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Riverside COVID-19 Update 3-15-2021
Riverside COVID-19 Update 3-15-2021
Tim Mitchell
Monday, March 15, 2021

Riverside will work to notify the community but must protect the confidentiality of their students and staff.  Each week the district will provide a Community Update. 

Riverside COVID-19 Guidelines

CDC Director Warns Against Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

Vaccination Update:

Pottawattamie County Public Health hosted a Closed POD (Point of Dispensing) for Priority Group 1B  who received Pfizer vaccine as a 1st shot to administer the 2nd shot on Saturday February 27, 2021. They also hosted a Closed POD (Point of Dispensing) for Priority Group 1B  who received the Moderna vaccine as a 1st shot to administer the 2nd shot on Saturday March 6, 2021.

Most staff have now received both vaccinations.  A few have received only the first.  A small group is waiting to get vaccinated. Pottawattamie County Public Health will host Closed POD (Point of Dispensing) for Priority Group 1B on Saturday for the next month to complete 1B.  Individuals can register at their website or Facebook page.

Getting vaccinated is encouraged for all staff at the Riverside School District.  An informal survey had indicated that 92% of all staff are willing to get vaccinated.  

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

  • There ARE NO 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)--  62  --  8.0%

  • Total Student/Staff Positive COVID-19 Cases (Current)-- 2 --  0.3%

  • Total Student/Staff Absent (Positive/Primary Contact)-- 3 --  0.4% 

  • Number of Students/Staff that could return this week -- 3 

  • Remote Learners:  

    • Grade PK-5 --   8

    • Grade 6-12 --   17

  • We have had a total of four hundred forty-seven (447) students and staff since the beginning of the year that have been out and ALL have returned to school.

  • Total Count 

    • 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 (3-15-2021), Pottawattamie County has recorded 7% -Positive tests in the last 7 days

You can access this information at:

COVID-19 in Iowa-Positive Case Analysis 

CDC Operational Strategy-Return to School

 CDC Guidance--Four Important Ways to Slow the Spread

  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you.

  • Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.

  • Get vaccinated when able

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