School Year Information Center
Posted on 10/22/2020
Roanoke Academy student working on a Halloween art project.
   
 
This year's theme is 'We Will Rise.'

Under the Plan for Re-opening Schools approved by the Roanoke City School Board on August 11, 2020, students in pre-school through grade 5 may attend school in-person two days a week beginning in early November.  Click here for an overview of the Plan approved by the School Board.docx

At the October 27 School Board meeting, District leaders provided an update about the reopening of schools.  Click here to view the presentation.docx

Click here to view the FAQs for October 27, 2020.docx.  If you have trouble downloading this document, these FAQs are also located below in the 10/27/20 update.  

Click here to view the 2020-2021 Parent Handbook.docx

Click here for an Online Learning Glossary.docx

Click here for meal distribution information

Click here for School Menus

Click here to view the amended 2020-2021 School Year Calendar

2020-2021 Calendar Final Amendment.pdf

Helpful links/resources:

Centers for Disease Control

Virginia Department of Health

Virginia Department of Health Dashboard with School Metrics

COVID Resources for Parents/Guardians.docx.docx

Click here to view the PHASE II Health-Plan.docx


If employees have questions or concerns about COVID, please call Employee Health at 853-2990.

Our IT Department is providing Grab and Go Tech Support Monday thru Friday from noon til 1 p.m. at the following locations:

Crystal Spring Elementary

Fairview Elementary

James Breckinridge Middle

John P. Fishwick Middle

Lucy Addison Middle

Patrick Henry High School

William Fleming High School

10/27/20 UPDATE:

As we prepare for the return of elementary students for two days in early November, district leaders have put together some Frequently Asked Questions:

Safety Protocols

What COVID-19 protocols can students and parents expect?

Students will be grouped (assigned to a cohort) when possible to limit interactions.

Daily COVID-19 screening for students, staff, and visitors that include questions and temperature checks.

Each school has a Health Annex Room that fail the screening.

Registered nurses will assess students in the Health Annex Room.

Students and staff will have to practice social distancing on school buses and at school.

Face coverings are required, if medically and developmentally appropriate.  Masks are available for students and staff.

Please label your student’s face covering.

Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom.

Additional hand washing stations are available at each building.

School nurses will collaborate with the Virginia Department of Health for contact tracing.

If a student is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to school, the parent/guardian should keep the student home and contact the student’s primary care physician.

If a student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms while at school, the parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the student and to contact the student’s primary care physician.

COVID 19 screening questins

Each student’s temperature will be checked as they arrive.  For bus riders, the temperature will be checked as they enter the building.  For car riders, the temperature will be checked as they enter the building.

Students will eat lunch in their classrooms or other designated area.

Students are not to share food or other items.

Teachers and staff will review COVID-19 protocols with students regularly.  Students will be encouraged to frequently wash hands and social distance.

Parents/guardians should contact the school prior to any visit other than arrival and dismissal.

How does RCPS decide to close a class or a school?

The table below provides guidance and will be used in collaboration with our local health department after taking all information into account.

*Positive Case(s)

Location

Quarantine

Recommendation

Cleaning/Closure

Recommendation

Notes:

1

Single classroom

All students/staff that have been exposed in the classroom

 

Clean

 

We must also review the number of exposures and symptoms associated to this case.

2

Two or more classrooms

All students/staff that have been exposed in both classrooms

 

Clean

 

We must also review the number of exposures and symptoms associated to this case.

2 or more

 

Single classroom

 

Move class to virtual instruction

Clean and leave classroom dormant for

14 days

Additional potential for close contacts include busses and after-school activities

 

2 or more

with exposures,

depending on

location

Multiple classrooms and/or a common area

 

 

Move school to virtual instruction

Clean and leave classroom dormant for

14 days

Additional potential for close contacts include busses and after-school activities.


Instruction

What are the start and end times for the second nine weeks?

Start times due to social distancing capacity on each bus – Average per bus is 20 students

Elementary:  Preschool-5th Grade two days per week

Crystal Spring Elementary School

Crystal Spring Elementary School - AM Bus Route - A Day

Crystal Spring Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day

Fallon Park Elementary

Fallon Park Elementary School - AM Bus Route - A Day

Fallon Park Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day

Fairview Elementary

Fairview Elementary School - AM Bus Route - A Day

Fairview Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day

Fishburn Park Elementary

Fishburn Park Elementary School - AM Bus Route - A Day

Fishburn Park Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day

Highland Park Elementary

Highland Park Elementary School - AM Bus Route - A Day

Highland Park Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day

Hurt Park Elementary

Hurt Park Elementary School - AM Bus Route - A Day

Hurt Park Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day

Lincoln Terrace Elementary

Lincoln Terrace Elementary School - AM Bus Route - A Day

Lincoln Terrace Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day

Preston Park Elementary

Preston Park Elementary School - AM Bus Route - A Day

Preston Park Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day

Roanoke Academy (RAMS)

