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Sept. 10 - Riverdale School District News

Riverdale School District

Friday, Sept. 10

Riverdale School District News


Latest Guidance from Public Health

This week, Multnomah County released Mitigation Strategies for schools to follow given the high levels of community transmission happening. What these recommendation mean for Riverdale:
  • Students will continue to wear masks while outside. Masks must be worn during outside athletics as well unless students are competing
  • Spectators are no longer allowed at indoor games
  • Music & choir have been adapted and will be moved outside for outdoor practice when necessary
  • Both schools have acquired tents, and students will be eating socially distanced outside
  • Seating charts are maintained during all student activities as this can prevent a whole cohort from needing to quarantine
  • Our buses have assigned seating and students are spread at least 3 feet apart

School Board Work Study

The Riverdale School Board will hold a Board Work Study on Monday, Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m. via GoToWebinar. 
Board meeting agendas can be found on the district website under About Us > School Board and Policy. To access agendas, click the dark blue button at the top of the page "VIEW BOARD MEETING MINUTES AND AGENDAS HERE," which will direct you to Boardpaq. Previous Meeting agendas are shown on the homepage, so to view upcoming meeting agendas, click Future Meetings on the right of Previous Meetings.

Equity & Inclusion Corner 

Holidays and Celebrations 

To our Hindu community, we hope you have a wonderful Ganesh Chaturthi.
September 15th - October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month.   This is a great time to learn about and honor the contributions of those whose ancestors came from the Caribbean, Central American, South America, and Spain.
We hope our Jewish community has a reflective Yom Kippur and fast.

In the Mood to Include - a monthly opportunity for community learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion

I am excited to share that this year I will be hosting monthly sessions for community members to learn more about various diversity, equity and inclusion topics. Due to COVID-19, these sessions will be held virtually, but I hope to hold them in person at some point in the future.  
Our first session: Wednesday, September 29th, from 5-6:30 p.m. 
The topic: Language Around Race
Session summary: Language is always evolving. Words that may be commonly used at one point in time may be considered a slur at another point in time. It is important to keep up on language so that we are not causing unintentional harm. In this session, you will learn contemporary language around race, such as: what acronyms mean, what words to use when, and how to use person-first language.  
Who: This content of this session is appropriate for all adults and for students who are in 3rd grade and up.
How to join: I will share the meeting link in an upcoming newsletter.

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


Reporting Sickness/COVID Cases at RHS & RGS

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. 

Important Dates

  • Monday, Sept. 13 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m. via GTW
  • Monday, Sept. 20 - Board Work Study at 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 20 - Board Work Study at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 8 - RSD Teacher Inservice Day (No School)