Riverside Local Schools
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Message from the Superintendent

Dear Riverside Parents and Guardians,

We are excited to get the 2020-2021 school year started on Tuesday, September 8 for Grades 1-12, and Thursday, September 10, for kindergarten and preschool. Whether students are returning to school in person, or participating in the Riverside Remote Learning Academy, we are ALL Riverside Beavers!

Administrators and staff have been working extremely hard all summer to prepare for what will undoubtedly be the most challenging and unique school year of our District’s history. As you are likely aware by now, the global pandemic remains a fluid situation, and information, guidelines, restrictions and orders can change at a moment’s notice. Please continue to pay close attention to communications from the District and/or your student’s teacher or administrator for specific information and important reminders.
 
For those returning to school in person, it is absolutely critical that parents/guardians screen their child(ren) for symptoms every morning prior to coming to school, or going to the bus stop. Any student who exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea) must stay home and contact his/her primary health care provider for guidance.
 
In order to return to, and continue with, an in-school format, we need that cooperation and understanding from parents and guardians this year more than any other year prior.
 
As previously communicated, all students in grades K-12 returning to school will be required to wear a face mask per Governor Mike DeWine’s state-wide mandated order. Please see the District’s Face Mask policy here.
 
I would encourage all families who are returning to school to review the District’s In-Person Learning Guide, seen here, prior to the first day of school to ensure that everyone understands the District’s health and safety protocols for the 2020-2021 school year.
 
If any parents, students, or household family members test positive for COVID-19, we please ask that you report the diagnosis to the school district. Your information will be kept confidential, but the District is required to work with the Lake County General Health District to report each case and establish proper protocols moving forward. The Lake County General Health District has provided school districts with guidelines for positive cases; however, each situation may be different depending on the exposure to others.
 
For those participating in the Riverside Remote Learning Academy, we are excited to offer this robust, engaging online experience for students and families. Please refer to this guide for an overview of the program as well as general expectations.
 
Lastly, I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we progress forward during these challenging times.  Many things have changed since March, but the one thing that remains the same is our commitment to serve all of our students to the best of our abilities.
 
 Thank you,
 
 Dr. James P. Kalis
 Superintendent