Roanoke Academy (RAMS) - AM Bus Route - A Day

Roanoke Academy (RAMS) - AM Bus Route - B Day

Round Hill Elementary

Round Hill Elementary School - AM Bus Route - A Day

Round Hill Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day

Virginia Heights Elementary

Virginia Heights Elementary School – AM Bus Route – A Day

Virginia Heights Elementary School – AM Bus Route – B Day

Wasena Elementary

Wasena Elementary School - AM Bus Route - A Day

Wasena Elementary School – AM Bus Route – A Day.docx

Wasena Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day

Wasena Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day.docx

Westside Elementary

Westside Elementary School – AM Bus Route – A Day

Westside Elementary School – AM Bus Route – B Day

8:45 AM-2:30 PM

Garden City Elementary

Garden City Elementary School - AM Bus Route - A Day

Garden City Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day

Grandin Court Elementary

Grandin Court Elementary School - AM Bus Route - A Day

Grandin Court Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day

Monterey Elementary

Monterey Elementary School – AM Bus Route – A Day

Monterey Elementary School – AM Bus Route – B Day

Morningside Elementary

Morningside Elementary School - AM Bus Route - A Day

Morningside Elementary School - AM Bus Route - B Day
 

8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Middle/High School Students with Disabilities and Level 1 English Learners participating four days in-person

What happens on asynchronous Fridays?

School is still in session.

Teachers will post activities, assessments, and/or assignments that must be completed.

Teachers may invite students to participate in synchronous activities which are optional, such as small group instruction, individual tutoring, or whole class activities.

Catch up on activities, assessments, and/or assignments that may not have been completed.

How is attendance taken in schools?

According to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE):

“The guidance provided on how to approach attendance in various instructional delivery models allows schools and school divisions to promote the will-being of students through meaningful interaction, meet compulsory attendance requirements, and provide accurate data for the maintenance of average daily membership.”

The VDOE defines meaningful interaction as “two-way engagement with a student that allows some sort of feedback or input from the student on successes and challenges.”

Attendance must be recorded in Synergy (our student information system)

  • Elementary and middle schools record daily attendance
  • High schools record attendance by period

All students who either attend a class and participate during synchronous instruction or do not attend a class during synchronous learning but complete assignments and/or assessments will be considered present for that day or period and should be marked as such.

If a student is unable to attend the class synchronously, the teacher should follow up to determine the reason.  The student’s grade may not be penalized for attendance, only for incomplete assignments or assessments.

Will elementary students participate in special area classes when they are in-person?

Yes, students will participate in art, music, physical education, library, and Spanish.

How will these classes be different from the previous school years?

Students will not share equipment, books, or supplies.

Students will remain in their classroom in many cases, rather than traveling to multiple rooms around the school.

In Physical Education class, 10 ft. social distancing will be used for activities.  Masks will be worn if 10 ft. distancing cannot be maintained.

Students will refrain from singing aloud in music, Spanish, and other classes, unless outdoors.

Special Education

Are students with disabilities impacted by the early dismissal and hybrid schedule?

IEP and Section 504 Teams for preschool and elementary students with disabilities will review the intent form for each student, and amend the IEP or 504 Plan. Case managers will contact parents for meetings or for input if an amendment will be proposed without a meeting.

Students participating more than 50% of their day in the special education setting will be dismissed one hour early Monday-Thursday. IEPs will be amended as appropriate based on the service time the students receive.

Middle and high school students participating more than 50% of their day in the special education setting will remain the same as the first nine weeks.

Special education staff and building administrators met with special education administrators Friday to answer questions and discuss the processes for each level.

Operations

Will food service change during the second nine weeks?

SodexoMAGIC seeks to increase access to meals in the following ways:

  1. Expand the number of pick-up sites.
  2. Offer breakfast and lunch meals for Saturdays and Sundays.
  3. Offer dinner and snack for each day of the week including Saturdays and Sundays.
  4. Delivery will end October 30, 2020Parents/guardians can pick-up meals Tuesday, November 3 from 11:30 am to 12:30 PM or 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools.  You will receive enough meals to last through Friday (11/6). 

*Families will need to identify if their student is virtual, hybrid or onsite when they come to the grab and go locations to pick-up meals.

