The purpose of the Riverview School District Emergency Operations Plan is to identify and respond to emergencies that may occur on school grounds while children are present. The plan outlines an approach to emergency management operations in the event of a high impact incident that requires immediate action when traditional resources are en route, limited or nonexistent.
The Emergency Operations Plan is an associated document, which details specific procedures and guidelines for responding to an emergency.
WEATHER RELATED SCHEDULE CHANGES
PLEASE NOTE THAT RIVERVIEW SCHOOLS ARE ASSUMED TO BE IN SESSION, UNLESS A MESSAGE IS BROADCAST VIA TEXT, RADIO, TELEVISION, DISTRICT WEBSITE, AND/OR SOCIAL MEDIA
Situations involving snow, ice, power outages, windstorms, and floods are continually assessed and may make it necessary to temporarily alter the operation of school schedules and/or school buses in the Riverview School District.
CHANGES IN SCHOOL OPERATIONS
Changes in school operation schedules may be necessary, resulting in the closure of one or more schools for the day, a late start time, or an early dismissal time.
If it becomes necessary to dismiss students early because of inclement weather conditions or a widespread utility outage during the school day, notice of school changes will be distributed to radio and television stations, SchoolMessenger text alert subscribers, the District’s website, district email (Constant Contact), and social media outlets (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).
If a school is closed, all after school activities are presumed to be cancelled, unless otherwise notified.
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS MESSAGING
Messages will be broadcast via Seattle-area radio and television stations, through the Riverview School District website, and Riverview’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Riverview School District | Riverview School District Engage
@riverview407 | instagram.com/riverview407
KUOW (NPR), 94.9
The radio stations, listed above, broadcast news and information 24 hours a day, while most television stations begin news coverage at 4:30 a.m. Stay tuned during the morning; conditions may require a sudden change in operations.
SCHOOLMESSENGER TEXT ALERTS
SchoolMessenger Text Alerts are available for families, wanting instant notifications of school delays and closures via a text message sent to their mobile phone.
To receive text alerts from the Riverview School District, you must provide a current mobile phone number in our Skyward student information database.
Once your number is entered in Skyward, a text message, asking you to “Opt-In,” will be sent to your mobile phone within 24-48 hours.
Simply reply by texting back the letter “Y,” or the word “Yes,” and you will be subscribed and begin receiving text alerts when available.
You can also sign up for automatic emails from FlashAlert.net. These emails are tied directly to the school closure and late start media broadcast system.
If you are signed up to receive Constant Contact e-mail distributions from your school(s), you may receive further notification updates from your principal.
Additionally, you can subscribe to Constant Contact email distributions by clicking the upper right-hand corner of our school websites and choosing “Join our E-mail list,” or by subscribing to District News on the Riverview School District website. District News subscribers receive an e-mail notification anytime a new post is made on the district website.
If, at any time, you cannot determine what the district’s operations plans are, call the Transportation Information Hotline at (425) 844-4542.
Please do not call the schools, the school district office, or radio or television stations for school or bus operations information.
Messages provided by the district will be brief in nature when shared with the public. Examples include:
All schools in the district are closed for the day. All meetings, field trips and after school activities will also be cancelled. No out-of-district transportation will be provided.
“SCHOOL IS (ONE OR) TWO HOURS LATE, LIMITED BUS TRANSPORTATION”
Schools will be either one- or two-hours late start. Students will be dismissed at regular time, unless announced otherwise. Parents should reference media outlets identified above for further announcements. Buses will operate on Limited Bus Transportation Routes, if announced.
For two-hour late starts, Encompass and Preschool programs will be cancelled. Elementary Band/Orchestra will start two hours late, unless otherwise communicated by the teacher(s). There will be no breakfast served to students on these days.
For one-hour late starts, Encompass and Preschool programs will start one hour late, except on Early Release Fridays when there will be no classes for these specific programs and classes. Breakfast will be served to students on these days.
“NO OUT-OF-DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION”
Schools are operating, but no school district transportation vehicles (buses, vans, cars) will operate outside of school boundaries. This will include special education, field trips, after school activities, sports, events, concerts, performances, etc.
DELAYS INVOLVING “LIMITED BUS TRANSPORTATION”
Limited Bus Transportation Routes (a/k/a Snow Routes) will be implemented in the case of snowfall and/or other emergency occurrences which make it unsafe for buses to pick up students at all regularly identified bus stops. “Snow Routes” will be communicated through collaborative messaging from the Transportation Department, Communications Office, and district office administration.
NOTE REGARDING EXTENDED DAY SERVICES ON CLOSURES OR DELAYS
If school is opening with a delayed start, morning extended day services will not be provided. Likewise, if school is cancelled for the day, there will be no extended day services provided.
If Riverview closes school early, students must follow the Emergency Plan on file with the school office. All students must leave the school building and after-school extended day services will not be provided for the safety of the students and staff of the respective school.
If you have any questions during regular business hours, please contact the Riverview School District’s Transportation Department Office at (425) 844-4540.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOLS, SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICE, OR RADIO AND/OR TELEVISION STATIONS FOR SCHOOL OR BUS OPERATIONS INFORMATION.
Updated: October 13, 2021