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Riverside COVID-19 Update 4-12-2021
Riverside COVID-19 Update 4-12-2021
Tim Mitchell
Monday, April 12, 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

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

  • There ARE 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)--  63  --   8.2%

  • Total Student/Staff Positive COVID-19 Cases (Current)-- 1 --  0.1 %

  • Total Student/Staff Absent (Positive/Primary Contact)-- 6 --  0.8% 

  • Number of Students/Staff that could return this week -- 0 

  • Remote Learners:  

    • Grade PK-5 --   8

    • Grade 6-12 --   17

  • We have had a total of four hundred fifty-three(453) 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 (4-12-2021), Pottawattamie County has recorded 11% Positive tests in the last 7 days

You can access this information at:

COVID-19 in Iowa-Positive Case Analysis 

NEW-Who needs to quarantine? 

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19---excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past three months or who are fully vaccinated.

Riverside Community School District will continue to implement the COVID-19 Mitigation strategies that they started the year with through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.  The Return to Learn Plan for 2021-2022 school year will be determined and announced by August 1, 2021.

CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least 3 feet in classroom settings. CDC has updated its operational strategy to say:

  • In elementary schools, CDC recommends all students remain at least 3 feet apart in classrooms where mask use is universal — regardless of whether community transmission is low, moderate, substantial, or high. Use of Cohorting is acceptable as a mitigation tool.

  • In middle and high schools, CDC also recommends students should be at least 3 feet apart in classrooms where mask use is universal and in communities where transmission is low, moderate, or substantial.

Cohorting is when groups of students are kept together with the same peers and staff throughout the school day to reduce the risk for spread throughout the school.

CDC continues to recommend at least 6 feet of distance:

  • Between adults in the school building and between adults and students.

  • In common areas, such as school lobbies and auditoriums.

  • When masks can’t be worn, such as when eating.

  • During activities when increased exhalation occurs, such as singing, shouting, band practice, sports, or exercise. These activities should be moved outdoors or to large, well-ventilated spaces whenever possible.

  • In community settings outside of the classroom.

Vaccines are an important tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic.