Radford City Schools to be closed on Inauguration Day ‘in the best interest of the entire school community’

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RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Even though asynchronous remote learning will proceed as planned on Wednesday, Radford City Public Schools says school buildings will be closed to both students and staff members on Inauguration Day “in the best interest of the entire school community.”

According to Radford City Public Schools‘ Facebook post on Thursday, Jan. 14, Wednesday’s learning opportunities have been conducted asynchronously, with school buildings closed to students but open to teachers so they can communicate with families, post lessons, plan for future instructional needs, and coordinate student services.

However, things will change a bit on Wednesday, Jan. 20, for the reasons explained in the statement below:

We have heard from many governmental officials that January 20, 2021, Inauguration Day, may be met with violent protests in many states as well as the District of Columbia. Our primary job as school officials is to ensure the safety of our students, staff and school community. Since this day is already scheduled to be asynchronous we are asking all RCPS employees to communicate with families, post lessons, plan for upcoming instructional needs and coordinate services for students from their homes. We feel that closing all school buildings for this day is in the best interest of the entire school community. Therefore, buildings will not be accessible to staff and students on Wednesday, January 20, but asynchronous Wednesday will continue for all students as it has been for the 2020-2021 school year.

If you have a child or children who were eligible for services and/or face-to-face learning on Wednesday, January 20th, please know that with the closure of our buildings, these learning opportunities will be rescheduled.

Also, we will continue with food distribution next Wednesday, January 20, and will have the school nutrition staff, bus drivers and custodians available during that time to assist with this important event.

Radford City Public Schools

In addition, with teachers and students spending the school day at home on Wednesday, school officials say the food distribution scheduled for Wednesday will instead take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Belle Heth Elementary School in a drive-thru format.

Attendees are asked to drive through the parent arrival/dismissal area until you reach the front of the cafeteria, where a school nutrition employee will bring you your breakfasts and lunches. However, if you cannot drive to Belle Heth, you are asked to call 267-3233 to make possible delivery arrangements.

Superintendent Rob Graham also shared a letter to the Radford City Public Schools community on Thursday, highlighting the school district’s accomplishments over the past nine months in spite of the pandemic. You can read that full statement here:

If you have any questions or concerns about Radford City Public Schools’ update, you are asked to contact a building or central office administrator.

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