• Riverdale School District News April 9

    Posted by Joanna Tobin on 4/9/2021

    Published April 9, 2021

    This week our GS Team continued preparations for our return to longer days (8:30-2:20 M/T/TH/F and 8:30-12:20 W). We’re thrilled to begin this new schedule with Kindergarten students next Thursday, April 15th and all K-8th on Monday, April 19th. Today our HS Team engaged in a meaningful review of the hybrid options, looking for ways to strengthen schedules in consideration of the 3ft rule change. For next year, we continue to review use of alternate and creative spaces, such as potentially accessing the two local churches within walking distance and partnering with Lewis and Clark if needed.
    In case you missed this announcement last week, we will be holding three listening sessions in the coming months to hear from community members and caregivers of students who are part of historically marginalized communities. The purpose of these sessions is to hear about the educational experiences of these populations and listen to ways that we can be more supportive to our marginalized students. All of these meetings will be held virtually. This is in support of and to strengthen our SIA planning for the 2021-2022 school year. 
    Caregivers of Students of Color and Caregivers of Color: | Thursday, May 6, 6-7 p.m. | This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern/North African, Latine/Latinx, multiracial or biracial. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
    Caregivers of LGBTQIA2S+ Students and Caregivers who are LGBTQIA2S+: | Thursday, May 13, 6-7 p.m. | This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, Aromatice, Pansexual, Non-binary or have their own label/non-label in regards to their gender or sexual identity. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
    Caregivers of Neurodiverse Students, Caregivers of Students with Disabilities, and Caregivers who are Neurodiverse or have a Disability |Thursday, May 20, 6-7 p.m.| This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who have Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD, ADD, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Auditory Processing Disorder, ED, specific learning disabilities, physical disabilities, any other categories under IDEA or a combination of these. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
    Please mark your calendars. Details about signing-up to participate in the sessions will be sent out in this newsletter in the coming weeks.  
    Take good care.
    Interim Superintendent, Joanna Tobin
     

    Notice of Budget Committee Meetings

    Riverdale School District will conduct the Budget 101 Meeting to complete the training and onboarding of our committee on Wednesday, April 21 via GoToWebinar. The first budget committee meeting is on Wednesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. via GoToWebinar. Members of the public may watch the budget meeting live. The next two meetings are on Wednesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 19 at 6 p.m. Riverdale budget information can be found on our Budget/Finance page
     
    Register here for the April 28 Budget Meeting
     
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    Board Work Study Monday

    The next work study session is Monday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. By registering using the GoToWebinar (GTW) link below, you will be sent a reminder with the access link before the meeting.
    The board meeting calendar and agendas can be found on the district website under About Us > School Board and Policy. Recordings are posted on the Riverdale Board Page. 
     
    Register here for the Board Work Study
     
     

    Equity and Inclusion Corner 

    Why It’s Important to Talk to Your Children About Race
    Many people worry that by talking about race and racial stereotypes, we are teaching kids to notice differences that they otherwise would not have seen. In reality, children begin to notice racial differences when they are babies and are influenced as toddlers by the racial messaging they see in the world around them. Studies have shown that children start to form views about race when they are as young as two years old. Anderson Cooper did a 10-minute special, “Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture” on this topic and his conversations with kids show how quickly they internalize racial misconceptions. The graphic below shows this in more detail:
     
    Let's talk about race
    When we do not talk to kids about race, we are allowing the stereotypes they absorb at a young age to be cemented. We must have conversations and be intentional about what we expose them to in order to prepare them for living in a diverse world.  
    Here are two articles I suggest reading in order to learn more about the topic and how to approach this in your own home:
    Read this article from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee: “Children are Not Colorblind, How Young Children Learn Race”
    Read this article from the University of California, Berkeley: “Five Ways to Reduce Racial Bias in Your Children”
    - Abby Rotwein 
    Riverdale School District Equity and Inclusion Coordinator K-12
    Restorative Justice Coach 9-12
     
     
     

