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Riverside COVID-19 Update 10-4-2021
Riverside COVID-19 Update 10-4-2021
Tim Mitchell
Monday, October 04, 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 Community School District can confirm: 

  • Total Student/Staff Positive COVID-19 Cases (Since the Beginning of School)--31

  • Total Student/Staff Positive COVID-19 Cases (Current)--17

  • Total Student/Staff in quarantine/isolation (Since Beginning of Year)-75

  • Total Student/Staff in quarantine/isolation (Current) --24

  • 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.  

Riverside COVID-19 Information Page

CDC Guidance for 2021-2022 school year

Update-Face Covering Guidance

Iowa school districts are still able to require face coverings for two more weeks after a federal judge on Monday (9-27-2021) extended a temporary restraining order blocking a law that banned mask mandates. While temporary restraining orders typically last 14 days, judges are able to extend them for good cause. Lawyers for Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo had urged the judge to let the restraining order expire, which would have allowed the law to take effect and again ban districts from putting face covering mandates in place.

**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.

Our plan is to continue to operate as we have been, monitor our student and staff positive numbers, and wait on any additional guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the Iowa Department of Education. Currently, students or staff who test positive are required to isolate and not attend school. Staff and students who are considered primary exposure are not required to isolate unless they start to show symptoms.  Some students and staff who have been exposed but who have not tested positive, have decided to voluntarily isolate and the district has supported those requests.

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