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:
Teaching and Learning
Business and Operations
SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE By: Dr. Anthony Smith, Superintendent - Riverview School District I am looking forward to attending most all of the end-of-year events, either in person or virtually! Please also see our updated evolving plans for the reopening of schools in the fall. Superintendent Shoutout My shoutout for this issue of updates goes to our approximately 250 seniors from Cedarcrest High School and the Riverview Learning Center. This Senior Class has endured so much, yet they have shown incredible resiliency and citizenship as stand-up individuals that have inspired me every single day. They fully embody the Riverview School District's four values of honesty, integrity, inclusiveness, and engagement. I can hardly wait to attend both Graduation Ceremonies next week to cheer our Seniors on to their next station in life. I am positive they will make the world a better place through your actions of kindness, compassion, and commitment! Superintendent Weekly Update Senior Awards Night Video Feel free to watch tonight's Senior Awards Night Video to see recognition and achievement for members of the Cedarcrest High School Class of 2020. Balancing humor, emotion, and student recognition, with a terrific speech from some of this year's Valedictorians and Salutatorians, I want to give thanks to all our community, regional, state, and national donors that generously provide scholarships for our Seniors. Click the link below to watch the program: Cedarcrest Class of 2020 Senior Awards Night Presentation 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 Over the past several weeks we have been immersing ourselves in protocols and options for reopening schools in the fall. We have been in conversations on a national, state-wide, regional, and local level. This has included:
Reviewing guidance thus far from the Center for Disease Control and State and County Departments of Health.
Joining meetings online with elected officials.
Comparing notes with school districts and states around the country and finding out what we can learn from other countries, such as China, Denmark, Norway, Singapore, Taiwan, and Canada.
Participating in webinars, reviewing white papers and materials and joining groups that are focused on working on plans together, such as Washington Department of Health; Hanover Research Group, joined by National School Superintendent Leaders; Various State and National Associations; District Collaborative Planning with all the Eastside School Districts and Seattle; Regional Transformation Launch through Puget Sound Educational Service District 121; attending online state-wide meetings of Superintendents and other School Administrators; and reviewing and learning about the best ideas from "Roadmap for Reopening Schools" publications.
At this point the Riverview School District is at the front-end of designing various plans, to meet various scenarios for the reopening of schools in the fall. So much is dependent on what phase of reopening King County is in as we approach August. We are now setting up flexible structures and plans for governance, wellness, instruction, post-secondary planning, early childhood, facilities - including health and safety protocols and precautions, school operations, and technology.
Most of the guidance and research, lists four scenarios, depending on the state of the pandemic in King County and our local school district area.
Open up school as it was prior to closing schools.
Continuation of Remote Learning.
Having students attend in shifts or altering days to adhere to social distancing protocols.
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). Right now, an inclusive committee of approximately 40 people is completing research and virtual meetings to determine a single Learning Management System that will be used district wide. After that, the district will be working in July to narrow down our approved list of Virtual Learning Platforms going forward. The eventual goal will be for teachers, students, and parents to be utilizing a system that is efficient and effective. We are excited about being able to improve on our current model that was implemented with one week of preparation. The following article was released today at 5:43 p.m. by the Washington Examiner (D.C.): 'Bit of a stretch': Fauci hesitant to keep all schools closed in fall "Dr. Anthony Fauci said he thinks it is "a bit of a stretch" to say schools should not open this fall. "Children can get infected, so, yes. So, you've got to be careful," Fauci said, who is head of (President) Trump's coronavirus response team, in a CNN interview. "You got to be careful for them, and you got to be careful that they may not spread it. Now, to make an extrapolation that you shouldn't open schools, I think, is a bit of a stretch." Fauci would not make any concrete statements on if it would be safe or not for children to resume classes in the fall because it all depends on the area a school is in. "When you talk about children going back to school and their safety, it really depends on the level of viral activity and the particular area that you're talking about," Fauci said. He believes now is the right time to discuss what schools are going to do in the fall. Some schools will be fine to operate normally, and some will have to make changes, Fauci said. "You know, modifications could be breaking up the class so you don't have a crowded classroom, maybe half in the morning, half in the afternoon, having children doing alternate schedules. There's a whole bunch of things that one can do," Fauci said. