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Richmond schools closed until April 13

Ronald E. Carrington | 3/19/2020, 6 p.m.
Richmond Public Schools will be closed for an additional two weeks through spring break, reopening Monday, April 13, because of ...

Richmond Public Schools will be closed for an additional two weeks through spring break, reopening Monday, April 13, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Superintendent Jason Kamras made the announcement at the Richmond School Board meeting Monday night, noting, “This is an unprecedented time as we navigate the current situation.”

The schools will be closed for students and staff. The superintendent, his senior staff, school principals, principal directors and custodians will remain on the job, however.

Students were given learning activities packets when schools closed on Friday, March 13. If they did not get the packets, officials said families can pick them up at the food distribution centers.

Additional learning activities for students at all levels also are available on the RPS website under Learning at Home Resources, www.rpstech.org/parents.html.

Students will not be graded during the closure, officials said.

Last week, Gov. Ralph S. Northam ordered all Virginia public schools closed for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16, in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. That would have reopened schools for one week before spring break was to start on April 6.

Under Mr. Kamras’ directive, schools will be closed for the next four weeks through the spring holiday.

Neighborhood food distribution centers

Neighborhood-based food distribution centers are open 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday at 15 locations around Richmond.

East End

• Fulton - Miss Girlee’s Parking Lot, 4809 Parker St., #1520

• Creighton Court - Management Office, 2101 Creighton Road

• Fairfield Court - Management Office, 2506 Phaup St.

• Mosby Court - Management Office, 1543 Coalter St.

• Whitcomb Court - Management Office, 2302 Carmine St.

West End

• Randolph - Fifth Baptist Church, 1415 W. Cary St.

• Maymont - Amelia St School Parking Lot, 1821 Amelia St.

North Side

• Bellevue/Pine Camp - Parking Lot, 4901 Old Brook Road

• Battery Park - Gate Oaks Apartment Complex, 2907 Chamberlayne Ave.

• Gilpin Court - Management Office, 1000 St. John St., Richmond, VA 23220, Brookland Park - Hotchkiss Field Community Center, 701 E. Brookland Park Blvd.

South Side

• Bellmeade - Recreation Center, 1800 Lynhaven Ave.

• Hillside Court - Recreation Center, 1500 Harwood St.

• Chippenham & Hull St - Timbercreek Apartments, 2200 Chateau Dr.

• Belt Blvd. & Hull St.- Southwood Leasing Office, 1200 Southwood Pkwy.

All RPS employees – full time and part time – will continue to be paid during this time, officials said Monday night. That includes hourly workers as the School Board approved allocating funding for the maximum possible hours for such workers during the school closing.

“The closing could be longer than after spring break,” Mr. Kamras said, acknowledging that “the extension will put additional stress on families ... in terms of child care, having food, as well as other day to day realities. However, it is important to let them know now so they can plan for the future.”

RPS has opened 20 food distribution centers from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at various schools where families can pick up breakfast and lunch for their children.