Expanding sites: Offer grab and go on Fridays

 Starting Friday, November 6 from 9 AM-2 PM at:

  • Fairview
  • Fallon Park
  • Garden City
  • Hurt Park
  • Lincoln Terrace
  • Roanoke Academy
  • Round Hill
  • Westside

Starting Friday, November, 6 from 9 AM-6:00 PM at:

  • Patrick Henry High School
  • William Fleming High School

Expanding meals:

  • Virtual students will receive 7 days of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinners.
  • Hybrid students will receive 5 days of breakfast and lunch plus 7 days of snacks and dinners.
  • 4-day on-site students will receive 3 days of breakfast and lunch plus 7 days of snacks and dinners.

Additionally, The Roanoke Public Libraries provides free meals curbside for ages 0 to 18.  You can pick-up meals every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please call your branch upon arrival:

Belmont Branch Library
1101 Morningside St. SE
(540) 853-2640

Main Library
706 S. Jefferson Street
(540) 853-6417

Melrose Branch Library
2502 Melrose Ave NW, Suite D
(540) 853-2648

Raleigh Court Branch Library
2112 Grandin Rd. SW
(540) 853-2240

Williamson Road Branch Library
3837 Williamson Road
(540) 853-2340

How will students eat meals and access food while in school?

Students will eat meals in the classroom or designated area.

Students will be encouraged to wash hands before and after meals.

Social distancing will occur and respiratory etiquette will be encouraged.

SodexoMAGIC will coordinate with each school administration team to develop meal delivery or grab and go options.

Will playgrounds be available to elementary students while in-person?

Playgrounds will be cleaned and disinfected every morning prior to the start of the school day as staffing permits.

  • Use of non-electrostatic backpack sprayers to apply disinfectant.
  • Equipment with high-touch surfaces, such as railings, handles, etc., are cleaned and disinfected daily.

Good hand hygiene behavior is encouraged.

  • Hand sanitizer stations are installed at all playgrounds.
  • Portable hand sinks are available at various locations around the school.

Respiratory etiquette is encouraged.

  • Wearing of face coverings along with social distancing where applicable.
  • Encourage staff and students to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sneeze into their sleeve.



10/22/20 UPDATE:

As you may have seen in the news recently, the definition of close contact has changed. The new definition states that close contact is not determined by being within 6 feet of an infected person for an isolated 15-minute time period but is now defined by 15 minutes of time accumulated over a 24-hour period. Please see the definition for Close Contact from the Center for Disease Control listed below.

As educators, this criterion presents a new challenge we must overcome to provide instruction for our students. It is easy to accumulate 15 minutes in small increments when you spend all day with students. Unfortunately, this may result in many more people being identified as close contacts. Please remember, face masks and social distancing is essential.

We want to thank you for rising up with creativity, flexibility, and a remarkable commitment to find a way to support our students. If you have any questions, please contact the Employee Health Hotline at 540-853-2990 between 7am and 4pm Monday through Friday.    

Close Contact

Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

* Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). Data are limited, making it difficult to precisely define “close contact;” however, 15 cumulative minutes of exposure at a distance of 6 feet or less can be used as an operational definition for contact investigation. Factors to consider when defining close contact include proximity (closer distance likely increases exposure risk), the duration of exposure (longer exposure time likely increases exposure risk), whether the infected individual has symptoms (the period around onset of symptoms is associated with the highest levels of viral shedding), if the infected person was likely to generate respiratory aerosols (e.g., was coughing, singing, shouting), and other environmental factors (crowding, adequacy of ventilation, whether exposure was indoors or outdoors). Because the general public has not received training on proper selection and use of respiratory PPE, such as an N95, the determination of close contact should generally be made irrespective of whether the contact was wearing respiratory PPE.  At this time, differential determination of close contact for those using fabric face coverings is not recommended.

Resource: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/



10/14/20 UPDATE:

Thank you to all the parents and guardians who completed the Intent Form for the second nine weeks of school.  The response rate was 89%.  Based on the results, 62% of parents want in-person instruction for their elementary student for the second quarter.  Under the Re-opening Schools Plan approved by the School Board in August, beginning in November, students in pre-school through 5th grade can attend school in-person two days a week.    

Here is some important information from the October 13 School Board meeting:

Beginning this week (10/16), all students will participate in predominately asynchronous instruction (on-demand) on Fridays, unless otherwise mutually arranged by teachers and parents.

Monday, November 2 will now be an asynchronous (on-demand) day.

Schools are closed Tuesday, November 3.    Teachers will reach out to parents to schedule a time for Parent Teacher Conferences.

In Early November, elementary students can attend school for in-person instruction two days a week or they can remain fully virtual for the second nine weeks.

Students attending in-person instruction will be split into two groups.  Group A will attend Monday and Tuesday.  Group B will attend Wednesday and Thursday.  Students learning virtually the other three days will receive predominately asynchronous (on-demand) instruction. In the coming weeks, principals will communicate specific instructions for your student.

