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Riverside COVID-19 Update 11-06-2020
Riverside COVID-19 Update 11-06-2020
Tim Mitchell
Friday, November 06, 2020

Riverside will work to notify the community but must protect the confidentiality of their students and staff.  Schools with 5 or few cases we will not provide a specific count, but will only confirm there are cases within the school population. 

Each week the district will provide a Community Update. 

Riverside COVID-19 Information Page

More information on COVID-19 can be found at www.riversideschools.org and then click on “Riverside COVID-19 Information Page” at the top of the page.

Pottawattamie County Public Health and Riverside Community School District can confirm: 

  • No new student positive COVID-19 cases have been reported this week.  Less than Five (5) students have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 since the start of the school year. 

  • No new positive staff cases have been reported this week-Less than Five (5) staff have been confirmed positive. 

  • There were additional students and staff this week placed in quarantine due to primary exposure or testing positive in the community. We have had a total of one hundred and three (103) students or staff since the beginning of the year that have been out and most have returned to school, Currently, seventeen (17) are not in school.

  • No students or staff members with major symptoms or a Positive COVID-19 diagnosis are attending school or will be allowed to attend school or participate in activities.  

  • We are implementing strict mitigation protocols.  

  • We have no evidence of school, or activities spread of COVID-19 all cases have been attributed to been community spread. Spread throughout the community is increasing and could result in impacting the school. Please consider strict mitigation techniques while outside of school

  • All students who tested positive have completed quarantine, been cleared by Public Health to return to school and are asymptomatic. Most of the staff members who tested positive have also completed quarantine and have returned to school.

Riverside COVID-19 Information Page

As of today (11-6-2020), Pottawattamie County is 16.1% positive-14 day average.  

**That indicates that we will provide Traditional Face to Face/Hybrid Instruction with the options for parents to request approval for Remote Learning.

**We have exceeded the 15%--% Positive Analysis in the county but still have no positive cases in school and have not met the 2nd Criteria of excessive student and staff absenteeism-we will remain in our current instructional model.

**Please be aware that if positive cases increase in school and the result is increased student and staff absenteeism we will keep our Hybrid model in Elementary but will move to a hybrid model in the Middle/High School.

You can access this information at: 

Positive Analysis - Public School District Summary

The following documents will help answer some of the questions you may have about how decisions are made related to quarantine and keeping schools open.

When to Quarantine

Evaluating Students & Staff

Community Spread

Decision points are at:

  1. 0-5%  None to Minimal

  2. 6-14% Minimal to Moderate-Where we are at now

  3. 15-20% Substantial Controlled

  4. >20% Substantial Uncontrolled

Decisions are based on the %, student and staff absenteeism and in collaboration with local and state Public Health and the Iowa Department of Education.