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March 19 Riverdale School District News

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! 
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.

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 ( 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.


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.


Timeline of Hybrid Return Dates

View all of our previous eblasts here


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