    Calendar

    • Monday, April 12 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m.
    • April 14-15 - RHS Teacher Hybrid PD Days (RHS no school)
    • Thursday, April 15 - RGS Kindergarten new schedule of 8:30-2:20 begins
    • Friday, April 16 - RHS Hybrid Welcome Day
    • Friday April 16 - RGS Teacher Work Day (RGS no school)
    • Monday, April 19 - All K-8th on new longer day schedule of 8:30-2:20
    • Wednesday, April 21 - Budget 101 Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
    • Friday, April 23 - RHS Teacher Work Day (RHS no school)
    • Monday, April 26 - Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m.
    • Monday, April 26 - Board Work Study at 6 p.m.
    • Wednesday, April 28 - First Budget Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. via GTW
     
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  • April 2 Riverdale School District News

    Posted by Joanna Tobin on 4/2/2021

    Friday, April 2

    Riverdale School District News

     
    Dear Riverdale Community,
    Thank you to everyone for your continued flexibility and patience during these ever-changing times. On March 22nd ODE and OHA released updated guidance in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners 6.3.1 document. 

    3 Feet of Physical Distancing Allowed Under Certain Conditions

    The change to Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance aligns physical distancing rules with national research and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    (Salem, Ore.) – “After careful review by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Oregon will shift to allowing 3 feet of physical distancing under certain conditions in schools, including county COVID-19 case rate levels for students in middle and high school. This shift applies to all public and private schools and aligns Oregon’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance with recent studies and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” - Oregon Department of Education
    On Monday, we shared our hope with the Riverdale School Board to move to a longer 8:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. school day for grades K-8th by the week of April 12th. We continue to assess feasibility, including the impact on busing, snack and lunch times (the 6ft rule remains during these times), and scheduling/staffing. We will keep you updated as we work toward this goal. The high school team is fine-tuning the HS hybrid schedule to be launched on April 16th and we are continuing to review additional options to refine as the allocation of space capacity becomes clear. Over the summer, we will continue to consider all facility augmentation to maximize in-person learning.  
    As we look to next year, we anticipate the Student Investment Account (SIA) being fully funded, which will result in more than $400,000 for our district. This year we received a portion of the funding ($155,510.70). 
    Key priorities previously identified within the planning process for the use of these funds included: 
    • Increased academic support for HS students throughout the school day and before and after school
    • Literacy and Math Specialist positions for the GS
    • A continued focus on Restorative Justice and Equity and Inclusion K-12
    • Increased PE for the GS
    • College and career planning support for HS student
    • Counseling curriculum and support for Social Emotional Learning 
    • Increase in electives for the HS in the area(s) of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and professional development opportunities in support of curriculum implementation. 
    We seek to engage with you and understand your hopes as we move forward in planning and budgeting. Please see below for upcoming listening sessions that will inform and strengthen the use of the Student Investment Account funds. As we head into the larger budgeting process this year, I anticipate strengthening and developing programs with available resources and welcome your thoughts and input. 
    Take good care.
    Interim Superintendent, Joanna Tobin
     
     

    Equity and Inclusion Corner 

    The last few weeks have been a busy time for holidays and celebrations!
    To all who celebrated the New Year, Nowruz Mobarak.
    To our Jewish community, Chag Pesach Samech.
    To our Muslim community, we hope you had a lovely Mid-Sha’ban.
    To our transgender and nonbinary community, we see you and acknowledge the International Transgender Day of Visibilty.
    To all those celebrating Good Friday and Easter, we hope you have a wonderful holiday.

