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Emergency Information


Student safety is a top priority in the Riverdale School District. Every effort is made to create a welcoming, yet safe, school grounds. The following information will demonstrate our commitment to keeping children safe.


Command Center


The school office is considered "Command Center" in the event of any emergency. The school principal or designee takes command of the situation until emergency services arrive. All support staff are to report to the office in the event of an actual emergency to be given check point assignments. Walkie Talkies and cell phone intercoms are given to lead personnel for communication purposes.


Fire Drills


As required by law, our schools practice a fire drill one time each month. Teachers are given evacuation procedures in their staff handbook and teach students the procedures within the first week of school. Evacuation maps are posted in each room and teachers use the "green card" or "red card" system to alert our command center of problems.


Earthquake Drills


Earthquake drills will occur two times during the school year and basically focus on the "drop, cover and hold" system. Teachers are given earthquake procedures in their staff handbook and teach students the procedures within the first week of school.


Lock Down Drills


Lock Down procedures could be used in any emergency requiring students to stay in the building, as it may be deemed the safest place. Teachers/staff take command of the classroom situation. Doors are to be locked and students are to "cover or hover" as deemed safest by the teacher. Procedures are in the staff handbook.


Emergency Release


Parents are asked to fill out the Annual Permission/Emergency/Yearly Release Form as part of the registration update each year. This information gives the office and individual teachers the direction needed in the event of an emergency.


Safety Committee


A building Safety Committee is required by law and meets monthly for both buildings in the District. This committee is to oversee all aspects of student and staff safety on each school site. All safety issues and accident reports filter through this group.


SAFE Task Force


Valuing the social and emotional well-being of students, a SAFE Task Force was created in past years to enhance respect, responsibility and self-esteem on campus. This group has been responsible for parent training events, character education curriculum and parental volunteer programs.


Staff Duty


All staff are to be current with building schedules which includes "duty" time. This position of safety may vary but include; crosswalk duty, recess duty, lunch duty, hall duty, bus duty, etc. Bright colored vests are required for outside positions.


Snow/Ice/Storm Days


In the event of extreme weather conditions, school may be canceled for the day. The superintendent makes the decision if it is safe for school to be in session. We use the "All Call" phone system that will alert parents of the cancellation, as well as posting on the school web site. TV stations will also be notified.

Note: Our head custodian is responsible for the facility and grounds. He does daily checks on certain areas, weekly checks on other areas and a full grounds check each trimester.

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Posted 12/12/2014 04:58PM
Now in his second year at Riverdale, and with four decades of experience in public education under his belt, Superintendent Terry Brandon shares with the Lake Oswego Review some valuable career lessons and discusses what makes the Riverdale education so special.
Posted 12/09/2014 03:35PM
The Mount St. Helens field study trip has been a tradition for Riverdale Grade School 5th graders since 1983. This year's students had a great story to tell anyone who'd listen, including a reporter for the Lake Oswego Review.
Posted 11/21/2014 04:46PM
At Riverdale, we see the curriculum as the driver, and technology as the accelerator. Read more in this article from the Lake Oswego Review.

  • Riverdale School District
  • 11733 SW Breyman Ave.
  • Portland, Oregon 97219
  • Phone: 503-262-4840
  • Fax: 503-262-4841
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