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Feb, 10 Riverdale Grade School News

Published Feb. 11

Be sure to look up at the grade school windows to see our bright red, big hearts. All of our RGS staff are sending Valentine’s Day love. If you haven't already, please check out  our Black History Month Highlights Slideshow linked below. 

Google Meet for K-4 families

RGS Virtual Community Forum 

I will hold a repeat session of the Virtual Community Forum this Thursday, Feb. 11 from 5:30-6 p.m. The event will be held via Google Meet this time rather than GoToWebinar. I will review K-4 hybrid plans and answer questions. During the meeting you’ll be able to participate in a ThoughtExchange to share feedback on the K-4 hybrid plan. 
We ask that you please register for the event ahead of time. By registering in advance, you will receive the Google Meet link and reminder via email. 
Stay positive,
Interim Principal Kendall 
Register here

On-Site Health & Safety Measures

Safety continues to remain at the center of the state’s guidance. While the COVID-case thresholds were adjusted, the remaining safety requirements and protocols within Ready Schools, Safe Learners remain mandatory. There is a lengthy list of requirements we are implementing, these include:
  • Entry screening at the entrance of every school
  • Contact tracing sign-in for COVID protocol
  • Facemasks (except for medical need/disability) for all students and adults
  • Isolation spaces for symptomatic individuals
  • Social distancing: 35-square feet per person to allow for physical distancing
  • Establishing stable cohorts or groupings of students in order to:
    • Minimize the number of cohorts with which a student interacts
    • Ensure that students do not interact with more than 100 people in a week, including deliberate scheduling, grouping and more restricted movement on campuses
  • More rigorous cleaning protocols, including hand sanitizer availability
  • Improved air-quality measures (including upgraded HVAC filters and air purifiers in spaces without good ventilation)
  • Reinforcement of recommended public health and good hygiene practices, and reinforcement via messaging, posters and signage


Reporting when students are sick

When your child is sick and they cannot attend school in person or during CDL, the Health Dept. is requesting to know a little more information about the symptoms they are having. When you call the office, or email us at, please remember to include what your child's symptoms are e.g., fever, cough, headache, stomach ache, runny nose, nausea or vomiting. If necessary, you also might receive a call from the office asking a few more questions. Thank you for your help with this.
View the updated Exclusion Guidelines here


Reporting students who are medically fragile 

Even though many students are not yet in the building at this time, we still need to know about health conditions. Below is the link to MESD's health condition portal, which not only makes things easier to access for parents but also assists us in getting their medical documentation facilitated during this time. If you already completed this at the beginning of the school year, you do not need to do it again. 
Using this portal, parents can find the medical documents and forms that we need from them depending on their child's health condition(s). The portal has five options, Asthma, Diabetes, Seizure Disorder, Severe Allergic Reaction and Other. Using these categories, parents will be able to navigate and find their required forms as it relates to their child's health condition. 
The portal has contact information for help navigating and using the portal if parents come across any difficulties while using it. 
After a parent has selected their student's relevant health condition(s), they can download, print and fill out the forms. They are given the option of being able to scan and email them to the schools themselves, or send them to
Parents can also contact and work with their school about the possibility of receiving the required documents physically at the school and turning them in physically at the school as well. If there are any questions about the documentation process, parents are more than welcome to email the school nurse Nicholas Jacobs at
MESD Health Condition Portal


COVID-19 Tracking 

Even while in CDL, please contact our schools if your student(s) have tested positive for COVID-19, have a household member who has tested positive for COVID-19, or have been notified that they are a close contact of a known case of COVID-19. We thank you in advance for helping us in this process and wish you all good health and safety. 


Important dates

  • Thursday, Feb. 11 - REPEAT: RGS Virtual Community Forum from 5:30-6 p.m. via Google Meet
  • Friday, Feb. 12 - Teacher work day (no school) 
  • Monday, Feb. 15 - President’s Day (no school) 
  • Monday, Feb. 22 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m. and Board Meeting at 6 p.m.