    Upcoming Community Listening Sessions

    In August, the Riverdale School Board shared a powerful Anti-Racism Resolution. The School Board is currently in the process of reviewing a number of important policies, including Riverdale School District Educational Equity Policy, Riverdale School District Bias Incident Policy and Riverdale School District All Students Belong Policy.  
    We firmly believe that all students are entitled to a high quality educational experience, free from discrimination or harassment based on actual or perceived: color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, linguistic diversity, nationality status, neurodiversity, national origin, race, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, size/body type or socioeconomic status.  
    The district has taken a number of steps in the last year to help make our schools more equitable and inclusive. Towards that end, we will be holding three listening sessions in the coming months to hear from community members and caregivers of students who are part of historically marginalized communities. The purpose of these sessions is to hear about experiences and listen to ways that we can be more supportive to our marginalized students. All of these meetings will be held virtually.
    Caregivers of Students of Color and Caregivers of Color: This meeting is for caregivers, parents, and guardians of students who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern/North African, Latine/Latinx, multiracial or biracial. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
    Thursday, May 6, 6-7 p.m.
    Caregivers of LGBTQIA2S+ Students and Caregivers who are LGBTQIA2S+: This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, Aromatice, Pansexual, Non-binary or have their own label/non-label in regards to their gender or sexual identity. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
    Thursday, May 13, 6-7 p.m.
    Caregivers of Neurodiverse Students, Caregivers of Students with Disabilities, and Caregivers who are Neurodiverse or have a Disability: This meeting is for caregivers, parents and guardians of students who have Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD, ADD, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Auditory Processing Disorder, ED, specific learning disabilities, physical disabilities, any other categories under IDEA or a combination of these. This meeting is also for caregivers, parents and guardians who are in any of the above categories.
    Thursday, May 20, 6-7 p.m.
    Please mark your calendars. Details about signing-up to participate in the sessions will be sent out in this newsletter in the coming weeks.  
     

    UPDATE

    State Testing Notification and Opt-Out Information

     
     
    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) submitted a 2020-21 statewide assessment and accountability waiver to the United States Department of Education (ED) on Friday, January 22, 2021.
    The waiver was not approved and therefore means we will participate in state testing in a modified form. ODE will review all aspects that were or were not supported and respond accordingly. ODE has developed shortened test blueprints in English language arts and mathematics if summative assessment administration is required.
    In Oregon, state testing is required for students in grades 3-8 and 11. The state testing window will run from April 13-June 11. We will provide updates with grade-level test dates as we learn more from the state.
    Click here to learn more about Oregon’s state testing program and access information about opting out of testing.
     
     
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    UPDATE

    Basketball Hoops and Playground Updates

    Basketball hoops at Riverdale Grade School are now reinstated!
    We’ve also cautiously opened the playground with the following guidelines in place:
     
    • Open to community prior to and following school hours (not during school hours) 
    • Adhere to social distancing (signage to be increased)
    • Frequently clean and disinfect high-traffic areas and commonly touched surfaces (cleaning encouraged in between uses by community members and hand sanitizers to be provided) 
    • Clear signs (healthoregon.org/coronavirus) listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking visitors with symptoms to stay home and who to contact if they need assistance
     

    REMINDER

    Outside and Inside Building Protocols

    Everyone that comes onto our grade school or high school campuses MUST wear a mask. 
    We ask that parents refrain from entering our buildings. At this time, volunteers and other non-essential staff are not able to come inside.
     

    REMINDER

    Timeline of Hybrid Return Dates

     
     
    View all of our previous eblasts here
     
     

    Calendar

    • Monday, April 12 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m.
    • April 14-15 - RHS Teacher Hybrid PD Days (RHS no school)
    • Friday, April 16 - RHS Hybrid Welcome Day
    • Friday Aril 16 - RGS Teacher Work Day (RGS no school)
    • Wednesday, April 21 - Budget 101 Meeting at 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, April 23 - RHS Teacher Work Day (RHS no school)
    • Monday, April 26 - Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m.
    • Monday, April 26 - Board Work Study at 6 p.m.
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  • March 19 Riverdale School District News

    Posted by Joanna Tobin on 3/19/2021
    Dear Riverdale Community, 
    The joy and buzz is back in our buildings! With tremendous excitement we’ve now added back our K-4th grade students on site and anxiously await the return of our 5th-8th grade students after Spring Break, followed by our high school students in April. We understand that the CDC issued updated guidance this morning that now says 3 feet of physical distancing is safe in schools. 
    As part of Governor Brown’s remarks at her 11 a.m. press conference this morning, she made the following statement on the CDC’s newly-announced recommendation for 3-feet physical distancing in schools:
    “This morning the CDC issued updated guidance for physical distancing in schools. Throughout the pandemic, it has been our intent to align with CDC recommendations, while taking COVID-19 conditions in our state into account. 
    “The Oregon Department of Education and OHA are reviewing the new guidance, including the recommendation that three feet of spacing is sufficient when community transmission of COVID-19 is low. This is welcome news for many school districts. After ODE and OHA update their guidance, school districts will still need to have conversations at the local level to update their plans for a return to in-person instruction, and go through their own decision-making process. I hope this helps get even more kids back in school.”
    This is certainly a development in the right direction. We are required to follow the latest Ready Schools, Safe Learners (RSSL) from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), which currently includes the 6-feet rule for social distancing.
    We’re ready to adapt and adjust to any new guidance as we work to best serve all of our students. 
    Wishing you all a wonderful Spring Break! 
    Sincerely,
    Joanna Tobin
     
