June 11th Community Update

Dear Riverview Community,

During the COVID-19 school closure and outbreak, we have continued to provide weekly updates from different Riverview School District departments.

In this communication, we are happy to share updates from the following:

  • Superintendent's Office

  • Teaching and Learning

  • Business and Operations

  • Information Technology

SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE By: Dr. Anthony Smith, Superintendent - Riverview School District I have so enjoyed attending all the end-of-year events whether in person or virtually! We were waving, dancing, encouraging, congratulating, and giving out awards at Stillwater today - so inspiring seeing our students and parents during the Drive-Through 5th Grade Promotion Event. I am looking forward to CHS Graduation tomorrow! Superintendent Shoutout This week's shoutout goes to the School Board and entire Administrative Team (Central Office, Principals, Directors, Supervisors) that have worked tirelessly, late nights and weekends, to ensure the best advocacy possible for each of our students, our staff, our parents, and our community! Superintendent Weekly Update We are saddened and heartbroken over the violence we are seeing towards our Black community. It is not acceptable. As a district that prioritizes equity and access, these values do not match our four Riverview values of: Honesty, Integrity, Inclusiveness, and Engagement. We will continue to be part of a solution, and model how we expect every individual to be treated.

Each of us has a responsibility to support equity, access, and safety for every individual in our community. We are committed to continuing our efforts to increase culturally responsive practices and promote social justice in our schools and our community.

We commend the many students who recently participated in peaceful demonstrations in our community, making their viewpoints against violence and racism known. Thank you for your courage in doing so.

We are committed to continuing momentum with our equity plan that is now in year four. In the fall, we will enlist the community to work with us to elevate our current district focus on "personalizing student learning with an equity lens." We will ask for your input and participation as we strengthen our focus on inclusionary practices by completing our equity policy that will become the lens for every policy and strategic initiative we adopt.

Additional resources are available through the links that follow:


PARENT TOOLKIT - HOW TO TALK TO KIDS ABOUT RACE AND RACISM

CENTER FOR RACIAL JUSTICE IN EDUCATION

TIME MAGAZINE: "TEACHER'S READING LIST OF ANTIRACIAL BOOKS GOES VIRAL"

TEDTALKS: TOPIC - RACE (WITH OVER 100 VIDEOS TO CHOOSE FROM)

ROBIN DiANGELO - "WHITE FRAGILITY: WHY IT'S SO HARD FOR WHITE PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT RACISM"

THE RIVERVIEW WAY: OUTLINING RIVERVIEW'S MISSION, VISION, AND STRATEGIC DIRECTION FOR RIVERVIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT

I look forward to continuing and engaging in this work with all of you.

Last Week of School and Check-Out Day

Friday, June 19 will be the last day of school, per direction by the Governor and as discussed with our Administrative Team and Associations.

Fall Reopening of the School Year and Plans

Earlier today, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal, had a press conference on reopening schools and released a publication on the topic, available by clicking the following link:

REOPENING WASHINGTON SCHOOLS PLANNING GUIDE

The publication is in sync with what the district has been communicating over the several weeks. We will be sharing specifics on how all the guidance applies to Riverview in early August when we know what the Department of Health is recommending/requiring for our area.

  1. Open up school as it was prior to closing schools.

  2. Continuation of Remote Learning.

  3. Having students attend in shifts or altering days to adhere to social distancing protocols.

  4. A hybrid model, where a combination of numbers two and three above are used.

Currently, the most likely scenario would involve a continuation of Remote Learning for some students (#2 above) and a schedule that has students attending in shifts or altering days to adhere to social distancing protocols for health and safety (#3 above).

Graduation/End-of-Year Events/Dates

Friday, June 12

Carnation Elementary 5th Grade Promotion

Virtual Video Presentation (Link to be sent to Carnation families)

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Carnation Elementary

Friday, June 12 Cedarcrest High School Commencement | Car Processional 5:00 p.m. | Cedarcrest High School

Tuesday, June 16

Cherry Valley Elementary 5th Grade Promotion 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Cherry Valley Elementary

Wednesday, June 17

Eagle Rock Multi-Age Program 5th Grade Promotion

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Eagle Rock Multi-Age Campus

Wednesday, June 17 Tolt Middle School 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 7:00-8:00 p.m. | Virtual Ceremony

Friday, June 19

Last Day of School for 2019-2020


TEACHING AND LEARNING By: Dr. Randy Stocker, Assistant Superintendent - Teaching and Learning Well, it does not look like June out there today!

