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.
Pottawattamie County Public Health and Riverside Community School District can confirm:
There were additional students and staff this week placed in quarantine due to primary exposure or testing positive for COVID-19.
Total Student/Staff Positive COVID-19 Cases (Since the Beginning of School)-- 60 -- 7.8%
Total Student/Staff Positive COVID-19 Cases (Current)-- 0 -- 0.0 %
Total Student/Staff Absent (Positive/Primary Contact)-- 2 -- 0.1%
Number of Students/Staff that could return this week -- 0
Grade PK-5 -- 8
Grade 6-12 -- 17
We have had a total of four hundred thirty-nine (439) students and staff since the beginning of the year that have been out and most have returned to school.
Student (approx.) 640
Staff Count (approx.) 128
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 will continue implementing strict mitigation protocols.
As of today (2-8-2021), Pottawattamie County is 11% positive-14 day average.
Vaccination Update: Pottawattamie County Public Health hosted a Closed POD (Point of Dispensing) at the MidAmerican Center for Priority Group 1B. Many Riverside staff were able to receive the first vaccination. More are scheduled for upcoming PODs. Getting vaccinated is encouraged for all staff at the Riverside School District. An informal survey has indicated that 92% of all staff are willing to get vaccinated.
Guidelines from the CDC do allow quarantine to end at 7 days if the following criteria are met:
Testing is prioritized for symptomatic individuals.
You continue to remain symptom free AND
A negative test result 48 hours prior to quarantine discontinuation. Testing can happen no earlier than 5 days from exposure.
*Enhanced monitoring of your health should continue for 14 days from exposure. If there are any changes in health, you should isolate and seek out testing.
If you have questions pertaining to quarantine guidance or symptoms please contact Public Health at 712-242-1120 or your primary care giver.
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.