     

    Equity and Inclusion Corner 

    Hello Riverdale Community,
    This is the first in a weekly installment of a new addition to our District News - Equity and Inclusion Corner. This is a place where you can read about current practices, find resources about diversity, equity, and inclusion topics and hear about what is happening in the district in relation to this work.
    We have chosen this symbol to represent the Equity and Inclusion work we are doing in the Riverdale School District. The top arrow means growth and progress. The triangle is a version of the delta symbol, which means change, and is unclosed to represent openness.
    "Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together." ~Jacqueline Woodson
    I look forward to embarking on this journey with all of you.
    - Abby Rotwein
    Riverdale School District Equity and Inclusion Coordinator K-12
    Restorative Justice Coach 9-12

    Riverdale Statement on Anti-Asian American Hate Crimes

    We are saddened and outraged to read about racially motivated and xenophobic hate crimes targeting Asian Americans. These are not isolated incidents and are part of a wave of Anti-Asian, Anti-Asian American and Anti-Pacific Islander rhetoric and harassment that has increased significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at CSUSB released a study earlier this month that showed hate crimes against this population in the U.S. have increased 149% in the year 2020.  
    We firmly believe that racism and hate have no place in our society, the Riverdale School District or our wider Riverdale community. We condemn all forms of discrimination.
    We believe it is our duty to ensure that:
    • Our schools and community are free of Anti-Asian violence and racism,
    • Students are educated about inequality and are empowered to speak up in the face of injustice and
    • There are resources to support students, faculty and staff members of the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander community directly impacted by racism incited by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
    If you or your family are in need of support, please reach out to a teacher or counselor at your student’s school.
    The Riverdale School District is committed to ensuring our schools create a safe, welcoming, inclusive culture and environment that reflects and supports the diversity of the student population, their families, district staff and our community.
     
     
    Playground

    Basketball Hoops and Playground Updates

    Basketball hoops at Riverdale Grade School will be reinstated with signage and communication to community
    We’re ready to cautiously open the playground with the following guidelines in place:
     
    • Open to community prior to and following school hours (not during school hours) 
    • Adhere to social distancing (signage to be increased)
    • Frequently clean and disinfect high-traffic areas and commonly touched surfaces (cleaning encouraged in between uses by community members and hand sanitizers to be provided) 
    • Clear signs (healthoregon.org/coronavirus) listing COVID-19 symptoms, asking visitors with symptoms to stay home and who to contact if they need assistance
     
     

    School Board Work Study and Meeting on Monday

    The next work study session is Monday, March 29 at 4:30 p.m, followed by a board meeting at 6 p.m. By registering using the GoToWebinar (GTW) link below, you will be sent a reminder with the access link before the meeting. The board meeting calendar and agendas can be found on the district website under About Us > School Board and Policy. Agendas for Monday meetings will be updated on BoardPaq this afternoon. Recordings are posted on the Riverdale Board Page. Public comment is scheduled into all regular meetings. The public may choose to either use the "raise hand" GTW feature and read their question aloud or email public comments to Chrisie Patrick. All written public comments will be taken until 12 p.m. Monday, March 29.
     
     
    Register here for the GTW Board Work Study
     
    Register for the GTW Board Meeting here
     

    Spring Break Safety Practices

    From the Oregon Health Authority: Residents of Oregon should, but are not required to, stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries.
    Multnomah County Health STRONGLY encourages a 14-day quarantine for individuals who choose to travel over Spring Break. Quarantining is highly encouraged but not enforced. Read more here.
     

    REMINDER

    Outside and Inside Building Protocols

    Everyone that comes onto our grade school or high school campuses MUST wear a mask. 
    We ask that parents refrain from entering our buildings. At this time, volunteers and other non-essential staff are not able to come inside.
     

