Riverview to Delay Start of In-Person Learning
October 14, 2020
Dear Riverview Community:
The purpose of this communication is to announce that rising rates of positive COVID-19 cases in King County has led us to delay the return of K-1 students as outlined in Phase 2 of our Riverview DRAFT Reopening Plan. We returned our most vulnerable students to school in early September, as part of Phase 1.
We continue to receive input from the Governor’s Office, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Washington State Department of Health, other school districts and local entities, including the Riverview School District School Board, Administrative Team, Local Associations, and our 58-member Reopening Advisory Committee.
Due to rising COVID-19 positive cases, the Riverview School District has moved from “Moderate-Risk” to “High-Risk,” thus pausing the plan to bring students back in larger classroom groups.
The Washington State Department of Health Decision Tree for Public and Private School Reopening is provided below:
The most recent data, as of October 14, 2020, indicates numbers have reached 92 reported cases per 100,000 residents, over the last 14 days. We continue to use the data provided by Public Health - Seattle & King County to help drive decision-making.
In recent discussions with representatives from Public Health - Seattle & King County, the following guidance was shared:
“Given the mobility of residents throughout King County (where they live and where they are employed), we recommend looking at the county-level data on number of cases per 100,000 over 14 days rather than the more localized data.”
Based on this information, our K-1 students will not be returning on October 26, 2020 and plans for phasing in elementary grades will be delayed accordingly. During the delay, planning and preparations for each phase of Reopening will continue with various stakeholder groups who are providing input.
When the data indicates a return to “Moderate-Risk,” we will share a revised timeline for a return to in-person learning.
We will be consistently updating our Engage website, including our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page (https://www.engage.rsd407.org/faq).