December Update

Superintendent Tim Mitchell

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  • 2, 9, 16: Early Dismissal – Staff Development
  • 22: End of 1st Semester-Regular Dismissal
  • 23: No School-Teacher Work Day-Option #1
  • 23-31: No School – Christmas Break

Riverside Moves to Required Learning For Two Days

Due to high numbers of student and staff absenteeism, Riverside moved to Full Required Remote Learning for Monday, November 23, 2020 and Tuesday, November 24. 2020. We currently have approximately 25% of the students and approximately 15% of the staff out due to testing positive for COVID-19 or being determined a primary contact and having the need to be in quarantine. We plan to return to our traditional model on Monday November 30, 2020. Schools can make these local decisions based on local conditions. The county positivity rate is just one factor that school districts and nonpublic schools should take into account, and it may not be indicative of the positivity rate among their students and staff.If a district or school chooses to use primarily remote instruction they are required to temporarily cease in-person extracurricular activities for the duration of the period.

It’s Everything Riverside, in your pocket.

Riverside Community School District has launched a new responsive website (Check it out!! www.riversideschools.org) and mobile app that helps students, parents, and community members know what is happening right from their phones. We know that families are using smartphones as a primary means to communicate. That’s why we’ve created an app that is custom-built for mobile. On the app, you can find cafeteria menus, real-time sports scores, contact information for staff, and event information. You can download the app for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Apptegy-New Riverside Phone App

To Download the NEW App:


COVID-19 General Mitigation Techniques

  • Daily home screening of students and staff-stay home if sick
  • Best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure--Face Coverings required for students and staff-Take frequent face covering breaks when 6ft distancing can be accommodated--with accommodations if needed-Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others
  • Social Distancing-Signage throughout the building-when possible-Avoid close contact with others-Put distance (6 Feet) between yourself and others
  • Limit large groups and capacity in large spaces (Cafeteria, Gym and Auditorium)
  • Routine Hand washing and sanitizing-before you touch and after you touch!!
  • Avoid touching mouth and nose with hands
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Enhanced cleaning every night by custodial staff (CDC Guidance)
  • Minimize student movement
  • Limit outside visitors during the school day

COVID-19 Update

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.

Riverside COVID-19 Information Page

More information on COVID-19 can be found at www.riversideschools.org and then click on “Riverside COVID-19 Information Page” at the top of the page.

Remote Instruction and Waiver Process Information

The state is seeing an increase in the number of waiver requests to provide primarily remote instruction. Applications for a waiver can be accessed through CASA. Here are some important reminders about remote instruction and the waiver process:

  • Schools can immediately transition to remote learning for up to 48 hours while waiting for a waiver decision. Because the 50-percent in-person instruction requirement is based on a two-week period, schools typically providing full-time in-person instruction can also move to remote learning for up to five days without needing approval.
  • Schools can also move one or more grade levels or sections of a building to remote instruction without Department approval.
  • Schools can make these local decisions based on local conditions and only need to request a waiver if they feel that closing an entire building or the district is the right decision for their community.
  • Schools do not have to wait until they reach both student absenteeism of 10% and a county positivity rate above 15% to apply for a waiver. These guidelines are to assist districts when they are determining when they might want to use remote instruction, but they are only guidelines. Each request to use remote instruction is reviewed on a case-by-case basis with our public health colleagues and we have approved waiver requests that did not meet these specific thresholds.
  • The county positivity rate is just one factor that school districts and nonpublic schools should take into account, and it may not be indicative of the positivity rate among their students and staff.
  • If a district or school chooses to use primarily remote instruction they are required to temporarily cease in-person extracurricular activities for the duration of the period requested. The decision to offer activities outside of an approved waiver for 100% online learning is determined at the local level.

Enhanced Public Safety Measures

Governor Reynolds has issued Enhanced Public Safety Measures that are in effect in the State of Iowa until December 10, 2020. Please see the measures that are posted in this newsletter.

Volleyball Team--Football Team--Cross Country--Fall Cheer

Featured at the Fall Sports Banquet were numerous individual and team honors and records for these programs. “We R Riverside” PROUD of YOU!!

