Richmond Public Schools considering two options for reopening plan


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond schools Superintendent Jason Kamras said Thursday that the district is considering two options for reopening while awaiting further guidance from state education officials.

Kamras addressed Richmond Public Schools’ plan during Mayor Levar Stoney’s briefing on the city’s coronavirus response.

“We are, of course, in the process of planning for reopening. Both a virtual opening, a physical opening and other varieties of those two,” Kamras said. “My understanding is that, next week the state will put out guidance in terms of phased reopening of schools and once that is out, we of course here in Richmond will have more to say about how we will be approaching that.”

Kamras also said the district’s meal distribution will continue through the summer. So far, RPS has given out more than 600,000 meals.

RPS will have both virtual and in-person graduation ceremonies during the last week of June, Kamras confirmed Thursday. The in-person ceremonies will happen in gyms and on football fields with social distancing measures in place. For example, Kamras said each high school senior will only be able to have three family members in attendance.

The CDC has also released recommendations for reopening schools.

Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story.


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