    REMINDER

    Timeline of Hybrid Return Dates

     
     
    View all of our previous eblasts here
     
     

    Calendar

    • March 22-26 - Spring Break
    • Monday, March 29 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m. and Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
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  • Riverdale School District News

    Posted by Joanna Tobin on 2/12/2021
    Dear Riverdale Community, 
    I hope you are staying warm and cozy this weekend. We continue to forge ahead with planning for our return to in-person learning and are working with our entire workforce in this detailed, multi-layered work. Our school teams have been using their creativity to hone in on 5-6th, 7-8th and HS plans for return to in-person learning. We will share these plans with the Instruction Planning Team on Wednesday, Feb. 17 and polish a bit more on Feb. 19 in advance of the upcoming presentation to our School Board on Monday, Feb. 22. 
    Thank you for contributing questions to the FAQ page via email to our Communications Coordinator Elizabeth Gibson. To stay up-to-date, please frequent our FAQ page, read our district emails and attend the Monday, Feb. 22 Board Meeting. We will continue to update the FAQ page with more information. 
    As we enter into this Valentine’s Day weekend, I’ll share with you something I love...I love joining together to solve complex problems and applaud the very hard work that is going on behind the scenes in support of students. We look forward to sharing all of this with you as we gather more input. I also love hearing from high school students who still had school today despite the snow. I imagine they may want to negotiate returning to the “no school during snow days” concept. Please share with your students that I hope they are outside building a family of snowpeople. We also welcome replying to this email with pictures to add to our social media. 
    Take really good care,
    Joanna Tobin
    Interim Superintendent   
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  • Feb. 5 Riverdale District News

    Posted by Joanna Tobin on 2/5/2021

    Update from Interim Superintendent Tobin 

    Click below to hear updates from Interim Superintendent Joanna Tobin. Key topics covered include:
    Vaccinations
    • Over half of the staff have had the opportunity to receive the first vaccination
    Return to Learn
    • Limited In-Person Instruction starting next week
    • Importance of keeping students home when sick/symptomatic as to keep all safe and keep momentum in plans for more students to return
    • Addition of Mental Health support and School Counseling with increased staffing at RGS and RHS  
    • Elementary Hybrid on track for March 8th (vaccines are on track too)
    • Grade-level surveys beginning with Kindergarten going out today for Hybrid/CDL selection
    • Staffing for K-4 Temporary Teachers in Elementary Hybrid is going well and is exciting
    • Principals leading current Hybrid refresh, new 5/6 and 7/8 models for review (initial plans for 5-12th due Feb. 12th and more refined February 19th) - adding more voices in to the discussion to strengthen and improve
    • Safety and compliance central to all conversations
    Communications/Diologue
    • We’re building out a new Q&A page on the Riverdale Return to Learn section of the website 
    • You’re invited to learn about Blueprint that is required by the state on Monday, Feb. 8 at the School Board Work Study. Join us at 4:30 p.m. via GoToWebinar and see a presentation and have an opportunity for feedback/Q&A
    • Look for more dialogue opportunities with our Principals and with our Interim Superintendent  
    • We have so much to be proud of -- let’s build on the positives, elevate the possibilities and be creative together!
    Black History Month
    • Join us in a celebration of Black History Month!
    “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
    - Maya Angelou
     
     
     

    Board Work Study on Monday Feb. 8

    The next work study session is Monday, Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. By registering using the GoToWebinar (GTW) link below, you will receive a reminder emails 24 hours and 1 hour in advance. The board meeting calendar and agendas can be found on the district website under About Us > School Board and Policy. As a reminder, GoToWebinar meetings do not have a video feature for attendees, only panelists. These meetings are recorded and posted on the school board page. 
     

    You’re invited:

     
    Join us for a Feedback and Discussion Session on the RGS and RHS Operational Blueprint as well as a Question and Answer Session to help us build out our new FAQ page. This will be included in the Board Work Study from 5:30-6 p.m. To attend, register using the GTW button below. 
     
