notice. Students, staff and school community members will need to stay away from school campuses and facilities unless approved to be there by Ms. Ellen Denny, Assistant Superintendent, or Mr. Rob Graham, Superintendent.

We wish the best for our school community and others during this challenging time. If we can be of any assistance at all, please don't hesitate to contact us. 

 

 

March 14, 2020 @6:00pm - UPDATED 3/27/2020

We have enjoyed seeing our students. parents and community members during our first two weeks of our food distribution program since we were notified of mandatory school closings by the Governor due to COVID-19 pandemic. I want to say a special thank you to our paras, school nutrition employees, custodians and teachers who have worked extremely hard to provide food to over 5,000 families the past two weeks. They are amazing! As we move forward with the news of mandatory school closings for the remainder of the year, we need to revise our schedule in order to maintain the CDC guidance of social distancing. Please review the information below carefully!

 

The RCPS food distribution program beginning Monday, March 30th will move to a Monday and Wednesday delivery. Monday’s delivery will include breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday’s delivery will include breakfast and lunch for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as well as Bobcat Backpacks for those families who need them. All meals will continue to be grab-n-go and offered free of charge to ALL students who will pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. There are no income or eligibility requirements for students to pick up these meals.

 

Students who wish to take advantage of this opportunity must be present to pick up their food and should be at their normal elementary bus stop three hours later than the usual elementary morning pick up time.  Please note, that the student must be present as this is a mandatory requirement of the USDA and VDOE.  We ask that you be patient with deliveries as food preparation and delivery can take time. 

 

A copy of the six morning elementary bus route schedules is attached to the email for your reference. They have not changed and will stay the same during our Monday and Wednesday deliveries.  When reviewing the routes attached:

Please find your child’s bus number (Bus 1,2,3,4,5 or 6 on the top of each page in the first line)
Find your designated bus stop (third column) and time (first column).
Add three hours to that time to know the time of the food delivery. For your reference the delivery times for each bus delivery will be:
Bus 1: 10:25 – 11:06  (3 hours after regular pick up time)
Bus 2: 10:23 – 11:04  (3 hours after regular pick up time)
Bus 3: 10:32 – 11:10  (3 hours after regular pick up time)
Bus 4: 10:30 -  11:23  (3 hours after regular pick up time)
Bus 5: 10:35 – 11:15  (3 hours after regular pick up time)
Bus 6: 10:25 – 11:14  (3 hours after regular pick up time)

 

If you do not have an elementary student, find the bus stop closest to your residence and add three hours to that stop’s time to know the time in which your food will be delivered.  Again, a copy of the six morning elementary bus route schedules is attached to the email for your review. 

 

For students who are unable to pick up meals at bus stop locations, they can go to McHarg Elementary for pick up Monday and Wednesday from 10:20-12:20. In addition to meals, the Bobcat Backpack Program will be offering backpacks of food on Wednesdays  both during the delivery of meals with the buses and also at McHarg Elementary. Please note, that the student must be present as this is a mandatory requirement of the USDA and VDOE.  Once food is pick up via delivery or drive thru, please refrigerate and discard any leftovers. Documented consent must be provided for those families requesting home deliveries by RCPS staff members.

 

If you need further clarification or assistance with food delivery, as always reach out to RCPS at 540-731-3647 or through these contacts:  Rob Graham at rgraham@rcps.org, Ellen Denny at edenny@rcps.org, Connie Wood at cwood@rcps.org.

 

March 13, 2020

Dear Staff, Students, Parents, and Community Partners:
 
Earlier this afternoon, Governor Northam ordered all Virginia K-12 schools closed for a minimum of two weeks. His official, full press release can be accessed by clicking on the following link https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/march/headline-854442-en.html. At this time, the priority for Radford City Schools (RCPS) is the health and safety of our students, staff and school community members. Food and medicine distribution are paramount. RCPS is applying for a school nutrition waiver so that breakfast and lunch can remain available to those who need it. As soon as the Virginia Department of Education approves the waiver, we will alert you of a food distribution schedule for the next two weeks. In regard to medicine distribution, we will have our school nurses at the School Board Office (1612 Wadsworth Street) on Monday, March 16 from 11:00-1:00 for those who need to pick up daily prescription medicines for their children. If you are unable to come on Monday, please contact your child’s school nurse via email and they will work with you to make sure you get the medication.

Please know that we continue to work with the Virginia Department of Education as well as the New River Valley Health District Director, Dr. Noelle Bissell during this challenging time. From our recent discussion with them, the term “social distancing” has been emphasized again and again. Therefore, our buildings will be closed and only essential staff determined by the superintendent will have access until further notice.

RCPS is committed to providing equitable learning opportunities for all students during the two weeks of mandated school closures. Beginning Monday, March, 16, RCPS administrators will be working together to determine how to best provide continuity of learning during this break in direct instruction. Once we determine what are best option or options are to keep students engaged in academics during this time, we will share that with you.

