Riverview School District

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Important Information
Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

MARCH 15, 2020

Note: After today, messaging to our Riverview Community will now be shared through our new "Engage" website, launched specifically to provide family support and resources during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) mandatory school closure.

The Riverview School District is proud to announce the launch of Engage, a new district-designed website containing important information and resources for Riverview families regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

You can visit the site now at: engage.rsd407.org.

The website focuses on six specific areas for our Riverview Community:

FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM
One key component to Engage is the Food Services portal, which will allow families to pre-order meals for the following day.

Pre-Ordering for Monday, March 16, 2020 lunch service is now available.

To participate, a Pre-Order form is required each day. Orders must typically be placed from 2:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. the day before. The Food Services program will not serve meals on weekends.

To Pre-Order meals and view the daily lunch menu, please visit: https://www.engage.rsd407.org/foodservice

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions regarding the Engage website, please email stayengaged@rsd407.org.

The Riverview School District has a dedicated phone number, specific to questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak and Riverview Schools. Upon calling, users will be prompted with instructions on how to leave a question or message for our district team. The COVID-19 Support and District Engagement Line is available now by calling (425) 844-4544. We will aim to answer questions within a 24-48 hour time period.

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new Engage website for the Riverview Community and hope you find the information useful and helpful as we work through the challenges and complexities of this unprecedented situation.

MARCH 13, 2020 - UPDATE

Riverview Shares Updates on Plans and Programs to be Implemented

With the statewide closure of public and private schools by Governor Jay Inslee through April 24, 2020, the Riverview School District has continued to work on contingency plans for our Riverview Community during the next several weeks of school closure time.

Riverview’s administrative team, with input from staff members, has been working on how to best address a wide range of issues regarding student needs and students keeping engaged in their learning. We are excited to provide updates on what we have been working on and implementing for the next several weeks.

Phone Hotline
The Riverview School District has a dedicated phone number, specific to questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak and Riverview Schools. Upon calling, users will be prompted with instructions on how to leave a question or message for our district team.

The COVID-19 Support and District Engagement Line is available now by calling (425) 844-4544.

We will aim to answer questions within a 24-48 hour time period.

Engage
This weekend, the Riverview School District will launch Engage, a new district-designed website that will contain important information for Riverview families regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

Focusing only on COVID-19 related information as it pertains to Riverview, Engage will serve as a home for Riverview’s “Stay Engaged” learning activities, while also providing food services information, child care details, district messaging regarding COVID-19, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and more.

With the official launch of the Engage website, we will provide a link for our Riverview Community, via e-mail through Constant Contact, as well as on our district’s website, and social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Food Services
Beginning Monday, March 16, the Riverview School District will be providing access to breakfast and lunch during this extended closure.

To participate, a Pre-Order form is required each day. Orders must be placed from 2:00 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. the day before. The Food Services program will not serve meals on weekends.

Additional details on the Food Services program follow below:

In addition to the Food Services Program, Weekend Power Packs, provided by the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, will be available for pickup at Cherry Valley Elementary and Carnation Elementary, between 11:00 a.m. and Noon on Fridays.

The Weekend Power Packs program is a community-based program addressing food scarcity in our communities, organized and managed by the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network.

Childcare Services
The Riverview School District Extended-Day program will be closed, beginning Monday, March 16. Families using that program have been contacted and notified. The program will remain closed until schools are open again.

Riverview’s administrative team and staff members are working on plans to provide childcare for healthcare workers and first responders. We will share updates next week as these plans become finalized.

“Stay Engaged”
(Pre-K through Grade 5)

Earlier this afternoon, the Riverview School District announced a new “Stay Engaged” learning program for students and families in grades Pre-K through Grade 5.

While students are away from school, we would like to help them stay engaged in learning. To support families, the Riverview School District has created a series of lessons and activity choices. Tasks and activities were organized by day and subject. Each day gives students a variety of opportunities to connect with the different academic subjects. Students are encouraged to work at a comfortable pace.

Please note: While the activities are arranged in a daily format, there is no expectation or need for families to do every activity, every day.

If you have trouble accessing these resources please e-mail: stayengaged@rsd407.org or reach out to your child's teacher.

