Welcome to the RVGS Back to School Information for 2022-23!
This page will provide a one stop location for materials related to back to school. If you have any questions not addressed on this page, please contact the school at 540-853-2116.
Back to School Night
RVGS Back to School Night was held on Thursday, August 18. You can access the recording of the main session with Mr. Levy and the presentation file below. There are no recordings of the teacher introductions, but you can reach out to your student's teacher by email if you have course-specific questions.
School Opening Information Letter from Mr. Levy
Please use the link below to access the back to school letter from Mr. Levy. This covers a variety of important topics and it is important that you read this information. The document includes information on:
- Transportation and parking
- First day of school and forms
- Fees and payments (instructions for online payments can be found here)
- Calendar information and important dates
- Absences and attendance
- Cell phones
- Student accountability
- Grades and online gradebook
- RVGS T-shirts
- RVGS Foundation
Back to School Forms and Surveys
The majority of back to school forms are consolidated within a single online form, which should be completed by August 23.
The combined online form is available at: https://forms.office.com/r/BeiKbrKABr
We value the input of our families to help us refine our short and long-term goals. Last May, we distributed an input survey to our parents/guardians. If you didn't complete this form at that time or you are new to RVGS, we would welcome you to complete the form at this time. Note: questions are not marked as required to allow you to skip questions as needed (if you are new to the school, don't have a strong opinion, don't feel recollection of last year is fresh, etc.). I draw your attention specifically to # 9, 10, 12, 13 and 14 - these questions allow you to provide statements regarding what is going well at RVGS and what you think we should prioritize working on.
Most aspects of life at RVGS have returned to normal operations. Students are free to make the masking decisions that they are comfortable with and masks will be available for students. During times of high transmission, we encourage mask use for students because of seating in close quarters with their peers.
COVID-like symptoms, exposures, and positive cases:
Guidelines from CDC and VDH change over time as our scientific understanding increases and based on changing community infection levels. Our seven school divisions generally align well in their protocols for quarantine and isolation. When symptoms, exposures, and positive cases arise, RVGS families should promptly contact their home school nurse for guidance and follow the same quarantine/isolation directions for RVGS as at their home school. Please make sure you contact RVGS and provide a note for absences, but COVID-related absences and documentation will be completed through the home school.
The current default advice (as of Aug 4) following a positive test is that the student should be isolated for five days following the start of symptoms (or from positive test if no symptoms are present). The start of symptoms is considered "day zero" and the student is out through day five, returning on day six. The student must wear a mask on day 6 through 10. Note: this is general guidance to give a sense of what to expect (at the time this was written) - you need to make contact with the home school nurse to get specific guidance.
Missed class time and make-up work:
Students should follow proper protocols and advice regarding COVID-related absence. In that context, we will certainly accommodate student absences. If your student will miss any extended period of time, the student should contact the teacher directly to explore options for their missing work. If sufficient notice is provided, the teacher has the option of streaming or recording the class for an absent student, but this will not always be available and the student should collaborate with their teacher for assistance with missed notes and assignments without assuming that a stream or recording will be available. Students will receive appropriate due date extensions for assignments that were given during the absence.
Roanoke City school year calendar RVGS-specific deviations from the Roanoke City calendar can be found below:
- Non-student day - February 6
- Last school day for Seniors - May 12
- Projected last day 9th-11th - May 24
Critical calendar dates to note:
- Project Forum - Saturday, Feb 4
- Senior Dinner - Monday, May 8 (senior families only)
Winter Break/Spring Break: Accommodations will be made for families who are out of town during mismatched spring break and winter break and classes will be streamed/recorded. Additional information will be shared when we approach these dates.
RVGS Foundation - Kroger and Amazon
Amazon Smile: The following link will allow a percentage of Amazon purchases to be donated to the RVGS Foundation https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-2021617 . Please note that the donations will only be processed if you start your shopping through https://smile.amazon.com instead of the normal url.
Drop-off and Pick up - updated 10/10/22
Student drivers parking in the student parking lot:
- Ensure you are being attentive and maintain a safe speed when driving on campus
- Yield for pedestrians attempting to cross the road and be mindful of crosswalks
- Do not attempt to pass cars in your lane that are stopped to drop off students
- Enter the student parking lot ONLY through the entrance further away from the faculty lot (purple dot in picture below); the opening adjoined with the faculty lot will only be used for exiting during morning arrival
- Do not drive through the faculty parking lot to access the student lot
Parents dropping off students:
- Prior to 8:15 AM, please drop your student off at the front entrance of the school (green circle in picture); this is a change from the original 8:00 cut-off on front drop-offs
- If dropping off between 8:00 and 8:15, please be mindful of bus traffic and don’t u-turn when a bus or other traffic approaches from behind you
- If entering from the Grandin Rd entrance AFTER 8:15 AM: [Blue path in picture below]
- Pull into the first entrance area to the faculty parking lot (following blue line) and drop off your student in the faculty parking lot (at the blue dot); they will cross at the crosswalk and should watch for traffic
- Please pull as far toward the end of the faculty parking lot as possible (at the blue dot) to allow room for other cars entering behind you
- If entering from the rear entrance (Lofton Rd) AFTER 8:15 AM: [Red path in picture below]
- If your student is exiting from the passenger side of the vehicle, drop them off at the rear of the building (at the red dot)
- If your student is on the driver’s side of the vehicle, you can take a left into the faculty parking (where the blue line enters) and drop them off there to avoid the student existing the car in a road with two way traffic
If you encounter issues or have questions about this new drop off plan, please contact Mr. Levy.