Fall Musical-Cinderella--Marching Band

Congratulations to the Marching Band and all their hard work this Fall. It was disappointing that they had no Festivals but the quality of their local performances we know would have brought them many accolades. Congratulations to the cast, crew, and directors for four great performances this last weekend. Many in the community are impressed with the great talent our students showcase in all our fine arts performances. “We R Riverside” PROUD of YOU!!

Career EdVantage

This program, established in 2019 and funded by the Charles E. Lakin Foundation, provides career exploration, development, internships, and full-time employment assistance for high school students. Career EdVantage strives to change lives by ensuring that students attain skills necessary to move into a rewarding career while filling crucial employment needs throughout Southwest Iowa. The program provides individualized support services to guide the student in personal and career-related development during their junior and senior years in high school. Students receive a scholarship that covers the costs of postsecondary education and training, which may include tuition, fees, books, supplies, tools and others. The recruitment process for sophomore students for the program has just started. Please contact Chris Conover for more information

Pottawattamie Promise

Students can apply for the program during their sophomore year of high school. Preference is given to first-generation, low-income students who fall in the academic middle and for whom college would not be possible without scholarships and support services. Part of the selection process includes an interview with high school and college representatives. Students selected for Pottawattamie Promise are required to take college-level courses during their junior and senior years, including statistics and strategies for academic success, which is a three-credit hour college readiness course. This not only introduces students to the academic rigor of college, but also provides some flexibility in the number of credits they need to take when they enroll at Iowa Western. Pottawattamie Promise students also receive tailored and targeted support to help them succeed. This includes career exploration and planning, proactive (also known as intrusive) advising, co-curricular support and a summer series which aims to smooth the transition from high school to college. When possible, students are placed together in campus housing to ease the transition.The recruitment process for sophomore students for the program has just started. Please contact Chris Conover for more information

Inclement Weather Information

With the arrival of winter weather season, it is time to remind everyone about the procedures and guidelines regarding snow/weather closures or delays. The District is concerned about the safety of all students, staff and patrons. We encourage everyone to use caution traveling safely to and from our schools and buildings. Please know that parents can keep children home when weather is extreme. Schools understand and respect this decision and will work with families. Remember, no announcement means normal school operation. School closure or delayed start information will always be posted no later than 6:00 a.m. on the Riverside Community Schools website at www. riversideschools.org ,through social media and local news outlets. More information is included on our website.

Current Open Positions: 2020-2021 School Year

Teach Iowa is transitioning to a new platform beginning Nov. 3, and schools will need to transfer all job postings to the new system no later than Dec. 31. The Iowa Department of Education will be using PowerSchool as its new vendor. The new site is being designed to be more user friendly. School staff who post jobs on the old Teach Iowa website will need to train with PowerSchool to learn how to use the new platform. PowerSchool representatives are currently scheduling training sessions for human resource administrators and hiring managers. Those seeking jobs also will be affected. Applicants will need to create a new profile and application in the new system in order to be considered for a job. Please note that nothing will transfer from the old system to the new one. After Dec. 31, the current Teach Iowa job board and applicant tracking system will no longer be available and information stored in that system will not be accessible to employers. All jobs will need to be closed or reposted in the new system. In addition, all applicants will need to create an application in the new Teach Iowa system. All public schools are required and accredited nonpublic schools are allowed, by Iowa code, to post all education-related jobs on the Teach Iowa job board. Schools and Area Education Agencies may also use the free Teach Iowa applicant tracking system or may choose to purchase their own applicant tracking system. Read more about the Teach Iowa transition.

Fall 2020

Bus Drivers

Substitute Bus Drivers

Winter 2020-2021

Middle School Girls Basketball

Student, Parent, Employee and Activities Handbooks

We have a link on our new website for easy access to our Handbooks.

Directions--Go to website www.riversideschools.org

Click on Explore-Click on Documents-Click on District and Click on Handbooks

You can also request a digital copy by email

Please feel free to follow me on social media at Tim Mitchell or Dr. Tim Mitchell on Facebook, @tmitchell212 on Twitter or tmitchell6885 on Instagram. I would also love to come and talk to any group about things happening in our district. If you need to contact me about school issues, please call at 712-484-2212 or e-mail at tmitchell@riverside.k12.ia.us