“Stay Engaged”
(Grades 6-8; 9-12)
Plans for secondary students are nearing completion. Grade level and department teams have developed 10-day plans of suggested activities for students in their courses to stay engaged in ways that complement and reinforce, but don’t replace, classroom learning. The focus of the planning is on students interacting with each other, while continuing to grow the thinking skills required in the various curricular areas.

These plans will be shared with students and families in two-week blocks. Students will hear from their teachers, while “At-A-Glance” overview templates for all secondary classes will be made available to parents.

Additional Information and Resources
Lastly, we wanted to share some additional information and resources that we have received.

Our nursing team has provided us with a link for new guidelines King County has issued for gatherings of children while schools remain closed:
https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/schools/closures.aspx

Also, the Washington Department of Health has issued updated guidelines for parents and caregivers:
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020/ParentsCaregivers

Thank You
To our staff, our students, our families, and our community, we thank everyone who has taken the time to reach out and share suggestions, questions, offers of support, and encouragement.

Our district has worked hard to meet the challenges and complexities that this school closure creates for all of us. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we walk through these next several weeks together.

Sincerely and respectfully,

Dr. Anthony L. Smith
Superintendent
Riverview School District

MARCH 12, 2020 - UPDATE #2 (8:30 P.M.)

Dear Riverview Community,

Following Governor Jay Inslee’s official announcement, made earlier this afternoon, the Riverview School District has announced that schools will be closed, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, until April 24, 2020.

We remind families to continue making plans for this extended closure.

Through the initial stages of this outbreak, the Riverview School District has been following guidance provided to school districts from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Public Health - Seattle & King County. In addition, we are continuing to be participants in coalition meetings, consisting of mayors of Carnation and Duvall, city administrators, school district administration, and local community leaders and agencies.

Prior to the Governor’s announcement, the Riverview School District was working on developing contingency plans in consultation with other districts. The Governor’s announcement today, in consultation with OSPI, provided new guidelines requiring Riverview to review and modify our plans.

Riverview’s administrative team, with input from staff members, has been working on how to best address issues related to child care and food service needs. A new “Stay Engaged” learning program is in the final stages of development for students and families. In the coming days, we will include explanations on how the rollout of these plans and services will be taking place, district-wide.

We continue to ask families to follow ongoing recommendations from Public Health - King County & Seattle on ways you can help minimize the spread of this virus. The latest information from Public Health is available here:

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

Thanks to our Riverview Community for their understanding and patience, as we work through the unprecedented challenges this closure creates for all of us.

Sincerely and respectfully,

Dr. Anthony L. Smith
Superintendent
Riverview School District

MARCH 12, 2020 - UPDATE #1 (2:00 P.M.)

Riverview Schools Close for a six-week period

In response to the Governor's Proclamation, issued this afternoon, the Riverview School District will be closing school for a six-week period, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until Friday, April 24, 2020.

Additional details will be provided this evening.

MARCH 11, 2020 - UPDATE #2 (9:00 P.M.)

A message from Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Smith

Dear Riverview Staff and Families,

Following up on information sent out earlier today, the Riverview School District participated in a conference call this afternoon with Governor Jay Inslee, the state Department of Health, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA), and school district Superintendents from King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. Governor Inslee asked for school districts to begin making contingency plans for the potential of district closures related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

Through the initial stages of this outbreak, the Riverview School District has been following guidance provided to school districts from OSPI and Public Health - Seattle & King County. In addition, we have participated in frequent meetings with a coalition consisting of mayors of Carnation and Duvall, city administrators, school district administration, and local community leaders and agencies.

Some districts in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties have announced extended closures, while Public Health - Seattle & King County continues to recommend that school districts remain open.

Based on the information we received from this afternoon's conference call with Governor Inslee, and in consultation with other districts within the affected counties, the Riverview School District is preparing for an extended closure of all schools, beginning as early as Monday, March 16, 2020, and potentially extending for 4-6 weeks. We expect to hear a decision from Governor Inslee tomorrow on whether he will issue an executive order to close our schools.

It is our recommendation that families begin making plans for an extended closure now. Tomorrow, Thursday, March 12 will be a regular school day. This will allow students to collect learning materials they might need and bring home any personal items in the event of school closures.