     
    Register here for the GTW Board Work Study
     

    HIGHLIGHTING DISTRICT COLLABORATION

    Eighth Grade Seminar with Seniors

    RHS seniors and RGS 8th graders came together virtually this week to discuss what they’ve learned about gentrification in their classes with Ms. Keldorf and Ms. Light. Seniors led 8th graders through discussion questions, asking for their opinions on the effects of gentrification and what can be done going forward to alleviate negative repercussions. We applaud our teachers' tremendous work and elevate the amazing voices of our students. 
     
     
    Click here to view the Jan. 29 RSD eblast
     
    View all of our previous eblasts here
     

    Calendar

     
    • Monday, Feb. 8 - School Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m. via GTW
    • Monday, Feb. 15 - President's Day (no school)
    • Monday, Feb. 22 - School Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m.
    • Monday, Feb. 22 - School Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
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  • Jan. 29 District Eblast | LIPI & Hybrid Information

    Posted by Joanna Tobin on 1/29/2021
    Dear Riverdale Community, 
     
    There is light at the end of this long tunnel. Vaccines are being administered to our staff. We know it’s been difficult waiting and appreciate your patience. 
    Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Teams are preparing to provide in-person support for identified students during Phase One beginning the week of February 8th. RGS and RHS are poised to begin limited in-person instruction for a small number of students based on analysis of student data. We are using data points to inform steady and safe expansion of supports for individuals and small groups every 1-2 weeks per guidance. 
    Limited In-Person Learning Phase-in beginning Feb. 8th Prioritized Stages (Mental Health, Academic, Social-Emotional Supports)
    • Acute Mental Health Interventions 
    • Academic Interventions, students who are critical/high priority 
    • Small group, grade level interventions (seniors, 9th grade social groups).  
    On January 25th, the school board approved a March 8th timeline for Phase Two to bring back Riverdale’s youngest learners, beginning with Kindergarten students, for in-person, hybrid learning. This decision is grounded in achieving full efficacy of our vaccinated staff members. Phase Two provides instruction to Kindergarten students either at school or at home. A survey will be sent to each family describing their student’s options.
    School board members received advice from top-level experts during the Jan. 25 board meeting, including:
    Expertise about COVID science and health protocols from:
    • Dr. Ann Loeffler, Deputy Health Officer, Multnomah County Public Health
    Expertise about HB 4402 information and legal guidance from:
    • Jim Green, Executive Director, Oregon School Board Association
    We’re planning future re-entry phases. We are working and preparing based on tentative dates, paying close attention to the changing nature of the virus, the vaccine, and the guidance from state and county-level authorities. Emotional health and wellness of our children and staff are our top priorities. Our preference is to be in person with K-12 students learning at school. As we further develop Riverdale’s model, we continue to prioritize the ability for students and teachers to shift fluidly from in-class learning to distance learning as health and safety guidelines change.  
    Future Phases: 
    • Phased introduction of in-person learning for other grades (per guidance)
    • Opportunities for other peer/social interactions
    • Summer learning opportunities supported by Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER 2 funds $48,000)
    Next steps:
    As we proceed through each phase, our professional development will include consistent expectations around PPE/Safety Protocols. We plan to make these efforts widely known and understood by staff, students and parents, all of whom will be provided necessary training. Riverdale aims to reduce anxiety and stress for students, families, and staff as much as possible in this highly evolving, complex environment. 
     
    Reducing spread
    In our upcoming presentations we plan to include a day in the life of a teacher and student “Returning to Learn” as well as additional information regarding:  
    • Surveys/ThoughtExchange to Inform Phase Two Hybrid Learning Plans 
    • Virtual Community Forums for feedback and input on Return to Learn Phased Plans 
    • Presentation of updated RGS and RHS blueprints for Hybrid with answers to FAQs
    • PPE parent volunteer group present their recommendations to Principals
    • Q/A Sessions for PTC at RGS and RHS
    • Continued Weekly Communications (E-Blasts for GS/HS/District)
    • Continued integration of ThoughtExchange in two-way communication 
    • Updated Videos for Community from Interim Superintendent as needed
    • Additional Community Forum Topics K-12, as needed 

    We welcome your questions and feedback as we wade through this all together. 
    Sincerely,
    Joanna Tobin, Interim Superintendent 
    In case you missed any eblasts, be sure to look at Riverdale News on our website to find all of our recent communications.
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