Dear Riverview Community:
We continue to provide weekly updates to you regarding ongoing work in the Riverview School District due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This week:
A message from our Superintendent.
Updates from our Teaching and Learning and Information Technology departments.
A reminder on the "Grab and Go" meals program.
Information regarding Spring Break on April 13- 17, 2020; and,
News of a new district partnership for childcare in our community with the YMCA.
Superintendent: Dr. Anthony L. Smith
Our district leaders and principals continue to participate in COVID-19 updates on a daily basis. The most recent news is that Governor Jay Inslee has extended his order to keep non-essential businesses closed and most Washington residents home through Monday, May 4. He stated that social distancing measures must remain in place for an additional month to minimize the spread of COVID-19. This will inevitably trigger an announcement that schools will not reopen until Tuesday, May 5 at the earliest.
As we plan for the transition back to Remote Learning after Spring Break, we are looking at making a shift in expectations for students and staff. We will be shifting from optional engagement activities to required graded assignments. Our district leadership team is discussing the changes with building leaders, including principals. This will include guidance for all grade levels, and especially the Senior Class that will graduate in June. We will update students, parents/guardians, families, and the community at-large next week. Please Note: Any missing 3rd Quarter student assignments at the middle/high school level, that were due on or before Thursday, March 12, need to be turned in by Friday, April 10, to be counted toward 3rd Quarter Grades/Progress Reports.
Teaching and Learning
Director: Dr. Randy Stocker https://www.engage.rsd407.org/pk12
We'd like to thank you again for all that you are doing at home, at work and in our community, as well as the support you all have provided our students and staff.
As noted last week, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released guidelines recently for districts to move from optional, self-directed learning opportunities to a statement that included "...education must continue." For Riverview, this is going to mean Remote Learning for all, which will provide more structured learning experiences, require students to complete and submit assignments, and continue the student and staff interactions that have been occurring since the school closure.
Our teachers and administrators are working this week and next to develop learning, assignments and schedules that will be implemented April 20. Staff are also engaged in learning and applying the district approved technology tools that will support Remote Learning. Our "Engage" website, linked above, will continue to serve as the home for this work.
We will strive to provide meaningful learning for students and know that it will look different from the classroom instruction and learning prior to the school closure. This continues to be a learning curve for all of us and we appreciate the insights, support, questions, and concerns families have provided us over the last few weeks. This is truly an unprecedented time in our schools, community, state, country and world. Together, we believe schools can provide a sense of support and stability for us all.
Childcare Services | Business and Operations
Director: Meisha Robertson https://www.engage.rsd407.org/childcare
As the Riverview School District continues to provide childcare options for essential workers in our community, we are pleased to announce a new partnership with the YMCA, which will provide childcare at Cherry Valley Elementary for first responders, healthcare workers, pharmacy workers, grocer store workers and other essential personnel defined by OSPI.
This new childcare option, in partnership with the YMCA, begins Monday, April 6, 2020.
We are very excited to announce this additional childcare option to our families in our community. In addition to the YMCA, we will still refer families to The Boys & Girls Club in Monroe, and to Hillside Academy in Duvall, as many times childcare is not a one size fits all answer. We are very pleased to now have three great options that families can choose from, in order to find a childcare service that best fits their needs. The YMCA has provided the following information to share with our community.
"For the last 144 years, the Y has stepped up to serve communities, especially during times of challenge. This time is no different. The Y has been working in partnership with Riverview School District to find a way to support working families who need childcare.
Beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM, the Y will be offering full-day Break Camp at Cherry Valley Elementary School. The purpose is to provide a safe and nurturing place for youth while essential workers and personnel, defined by OSPI, are required to work.
Here's a link to Visual Instructions to assist you with registering. This process allows flexibility for families by providing daily options. If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com. We ask that you help us prioritize care for families of first responders, healthcare workers, pharmacy workers, grocery store workers, and other essential personnel defined by OSPI who need to work. If we still have spaces after that we will open registration to all essential workers as defined by the Governor's orders. If you need additional assistance, please let us know. We are here for you. FEE Daily fee is $45 and includes full-day programming, lunch, and morning & afternoon snacks. Financial assistance is available. First payment is required at the time of registration. If you need to cancel registration, we are requesting a 48-hour notice. First responders, healthcare workers, pharmacy workers, grocery store workers, and other essential personnel defined by OSPI will have $0 fees for this program. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before registering to receive your special coupon code. PREVENTATIVE HEALTH PRACTICES
We wanted to take a moment to share with you our preventative health practices because the well-being of staff, youth and families are our number one priority.
Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to remain home.
Wellness check will be conducted for all staff and youth before attending program, including a temperature check. Anyone with 100.0F degree or higher will not be allowed to remain.
Ongoing cleaning will be scheduled during the day, especially in common areas.
Frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizers.
Nightly disinfectant cleaning will be done as an additional measure.
During the program hours, youth will be organized in small groups (9 youth and 1 staff) and rotate for activities as part of social distancing and meet the developmental needs of youth.
Parents/Guardians will be dropping off and picking up at the entrance and not allowed to access the program space.
We look forward to being a part of your Riverview Community."
Information Technology (IT)
Director: Christopher Collins
The IT staff have been busy supporting staff, students, and families as we continue to navigate this change in education. Our focus will continue to be:
Supporting staff, students, and families with all technology needs.
Supporting our Teaching & Learning Department in the usage and adoption of district technology tools for staff.
Providing a library of self-paced learning videos on district software tools.
We wish everyone the best during this time. If you need technology support, please continue to send inquiries to email@example.com or call the district hotline at (425) 844-4544.
Food Service - "Grab and Go" Program
Supervisor: Kaye Wetli https://www.engage.rsd407.org/foodservice
We continue our "Grab and Go" meals program, with meals available Monday - Friday from 11:00 a.m. - Noon at Carnation Elementary, Cherry Valley Elementary, Stillwater Elementary, and, in partnership with our Transportation Team, the Duvall Highlands MHC.
To Pre-Order meals, which helps our Food Services team plan for need and demand, please visit the "Food Services" tab on the "Engage" website (linked above) and complete your order between 2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. each day, for weekday pick-up.
On Fridays, the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network will also be providing Weekend Power Packs for students picking up meals on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. - Noon.
The Weekend Power Packs program is a community-based program addressing food scarcity in our community, organized and managed by the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network.
Spring Break: April 13-17, 2020
The Riverview School District will honor "Spring Break" the week of April 13-17, 2020. We will continue to provide essential services during the break, including, but not limited to:
Provide meals to students and youth in our community through the "Grab and Go" lunch program.
Provide or facilitate childcare options for essential medical personnel, first responders, pharmacy workers, and grocery workers.
For questions on any information included above, or regarding any aspect of Riverview's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit our "Engage" website