• 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:
    • 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
    • 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


    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


    • 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. 
    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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