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Aug. 26  Riverdale School District News

Riverdale School District

Friday, Aug. 26 

Riverdale School District News


Superintendent Chris Russo’s Welcome Message

We hope you’ll watch this short video from Superintendent Russo as he shares what’s in store for the 2022-23 school year. All of us at Riverdale are looking forward to welcoming all of our students back to campus shortly! 

Public Health Information

CDC School Guidance Updates

Riverdale continues to follow local public health guidance and work closely with the Multnomah Educational Service District (MESD) and Local Public Health Authority (LPHA) to monitor the public health landscape. Schools will notify relevant groups when there is more than 20% absenteeism with at least 3 students and staff absent due to COVID as well as the entire school should there be more than 30% absenteeism with at least 10 students and staff absent.
Should the county fall into the high transmission category, Riverdale will send an email recommending (not requiring) universal use of face coverings during that time. Masks remain available for students at both schools. 
The district continues to use air filters placed around the school as well as update filters in our HVAC systems.
On August 11, the CDC updated their operational guidance for schools to support safe, in-person instruction while managing the spread of COVID-19. The updated guidance is further aligned with the changes in school COVID-19 recommendations released by OHA/ODE in the spring of 2022 and emphasize a school's role in promoting equity in learning and health, particularly for groups disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Schools will continue to make local decisions, based on local conditions to prevent and manage the spread of communicable diseases, including COVID-19 by utilizing layered mitigation strategies including:
  • Monitoring CDC COVID-19 Community Levels and local outbreaks, which helps schools make decisions about what prevention strategies to use based on the level of COVID-19 in their community. School administrators should work with local health officials to consider other local conditions and factors when deciding to implement prevention strategies.
  • Ventilation continues to be identified as an essential tool in reducing the risk of germs and contaminants spreading through the air. The CDC continues to point schools to available funding streams that can support improvements in ventilation, repairs, upgrades and replacements in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and the purchase of MERV-13 air filters.
  • Wearing a face covering reduces the risk of spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. The CDC, OHA and ODE strongly recommend that schools implement universal indoor face coverings in schools during periods of high COVID-19 transmission. When individuals choose to continue to wear face coverings at school, administrators, teachers and staff should support them by creating an environment where individual decisions to wear a face covering are honored.

OHA COVID-19 Testing Consent Form

The district continues to have a supply of COVID-19 tests available for on-site testing of those who develop symptoms during the school day. In order to be tested at school, an OHA consent form must be completed. Forms will be sent home in Friday Folders at the grade school and in advisory at the high school. More information is described on the form. 

OHSU COVID-19 Screening Testing

Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) has made changes to their testing program that we participated in last year. Riverdale continues to participate in this program, and more information will be shared with our community once details are finalized. 

hMPXV (Monkeypox) Information

MESD Information

With our current knowledge of how hMPXV is spread, we believe schools will be low-risk settings for transmission. Multnomah County Public Health would like to share our current understanding and guidance for hMPXV as it relates to children and schools. 

What You Need to Know about Monkeypox if You are a Teen or Young Adult


Welcome New RSD Staff

Kendra Hawkins - RGS Administrative Assistant

​​Kendra Hawkins is joining Riverdale as an administrative assistant in the grade school office. Kendra graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing from Carroll College in Helena, MT. Following graduation, Kendra was a nurse at Children's Hospital in Seattle, WA, Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, MT, and Billings Clinic in Billings, MT. At each stop, she worked primarily with kids, as a medical floor nurse in Seattle, and a neonatal ICU nurse in Montana. She has spent the last 10 years raising her children. Her love for children was a primary factor in choosing to apply to work at Riverdale. Kendra's three daughters will all attend Riverdale Grade School this fall, and her husband, Bart, is the principal at Riverdale High School. In her spare time, Kendra's favorite activities include visiting the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Coast and spending time with family. She is excited to get to work with the great staff at Riverdale and serve the students and families of our wonderful Riverdale community.

Michele Hoang - 7/8 Math Teacher

Michele Hoang comes to Riverdale with 16 years of experience in mathematics education. She started her career in New York City, teaching in both the public and private schools. Prior to joining Riverdale, she taught middle school math at the Catlin Gabel School. Michele is passionate about creating an equitable, inclusive and safe environment for her students in her classroom. Michele earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of California, Irvine and a master's degree in math education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Michele currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her partner, George and their two children, Eleanor (6) and Winston (2). When Michele is not teaching, she loves spending time with her family and cooking for her friends and family. 

Liana Fayloga - RSD Technology Help Desk Technician

Prior to joining the Riverdale staff, Liana worked for Lake Oswego Middle School assisting students and staff with technology for 6 years. She is a graduate of California State University Northridge and has lived in Oregon for 10 years. Her hobbies include baking (and eating) and running with her family. She and her eldest son are currently training for the Portland Marathon.

Kevin Laughlin - RHS Science Teacher

Kevin comes to Riverdale with experience teaching science at Ontario Middle School in Oregon. He graduated from Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and will complete his MAT with NNU in December. He and his partner have a 1 year old named Crosby, and they love to play music together, read books, and discover new things! They are very excited to be in the area and to be a part of the Riverdale community!

Riverdale School District Budget Committee

The Riverdale School District (RSD) is currently recruiting to fill one open position and at least one alternate on the District’s Budget Committee. Community members interested in learning more about the fiscal operations of the district and participating in the review, design, and recommendation of the District budget, please see the description below and process to apply.
Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday September 30, 2022​.


Nicole Bassen
Riverdale School District
11733 S Breyman Ave
Portland, OR 97219


Monday October 10, 2022:​ Board will review the names of persons submitting applications and appoint persons to fill any vacant positions.
Budget Committee Application
RSD Budget Committee Recruitment Info


RSD Lunch Information 

Healthy Habits information is available on the welcoming Message Board at If you are new to orgsonline, please create an account using 213RGSOROR, and check out our offerings! 
The initial September ordering period is closed. We apologize for the short ordering period, but you will be able to continue ordering for September 12th thru September 30th until September 6th. There is more information about the dual closing on the orgsonline Message Board.


Follow Riverdale on Social Media

Follow Riverdale's district-run social media pages at Riverdale School District on FacebookYoutube and @riverdaleschooldistrictk12 on Instagram to get the latest updates about the high school and grade school.  
To potentially be featured on district social media, please email a photo and short caption of the exciting things students are doing. You can also tag the district in posts and use #RiverdaleSchoolDistrict when posting your child's back-to-school photos to have the opportunity to be featured on one of our pages.

Important Dates

  • Monday, Aug. 29 - First Day of School 
  • Monday, Sept. 5 - Labor Day (No School)
  • Monday, Sept. 19 - School Board Meeting at 6 p.m.