September 23, 2023

Two Richmond elementary colleges will begin courses on Monday, July 24, as a part of a pilot program so as to add 20 days to the college yr.

Whereas the vast majority of Virginia faculty divisions are nonetheless rocking out to the 1972 Alice Cooper hit “Faculty’s Out,” two Richmond elementary colleges are ringing the bell sooner than ordinary. 

The initiative is a part of a Richmond Public Colleges (RPS) pilot program, RPS200. This system will add 20 further days to the college yr calendar in an effort to fight summer time studying loss. The change will elevate the in-classroom expertise from 180 to 200 days.

“Popping out of the pandemic, RPS—like faculty programs throughout the nation—skilled vital declines in scholar achievement. Whereas further tutoring and after-school assist might be useful, these interventions will probably not be ample,” a portion of a doc about RPS200 launched by RPS learn. “[R]esearch has demonstrated that further educational time can have a optimistic impression on scholar outcomes.”

Each Fairfield Court docket Elementary Faculty and Cardinal Elementary Faculty will begin courses on Monday, July 24. The change will impression an estimated 1,100 college students and greater than 60 academics, in response to information obtained from Public Faculty Evaluation

For school and workers, the schedule alteration comes with a bump in pay:

  • Principals and assistant principals will obtain $15,000 bonuses
  • Academics and workers with contracts will obtain a $10,000 bonus, together with an amended 11-month contract
  • There’s additionally the likelihood for an extra $5,000 workers bonus, so long as scholar final result targets are met

Apart from the beginning date, the 2 colleges within the pilot program may have the identical schedule as all different RPS areas, together with holidays, scheduled breaks, and the college yr finish date.

“Every RPS200 faculty would have autonomy on methods to use the extra educational time. For instance, colleges may use the time to easily stretch out pacing, or they might embed enrichment and intervention weeks all year long,” a portion of the RPS200 doc learn. “‘Out of the field’ innovation can be strongly inspired.”

Mother and father and guardians had the choice to decide their youngsters into or out of the pilot program, given they offered transportation for lodging in the event that they requested a faculty change.