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RPS calling on families, staff to weigh in on returning to in-person learning

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Posted at 11:08 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 11:13:00-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Public Schools is calling on parents and school staff to complete a survey to share feedback on whether schools should remain virtual or switch to in-person learning during the second semester.

Richmond Superintendent Jason Kamras told CBS 6, along with that feedback, the Richmond School Board will look at health data related to COVID-19.

They will particularly look at the percent-positivity of virus not just city-wide, but by sub-group such as race as African-American and Latino communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and represent about 90-percent of RPS families.

For his part, Kamras said he is still not optimistic about in-person learning next semester.

"I do have concerns. We see rising infection rates all across the country, here in Central Virginia," he said.

RPS says the all responses to the survey will be anonymous and all data will be publicly shared.

Click here to take the survey which will remain open until December 6.

The final decision about the second semester will be determined at a School Board meeting on December 7.

The second semester begins on February 8, 2021.