March 12, 2020
Dear Riverview Community,
Following Governor Jay Inslee's official announcement, made earlier this afternoon, the Riverview School District has announced that schools will be closed, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, until April 24, 2020.
We remind families to continue making plans for this extended closure.
Through the initial stages of this outbreak, the Riverview School District has been following guidance provided to school districts from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and Public Health - Seattle & King County. In addition, we are continuing to be participants in coalition meetings, consisting of mayors of Carnation and Duvall, city administrators, school district administration, and local community leaders and agencies.
Prior to the Governor's announcement, the Riverview School District was working on developing contingency plans in consultation with other districts. The Governor's announcement today, in consultation with OSPI, provided new guidelines requiring Riverview to review and modify our plans.
Riverview's administrative team, with input from staff members, has been working on how to best address issues related to child care and food service needs. A new "Stay Engaged" learning program is in the final stages of development for students and families. In the coming days, we will include explanations on how the rollout of these plans and services will be taking place, district-wide.
We continue to ask families to follow ongoing recommendations from Public Health - King County & Seattle on ways you can help minimize the spread of this virus. The latest information from Public Health is available here:
Thanks to our Riverview Community for their understanding and patience, as we work through the unprecedented challenges this closure creates for all of us.
Sincerely and respectfully,
Dr. Anthony L. Smith Superintendent Riverview School District