April 9th Community Update

Dear Riverview Community,

Throughout the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, we have been providing weekly updates from different Riverview School District departments.

In today's communication, we have updates regarding:

  • Spring Break, occurring next week from April 13-17, 2020.

  • Food Service and Childcare Service during Spring Break.

  • Updates from our Teaching and Learning and Information Technology departments.

  • An update from Riverview's Nursing Team.

  • A joint statement from Washington's Colleges and Universities to Washington's Students.


Spring Break: April 13-17, 2020

Next week, April 13-17, 2020, is Spring Break for students, staff, and families in Riverview School District.

District staff have been working extensively, preparing for the shift of Remote Learning, beginning Monday, April 20, 2020. Staff have spent the last several weeks engaged in frequent meetings with principals, teaching teams, our PLLs (Professional Learning Leaders), and district administration. They have reached out to students and families. Lessons and videos have been developed. New instructional tools and learning methods have been introduced. Since the launch of our "Stay Engaged" online learning resources, staff have been actively readying themselves to instruct remotely and work within this new reality for the rest of the year.

This break also comes at a really needed time. Stress is a very real thing for not only our students and families, but also our district personnel. We have all had our lives uprooted by the COVID-19 outbreak and the Governor's statewide "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. Much uncertainty remains. Using this break to relax, energize, and focus on loved ones and families is important for all of us.

During Spring Break, we will continue to provide essential services, including;


  • Meals to students and youth in our community through the "Grab and Go" lunch program.

  • Childcare options for essential medical personnel, first responders, pharmacy workers, and grocery workers.


Teaching & Learning

Director: Dr. Randy Stocker

https://www.engage.rsd407.org/engagement

With the Governor's announcement that schools will be closed through the rest of the school year, the Teaching and Learning Department and school staffs have begun to adjust our Remote Learning plan one more time.

The shift to Remote Learning for the remainder of the school year requires a plan that is quite different than a shift for a just a few weeks. There are considerable decisions to be made as we enter our new reality. We remain in contact with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Superintendent groups and peer districts, as we build out our Remote Learning plan. Our school administrators and leadership teams worked together this week and last to build schedules that will support continuous, remote learning for students beginning April 20.

The shift of Remote Learning presents a set of unique challenges to our traditional school structure including, but not limited to, the following:


  • A need to redesign curriculum that was meant to be delivered in person.

  • Facilitation and differentiation of instruction in a digital world rather than in a classroom.

  • Teacher and student familiarity and skill with some of the technology platforms that may be used.

  • Different technology access points for students and families

  • Development of grading and assessment standards; and,

  • The ability to provide timely and formative feedback in a digital world rather than a classroom.


I share these as just a few of the areas to be adapted in our shift to Remote Learning.

You will be receiving a learning schedule from your child's teacher, or school, by the beginning of next week. We very much appreciate the hard work that schools have done in considering the needs of students, families and staffs in building these learning schedules. If you have specific questions about the schedule or assignments, please reach out to your child's teacher or school administrator(s). The issue of grading/assessing is still being developed as we are awaiting further guidelines from OSPI. Once finalized, we will share our plan with you. Please note it will take us a couple of weeks to get into a rhythm of our Remote Learning model and we appreciate your grace and understanding as we begin this plan on April 20.

Information Technology

Director: Christopher Collins

https://www.engage.rsd407.org/it

The IT staff have been busy supporting staff, students, and families as we continue to navigate this change to Remote Learning. 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 stayengaged@rsd407.org or call the district hotline at (425) 844-4544.


Riverview Nursing Team

The Riverview School District Nursing Team would like to reassure families that student medications currently in our school buildings will be made available for families to pick up after the statewide "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order is lifted. Please contact your school nurse by email, if you have further questions or concerns.

A Joint Statement from Washington's College and Universities

Earlier today, Washington's public and not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities released a joint statement to Washington students. We have uploaded the statement to our "Class of 2020" page through the district's "Engage" website. A direct link to the statement is available here.

Thank You

We wish everyone in our Riverview Community a great Spring Break and look forward to "seeing" everyone again on Monday, April 20.

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of Riverview's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit our "Engage" website (https://engage.rsd407.org), or contact Riverview School District through our hotline, (425) 844-4544, or via e-mail at stayengaged@rsd407.org.

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