Students with disabilities participating in the special education setting more than 50% of their day and students identified as Level English Learners (EL) will continue to attend in-person instruction Monday-Thursday with Friday as an asynchronous (on-demand) learning day.

The elementary virtual academy will continue for those students selecting virtual instruction.  Students and parents/guardians will be notified of their new teacher assignment by October 28, 2020.

Based on the transportation needs of students and social distancing capacity on buses (average per bus is 20 students), there will be two start and dismissal times for elementary students.  Based on the Intent Forms responses, students will attend 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  PLEASE NOTE:  In-person instruction has been shortened by one hour for elementary students. 

For the second nine weeks of school, breakfast and lunch will be delivered to classrooms when students are at school.

Students will take home meals for virtual learning days.

Grab and Go meals can be picked up Tuesdays and Thursdays at Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  There will be no food delivery by bus in the second nine weeks.



10/8/20 UPDATE:

Based on your feedback about the second nine weeks, Roanoke City Public Schools has created these FAQs for elementary students:

When will elementary students receive synchronous and asynchronous instruction? Students who are coming to school in-person two days each week will receive asynchronous (on demand) instruction the other three days each week. 

If my elementary student goes to school two days a week, what will the other three days look like?
The other three days will consist of predominantly asynchronous lessons.

If students remain 100% virtual, will they have the same teacher?
Not necessarily.

If parents/guardians opt for in-person instruction, can students switch to online instruction at any time? 
We would ask that parents/guardians commit to an instruction delivery format for at least the grading period.  If there is a concern at some point during the grading period, the parent/guardian may discuss that concern with the principal.

What are the elementary start and dismissal times?  When will we know?  The District is hopeful we can limit elementary to two start times (7:30 AM and 8:30 AM).  Social distancing on buses limits transportation to an average of 20 students per bus.  Intent forms are crucial in our ability to determine need, which in turn determines start time(s). 

Will my child be required to wear a mask on the bus and in school? 
Face coverings are required for all staff and students if medically and developmentally appropriate.

How often are schools being cleaned?  Daily, high visibility cleaning is occurring at every facility.  The building operations team utilized checklists to document the cleaning, and building operations supervisors audit these checklists periodically to confirm compliance.  Plus, when staff and students are identified with symptoms, possible exposure and/or are positive for COVID-19, a rapid response team cleans and disinfects again. 

What will breakfast and lunch look like for in-person instruction? 
Breakfast and lunch will be available and delivered to classrooms.

Can playgrounds be used by students?  RCPS has a weekly cleaning protocol for playgrounds and hand sanitizing stations are placed at each playground.  However, the community has access to our playgrounds, and they are used daily.  Therefore, the decision to use the playground is a school-based decision.

Please watch this important message from Superintendent White about the Intent Forms for elementary students.  For closed captioning, click here



10/5/20 UPDATE:

Under the Plan approved by the School Board in August, students in pre-school through grade 5 may attend school in-person two days a week for the second nine weeks, which begins the first week of November.  It is crucial that every elementary parent complete an Intent Form for each of their students. 

Before You Begin

  • You will need your child’s email address, login, and password information to complete the form.
  • If you are completing the form for multiple children, you will need to login with each child’s login information.
  • If you are using a device provided by RCPS to access the form, ask the student to login with their RCPS information.
  • If you do not know a student’s login, email address, or password, please call your student’s school.
  • If you have other problems accessing the form, please call 540-853-6070 then press 2.

Click here to complete the Intent Form for elementary students

The first section lets us know whether your child will attend school two days a week based on the approved Plan or remain 100% virtual for the second nine weeks.  The second section asks for your feedback about exploring additional days for in-person instruction if possible for elementary students. The deadline to complete the form is this  Friday, October 9.  Paper copies are also available at the elementary schools. 

Over the next few weeks, district leaders will continue to explore options for in-person instruction for middle and high school students.  If it’s possible to return to the classroom safely before January, we will reach out for your feedback and input for the School Board’s consideration. 

Thank you for your help, and again, please complete the Intent Form for elementary students by this  Friday, October 9.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Virtual Town Hall (9/30) for parents and students. Click here to view the Virtual Town Hall.

UPDATE 9/24/20:

The College Board has asked us to share the following information: The SAT test, scheduled for September 26 and October 3 at William Fleming High School, has been canceled. The make-up date for the 26th is tentatively scheduled for October 10. The make-up date for the 3rd is tentatively scheduled for October 17. Students should log into their College Board account to see the change in test administration. We are told it may take a few days to reflect the adjustment in the roster.

