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Verletta White, Superintendent
Roanoke City Public Schools

The Star News
We are pleased to launch The Star News, a monthly newsletter designed to provide the RCPS community an additional way to receive reminders and learn more about our wonderful schools! Each issue will also include a personal letter from me titled "Superintendent's Corner." You may find past issues of The Star News by clicking here.

2021-2022 Welcome Back Letter

RCPS Family,

Welcome back for the 2021-2022 school year! We are so excited to have students back with us, 5-days a week, for in-person instruction. We hope you and your students are excited too!

The past year has taught us that school is more than school for our children and your family. We want you to know we are committed to:

Ensuring your children are safe and healthy: Safety-optimized instruction will enable us to protect in-person instruction. By continuing to wear face coverings, following social distancing guidelines whenever possible, and not coming to school or work when sick, we will keep our students, staff, and our community healthy.

Prioritizing high-quality instruction and authentic literacy: We know we must focus on our students' learning recovery and acceleration so they can excel academically. Our charge is to make sure students are reading, writing, and discussing relevant content in every subject, every day.

Our materials used in instruction will also reflect the demographics of our school district to ensure our students can see themselves and relate to the material being taught. This will also allow them to bring their own experiences to classroom discussion and enhance learning for everyone.

The social-emotional well-being of your child: The past year has been difficult for everyone. We are here to support your child, so they are prepared to fully participate when they are in school. If you feel your child needs additional supports or you have concerns, please always reach out to your child’s school.

We hope you will help us to ensure it is a great year for all our students. You can do this by:

Making sure students come to school. We know most students learn better when they are in person. Making sure your child attends school is important to ensure they excel this school year.

We, of course, encourage you to keep them home, if sick, and reach out to your school, so arrangements can be made to ensure they do not fall behind while recovering.

Engaging in their schoolwork. Discussing school with your child, even if they may not seem to want to talk about it, is an important way to show them you value their education.

Communicating with your child’s teacher. If you notice a change in your child’s behavior, grades, attendance, or overall demeanor, please reach out to their teacher.

Together, we can ensure our students remain safe, healthy, and feel encouraged and supported. I believe, it is going to be a great school year and I thank you for your continued support of Roanoke City Public Schools. We Are One!


Verletta B. White

Equity in Action
When I joined Roanoke City Public Schools, one of my promises to you in my 100-Day plan was to “monitor school system efforts toward equity and access to ensure high-quality programming for all students.” I’m proud of the equity groundwork we’ve begun laying this year, and I’m excited as we look toward the future.

On Monday, May 3, 2021, we presented an Equity in Action – Destination 2030 proposal to the School Board and Roanoke City Council at their joint meeting. This proposal provides a roadmap for equitable access to Career and Technical Education for students at both of our high schools, the centralization of our district administration into one location, and the creation of a Center for Community Empowerment and Education.

Click here to read the full Equity in Action proposal.

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