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
Our school PTSAs and district PTSA Council are the best! When regular school was canceled and Remote Learning started, our PTSAs did not miss a beat, continuing to support every school and the school district. The Riverview School District Board of Directors and I are all proud PTSA members!
PTSA continues to provide programs and support for all of our students, as well as our students that need some extra support. This comes in the form of after school and other support programs, PTSA forums, Parent Education Programs, the Reflections Art Program, the Summer Resource Fair, and so much more! Last year, the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA Metro Region 110) and I honored the Riverview PTSA Council with a Community Leadership Award. Thanks to our local PTSAs for the positive difference they make for our students, families, and the community!
Superintendent Weekly Update
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, statewide, 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 statewide 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, and facilities - including health and safety protocols and precautions, school operations, and technology.
Most of the guidance and research lists three scenarios, yet our team and other teams have been discussing a fourth. This would involve a combination of elements of the first three options, 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 the district offers both Regular School and Remote Learning opportunities, depending on the student and the student and families' situation.
We will continue to stay on the cutting edge of what is occurring as our plans evolve. Currently, we have a committee of 40 people working on making a decision on a single Learning Management System going forward (see the Information Technology update below). After that decision is made by July 1, we will be evaluating platforms to come up with a smaller number of approved 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.
Wednesday, June 3 Riverview Learning Center Cap, Gown, Diploma Cover - Pick-Up in Cars 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Riverview Learning Center
Thursday, June 4 Cedarcrest High School - Senior Awards Night Time and Details TBD | Pre-Recorded Event
Sunday, June 7
7:00-8:00 p.m. | Virtual Facebook Live Event
Monday, June 8 Riverview Learning Center Commencement in Cars 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Riverview Learning Center
Wednesday, June 10 Annual Cedarcrest Senior Slideshow
Time and Location TBD
Friday, June 12 Cedarcrest High School Commencement in Cars 5:00 p.m. | Cedarcrest High School
Wednesday, June 17
Tolt Middle School 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony
7:00-8:00 p.m. | Virtual Ceremony
TEACHING AND LEARNING By: Dr. Randy Stocker, Assistant Superintendent - Teaching and Learning
Thank you for the responses, insights, and ratings through our Thoughtexchange. We have had over 200 participants, who have shared and rated over 400 thoughts. We will be closing the exchange on Sunday, May 31, at 11:59 p.m.
If you talk to other parents, guardians, or community members who may not know of this exchange, please share your experiences and let them know they can access the exchange. A link to the exchange is provided below:
The themes and ratings that are emerging are going to be helpful for us as we close out this year and begin preparing for next year. We will share some of the key themes next week in our update. Our next step in information gathering will happen through an upcoming Thoughtexchange for staff and students in the coming days.
BUSINESS AND OPERATIONS By: Meisha Robertson, Director
Since the school closure on March 13, 2020, our "Grab and Go" meals program has served over 22,000 meals! Please continue to place your "Grab and Go" lunch orders on the Riverview School District's "Engage" website.
Last week, we shared the information that we will be replacing our regular summer daycare program with an option offered through the YMCA. This week, we have more information to share on this partnership.
Registration for the YMCA Summer Childcare program will open in the beginning of June.
Parents currently enrolled in Riverview's summer Cheetah Club will have an early registration option.
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).
Additional details will be sent out in the coming weeks.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY By: Christopher Collins, Director
The Riverview School District Information Technology team is excited to be running an LMS (Learning Management System) review committee over these two weeks, as directed by Dr. Smith and announced through the district's Administrative Team.
The committee is moving through a self-paced collaboration system, consisting of more than 40 members. Half of the committee is made up of teachers, while administrators, parents, students, and classified staff complete the cohort. This process has involved an exceptional amount of work from our Teaching and Learning Department as well. IT sends a big thank you to them! Look for more information on this work in the coming weeks.
The IT staff continue to support the medley of technical needs from staff and families resulting from the COVID-19 closure and shift to remote learning. I would like to recognize the amazing work of all of the IT staff through a most challenging time.
We have been able to make a significant upgrade to our wireless network district-wide, led by our Network Administrator, Ryan Sage, and we look forward to supporting all of our schools in their year-end events however we can.
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. We have posted nine episodes thus far, and will continue posting new videos each weekday, at 5:00 p.m., on district social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo). The Senior Showcase videos will conclude on June 5, with the goal of featuring all 250+ students comprising the Riverview School District Class of 2020.
To view the Senior Showcase videos, our IT team has given them a permanent home on the "Engage" website, under the "Class of 2020" tile. You can also access them through the link below:
We congratulate all our seniors and have loved having the opportunity to share their words, stories, and images with the Riverview Community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.