The State is extending the Pandemic EBT Program. Students who are enrolled in a CEP school and learning virtually for at least 5 consecutive days are eligible. The Department of Social Services (DSS) has asked us to share the following information about the program:

Benefits will be issued between September 30 and October 15, 2020

The cards can be used to purchase food items anywhere SNAP or EBT cards are accepted

If you received a P-EBT benefit this past spring or summer, the new benefit will be automatically added to your card

If you lost or no longer have your card, please call 1-866-281-2448 to request a replacement card

If your child is new to Roanoke City Public Schools or attends Crystal Spring and Grandin Court Elementary School, your cards will be mailed to you. Crystal Spring and Grandin Court became CEP schools in August

If you have additional questions, please click here

UPDATE 9/23/20:  Two staff members at William Fleming High School have tested positive for COVID-19. After consulting with Virginia Department of Health, William Fleming High School will close for in-person instruction for the next two weeks out of an abundance of caution. For the time being, Grab and Go Tech Support and Meal Pick-Up will move to James Breckinridge Middle School.  For residents at Ferncliff Apartments, Bus 56 will stop there Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

9/14/20 UPDATE:

Here are some important updates:

The federal government no longer requires enrollment to receive meals for students.  Anyone 18 and under can now receive a free meal from Roanoke City Schools.  To simplify the process, beginning Tuesday, September 22 meal pick-up and delivery will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Families may pick-up meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays for their children by ONE of the following options:

Pick-Up Onsite Option:

  • Days:Tuesday and Thursdays
  • Time: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Sites: Fallon Park, Round Hill, Patrick Henry, and William Fleming
  • Days:Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Time:  5:00 PM -6:30 PM
  • Sites:  Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools

Pick-Up at Bus Stop:

  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Time: 10:30 AM-1 PM

For bus route information, click here

For those students who haven’t picked up a device or signed onto Canvas, please call your student’s school.  Additional laptops have arrived to help with virtual learning.

We hope to have more students back in the classroom by the second nine weeks.  To do so, we need your help.  Continue to wear face coverings, wash your hands frequently, and practice social distancing.  Since the school year started, we have had five staff members and one student test positive for COVID-19 with possible exposure to others.   All students and staff members who have been exposed have been contacted.  We will keep you updated and informed.

Our IT Department is providing Grab and Go Tech Support Monday thru Friday from noon til 1 p.m. at the following locations:

Crystal Spring Elementary

2620 Carolina Ave, SW

2nd Door in Front Loop

Fairview Elementary School

648 Westwood Blvd, NW

2nd Parking Lot near Library

James Breckinridge Middle School

3901 Williamson Rd, NW

Door 14 in bus loop from Trinkle Ave.

John P. Fishwick Middle School

1004 Montrose Ave, SE

Cafeteria Door

Lucy Addison Middle School

1220 5th St., NW

Main Entrance/Weight Room

Patrick Henry High School

2102 Grandin Rd, SW

Auditorium Entrance

James Breckinridge Middle

There will also be Grab and Go Tech Support Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. at Patrick Henry and James Breckinridge Middle

If you have technology issues, you can call our IT Help Desk at 853-6070 or send an email to questions@rcps.info

This year theme is 'We Will Rise.' The first week of school was a great example.  Please watch this video. 



Thank you to everyone who participated in the first Parent University for Canvas. If you were unable to watch it live, click here

The District held a second Parent University for Canvas on September 1, 2020.  Click here to watch


Based on your feedback, we have created a Quick Help Cheat Sheet for Virtual Learning:

 Where can I find my student’s schedule? 

Go into ParentVUE or StudentVUE. 

How do I get onto ParentVUE? 

The parent will first need to contact the student’s school to obtain an activation code.  Once they have the activation code, they should go to the RCPS website and click ParentVue/StudentVue at the top of the page.  Then, they follow the directions.  If they need step-by-step instructions, those instructions may be found on our website under the Parents menu and then select Parent Resources for Virtual. 

How do I change my address? 

Go onto ParentVUE and on the Home page, click on the link “Online Registration is Currently Open:  Begin Registration” or click Online Registration in the upper right-hand corner.  Click Begin Registration.  On the Welcome page, follow the self-guided process. 

If they don’t have ParentVUE, they need to get onto ParentVUE. 

How does my student log on to Canvas? 

Go to the RCPS website and from the Students menu, select Web Based Student Programs and Canvas.  The student will login to Office365 using their RCPS email address. 

Student Example:  rsmit123@students.rcps.info 

Students user name is the first letter of the first name, the first 4 letters of the last name, then the last 3 numbers of the student ID number 

The student’s password is their student ID number, unless the student has changed it. 

How can I monitor my student’s progress in Canvas? 