Earlier today, Dr. Smith and I watched Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal's press conference regarding the reopening of schools. OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) has been working closely with the Washington State Department of Health in providing guidance, which will be essential as we begin our work for the 2020-21 school year.


The Teaching and Learning Department is aware that some students, parents/guardians and families would like additional learning activities during the summer. We are beginning to collect resources and activities that will be uploaded to the Remote Learning portion of our "Engage Riverview" site in the next few weeks. We hope you find some activities that will prove to be engaging and fun for the summer months.


Report cards for elementary students will look different this year given the school closure. There will be no marks recorded for the third reporting period as the school closure fell in the middle of the reporting period. We will be using either "X" (Introduced) or "NA" (Not Addressed) for academic standards for the fourth quarter. Using data known prior to the school closure, we will use "Yes" or "No" for "Reads at Grade Level," as this is a state requirement.


Finally, the "Student Outcomes" will reflect student level at the time of school closure. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your principal, teacher, or the Teaching and Learning Department.


BUSINESS AND OPERATIONS By: Meisha Robertson, Director Food Services: Since the school closure on March 13, 2020, we have served over 26,000 meals! Please continue to place your grab and go lunch orders on this website (visit Food Services). On Friday, June 19, 2020, will be the final Grab and Go meal distribution at Cherry Valley Elementary, Carnation Elementary, Stillwater Elementary and Duvall Highlands for this school year. On Monday, June 15, we will be sending out links for additional community resources which will offer food service options during the summer. Childcare Update:

There is still limited space available in our summer childcare program offered by the YMCA.


To register for summer care please visit the YMCA registration link.


DATES: June 22, 2020 - August 14, 2020

LOCATION: Cherry Valley Elementary TIMES: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


WEEKLY COSTS: $260 for YMCA facility members, $300 for community members (there are scholarship funds for families that apply and qualify).


NOTE: Maximum capacity for this program will be 40 students per day.


Transportation


As you may have seen last week our Transportation Department, with the help of Information Technology and the Communications Office, sent out a video to our 2020 graduates and our community. The video was very touching and shows the sincere love this department has for all the students in our district.

This video has touched the lives of many, and even on a national level. The time-lapse version of this unique tribute has been linked across the country and has more than 1.8 million views on social media. If you have not had a chance to see the video please make sure you check it out, this is not one you want to miss.


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY By: Christopher Collins, Director LMS Review Committee

Under the direction of the Superintendent and through Information Technology's leadership, an inclusive committee of 39 participants was formed in late May, tasked with determining the best Learning Management System (LMS) to fit the district's needs. The committee, consisting of teachers, students, administrators, and parents, evaluated two leading LMS platforms against the current Skooler LMS, comparing each to the current OSPI guidance.

Based on guidance from OSPI, the committee focused on three tools - Planning, Assignments, and Messaging - as well as other factors such as privacy, integration, and capacity. The results of the committee overwhelmingly support the district's continued use of Skooler.

Skooler has gone through a complete revision over the past year and the work now is focused on next steps for successful implementation, which includes providing training content and professional development for Planning, Assignments, and Messaging. We are also developing both a short and long-term Skooler implementation plan. More information to follow!

Student Devices Over Summer

Last school year, we decided that students keep their district devices over the summer. As a result of COVID-19, we will be continuing this practice for all grades.

2nd grade students with a district iPad will return the iPad in exchange for their new HP Laptop. New laptops will be issued to incoming PARADE 5th grade and Tolt 6th grade students. Schools will be following up over in August with additional information on how devices will be distributed. Seniors from Cedarcrest, Running Start, and Riverview Learning Center need to return district-issued technology equipment to either their school, or the RSD IT Center located at:

26531 NE Stella St.

Duvall, WA 98019

(located directly East of the RSD Educational Service Center, downtown Duvall)

IT Services

The IT Staff has been honored to help with district year-end events providing livestreams of building events and in capturing the Transportation tribute. Like the rest of you, we are trying to make the most of this difficult time with some technical creativity!

Levy Updates

We continue to work through some significant Levy projects:

  • Planning for the addition of digital display equipment at our elementary classrooms.

  • Replacement laptops for classroom teachers.

  • Recycle of some student devices (iPads K-2 and Tablet Laptops 3-12). We had to ramp up our rollout plan to support K-12 take-home devices.

  • Continued improvements to the district Wireless infrastructure.

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