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Riverside COVID-19 Update 3-22-2021
Riverside COVID-19 Update 3-22-2021
Tim Mitchell
Monday, March 22, 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

Vaccination Update:

Most staff have now received both vaccinations.  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)-- 0 --  0.0 %

  • Total Student/Staff Absent (Positive/Primary Contact)-- 2 --  0.3% 

  • Number of Students/Staff that could return this week -- 2 

  • 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 (3-22-2021), 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-Updated March 19, 2021

  • Revised physical distancing recommendations to reflect at least 3 feet between students in classrooms and provide clearer guidance when a greater distance (such as 6 feet) is recommended.

  • Clarified that ventilation is a component of strategies to clean and maintain healthy facilities.

  • Removed recommendation for physical barriers.

  • Clarified the role of community transmission levels in decision-making.

  • Added guidance on interventions when clusters occur.

Key Points

  • Evidence suggests that many K-12 schools that have strictly implemented prevention strategies have been able to safely open for in-person instruction and remain open.

  • CDC’s K-12 operational strategy presents a pathway for schools to provide in-person instruction safely through consistent use of prevention strategies, including universal and correct use of masks and physical distancing.

  • All schools should implement and layer prevention strategies and should prioritize universal and correct use of masks and physical distancing.

  • Testing to identify individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination for teachers and staff provide additional layers of COVID-19 protection in schools.