Re-opening schools
Posted on 02/25/2021
Forward RCPS logo, overview of the latest info for the 2020-2021 school year

Click here to access Bus Transportation and School Schedules. 

Click here to view the updated Re-Opening Schools Plan

Click here to view information on Student Meals

Click here to view information on Technology Assistance.

Para ver esta información en español, haga clic aquí.

Please be aware, your student's bus route may change for the fourth-nine weeks.

Overview of Learning Options for the Remainder of the 2020-2021 School Year

Below is an overview of the Forward RCPS Plan approved by the School Board on February 24, 2021 for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.  Your school principal will communicate specific details for your student in the coming weeks. 

To view the full presentation presented during the School Board Meeting, click here.

Four Day In-Person Instruction:

On March 15, 2021 four day in-person instruction will begin or continue for the following:

  • Elementary school students*
  • 4-year-old preschool students
  • Students with disabilities participating in the special education setting more than 50% of their day
  • Level I English Learners (EL)
  • Noel C. Taylor middle and high school students (the school will contact parents and guardians directly to discuss any necessary schedule changes.)
  • Forest Park Academy students (small groups on Fridays)

*March 11th and 12th will be on-demand (asynchronous) learning days for elementary students only

March 29, 2021 (Beginning of the 4th Nine Weeks) four day in-person instruction will begin for designated middle and high school students, including:

  • Students with disabilities (students with IEPs or 504 Plans).
  • Students found eligible for McKinney-Vento services (students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes students who are doubled-up with family or friends, unaccompanied youth, sheltered or in hotels).
  • Additional students identified as English Learners (EL) would be offered in-person instruction for four days.
  • Students identified in multiple areas (EL, special education, McKinney-Vento) would be offered in-person instruction for four days.
  • Students that are high school seniors that are academically vulnerable.
  • Students considered truant for the 2020-2021 school year will have the opportunity to attend four days in-person as determined by the Interdisciplinary Team or the Student Support Team.
  • Middle school students enrolled in Carnegie (high school) credit classes who are in jeopardy of not acquiring credits due to academic progress.
  • Students identified by school counselor, teacher, or administrator as academically vulnerable due to lack of academic progress or engagement.

Two Day In-Person Instruction for fourth nine-weeks:

Middle and High Schools students will remain on the same 2-day per week schedule for the remainder of the school year. 

Virtual Academy:

The Virtual Academy will continue for any students electing this learning option.  For more information on Virtual Academy click here.


Bus Transportation and School Schedules:

We are asking parents and guardians to assist with transportation when possible to limit the number of students on buses. Based on the number of students requiring transportation, some routes will require more than one student per seat. Click here to view updated bus routes.

Face coverings are required on buses and at school, if medically and developmentally appropriate. Face coverings are available for students and staff.

Student start and dismissal times, for four-year old preschool through 12th grade will be as follows:

Bell Time: 7:30 AM-1:30 PM

Crystal Spring ES

Fairview ES

Fallon Park ES

Fishburn Park ES

Highland Park ES

Hurt Park ES

Lincoln Terrace ES

Preston Park ES

Roanoke Academy ES

Round Hill ES                     

Virginia Heights ES

Wasena ES

Westside ES

Bell Time 8:30 AM-2:30 PM

Garden City ES  

Grandin Court ES

Monterey ES

Morningside ES

Middle/High School Students with Disabilities and Level 1 English Learners participating four days in-person that have been attending in-person since the 1st nine weeks

Bell Time 9:30 AM-3:30 PM

James Breckinridge MS

James Madison MS                         

John Fishwick MS

Lucy Addison MS 

Patrick Henry HS

William Fleming HS

Woodrow Wilson MS         

Student Meals

Click here for times and locations for Grab and Go Meal Distribution.

Click here to view past updates during the 2020-2021 school year.

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