March 13th Community Update

Dear Riverview Community,


With the statewide closure of public and private schools by Governor Jay Inslee through April 24, 2020, the Riverview School District has continued to work on contingency plans for our Riverview Community during the next several weeks of school closure time.


Riverview's administrative team, with input from staff members, has been working on how to best address a wide range of issues regarding student needs and students keeping engaged in their learning. We are excited to provide updates on what we have been working on and implementing for the next several weeks.


Phone Hotline


The Riverview School District has a dedicated phone number, specific to questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak and Riverview Schools. Upon calling, users will be prompted with instructions on how to leave a question or message for our district team.


The COVID-19 Support and District Engagement Line is available now by calling (425) 844-4544.


We will aim to answer questions within a 24-48 hour time period.


Engage


This weekend, the Riverview School District will launch Engage, a new district-designed website that will contain important information for Riverview families regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.


Focusing only on COVID-19 related information as it pertains to Riverview, Engage will serve as a home for Riverview's "Stay Engaged" learning activities, while also providing food services information, child care details, district messaging regarding COVID-19, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and more.


With the official launch of the Engagewebsite, we will provide a link for our Riverview Community, via e-mail through Constant Contact, as well as on our district's website, and social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Food Services


Beginning Monday, March 16, the Riverview School District will be providing access to breakfast and lunch during this extended closure.


To participate, a Pre-Order form is required each day. Orders must be placed from 2:00 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. the day before. The Food Services program will not serve meals on weekends.


Additional details on the Food Services program follow below:


  • Meals will be available for pick up at the main entrance to Cherry Valley Elementary and the main entrance to Carnation Elementary, between 11:00 a.m. and Noon, during the school week.

  • Meals will be free for all children 18 years old or younger, not limited to just students.

  • Adult meals will not be available for purchase.

  • Recipients must be present to claim their meal.

  • Meals are "Grab and Go." Recipients will not be permitted to stay on-site to eat.

  • Meals are intended to be picked up and taken off campus. Breakfast for the next day will be given out with lunch. The lunch menu is available: http://www.rsd407.org/departments/food/default.aspx

  • Additional meals may be available for students that drop in, but availability will be limited. Meals will be available for pickup based on the delivery location selected on the Pre-Order form. Please select the most convenient location for you when pre-ordering.


In addition to the Food Services Program, Weekend Power Packs, provided by the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, will be available for pickup at Cherry Valley Elementary and Carnation Elementary, between 11:00 a.m. and Noon on Fridays.


The Weekend Power Packs program is a community-based program addressing food scarcity in our communities, organized and managed by the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network.


Childcare Services


The Riverview School District Extended-Day program will be closed, beginning Monday, March 16. Families using that program have been contacted and notified. The program will remain closed until schools are open again.


Riverview's administrative team and staff members are working on plans to provide childcare for healthcare workers and first responders. We will share updates next week as these plans become finalized.


"Stay Engaged"


(Pre-K through Grade 5)


Earlier this afternoon, the Riverview School District announced a new "Stay Engaged" learning program for students and families in grades Pre-K through Grade 5.


While students are away from school, we would like to help them stay engaged in learning. To support families, the Riverview School District has created a series of lessons and activity choices. Tasks and activities were organized by day and subject. Each day gives students a variety of opportunities to connect with the different academic subjects. Students are encouraged to work at a comfortable pace.


Please note: While the activities are arranged in a daily format, there is no expectation or need for families to do every activity, every day.


If you have trouble accessing these resources please e-mail: stayengaged@rsd407.org or reach out to your child's teacher.


"Stay Engaged"


(Grades 6-8; 9-12)


Plans for secondary students are nearing completion. Grade level and department teams have developed 10-day plans of suggested activities for students in their courses to stay engaged in ways that complement and reinforce, but don't replace, classroom learning. The focus of the planning is on students interacting with each other, while continuing to grow the thinking skills required in the various curricular areas.


These plans will be shared with students and families in two-week blocks. Students will hear from their teachers, while "At-A-Glance" overview templates for all secondary classes will be made available to parents.


Additional Information and Resources


Lastly, we wanted to share some additional information and resources that we have received.


Our nursing team has provided us with a link for new guidelines King County has issued for gatherings of children while schools remain closed:


https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/schools/closures.aspx


Also, the Washington Department of Health has issued updated guidelines for parents and caregivers:


https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020/ParentsCaregivers


Thank You


To our staff, our students, our families, and our community, we thank everyone who has taken the time to reach out and share suggestions, questions, offers of support, and encouragement.


Our district has worked hard to meet the challenges and complexities that this school closure creates for all of us. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we walk through these next several weeks together.


Sincerely and respectfully,


Dr. Anthony L. Smith Superintendent Riverview School District

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