Riverside Middle pivots to online Feb 1

Riverside Middle School transitions to online learning February 1
This is the image for the news article titled Riverside Middle School transitions to online learning February 1RIFLE -  The Garfield Re-2 School District and Riverside Middle School have transitioned the New Castle 6th - 8th-grade school to 100% online learning effective Monday, February 1 through Thursday February 4. School will resume with in-person instruction on Monday, February 8.
This weekend, Garfield Re-2 was informed by the Garfield County Department of Public Health of individual(s) that are confirmed to have COVID-19, or who have COVID-19 like symptoms or illness within the Riverside Viking family. We do not believe there is transmission within the school. The three current quarantines at Riverside directly impact about 50% of our students and about 30% of our staff.
In addition, we have other staff members that have pre-planned absences. The magnitude of staff absences eliminates our capacity to deliver instruction and keep your children safe. We have looked at this situation in every way possible and have determined that we do not have the resources to continue in-person instruction until our staff is released from quarantine.

Riverside Middle School will pivot to a 100% online model beginning Monday, February 1 through Thursday, February 4. We will welcome students back to school on Monday, February 8.
During this time, there will be no athletics or activities. Riverside Middle School administrators are currently working on rescheduling the games that would have been played this week. 
To support student’s nutritional needs, Riverside Middle School will be offering a drive-through meal pick up option. Please contact Riverside Middle School at 970-665-7800 by 9 a.m. Breakfasts for the following day can be picked up with your lunch. Drive-through meals will be available from 11a.m. - 12 p.m.
Our facilities and custodial crews will use the time to complete a deep-clean and disinfecting of Riverside Middle School, so it is ready for school on February 8.
As part of this public health investigations: 
The individuals diagnosed are being kept home from school until they are no longer infectious. 
The individual’s activities when they could have spread COVID-19 have been assessed.
The people who were close contacts of the person with COVID-19 have been instructed to stay home from school for 10 days after the exposure. This means they should not go to school, playdates, sports, church or extracurricular events for the full 10-day period. 
Parents/caregivers of a child in quarantine are considered ‘contacts of a contact’ and are not required to quarantine. However, parents need to continue to monitor their family’s symptoms
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