Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year

Posted by Joanna Tobin on 9/8/2020

Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year

Dear Riverdale Community,

The year is now officially underway; we would like to highlight a few items as we launch into the school year.

Return to Learn and Comprehensive Distance Learning Updates

Please continue to refer to our Return to Learn tab on our district website for frequently asked questions. As always, please reach out to teachers and staff with questions and dialogue as we all strive to serve our students best within Comprehensive Distance Learning. 
Thank you for your patience with internet connections today. If you lose power or connectivity, please plan to support your student(s) connecting with their teacher(s) once your connection has been resolved. 
Click the image below to view a Welcome Message video from Acting Superintendent Joanna Tobin.

5 Recommendations for Distance Learning Success 

Attached are general work space recommendations from Occupational Therapist Christy Strange. 

Equity and Inclusion and Anti-Racist Updates

As we returned to learn as staff we had inspiration presented to us by two guest speakers. Linfield University President Dr. Miles Davis shared a message on Anti-Racism and Compassion to all K-12 staff at our Welcome Back Convocation on Aug. 25. Staff engaged in professional development and conversation around the use of Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards K-12.
The discussions were meaningful and vulnerable in K-12 groups as we all take to heart this important work. International speaker and best-selling author Wyjuana Montgomery also spoke with our staff about her experiences as a student in the greater Seattle area and engaged in a question and answer session. Their messages are propelling our conversations and actions forward. 
Our RGS and RHS Equity teams invite you to participate in the first of a three trimester long book reading series. The first book we have selected is Why We Act.
Why do good people so often do nothing when a seemingly small action could make a big difference? A pioneering social psychologist explains why moral courage is so rare—and reveals how it can be triggered or trained. 


This week staff will be talking with students about SafeOregon, used to anonymously report bullying, violence and drugs or harm you see or hear about at school. Tips can be submitted 24/7/365 through the safeoregon.com web portal, by email to tip@SafeOregon.com, through the SafeOregon mobile application or by calling or texting 844-472-3367. I encourage you to talk with your student about this resource.
Grade School Safety Tip Line
High School Safety Tip Line

Social Distancing, Masks Required and Playground Equipment Closed

We would like to remind everyone of RSD campus requirements: 
  • Our buildings remain closed to the public. 
  • Per statewide guidance, “face coverings are required for ages 5 and up in indoor public spaces and outdoors anywhere physical distancing isn’t possible" while on campus please maintain face coverings to allow staff to safely pass when coming and going. 
  • Access to the RGS playground is restricted due to OHA guidance recommending that day-use areas prone to attracting crowds be closed. 
  • At this time, the district is not able to run organized sports practices, even in small groups.
We ask all community members to please adhere to the Multnomah County Phase 1 guidance. This guidance is based on the latest OHA document: July 1, 2020 Statewide Reopening Guidance –Outdoor Recreation Organizations.
Thank you all for your flexibility as we enter into this unique start, and I wish you all a great school year! 
Joanna Tobin
Riverdale School District Acting Superintendent