Governor Northam Orders All Virginia Schools to Close for the Remainder of the Academic Year 

On March 23, 2020This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website, Governor Ralph Northam extended his order that all public and private K-12 schools in Virginia close in response to the continued spread of COVID-19 for the remainder of the school year. This builds on the Governor’s previous school closure order and previously issued guidance asking child care providers to prioritize services for children of essential personnel, while asking all families to keep their children home if they can. Please note that the March 30, Executive Order 55This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website does not impact school meal distribution and instructional plans in localities.


For additional information please visit the VDOE website at:





EL PROGRAMS  and Documents
RCPS provides English Learners with supplemental services to enhance their acquisition of the English Language and achievement of the Standards of Learning. The Handbook and forms utilized in the EL program are provided below.  Additional information regarding EL students is available at the state and federal level.  Additional information is provided below.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding ELs please contact Charleen Jordan, EL coordinator/teacher at 540-731-3647  or email at


As of March 16 Radford City Schools has established the practice of no face to face contact with students, family, and staff during mandatory school closure. During current practices for the first two-week of closure the EL teacher made contacts with parents via calling, texting, and email to inform them of the instructional guidelines and methods for obtaining Chromebooks.

RCPS has implemented Continuity of Learning Information on 3-25-2020.  Teachers and staff upload lessons weekly to support untaught standards/competencies on the staff web pages for students to complete.  Students submit their assignments online but have contact with their teacher for support as needed.

Currently, RCPS

Title III Services Plan includes the review of records for each EL student (grades, COL assignments), consultation with Teacher regarding COL assignments that provide suggestions for services, accommodations, and modifications that impact the completion of assignments and English proficiency (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

Both the content and the English Language teacher will contact parents to discuss COL and EL services that will be provided to help ELL students with content completion and English Proficiency.

Due to school closure, Access for ELLS has been canceled for the 2020 school year.

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Additional Resources for Teachers and Parents working with ELs.
Grammarly: Free Online Writing Assistant
Colorín Colorado | A bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners
Breaking News English Lessons: Easy English World News Materials - ESL
CommonLit | Free Reading Passages and Literacy Resources
Unite for Literacy
Updated April 23, 2020
EL Instruction Information Page
English Learner News and Notes email newsletter:
EL Handbook
Language Instruction Education Program Descriptions
ELL Professional Development Pathways

 Identification of English Learners (ELs) upon enrolling in Radford City Schools

The USED Office of Civil Rights and in conjunction with the US Department of Justice has approved the following questions to demonstrate minimal compliance with the requirement to identify possible English Learners in need of Language Assistance: 

uWhat is the primary language used in the home, regardless of the language spoken by the student?

uWhat is the language most often spoken by the student?

uWhat is the language that the student first acquired?

uThese identifying questions are included on all registration documents and on a separate Home Language Survey (included above) provided parents and guardians of all students enrolling in Radford City Schools.

uIf a parent or guardian responds with any language other than English for one or more questions, then the student should be progressed to the language screening process.

uRadford City Schools must ensure that incoming Els are identified, screened, and placed in appropriate programs and services within 30 days of enrollment, and must ensure that all Els enrolling in RCPS (McHarg Elementary, Belle Heth Elementary, John Dalton Intermediate School and Radford High School) are identified in a consistent manner.

If you have any questions regarding the identification process or would like to discuss 
how your child can be screened contact the following staff where your child attends or will attend school:
Dr. Michael Brown      Principal   McHarg Elementary School                              540-267-3239
Tara Grant                  Principal   Belle Heth Elementary School                          540-267-3232
Ken Keister                 Assistant   Principal Belle Heth Elementary School          540-731-3653 
Jerry King                   Principal  John Dalton Intermediate School                       540-267-3247
Jeff Smith                   Principal   Radford High School                                         540-731-3649
Darden Freeman        Assistant   Principal Radford High School                          540-731-3649


RCPS will be monitored by the VDOE during the 2017-2018 school year.   The Federal 

Monitoring Indicators for Title III, Part A are include for public review.

   The results of the Federal Monitoring will be posted when the results are finalized.