February Update

Superintendent Tim Mitchell

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2021 School Calendar-February


3, 10, 24, 31: Early Dismissal – Staff Development

17, 18, 19: No School-Spring Break

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COVID-19 Update

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

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) -- 9 -- 1.2%

Number of Students/Staff that could return this week -- 6

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.

% Positive Analysis-Pottawattamie County-1-22-2021—13%

Iowa Department of Public Health

No one tool alone is going to stop the pandemic. Your best protection from COVID-19 will be a combination of getting a COVID-19 vaccine when it's available to you, wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often. Learn about the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination so you’ll be ready when a vaccine is recommended: https://www.cdc.gov/.../about-vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

Riverside Staff—Vaccination COVID-19Update

Several staff members that were determined to be 1A have completed both injections of the vaccine. All other Riverside staff have been determined to be 1B and the current update has those vaccinations starting on or around February 1, 2021.

Event Attendance Update

Effective January 18, 2021 the Western Iowa Conference Updated spectator guidelines for Winter Sports. A summary of those attendance guidelines can be found in the newsletter.

Legislators Meet on Video Call with Area Superintendent

On the 12-15-2021 GHAEA Legislative Video Call, area superintendents had a discussion on Legislative Priorities and Legislative Issues for the 2021 Legislative Session with Senator Tom Shipley and Representative Tom Moore. I want to thank them for taking time out of their busy schedule to attend the video call. Each legislator shared information concerning the upcoming session and discussed with the Superintendent State Supplemental Aid (SSA), the impact of COVID-19, and the future of operational sharing along with other potential legislative issues.

Facility Update

The Oakland Elementary School-HVAC Retrofit Project is coming to completion as Royal Air & Electric completes the final punch list items and prepares to submit an invoice for final payment. The Oakland Elementary Roof Replacement-Hail Claim Project will be starting this month and has a 17-week project schedule. The School Board Facility Committee is working to complete a Prioritized Project List to help guide further facility repairs, updates, and renovations.

2021-2022 DRAFT School Calendar

The Board will hold a Public Hearing on Monday February 15, 2021 at 6:30 PM at 330 Pleasant Street Carson, IA on the DRAFT 2021-2022 School Calendar. The Board is set to approve the calendar at the Regular Meeting on Monday March 15, 2021. Final details for the 2021-2022 School Calendar are still under construction. Please find a copy included in this newsletter. If you have any additional input before final passage, please contact the Office of the Superintendent.

Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) Spring 2020

Each year the district is held accountable by taking the state assessment. This year will have our students taking an online assessment aligned with Iowa Core Standards for the second year. Last year the state test was not administered as students were not in school due to COVID-19 closure.

That assessment will take place on April 12-April 16, 2021. The district will start planning classroom activities to help our students be successful by reducing student stress and integrating preparation into our daily instruction.

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.

Student, Parent, Employee and Activities Handbooks

We have added a link to our website: http://bit.ly/2wSvnoV. Handbooks are not distributed in hard copy unless they are requested. The following handbooks are available: Activities Handbook, Employee Handbook, Grade 6-12 Handbook, Grade PK-5 Handbook, Riverside Child Care Parent Handbook, and Riverside Credit Recovery Handbook.

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