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March 12 Riverdale School District News

Dear Riverdale Community, 
On Friday, March 13, 2020, Riverdale School District closed its doors, following the guidance from the local public health authority and the state, in order to protect the community from a virus the world knew little about. With much uncertainty over the past year, constant pivoting and an incredible amount of grace, I am overjoyed we are able to safely bring students back on campus this week as we roll out our hybrid instructional models. I am incredibly grateful for the vaccine distribution for our staff and the promise of widespread distribution on the horizon. We cannot thank our staff, families and community - and most of all, our students - enough for your partnership and support as we adapted to the virtual world of education. 
Much has changed over the course of this year, and we have welcomed new staff to our teams. I would like to highlight one of our latest additions, our Equity and Inclusion Coordinator (K-12) and Restorative Justice Coach (9-12). Abby Rotwein will be working with both of our schools and leading as a member of our District Leadership team. You can learn more about her background below. Thank you to our District Equity and Inclusion Team and our former students for their pivotal role in this hiring committee and process. Please join me in welcoming Abby to Riverdale!
Take good care.
Joanna Tobin 
Interim Superintendent   

Abby Rotwein | Equity & Inclusion Coordinator (K-12) and Restorative Justice Coach (9-12)

Abby is joining the Riverdale School District as the new Equity & Inclusion Coordinator and Restorative Justice Coach (9-12th). This is her 12th year working in public schools, the first nine in Portland Public Schools and the last two and half in the Evergreen School District in Vancouver.  For most of her career she taught 4th grade and the last few years has worked with gifted and special needs students in 2nd-5th grades as well as being a curriculum developer. She decided to become an educator because of her passion for equity and social justice issues. She has an undergraduate degree in Literatures of the World and African American Studies and completed her master’s in teaching at Lewis and Clark Graduate School just down the road. Abby loves rooting for the Portland Trailblazers, reading books, playing soccer and traveling. She is looking forward to being part of the Riverdale community!

School Board Special Session and Work Study Monday

The next work study session is Monday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m, followed by a special 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.
Register here for the GTW Board Work Study
Register for the GTW Special Session here

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.
If the waiver is approved, Oregon schools will not be required to implement summative assessments in spring 2021 in English language arts, mathematics and science. If the waiver is not approved, in whole or in part, 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. If the statewide waiver is not approved by the US Department of Education, 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.

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


  • Monday, March 15 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m. via GTW
  • Monday, March 15 - Board Special Session at 6 p.m. via GTW
  • March 22-26 - Spring Break
  • Monday, March 29 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m. and Board Meeting at 6 p.m.