Tomorrow afternoon, the district will provide updated communication on contingency plans that we have been working on for the last several weeks. The closing of school, for any reason, creates difficult challenges and inequitable circumstances for our student population and their families. This has influenced every decision made up to this point.

Sincerely and respectfully,

Dr. Anthony L. Smith
Superintendent
Riverview School District

MARCH 11, 2020 - UPDATE #1 (1:30 P.M.)

A message from Superintendent, Dr. Anthony L. Smith

Dear Riverview Community,

We will continue to provide regular updates to you regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

In the aftermath of statements made at a press conference this morning by Governor Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and representatives from Public Health - Seattle & King County, the Riverview School District Superintendent's Cabinet is continuing to develop contingency plans in the event of school district closures throughout King County. During the press conference, the Governor indicated that mandated closures of King County School Districts is a possibility.

In the interim, we ask that our community follow all previous recommendations we have communicated previously:  
 
http://www.rsd407.org/districtinfo/news/news_stories/2020_coronavirus_information.aspx

We will be providing additional communication to our staff and community this evening. For now, we are continuing to conduct school as scheduled.

I will be taking part in a Zoom Conference Call with Governor Inslee, Public Health Officials, OSPI, and other Superintendents from King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. to receive important updates.

Student, staff, and community safety remain our highest priority while we continue to follow direction from the Governor's Office, OSPI, and Public Health. Thank you to our community for the help and assistance in keeping Riverview safe and healthy.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Dr. Anthony L. Smith
Superintendent
Riverview School District

MARCH 9, 2020

THANK YOU
Today, we want to begin by giving thanks to our incredible Riverview staff, whose commitment to our students, families, and school district community has been greatly noticed and appreciated.

To our Riverview Community: Thank you to everyone who has contacted us via e-mail, phone, or text, asking great questions, offering words of encouragement, and support to so many across our district.

And thank you to everyone for your continued patience and support through the ever-changing situation involving COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

REMINDERS AND UPDATES

The Riverview School District continues to remain in contact with Public Health – Seattle & King County, as well as community partners and agencies regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), including participating in meetings and briefings over the weekend and earlier today.

As a reminder, Public Health continues to recommend that schools stay open. Effective today, March 9, 2020, the Riverview School District has taken the following steps to limit community events, to seek guidance from Public Health, and to continue regular school operations. These measures enable our staff to focus on their essential duties toward supporting students, while keeping our schools open.

The steps listed below are effective Monday, March 9, 2020, through Friday, March 20, 2020. We will re-evaluate the need to continue limiting activities at that time. We recognize that this guidance may suddenly change with any new and additional developments.

Riverview is continuing to hold athletic practices, student clubs and activities (elementary and secondary) before and after school childcare, and music or drama rehearsals. These are viewed as continuation activities of the regular school day. At this time, this includes the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at the Educational Service Center.

ABSENCES

While attendance is very important, we know that parents may consider keeping children home from school. Public Health has provided the following information and guidelines for parents/guardians:

OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION PARENTS GUIDE

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has authored a Parent’s Guide, which outlines a series of resources intended to help parents, guardians, and families understand a school or school district’s role during a closure, their commitment to students and families, and what making up any missed days at the end of the school year might look like.

You can read Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in K-12 Schools: A Parent’s Guide in English and Spanish by clicking the links below:

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in K-12 Schools: A Parent’s Guide

https://www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/communications/COVID-19%20in%20Schools_Parent%20Guide.pdf

Coronavirus Novel (COVID-19) en escuelas de grados kinder a doce: Una guia para padres (Spanish)

https://www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/communications/COVID-19%20Gu%C3%ADa%20para%20Padres_Spanish.pdf

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Riverview School District: Important Information Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Riverview School District: Frequently Asked Questions
Public Health - Seattle & King County COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

MARCH 6, 2020

Riverview Announces New Precautions Impacting Operations and Events

The purpose of this communication is to update you on additional steps the Riverview School District is taking to protect the health of our community.

Yesterday, Public Health officials provided additional guidance specific to schools.

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/5-slowing-the-impact.aspx

At this time, Public Health continues to recommend that schools stay open. The Riverview School District is taking the following steps to balance the guidance from Public Health to continue regular school operations while limiting community events. Additionally, these measures enable our staff to focus on their essential duties toward supporting students and keeping our schools open.

We will take the following steps beginning Monday, March 9, 2020:

We will be taking these steps through Friday, March 20, 2020, and at that time, we will re-evaluate the need to continue limiting activities. We also know that this guidance may suddenly change with additional developments.

Public Health continues to recommend school districts remain open. Additionally, we will continue to hold athletic practices, student clubs and activities (elementary and secondary) before and after school childcare, and music or drama rehearsals as we view these as a continuation of the school day. This includes the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at the Educational Service Center.

Continuation of Learning in the Event of Extended School Closures:

We have been intentional about creating learning resources that will be easily accessible, practical and consistently available while following guidance from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). To this end, we are reviewing and compiling existing instructional materials, digital tools, and supplementary resources.

Learning resources will be available for students who are unable to attend school, or in the event of a long-term closure. Our goal is to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that all our students and families have access to learning opportunities that can be successfully completed at home.

We are currently organizing these resources and providing guidance for teachers about making them available. During our upcoming Professional Learning Day on Friday, March 13, we will be working with classroom teachers and specialists throughout the district to plan for next steps specific to instruction and programs. This will include strategies for using our existing digital student learning tools - Microsoft Office 365 Suite and Skooler Learning Management System (LMS).

These resources are not intended as a replacement for the high-quality instruction that occurs in our classrooms each day. Should an extended closure occur, our teachers and students will continue to build on the learning that was occurring prior to the closure.

Absences:
While attendance is very important, we know that parents may consider keeping children home from school. Public Health has provided the following information and guidelines for parents/guardians:

Additional Resources:

MARCH 5, 2020

Appended below, Public Health provided additional information today, March 5, 2020, specific to schools. We will continue to provide updates when we have new information to share. Our next scheduled update is scheduled for tomorrow.

COVID-19 Update from Public Health - Seattle & King County

Public Health is not currently recommending that schools proactively close unless they have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member or student.

This guidance may have been confusing for some families and schools because schools bring together large groups of children. School closures have significant negative impacts on our community. We will be providing additional information to schools about how to stay open safely. The considerations we have taken in our decision not to currently recommend routine closure at schools include:

Some children and staff may be at higher risk for severe illness because of underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system. Public Health advises that those people consult with their healthcare provider to decide the best course of action.

Public Health also respects each individual school’s decisions about closures, postponement of activities, or other social distancing measures - as each school knows the needs of their community best.

Public Health is continually assessing our decision not to require the widespread closure of schools. We are continually evaluating information as it becomes available to better inform our decisions about proactive schools’ closure.

MARCH 4, 2020

This morning, a second Local Response Planning Coalition meeting occurred regarding updated information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The meeting brought together representatives, including the mayors of Duvall and Carnation, city administrators, school district administration, and local community leaders and agencies.

The Riverview School District serves on this Coalition and exchanged information received from Public Health - Seattle & King County, Washington State Department of Health, as well as neighboring cities and organizations. The Coalition will meet again on Friday, March 6.

In addition, our Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Smith, is continuing to participate in online Zoom meetings with school district Superintendents throughout King and Pierce counties. This group is exchanging information and working toward consistent responses to various challenges school districts are facing. The meetings will be scheduled regularly for the foreseeable future.

As of this writing, there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our district.

Currently, Public Health - Seattle & King County is not recommending the closure of schools, unless there has been a confirmed case in a school. Riverview School District will continue to remain open at this time. After-school activities and sporting events are also moving forward as scheduled, at this time. Individual schools have been authorized to make decisions on other types of events, which are easier to reschedule.

Public Health - Seattle & King County indicate that children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. For example, when some schools briefly closed during the H1N1 influenza pandemic, they report that many children still gathered in group settings.

Some children have underlying health conditions, such as weakened immune systems, that put them at higher risk. Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home and work with their schools on an individual basis.

Our Facilities Department, building custodians, and Transportation Department are continuing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols, based on best practice recommendations.