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is launching a study of how the coronavirus affects children, but Fauci said the results will not be available until December. Parts of the country have allowed restaurants, bars, stores, and movie theaters to begin opening again. However, most have strict guidelines on how many are allowed in the building and how close people are allowed to be." Graduation/End-of-Year Events/Dates Sunday, June 7 Baccalaureate 7:00-8:00 p.m. | Virtual Ceremony Facebook: Cedarcrest High School - Class of 2020 Instagram: @cedarcrest2020 Monday, June 8 Riverview Learning Center Commencement | Car Processional 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Riverview Learning Center
Wednesday, June 10 Annual Cedarcrest Senior Slideshow Dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m. - 10:15 p.m.) | Carnation Dog Park Thursday, June 11 Stillwater Elementary 5th Grade Promotion 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Stillwater Elementary 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 Cedarcrest High School Graduation Information
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 Thank you for your participation in our first Thoughtexchange! We had 313 participants, 554 thoughts and 12,158 ratings in the Remote Learning exchange. The Top Ten thoughts can be viewed here. You have provided us with information that we will be able to act upon. We have an exchange open for our Certificated Teaching staff right now and will be launching a grade 6-12 Student Exchange in a day or two. Our plan is to look at these three data sets to inform our Remote Learning model should we be in a similar situation when school begins. We will continue to dig deeper into the data and provide you an update once we have all three data sets completed. We really appreciate the time, thought, and sharing you have provided. We would also like to extend a huge "Thank You" to parents, guardians, friends, and family members in working with us to support your children and our students. The last couple of months have been a heavy lift on you all as we've worked together to continue learning during a pandemic. We greatly appreciate you!
BUSINESS AND OPERATIONS By: Meisha Robertson, Director Food Services: Since the school closure on March 13, 2020, we have served over 24,000 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. In the coming weeks, we will be sending out links to additional community resources that have food services available over the summer. Childcare Update: As we have shared in the last couple of weeks, the Riverview School District will be partnering with the YMCA for childcare services over the summer.
Parents currently enrolled in Riverview's summer Cheetah Club will have an early registration option. A registration link will be emailed to parents currently registered for summer Cheetah Club before the end of the week and will open Monday morning, June 8, on a first-come/first-serve basis. If space is still available on Thursday, June 11, we will send the link out to the rest of the community.
The maximum capacity in this program will be limited to 40 kids to ensure the YMCA is able to meet all social distancing and COVID-19 daycare requirements.
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). Transportation Riverview wants to send out a huge "Thank You!" to our community for their support! Our Transportation Department just received two more new buses this week, paid for by the generous support of our community through our local transportation levy dollars. We now have seven new buses that were bought with levy proceeds and we are happy to share that these buses offer great and new added safety features and technology! We will also be purchasing an additional five or six buses in 2021! Here are some of the features on these new buses! 2 A Type Buses - Starcraft (small buses)
Back up camera in the rearview mirror.
Seon camera system with two cameras, offering wide angle and better video footage of both driver and students.
Integrated car seats.
5 D Type Thomas Buses (large buses)
White rooftops to keep the bus cooler.
Tinted windows enhancing the safety of student identity and for additional cooling within the bus.
Four wide-angle Seon cameras: Better video footage of both driver and students.
On-spot chains for snow conditions.
Disc brakes, which cost less to replace.
Air cushion suspension ride.
New and improved emergency exits, with roof handles to lessen the risk of driver injuries.
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE By: Michael Ward, Coordinator Riverview's Senior Showcase The Communications Office, in partnership with Cedarcrest High School and Riverview Learning Center administration, has been proud to create and share the inaugural Senior Showcase video presentations with our Riverview Community. By Friday, June 5, all 15 episodes will be available to watch and stream at the link provided below. The Senior Showcase videos have featured more than 250 students, comprising the combined Riverview School District Class of 2020. To view the Senior Showcase videos, click below: https://vimeopro.com/user98207937/rsd20 We congratulate all our seniors and have loved having the opportunity to share their words, stories, and images with the Riverview Community.