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Riverside will work to notify the community but must protect the confidentiality of their students and staff.  Schools with 5 or few cases we will not provide a specific count, but will only confirm there are cases within the school population. Each week the district will provide a Community Update. 

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

  • There were 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)--  60  --   7.8%

  • Total Student/Staff Positive COVID-19 Cases (Current)-- 0 --  0.0 %

  • Total Student/Staff Absent (Positive/Primary Contact)-- 0 --  0.0% 

  • 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 thirty-seven (437) students and staff since the beginning of the year that have been out and most 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.  

  • If we see an increase in student and staff absences due to positive cases this can have a negative impact on school operations. Please consider strict mitigation techniques at this time.

Western Iowa Conference (WIC) Spectator Guidelines-Starting January 11, 2021

As of today (2-1-2021), Pottawattamie County is 13% positive-14 day average.  

You can access this information at: 

% Positive Analysis - Public School District Summary

Vaccination Update:

Pottawattamie County Public Health will be holding a Closed POD (Point of Dispensing) at the MidAmerican Center, South Entry for Agency members in Iowa Priority Group 1B as defined by Iowa vaccine shortage order: 

 Tier 1:   

1. First responders (e.g., firefighters, police officers, and child welfare social workers).

2. PK-12 school staff, early childhood education, and childcare workers.

 Pottawattamie County has approximately 3,500 individuals that meet this criteria.  On Saturday, February 6th, Public Health has 1700 doses of vaccine available.  Public Health is asking that we prioritize our staff starting with those 65 years and older and those with preexisting conditions i.e. heart disease, COPD, etc.  Vaccine allocations come into the County each week and they have been increasing to an average of 1400 per week.  Other clinics will be scheduled as vaccine allocations come in.

Guidelines from the CDC do allow quarantine to end at 7 days if the following criteria are met:

  • Testing is prioritized for symptomatic individuals.

  • You continue to remain symptom free AND

  • A negative test result 48 hours prior to quarantine discontinuation. Testing can happen no earlier than 5 days from exposure.

*Enhanced monitoring of your health should continue for 14 days from exposure. If there are any changes in health, you should isolate and seek out testing.

If you have questions pertaining to quarantine guidance or symptoms please contact Public Health at 712-242-1120 or your primary care giver.

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