We will continue to keep you updated on a regular basis. If you have questions or concerns regarding any of this information, please contact Ms. Denny or me at 540-731-3647
 
 
Governor Ralph Northam orders all schools closed for a minimum of 2 weeks - March 13, 2020 @3:30
Click the link for more information on the directive from the Governor
https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/march/headline-854442-en.html
 
 

March 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Just another brief update regarding the Coronavirus situation. We have made some decisions today that our school community needs to hear. 

  1. We are suspending all travel (professional development for teachers included) and field trips (except for athletic and extra-curricular competition) outside of the Radford City School Division until further notice beginning Monday, March 16.
  2. We are also suspending the community use of all of our facilities until further notice beginning Monday, March 16.

As of an hour ago, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the New River Valley. Having said that, please know that we are aware that we have had multiple students and teachers who have traveled during spring break and aware of the risk that come with that travel in regards to reopening schools on Monday, March 16. We have an emergency leadership meeting tomorrow at 1:00 and will continue to formulate a plan that will be in the best interest of our entire school community. We will be back in touch after this meeting has concluded. We are grateful for your patience and, as always, appreciate your support during these challenging times.

 

 

March 12, 2020

Just a quick update to let you know that we have spoken to the Director of the New River Valley Health (NRV) District and still have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the NRV. We began disinfecting our schools this morning and plan to have all schools, buses and school division cars thoroughly disinfected by Friday afternoon. The executive leadership team continues to monitor the situation and plan accordingly. This link, https://youtu.be/cRakDR7NHrI, provides an excellent description to our school community about the 6 specific measures we are following as we continue to plan. At this point, our plans remain the same as they were yesterday and we will continue to communicate to our school community on a daily basis regarding the impact of the Coronavirus in the Radford City School District.

 

 

March 11, 2020

The executive leadership team at RCPS has been working diligently with the VDOE and The NRV Health District's director to keep abreast of all updates regarding the Coronavirus that is impacting so many states, including recently Virginia. At this time, there are no changes to our calendar schedule and we look forward to seeing students and staff when they return from Spring Break on Monday, March 16. We want to keep our school community informed as best we can and have attached to this email documents for you to review concerning the Coronavirus. On Thursday and Friday of this week, RCPS will be disinfecting all schools, the school board office and buses in preparation for student and staff return next Monday. Please know that we will continue to work with those who can support our needs and provide us with the most current information concerning the Coronavirus. We will share that information with our school community as soon as we receive it. 

 

 

March 3, 2020
Please review the following that was last updated on February 28, 2020. If you have questions or concerns, please
contact school nurses or building/central office administrators.
Virginia Department of Health Guidance for Educational Administrators on the COVID-19 Outbreak
Current Situation:
The Virginia Department of Health is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new)
coronavirus (termed “COVID-19”). The vast majority of cases have occurred in China. However, community spread is
being detected in a growing number of countries. Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of
infection is unknown. Destinations with widespread or sustained community spread of COVID-19 include China, Iran,
Italy, Japan, and South Korea. Other destinations with instances of apparent community spread include Hong Kong,
Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
As of February 26, 2020, 15 cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the U.S. One of the 15 cases is in a person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another COVID-19 patient. It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time that has happened in the United States. It’s also possible, however, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected. Additionally, 45 cases of COVID-19 have been detected among the 1,100+ people repatriated from Hubei Province, China and the Diamond Princess back to the United States.
The current risk of COVID-19 infection to the American public is still considered low. As of today, there are no COVID19 cases in Virginia.
The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus Webpage.
Virginia’s local health departments are working closely with health care providers to identify patients who have clinical
symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and have had possible exposure to the virus through travel or contact with a
confirmed case. VDH has reported and is monitoring test results for persons being tested. As of February 27, there have been eight people tested in Virginia. Six tested negative, and test results are still pending for two people. As of February 7, 2020, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Virginia.
Virginia’s Response VDH has been taking proactive actions to prepare since the outbreak was first detected. We are having regular calls with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn as much as we can about the situation. We have provided guidance to healthcare providers in Virginia.
There is a novel coronavirus webpage with information about the outbreak and resources for healthcare providers. A
call center is now available for general information about the novel coronavirus. The number is 877-ASK-VDH3.
If you are concerned about a student who has traveled to China and has symptoms of fever and cough or trouble
breathing, contact your local health department.
Influenza (flu) and respiratory disease season is underway in Virginia. People should follow these tips to help prevent
respiratory illnesses of any kind:

     Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If
soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Wash
your hands especially after coughing and sneezing, before and after caring for an ill person, and before
preparing foods and before eating.
     Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue in the trash.
     Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
     Avoid close contact (such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils) with people who are sick.
     Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone
is sick.
     Stay home when you are sick, except when you need to get medical care