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Sept. 7 - Riverdale School District News

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Riverdale School District News


Welcome New Staff

Michael Lady | Athletic Director

Michael joins Riverdale from the east coast where he most recently taught physical education in Burlington, Vermont. Having spent the last decade in education, Michael’s experience includes six years overseas as a teacher/athletic director in Abu Dhabi, Japan, Europe and Uganda. He received a masters in education from Arizona State University after playing ice hockey for his college in Pennsylvania. Michael loves to stay active through a variety of outdoor pursuits and sports. An avid traveler, he looks forward to exploring more of the amazing cultures and people from all over the world! Please email any athletic questions to

PLEASE COMPLETE by Tuesday, Sept. 7

COVID Testing Consent Forms

Riverdale schools received rapid COVID tests that can be administered to symptomatic students while on site. If your student comes to the office with symptoms, then we will be able to test them after this consent form is signed. 
Students who are 15-18 years old are able to self consent and can fill out the form at the time of testing. 


All RGS parents can email their completed form to, mail it to RGS or have their students turn it in to the front office.
Fill out the RGS consent form here


For students under 15 years old, parents/guardians can have their students turn the form in to the office or send the COVID Testing Consent form to the school nurse at
Complete the consent form for 14-year-old students

Reporting Sickness/COVID Cases

It is imperative that households report any sickness or cases of COVID to their school. When your child is sick and they cannot attend school in person, please let us know the symptoms they are having. When you call the office, or email us at or, please remember to include your child's temperature if they have/had a fever, when the onset of symptoms was and any symptoms i.e. fever, cough, headache, stomach ache, runny nose, nausea or vomiting.
We appreciate as much lead time as possible to be able to contact trace. If necessary, you also might receive a call from the office asking a few more questions. When you have a sick student, remember to keep siblings home until COVID has been ruled out. Thank you for your help as we navigate this together. 

Equity & Inclusion Corner 

Holidays and Celebrations 

We hope that our Sikh community had a meaningful Gur-Gaddi Guru Granth Sahib.
Labor Day honors those who fought for a livable wage, safe working conditions, and a shorter work day. We appreciate those efforts.
To our Jewish community, Happy Rosh Hashanah. We hope you have a lovely start to the new year.

Welcome Back!

I am happy to be back at Riverdale supporting equity and inclusion efforts districtwide. Equity at school means that all students are getting what they need to thrive - academically, socially, and emotionally. Inclusion at school means that all students feel safe and supported when showing up as their full selves.
We have a number of exciting things in the works, and I will keep you posted through this weekly communication on upcoming events, learning opportunities, and news about what is going on in the district. Feel free to reach out anytime at

Cyberbullying Seminar from Fairplay 

What is cyberbullying, really? Is it dangerous? How does it affect our kids? Check out this must-attend Action Network Live! event featuring Diana Graber of CyberWise and Lisa Honold of the Center for Online Safety! Get answers to your questions, plus learn how cyberbullying happens, how it impacts our kids, and how we can put a stop to it. If you have kids in your personal or professional life, you don’t want to miss it! Tuesday, September 21 at 7 PM ET, 4 PM PT. Register today:
-Abby Rotwein (she/her), Director of Equity & Inclusion

Air Ventilation Information

  • At RHS and RGS Portable HEPA air purifier units are located in every classroom, and throughout the building in strategic locations. The air purifiers (from USA Sealing) are Medical Grade HEPA technology to remove airborne viruses and bacteria. It only takes the units approx. 20 minutes to exchange the air in a typical classroom. Additionally, ionisers have been installed in our buildings. They are shown to kill covid, the company uses patented technology called needle-point bi-polarionization to create equal amounts of positive and negative ions. When these ions are injected into the air stream they break down passing pollutants and gases into harmless compounds like oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and water vapor.
  • Our HVAC has been tested (last test date was August 2021) and found to meet recommended guidelines. Ventilation systems will be checked and maintained monthly by maintenance staff. Air filters at RGS and RHS were recently changed. They are on a replacement cycle of 3 times a year.
  • RHS and RGS ventilation systems use MERV 13 filters that are hospital grade. They have pleated filter fabric that utilizes an electrostatic charge to remove very fine particles from the air as well as mold, pet dander, bacteria and particles that carry viruses.

Important Campus Reminders

Riverdale School District requires that everyone, adults and students, is masked at all times while on campus.
Only essential staff, essential visitors and students are allowed on our campuses. All adults on campus must be vaccinated.


Social Media Opt-out Form

If you wish for your student to not be posted about on social media, please return this opt-out form to before Sept. 8

Important Dates

  • Monday, Sept. 6 - Labor Day (no school)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7 - First Day of School for Kindergarteners
  • Monday, Sept. 13 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 20 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 20 - Board Work Study at 6 p.m.