Updates from Riverview School District - September 22, 2021

Dear Riverview Community:


The purpose of this communication is to provide updates regarding a great beginning to the school year, updates and information regarding COVID-19 in our district and community, details on volunteers, and a note about the upcoming Tolt Dam Evacuation Drill.

 

A GREAT BEGINNING TO THE SCHOOL YEAR

We wanted to take a moment to express just how excited we are to have students back full-time in person and in our classrooms. This has been a long journey to get to this point. As we complete our first month of the school year, 98% of our enrolled students are back in-person, with 2% of our students opting for virtual learning program offerings through the Puget Sound Online Learning Cooperative and the Edgenuity platform.


A huge thank you to everyone who has worked hard and has come together to make the return to school so successful. Our students are thriving.

 

COVID-19 UPDATES AND INFORMATION

The Riverview School District continues to follow state and local guidance and works diligently to ensure our students and staff are safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since schools were first closed to in-person instruction on March 13, 2020, and through the phased-in return to learning and the eventual full-time return to in-person learning earlier this month, Riverview has had 52 total cases of COVID-19 reported among students and staff. Of those 52 cases, 9 positive cases have been diagnosed this school year. This accounts for 1.5% of our school population being diagnosed with a positive case of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.


Working directly with Public Health – Seattle King County (PHSKC), our nursing team has been successful in determining close contacts and working through the contact tracing process whenever a potential new case is reported. Beginning this school year, we have added a district-wide COVID-19 Dashboard on the Engage – Riverview 407 website (engage.rsd407.org). Because of the small size of our community and the right to privacy for students and families receiving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, the dashboard provides an overall case count district-wide, both within the previous seven days and since September 1, 2021 (the first day of the school year). Families who may be impacted by a potential positive COVID-19 case or exposure are contacted directly and communication is maintained between our nursing team and the student and family involved.


Recently, PHSKC provided an updated Return to Work/School Flow Chart, specifying when or when not to come to school if someone is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Should a student show signs of symptoms listed in the updated Flow Chart, families should contact their school nurse and they will guide students and families through the next steps. Above all else, staying in contact with your school and school nurse is always the best decision when it comes to matters like these.


To see the latest PHSKC Return to Work/School Flow Chart, please click below:

https://kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/C19/schools-toolkit/sept-9-21/K-covid-19-screening-flow-chart.ashx?la=en


To view the COVID-19 Dashboard, updated generally on Monday evenings as information is available and more frequently if necessary, please click below:

https://www.engage.rsd407.org/dashboard


For recent COVID-19 Transmission Data for King County and our Local Health Reporting Area, please see below:

 

VOLUNTEERS UPDATE

Effective October 18, 2021, all volunteers must have an up-to-date, completed, and approved volunteer application, proof of vaccination, or approved medical or religious exemption, on file with Riverview School District.

Volunteers for classrooms and other indoor activities will be allowed beginning Monday, October 4, 2021. If you are interested in volunteering in Riverview, you will need to gain approval from the classroom teacher and building administrator.


Volunteer applications are available at the Riverview ESC in Duvall or by clicking the link below:

https://riverviewvolunteers.myschooldata.net/

 

TOLT DAM EVACUATION DRILL

Each year, the Riverview School District conducts a full-scale or partial-scale drill involving our Carnation-based schools, transportation, maintenance, and district office staff and administration.


The Tolt Evacuation Drill simulates the procedures in place to evacuate students and staff safely on an evacuation route in Carnation, if the Tolt Dam sends a failure alert.


This year, the drill takes place on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. More information will be shared ahead of the Tolt Evacuation Drill and to learn more about the Tolt Dam, click below:

https://www.seattle.gov/utilities/your-services/water/water-system/dam-safety/tolt-dam?fbclid=IwAR3Lvbj41z7RdCWV04wfV-C4naIdz7ztB0p4LkzJfTjxDfd-I9mZ2cZD3oc