You may see what is happening by becoming a Canvas observer.  In order to establish an account, you will first need a pairing code from your student’s Canvas account.  Have your student log on to Canvas.  Select the Dashboard, choose Account and then SettingsOnce in Settings, select Pair with Observer.  Copy the Pairing Code to be used with the Canvas Parent account. 

Once you have the pairing code, go to the RCPS website.  From the Parents menu, select Resources and Canvas LMS Parent Account.  From there, follow the directions to set up the account.  If you need further instructions, go to the RCPS website.  From the Parents menu, select Parent Resources for Virtual.  Scroll down to the Canvas Observer information and you may watch the video to establish an account or download an instructional sheet for step-by-step instructions. 

I am new to RCPS, how do I register my student for school? 

On the RCPS website, under the Parents menu and select Parent Resources for Virtual.  Choose the middle option, Online Forms and Registration.  Under the button that says Login and to the right, click on More Options.  Then, Create a New Account.  Follow the instructions and enter the information as requested.  You should receive a call from the school registrar or school secretary to make an appointment to complete the registration process. 

I already have a student in RCPS.  How do I register my other student? 

Go onto ParentVUE and on the Home page, click on the link “Online Registration is Currently Open:  Begin Registration” or click Online Registration in the upper right-hand corner.  Click Begin Registration.  On the Welcome page, follow the self-guided process. 

If they don’t have ParentVUE, they need to get onto ParentVUE. 

How are you going to take attendance if my student does not enter the school building? 

All students who either participate during live instruction or complete assignments and/or assessments will be considered present. 

Students must log onto Canvas and complete assignments each school day 

At 5:00 p.m. each day, a robocall will be sent for those students who did not attend and participate during synchronous (live) instruction and have not completed assignments/assessments for the day. 

Students will have until the next morning to log into Canvas and complete assignments.  This will accommodate working parents who need to help their student with virtual learning. 

What happens if my student’s computer is not working correctly? 

We have a Technology Help Desk you may call, 853-6070. 


In this video, Superintendent White welcomes teachers, students, and parents to a new school year. For closed captioning, click here.


Our Virtual Learning System (Canvas) is available to parents and students. 

Canvas login for parents

Canvas login for students

Parents/guardians must create a ParentVUE Account to access Canvas.  An activation code must be obtained from the school.  This document will provide you step-by-step directions to create an account:


ParentVUE Directions.doc

Click here to view the 2020-2021 School Year Calendar

Click here to view attendance expectations for Virtual Learning.docx
 
Our teachers are here to help you prepare for Virtual Learning (Canvas).  In this video, Ms. West provides advice for parents of pre-school students. For closed captioning, click here



In this video, Ms. Coles of
Round Hill Elementary provides 5 tips to master Virtual Learning. For closed captioning, click here



In this video, Mr. Seal of James Madison Middle provides ten tips to master virtual learning for secondary students. For closed captioning, click here.



In this video, Mr. Durrett of ROTEC previews a Career and Technical Education (CTE) class. For closed captioning, click here.


Do you have a learning space for your student?  In this video, Ms. Childress of Fallon Park Elementary gives us some great ideas. For closed captioning, click here.


In this video, teachers from James Breckinridge Middle School highlight some of the features of Canvas. For closed captioning, click here.


In this video, Ms. Laughlin and Ms. Davis of Monterey Elementary offer some etiquette tips for Virtual Learning. For closed captioning, click here.


In this video, Ms. Keene previews physical education online. For closed captioning, click here



In this video, Ms. Harrington of Lucy Addison Middle highlights Canvas for her students. For closed captioning, click here.


Internet Information

Roanoke City Public Schools has partnered with Cox Communications for the Cox Connect2Compete Program.  If you need internet access, please sign up using the above link. 

The first two months are free for new customers.  If you need assistance paying for the Connect2Compete Program, please call 853-6070.  


Immunization Information

Don't wait vaccinate

Back to school is the perfect time to make sure you children are up to date with their vaccines.  PLEASE NOTE:  All students (in person or virtual) are required to have their immunizations.

Virginia Department of Health Requirements for School Enrollment
State laws require that children receive a comprehensive physical examination and be adequately immunized appropriate to the child's age before entering public kindergarten or elementary school. The physical examination must be completed no longer than one year before the child's entry into kindergarten or elementary school. Accommodations for meeting the immunization requirements may be made for students who are military dependents, homeless, or in foster care. The School Entrance Health Form and Certificate of Religious Exemption are available from your child's school or may be accessed at the Virginia Department of Health Web site.

In April 2018, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) changed the minimum recommended age for the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) adolescent booster vaccine from 10 to 11 years. As a result, a routine adolescent booster dose of Tdap should not be administered to students younger than 11 years of age.

