March 3, 2020
Dear Riverdale School District Community,
In an effort to provide timely information and keep our community up to date on our efforts, Riverdale School District will be sending coronavirus e-blast updates every Tuesday and Friday for the immediate future.
The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. I want to reinforce preventive safety measures related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Facility Use Adjustments: Currently, we are moving forward with restricting the use of our facilities for non-school community events. Evening and weekend use will be limited to only district-sponsored activities with RSD staff and students in order for our janitors to manage cleanliness. We will update you when this changes. As of now, school events, such as field trips, will continue as planned.
Practices: We ask that all adults and students please use hand sanitizer or wash their hands upon arrival at our schools. Teachers are re-teaching safe hand-washing and good hygiene tips. There are hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes spread throughout the schools and signs to ensure students are washing their hands throughout the day. Riverdale is following all current health authority recommendations. Our janitors are increasing their cleaning of our high-touch surfaces, such as door knobs and light switches.
Planning: The number of confirmed cases in the United States continues to grow. At this time, there is no broad recommendation to close schools in our area. We continue to closely monitor the situation, explore what we can do if school closure is necessary and take guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. The district will be joining meetings every day with other local schools in and out of the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) to stay up to date with latest practices.
For now, please continue to read and follow the guidelines below and emphasize healthy practices to your students and families.
Resources: Here’s an update from the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education.
students-and-family/ healthsafety/Documents/ Coronavirus%20Schools% 20Announcement%2003-01-20.pdf
Relevant information can be found on our website, which will be updated as needed. In addition, this link provides helpful information:
More information and ongoing updates from public health officials are available online, including:
Multnomah County Health Department: https://multco.us/health-
Oregon Health Authority (OHA): https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/
DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/ Pages/emerging-respiratory- infections.aspx
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronaviru
Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Communicable Disease Guidance: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/
students-and-family/ healthsafety/Documents/ commdisease.pdf
Superintendent Jim Schlachter