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November 24, 2020

Dear Riverdale Community:

Starting Monday-November 30, 2020 we will continue our current schedule (Modified Hybrid) for in-person learning through December 18, 2020. 

Students will attend Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Friday. Wednesday will remain a day for “remote” learning for students. For teachers it is primarily to be used to keep up with the constant flux of students in and out of quarantine. 

*Please note this schedule is subject to change based on Covid-19 related data as well as maintaining adequate staffing levels.

This is the twelfth week of school – and, this year, that is an amazing milestone.

As I said when we began the school year, we would not have been able to reopen schools in hybrid and then in person, and simultaneously offer the Virtual Learning Academy without your patience, grace, flexibility and support.

Every one of our 123+ employees have worked harder this school year than ever before to provide an essential service: public education for our community’s children. I hope our entire community will join me in thanking them: for without our teachers, school nurse, parapros, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, technology staff, front office teams, school counselors, maintenance crew, administrators, and many, many more, there would be no school -- in-person or online. 

We will continue to closely monitor the state of public health in our community and our schools, the number of quarantines, and the sustainability of staffing in determining the future of in-person schools. Should we have to close school or a wing (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12), which we have no plans to do at this time, we will shift to remote learning for all students affected not already enrolled in the Virtual Learning Academy. 

How long can we keep schools open? The answer will depend on all of us as a community. We need to physically distance whenever we can, and always wear masks when we cannot. As we said before reopening, social distancing is not possible in all situations at our schools – this is one of the reasons why students and staff are required to wear masks and this is why we’re providing masks to students and staff who need one. We ask parents to wear a mask when getting out of their car to pick up their children at the end of the day. This is a critical component to keeping schools open. 

Parents need to continue to keep their children home when they’re sick. We’re so appreciative of the parents who are doing the right thing every day by monitoring their children for symptoms (here is the Daily Home Screening to help you: https://5il.co/j5gm), seeking medical assistance and testing if needed, and notifying the school of the status. We care about every child, every employee and all of their families – none of us want anyone to become sick, and we are greatly concerned for those who do become sick.

Thank you to the many parents who have taken the time to send us messages of thanks for opening our schools, sharing the stories of what this has meant to their children and how they appreciate the courage shown by our teachers, support staff and School Board this school year. And thank you to everyone who has publicly thanked our teachers and staff and sent them notes and treats and gift cards, for they deserve all the praise and more. 

We are, and always have been, a Riverdale family. We are #Allin, with our #TalonsUp, because we have #BluePride. We will get through this together. I wish you a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

 

Yours in Education, 

Jeff Young