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Planning for 2020-21 School Year

At the Riverdale School Board Work Study last night, the different types of preparatory work the district has already completed and the plans to prepare for the return to school were discussed. The community partner team assembled by the district will meet in late June and then again in August to review the plans being developed by the district, provide feedback on a range of topics and explore ways that the community can participate and support our reopening in the  coming school year. 

Ready Schools, Safe Learners ODE Guidance

The health and safety of our students, staff and families is of the utmost importance. The Oregon Department of Education has provided guidance to public school districts on reopening, it is now up to each district to determine how. There are three instructional models for schools in the 2020-21 school year: On-Site, Hybrid, and Comprehensive Distance Learning.  

Riverdale School District will select an instructional model or models based on multiple factors including but not limited to: local COVID-19 status, school facility capacity, staffing capacity, operational capacity, needs of high-risk students and staff, available space, student enrollment, budget, technology capabilities, and input from staff, students, family, and community members. It is possible schools may need to employ different instructional models throughout the course of the 2020-21 school year as factors and contexts shift related to COVID-19. 

The district will submit to ODE and OHA an “Operational Blueprint for Reentry” before August 15, 2020. Up until early August, planning will continue for a wide range of possible models. During the first two weeks of August, we will shape our plans to meet known guidance and conditions likely to be our reality at the end of the month. With the participation of a partner team composed of parents, staff and district leaders, we are confident that we will be prepared for reentry in the fall.

In order to keep our community up to date on the latest guidance and information, come August 10, the district plans to continue the eblast cadence of every Tuesday and Friday. If you know someone who isn’t receiving emails from the district, please contact riverdalenews@riverdale.k12.or.us. 

2020-21 Board Meeting Schedule

The next two Riverdale School Board Meetings are Aug. 3 and  Aug. 10. A district eblast will include instructions on how to attend before then. At the August 10 meeting, the board will discuss the district’s draft Operational Blueprint for reopening to be turned into ODE before Aug. 15 as part of their Ready Schools, Safe Learners” guidance for the 2020-21 school year. The state will continue to release updated guidance throughout the summer that will be used in shaping our plan.