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 Community School District can confirm:
Total Student/Staff Positive COVID-19 Cases (Since the Beginning of School)--5
Total Student/Staff Positive COVID-19 Cases (Current)--2
Total Student/Staff in quarantine/isolation (Since Beginning of Year)-23
Total Student/Staff in quarantine/isolation (Current) --4
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 disease mitigation protocols.
Face Covering Guidance:
On Monday September 13, a Federal Judge granted a temporary restraining order prohibiting the State from enforcing the law that prohibited school districts from mandating face coverings for students, staff, and visitors. This order was immediately appealed by the State. Due to this ruling, several schools around the state have started the process of requiring face coverings in their buildings.
At this time, we will continue our current practice and face coverings will continue to be optional/recommended at Riverside. We will continue to support each student or staff member's choice to wear, or not wear, face coverings inside the building.
We are extremely fortunate not to have had many cases to date, we are tracking only very limited virus activity in school and our data will allow us to remain status quo. Our plan is to continue to operate as we have been, monitor our student and staff positive numbers, and wait on guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the Iowa Department of Education on how changes in law affect quarantine and/or contact tracing. Currently no guidance is provided.
Main points of guidance:
Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority.
While not required, Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.
A layered approach to mitigation is needed: Screening, testing, ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe.
IPHD recommends that COVID-19 positive and symptomatic children and school staff should be excluded from school (Quarantine/Isolation). Exposed students or staff no longer are required to be excluded unless they show symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.
Please be advised that any Disease Mitigation Plan can be revised at any time.
Riverside Disease Mitigation Guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year
Students and staff should stay home if sick and self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19
Face Coverings are a personal choice—District will support those who choose to wear a Face Covering
Face Coverings are encouraged for students, staff and visitors that are unvaccinated when indoors
Increased ventilation inside buildings, moving school activities outdoors when possible, and school vehicles operated with windows open when possible
Social Distancing-when possible (3-6 feet)
Routine hand washing and sanitizing
Avoid touching mouth and nose with hands
Cover coughs and sneezes
Enhanced cleaning on a regular basis
Encourage vaccination and provide access at Onsite Vaccination Clinics at school