Riverview School District


Riverview Reopening Advisory Committee Update - October 2020

On September 24, 2020, Riverview School District Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Smith, welcomed nearly 60 individuals to the first meeting of the Riverview School District Reopening Advisory Committee.

Formed by Dr. Smith, as a response to Riverview remaining closed to nearly all in-person learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee includes a diverse range of community members, parents, students, and Riverview staff. In the initial meeting, Dr. Smith explained that Riverview is seeking a variety of perspectives and assistance in guiding the district on how to move forward with considerations around potential reopening.

The Advisory Committee has met on three occasions (September 24, October 8, October 22), with meetings shifting to the first Thursday of each month, beginning November 5, 2020. Sara Rigel, Health Services Administrator with Public Health - Seattle & King County, joined the first meeting to explain the different factors and statistical data schools need to consider when determining the feasibility of a return to in-person learning.

As part of that first meeting, Ms. Rigel discussed trending data for COVID-19 positive case rates per 100,000 residents over a two-week period. Currently, as of October 29, 2020, King County is experiencing 104 positive cases per 100,000 residents (classified as “High Risk”). Per the Washington State Department of Health’s Decision Tree for Provision of In-Person Learning among Public and Private K-12 Students during COVID-19, districts should consider reopening when cases fall within 25-75 positive cases per 100,000 residents (defined as “Moderate Risk”). The surge in positive cases has nearly doubled per 100,000 residents in King County since the beginning of September.

Each Committee meeting includes hour-long breakout sessions involving four specific subcommittees: Kindergarten and First Grade, Second Grade through Fifth Grade, Middle School, and High School. Breakout groups are provided a series of prompts and questions to discuss, with summary reports shared with the entire Committee at the conclusion of each meeting.

Committee members have shared feedback on what is going well and areas of improvement with the existing Remote Learning model. Conversations regarding how students are dealing with Remote Learning, the logistics of bringing small groups of students back to campus, and awareness of resources available to students and families throughout the Riverview Community has also been discussed.

The Riverview Reopening Advisory Committee is vitally important to the work Riverview continues to do in evaluating the safest and most sensible way to return students and staff to in-person learning. The members of the Committee are listed below. If you have any questions regarding the Riverview Reopening Advisory Committee, you can reach out to a Committee member or email stayengaged@rsd407.org at any time.


Shelly Adams, Oswaldo Aquique, Melissa Baksa, Michael Beard, Mallory Benitz, Michelle Berens, Shelby Bottemiller, Carrie Cain, William Chappell, Megan Crawford, Kara Crouch, Sue Davenport, Adam Del Rosso, Tabitha Dorn, Kristin Edlund, Melissa Espinoza, Julie Fears, Deanna Finch, Michelle Frank, Leigh-Ann Gutmann, Dr. Davin Henrikson, Vicki Hill, Marc Hillestad, Chris Hils, Annalise Irwin, Christi Irwin, Amie Karkainen, Ray La Bate, Lloyd McCracken, Amy Magness, Kristin Malone, Laurie Minaglia, Kristine Nelson, Natalee Nelson, Brady Ockerlander, Kamila Pawlik, Vanessa Pegueros, Michelle Proffitt, Elsa Rindal, Meisha Robertson, Carlene Schneider, Jeremiah Simoneaux, Bobbie Simoni, Dr. Anthony Smith, Robert Smith, Andrew Sprute, Duane Thompson, Rachel Tomczek, Shannon Tozer, Michelle Trager, Kristin Uselman, Tejasvini Vijay, Mike Ward, Sabrina Warren, Emily Wheeler.