Work continues to progress between our Teaching and Learning and Information Technology departments in regard to developing learning alternatives for students, if long-term cancellations should occur. These departments are continuing to evaluate how we may keep students involved in learning, in the event of a long-term regional closure of schools. We will continue to monitor guidelines from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and continue consultations with surrounding districts regarding recommended practices.

PUBLIC HEALTH - SEATTLE & KING COUNTY GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNITY
https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/protection.aspx
Public Health has developed a King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center:

Riverview is continuing to disseminate information in a regular, timely fashion to our community, through our district website, social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), and district-wide Constant Contact. Another update is scheduled for Friday, pending further developments.

MARCH 2. 2020

On Monday morning, Riverview School District facilitated a Local Response Planning Meeting at the Riverview School District ESC. A coalition consisting of the mayors of Duvall and Carnation, city administrators, school district administration, and representatives from King County, as well as first responders, local fire, and police also in attendance.

Each organization shared and discussed steps being implemented to prepare for Coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as contingency plans for the immediate future. The coalition will be meeting twice more this week and continue to share updates and discuss evolving plans.

We are continuing to closely monitor and implement the recommendations from the Washington Department of Health (DOH) and Public Health - Seattle & King County. The Facilities Department and building custodians have reviewed cleaning and disinfecting protocols and are increasing our focus on recommended practices. We are working diligently to ensure that we continue to provide a safe and healthy learning and working environment for students, staff and visitors. The Transportation Department will continue ensuring that each bus is routinely disinfected.

The Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Departments, along with building and district administrators, have begun developing a learning plan in the event we need to close schools. Each grade level presents unique challenges to remote learning and, as such, plans will look different at each level. Thanks to the voters and their approval of our Technology Levies, we have devices for students, devices for staff, and a wide variety of software tools such as Microsoft OneNote class notebooks, Microsoft Teams, and Skooler, that allows us to incorporate remote learning. We will continue to provide further updates if this becomes a necessary option.

The Riverview School District has provided an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding COVID-19. This includes recommendations to decrease potential infection and transmission of the virus. The FAQ can be accessed through the link that follows: http://www.rsd407.org/districtinfo/news/news_stories/2020_coronavirus_FAQ.aspx

As news continues to develop around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region, and across the nation, our Emergency Response Team will continue to evaluate information from local and state partners and we will provide information to our Riverview Community in a continual and timely manner.

FEBRUARY 28, 2020

The Riverview School District continues to monitor reports from the King County Department of Health and is in contact with our local cities and community partners regarding the recent news involving the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Concerns about novel coronavirus are understandably increasing as stories and details are being reported and shared.

As with any emerging infectious disease, knowledge evolves over time. For example, earlier today we had a report of a potential exposure at Cedarcrest High School. After initial conversations and investigation, the family’s physician determined the symptoms of the patient were not consistent with coronavirus (COVID-19).

While feeling anxiety around this issue is understandable, it is important to know that, currently, there are no active cases of novel coronavirus in King County. Public health officials are tracking coronavirus carefully and making plans should it present a more significant threat to our community.

Please bear in mind that although novel coronavirus started in China, having Chinese ancestry - or any other ancestry - does not place a person at higher risk for this illness. You can help keep our schools safe for everyone by sharing accurate information with your children and fellow community members.

We have put together a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for our community and encourage people to visit the Department of Health website and look at their fact sheets, translated into multiple languages for multiple audiences.

Q: What is novel coronavirus?
A: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.

Q: Who is at risk for novel coronavirus?
A: At this time, the general public in Washington is not considered at risk for novel coronavirus, but the situation remains closely monitored, as of this writing.

Q: What can I do to protect my family’s health?
A: You can take simple steps to try to prevent illness. Building healthy habits will also help protect you if we have local coronavirus cases in the future.

Q: Can my family continue with our normal activities?
A: Yes! As long as you are not ill, we encourage you and your children to attend school, work, and all extracurricular activities. We also encourage you to eat at restaurants, shop at local businesses, socialize with friends, and participate in community events without restriction for the time being.

Additionally, it’s important not to make assumptions about the health of your fellow community members. Our local and state health departments are working together to identify, monitor, test, and when necessary, isolate people at risk for coronavirus.

Q: Where can I find more information about coronavirus?

Riverview School District will continue to communicate and provide updates as necessary.

Last Updated: March 10, 2020