Updates from Riverview School District - August 13, 2021

The purpose of this communication is to provide updates to our Riverview Community as we move closer to the return of full-time, in-person learning and the first day of school on September 1, 2021.

 

School Begins September 1, 2021!

We are excited to have students back for full-time, in-person learning this year! As first announced on May 17, and again on June 3, 2021, Riverview is returning to our pre-pandemic educational models, programs, and schedule for the upcoming school year.


These include:

  • Full-time, in-person learning on site at all schools.

  • Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) delivered through the Riverview Learning Center.

We continue to monitor the increase of COVID-19 cases related to the Delta variant and follow guidance from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Public Health – Seattle King County (PHSKC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


As the school year begins, masks will be required of all students and staff, during the school day, regardless of vaccination status. Additional guidance was released late this week regarding extracurricular and co-curricular activities. The district is currently reviewing this new guidance as it relates to our district and additional details will be forthcoming.


By mid-September, we will be sharing a Riverview School District COVID-19 Dashboard, informing our community of positive COVID-19 cases in the district. Whenever a case is discovered in a school whether it is a student or staff member, anyone identified as a close contact will be contacted directly by a phone call.


Regarding athletics: Athletic Directors within the WESCO Conference are scheduled to meet on Friday, August 20, to discuss not only the recent guidance from DOH, but also the procedures and protocols which must be implemented for athletic competitions and the potential of fans being in attendance.


More comprehensive details and information will be updated as they are received.


To view the recent updated guidance from DOH, please click below: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/820-105-K12Schools2021-2022.pdf

 

Local/Regional COVID-19 Case Count Data


Embedded below is the weekly COVID-19 Data Summary for our local Health Reporting Area (HRA) and King County. The rate of positive cases per 100,000 residents has continued trending upward, with the Delta variant mainly impacting children that do not have access to vaccinations yet, and people age 12 and older that have not been vaccinated.


As part of this communication, we wanted to provide the most recent data available, as of August 10, 2021, including two-week averages of “total number of cases per 100,000.”


 

Updates on Meals and Food Service for 2021-2022 School Year

During the entire 2021-2022 school year, Riverview School District will be providing free breakfast and lunch to all students, through the Seamless Summer meals program.


With the return to full-time, in-person learning this fall, additional precautions will be put in place to ensure student meals are delivered and provided in the safest way possible.


The Riverview School District is following guidance from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), as well as Public Health – Seattle King County (PHSKC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


A link to the latest CDC guidance is provided below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/schools-childcare/COVID_SchoolMealtimeSpaces_508.pdf


Within Riverview, we will roll out two distinctive plans for our students. These plans will provide our students opportunities to resume utilizing our current lunchrooms. For students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, we will be installing physical plexiglass barriers, allowing each student an independent eating space. Students will wear masks until they are seated and eating their meals.


For our students in grades 9-12, we are continuing to assess space and distancing requirements, within the confines of our existing Cedarcrest High School lunchroom/eating area. More information will be provided as we move closer to the beginning of school.


Per CDC guidelines, we will be able to distribute hot meals to students this year, maximizing physical distance as much as possible when moving through the food service line and while eating (especially indoors). Using additional spaces outside of the cafeteria for mealtime seating will be considered for our secondary schools and students.


Existing safety and health protocols will be in place. Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned regularly and surfaces that come into contact with food will be washed, rinsed, and sanitized before and after meals. The importance of hand washing will continue to be promoted.


We will continue to adhere to guidance provided by federal and local agencies, and provide updates as to any changes implemented as, or if, guidance changes during the school year.

 

Registration Information

For new students and families joining Riverview this coming year, and for those students and families who previously withdrew but are opting to return to the district for full-time, in-person learning this fall, we wanted to remind everyone of upcoming registration dates and information.


Registration packets are available for pick-up or drop-off at the Riverview Educational Service Center (ESC) in Duvall during the summer. Registration packets are also available on your school's website.


Please note that registration packets are processed at each individual school. Registration packets received at the ESC will be held for processing by our schools when their offices reopen in August.


The dates each school office will reopen for the 2021-2022 school year follow:


Carnation Elementary: Opens on August 16


Cedarcrest High School: New registration appointments begin August 23. The Cedarcrest office is open each Monday during the summer.


Cherry Valley Elementary: Opens on August 23


Riverview Learning Center: Opens on August 20


Stillwater Elementary: Opens on August 16


Tolt Middle School: Opens on August 20


If you have questions about the registration process, prior to school office reopening dates, please contact the Riverview ESC at (425) 844-4500.