To align with current ACIP recommendations, the 2019 General Assembly passed HB 2215 that changes the grade in which students receive Tdap vaccine from sixth to seventh grade. Students who received a Tdap immunization at age ten will not need another Tdap vaccine to enter seventh grade. This legislation became effective July 1, 2019

You can receive free immunizations from the Roanoke City Health Department.  Please call the Health Department at (540) 283-5050 to make an appointment.
 
Below are school supply lists for each school. 

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Crystal Spring Elementary - 540-853-2976

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Laptop Distribution Information:

August 24- Parents can pick up laptops from noon to 6 p.m. Please enter the gym on 27th Street.

August 25- Parents can pick up laptops from noon to 6 p.m.




Fairview Elementary - 540-853-2978

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Laptop Distribution Information:

Parents/guardians can pick up laptops during Orientation.  Teachers will contact parents to set up a specific time for small group visits.


Fallon Park Elementary - 540-853-2535

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Laptop Distribution information:

August 25th 

9-11:00 5th Grade 

11-1:00 4th Grade 

1-3:00 3rd Grade 

August 26th 

9-11:00 2nd Grade 

11-1:00 1st Grade 

1-3:00 PK/K 

5-7:00 any family who has not had a chance to pick up laptops 



Fishburn Park Elementary - 540-853-2931

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Laptop pick up will be available on the following dates and times for Fishburn Park Elementary students:

Thursday, August 20th - students with last name ending in A-K

9 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. -3 p.m.

Friday, August 21st - students with last name ending in L-Z

9 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. -3 p.m.

Monday, August 24th - Remaining students

9 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. -3 p.m.

Tuesday, August 25th - PM Laptop pick-up 5 p.m. - 7 p.m



Garden City Elementary -540-853-2971

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Laptop Distribution Information:

Monday, August 24 - 11-1 and 4-6 Preschool

Tuesday, August 25 - 11-1 and 4-6 Kindergarten and 5th grade

Wednesday, August 26 - 11-1 and 4-6 1st and 4th grades

Thursday, August 27 - 11-1 and 4-6 2nd and 3rd grades

Friday, August 28 - 11-1 and 4-6 Anyone unable to attend previously



Grandin Court Elementary - 540-853-2867

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Laptop Distribution Information:

Friday, August 28th

11:15 - 12:00 5th / 4th

12:00 – 12:45 3rd / 2nd

12:45 – 1:30   1st

Pre-K and K will pick up technology during orientation on August 31st and September 1st.

Monday, August 31st

9:00 – 1:00 Any students still needing a laptop 1st-5th



Highland Park Elementary - 540-853-2963

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Laptop Distribution/Orientation Information:

August 26, 27, & 28
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  Teachers will  contact families to schedule an appointment for one-on-one back-to-school orientation/laptop pick-up on one of these dates. If you do not hear from your student's teacher, please call 853-2963 to schedule your appointment.


Hurt Park Elementary - 540-853-2986

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Laptop pick up will be available on the following dates and times at Hurt Park Elementary:

August 20, 2020

4th & 5th grade from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

August 21, 2020


2nd & 3rd grade from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

August 24, 2020

preschool and 1st grade from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Lincoln Terrace Elementary - 540-853-2994

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Laptop distribution information:

August 31:

PK and kindergarten- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

1st grade- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

September 1

2nd grade- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

3rd grade- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

September 2

4th grade- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

5th grade- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Monterey Elementary - 540-853-2933

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Monterey will host a Meet and Greet for parents to stop by and meet their teacher in the parking lot, collect necessary forms/materials, and check out technology as necessary.  The dates are as follows:

Wednesday, August 26

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade

12-2pm and 4-6pm

Thursday, August 27

3rd, 4th, 5th grade

12-2pm and 4-6 pm


Morningside Elementary - 540-853-2991

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Laptop Distribution Information:

August 27 (grades 3-5)- Students with last names from A-L come from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Students with last names from M-Z can pick up from noon until 3 p.m.  This event will be held outside.

August 28 (preK thru 2nd grade)- Students with last names from A-L come from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Students with last names from M-Z can pick up from noon until 3 p.m.  This event will be held outside.




Preston Park Elementary - 540-853-2996

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Laptop Distribution Information:

Tuesday, 8/25 (10:00 AM-1:00 PM)--PK, K, 1

Wednesday, 8/26 (10:00 AM-1:00 PM)--Grades 2 + 3

Thursday, 8/27 (10:00 AM-1:00 PM)--Grades 4 + 5

Thursday, 8/27 (6:00 PM-8:00 PM)--All who could not come during the day times


Roanoke Academy for Math and Science - 540-853-2751

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Laptops will be available for pick-up for Roanoke Academy students on the following dates/times.  PLEASE NOTE:  You must call the school and make an appointment.  It will be a Drive-Thru event.

