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Riverdale School District News

Published Sept. 25


Dear Riverdale Community, 
In writing this week’s email, I am reflecting on how Riverdale is settling into our new virtual mode of educating. Momentum is beginning to build, and I couldn’t be more proud of this community, our students, our teachers, our staff, and our principals. Riverdale has a can-do attitude along with a deep partnership with its community. I encourage all of us to watch the Back-to-School videos by each principal linked at the end of this email and to pencil in new dates on your calendar listed below.
Thank you all for your continued flexibility and patience during these challenging times. We continue to adapt and adjust in response to the unpredictable events presenting this fall, most recently the Google service disruption last night impacting the high school’s synchronous Back-to-School Night. Principal Flannery and the HS team are working on creative ways to bring to you an asynchronous event in the near future. Thank you to Mr. Flannery, HS staff, parents and students for the calm and steady way of handling this frustration. 

Public School Attendance/Enrollment Requirements 

This year we have received enrollment and attendance questions that are unique to present times. ODE’s Return to Learn guidance specifically calls out that COVID-19 is not a reason for retention (repeating a grade level). Any discussion related to consideration for retention or promotion must be discussed with principals and school teams. In Oregon, school attendance is required for all children between the ages of 6 and 18 years who have not completed the 12th grade, and students are required to regularly attend a public full-time school during the entire school term. Click here for more information including exemptions. For any questions related to enrollment, please contact RSD Enrollment Coordinator Hilary Chandler.

Equity Summit 

This week, our 10-person team attended the Sept. 23–24, 2020 Coalition of Oregon School Administrator’s Statewide Educator Equity Summit (Virtual) Leadership and the Culture of Instruction. Over the course of two half days we heard from phenomenal leaders in this work. 
Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education, shared an overview of All Students Belong. On Sept. 17, in a Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously passed the All Students Belong temporary rule to prohibit the use of hate symbols in schools and to establish requirements for anti-bias incidents at a district level. 
Participants at the summit were asked to reflect and consider the meaning of “with liberty and justice for all.” In today's world, what does that mean for our students? Thank you to everyone who attended the Equity Summit with me:
Carrie Banks, RSD School Board Chair 
Brian Flannery, RHS HS Principal 
Sarah Hansen, RHS HS Librarian
Michelle Janke, RSD School Board Member
Stephanie Kendall, RGS Principal  
Dimiti McPherson, Parent 
David Thompson, RHS Math Teacher 
Megan Ticer, Assistant to the Superintendent 
Liz Randall, RGS Art Teacher  
Please see below for a few more updates.
Take good care.
Joanna Tobin, Interim Superintendent 

Updated RHS Calendar 

Please note changes to the HS Calendar. In light of moving the start date of the school year to Sept. 8, adjustments were made this week to the high school calendar in order to balance out the amount of instructional days per trimester. The new end date for Trimester 1 is December 3, and the beginning of the second trimester is Dec. 7. The last day of the school year for students is now June 11. We plan to review potential adjustments to the GS calendar at the October Board Meeting. 
View the updated HS calendar here

Local Option Information

You can click the blue button to view the Riverdale School District Explanatory Statement on the Local Option Levy.
Local Option Explanatory Statement

Free COVID-19 testing for Latinx/Latino/a Community

Click here to view the poster with more information regarding this event on Oct. 1 and 3. 

Dates of Interest

  • Friday, Oct. 2 - RHS Teacher Work Day (no school for RHS students)
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 & Friday, Oct. 9 - RHS Conferences (no school for RHS students)
  • Friday, Oct. 10 - RGS Teacher Work Day (no school for RGS students) 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 - State of the District Video (asynchronous event)
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 & Friday, Oct. 23 - RGS Parent-Teacher Conferences - (no school for RGS students)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11 - Veteran's Day (no school)