July 2nd Community Update
Dear Riverview Community,
We would like to thank you again for all your support during these past few months. The purpose of this message is to inform you of our summer priorities, ongoing work, and upcoming need for community input.
Reopening of Schools
Since the school year ended on June 19, we have intensified our work in developing plans for the reopening of schools this coming fall. We have held ongoing meetings this week with district administration and leadership, analyzing all the components which factor into decisions around returning to school.
At this time, we are looking at a model where students in grades K-3 will attend school four days per week, with the first half of Wednesday being used for targeted types of interventions for identified students needing extra help.
Students in grades 4-12 will be attending school two times a week, so we can have proper social distancing of students throughout the campus for class, lunch, etc. The schedule will likely be an AA-BB schedule, where half of the students attend Monday and Tuesday and the other half attend Thursday and Friday with targeted students and student groups receiving additional services on Wednesday mornings. Wednesday morning will also be a possible time for club meetings, student leadership meetings, and student program implementation. Wednesday afternoons will provide staff with the time to collaborate, grow professionally, plan, and align curriculum and instructional strategies.
We are encouraging most students to come back to school in the fall. In some cases, with vulnerable populations, students or families will opt for continued remote learning. It is most likely that students will have one teacher to report to, rather than multiple teachers in the Remote Learning environment. We are hard at work conceptualizing what this will look like in grades K-5 and 6-12. We will wait until we get surveys back from staff and parents/guardians to share more information.
Our next steps include:
Survey staff on reopening.
Survey parents/guardians on reopening.
Complete reopening plan.
Meet with local associations (PSE and REA) in early August to complete Memorandum of Understandings.
Communicate reopening plan to staff, parents/guardians, students, and community.
Our final reopening plan will be available in mid-August and will be guided by:
What is best for all students and every student
Guidance from the State Department of Health and Public Health - Seattle & King County
Guidance from OSPI and the State Board of Education
Agreement in the form of Memorandum of Understandings with local associations (PSE, REA)
Formal and informal feedback from staff, parents, students, and the community
Consulting with national organizations and other school districts
Riverview Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Smith, has written previously about preliminary plans around the reopening of schools in the fall in previous community messages, dated June 4, June 11, and June 18. There continues to be much work in front of us, as we conceptualize what school will look like for everyone this coming September.
On June 24, OSPI published a Questions and Answers document, responding to common questions from schools and districts related to the reopening of schools in the fall. That document is available by clicking the link below:
Ongoing Summer Work and Planning
As our communities continue to grow, Riverview School District finds itself facing ongoing needs with capacity and facility improvements. We have entered into pre-bond planning meetings to determine how best to address those needs in a way that benefits our students, our Riverview Community, our school district, and also considers feedback we received leading up to the recent February 2020 special election.
Though we received a majority of voter approval, the district fell short of the 60% supermajority necessary for school districts to pass Bond measures in the State of Washington.
As pre-bond planning meetings continue, we will be seeking additional feedback from our community regarding ongoing needs facing the district, as consideration is given to running a potential Bond measure in the future. Look for more information on opportunities to share and provide feedback soon.
Come work in Riverview!
The district has current openings for the following jobs in our district:
Director of Career & Technical Education at Cedarcrest High School
Custodian I at Stillwater Elementary
Special Education Teacher at Carnation Elementary
Educational Assistant at Cedarcrest High School
Substitutes needed throughout our district
Additional jobs may become available at any time. Please visit our Jobs Board, or share this information with anyone who may be interested, by clicking the link below:
More Updates to Come...
As our work continues, your input in our next steps will serve as important guidance as we continue working towards the fall and beyond here in the Riverview School District.
Have a wonderful summer and look for more updates in the coming weeks.