Thursday, August 20-  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (K-5)

Friday, August 21- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (K-5)

Monday, August 24- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (pre-school)


Round Hill Elementary - 540-853-2756

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Laptop distribution information:

Round Hill teachers will reach out to parents to make an appointment to pick up laptops August 26-28. 



Virginia Heights Elementary - 540-853-2937

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Laptop Distribution Information:

You must call the school and make an appointment.  Masks are required.

August 20- 1 to 3 p.m.

August 21- 9 a.m. to 12 noon

August 24- 4 to 6 p.m.

August 25- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Wasena Elementary - 540-853-2914

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If your child needs a laptop for the school year, please contact Wasena at 853-2914 and arrange a pick-up time.


Westside Elementary - 540-853-2967

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Laptop distribution information:

Monday, August 24th:

5th Grade Last Name A – M, 10-11:30 a.m. Last Name N-Z, 12 – 1: 30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 25th:

4th Grade Last Name A-M 10-11:30 a.m. Last Name N-Z, 12-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 26th:

3rd Grade Last Name A-M, 10-11:30 a.m. Last Name N-Z, 12-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 27th:

1st and 2nd Grade. First Grade (all) 9-11 a.m. Second Grade (all) 1-3 p.m.

Friday, August 28th:

PK 9-10:30 a.m. Kindergarten Last Name A-M, 11-12:30 p.m. Last Name N-Z, 1-2:30 p.m.


James Breckinridge Middle - 540-853-2251

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Laptop Distribution Information:

Laptops will be distributed through Door 2 near the gym.  Please bring your ID and wear a mask. 

August 24- 8th graders with last names A-K can pick up laptops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

August 25- 8th graders with last names L-Z can pick up laptops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

August 26- 7th graders can pick up laptops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Any grade can pick up from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

August 27- 6th graders can pick up laptops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

August 28- Any Breckinridge student can pick up laptops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.



James Madison Middle - 540-853-2351

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Laptop Distribution Information:  Starting August 24, students can pick up at laptops at school from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  They must call the school and make an appointment.  A parent signature is required during the process and masks must be worn. 


John P. Fishwick Middle - 540-853-6040

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Laptop Distribution Information:

August 25- 8th graders can pick up laptops

Letters A-F- 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Letters G-L- 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Letters M-R- 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Letters S-Z- 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

August 26- 6th graders can pick up laptops

Letters A-F- 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Letters G-L- 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Letters M-R- 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Letters S-Z- 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

August 27- 7th graders can pick-up laptops

Letters A-F- 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Letters G-L- 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Letters M-R- 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Letters S-Z- 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Lucy Addison Middle - 540-853-2681

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Laptop Distribution Information:

August 24- 8th graders can pick up laptops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

August 25- 7th graders can pick up laptops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

August 26- 6th graders can pick up laptops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

August 27- any Addison student can pick up laptops from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

August 28- any Addison student can pick up laptops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Woodrow Wilson Middle - 540-853-2358

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Laptop Distribution Information:

Please use the entrance near the cafeteria.

August 26-
  students can pick-up laptops from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 to 7 p.m.

August 28- students can pick up laptops from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.




Patrick Henry High School (540) 853-2255

Laptop Distribution Information:

If you did not return your Patrick Henry Laptop at the end of last year, you will have the opportunity to do so, AND pick up your new laptop.  You will need a new laptop to complete this year’s online work.  Last year’s laptop will not work!

We will collect old laptops and distribute new laptops according to the following schedule:

SENIORS: Monday, August 24 from 9:00-3:00

JUNIORS: Tuesday, August 25 from 9:00-3:00

ANY GRADE 9-12: Wednesday, August 26 from 12:00 noon until 6:00pm

SOPHOMORES: Thursday, August 27 from 9:00-3:00

FRESHMAN: Friday, Friday, August 28 from 9:00-3:00

You will be able to drop off/pick up laptops and complete all school forms from your vehicle.  PH staff will be present to assist you


William Fleming High School (540) 853-2781


Laptop Distribution Information:

All students must come with their parent/guardian.  You will need to log in before leaving the school to make sure that the student name and log in works appropriately.   

August 20- grades 10, 11, and 12th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

August 21- grades 10, 11, and 12th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

August 24- and Fleming student can pick up a laptop from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

August 25 & 27 - any Fleming student can pick up laptops from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

August 26 & 28- any Fleming student can pick up laptops from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Noel Taylor Learning Academy (540) 853-1461

Laptop Distribution Information:  The school will contact parents/student to arrange a time to pick-up laptops

40 Douglass Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA24012 Phone 540-853-2502