RHS Family Summer Update

Riverside High School - July 28th

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Greetings Pirate Family,

We hope you and your family and been enjoying a safe and fun-filled summer. We are excited to welcome students back this August for in-person instruction. Durham Public Schools and Riverside staff have been busy making sure that we have a safe and successful start to the 2021-2022 school year.

As we get closer to August, our team wanted to ensure parents and families were aware of a few important dates and key information. #OneRiverside

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Rising Senior Pictures

Rising Seniors, mark your calendars!

If you missed the July dates for Senior Casual and Formal Photos, this is your opportunity. There is a sitting fee for these photos because students will be taking both casual and formal photos (used in the yearbook). If you are only interested in taking the formal photo for the yearbook, you will have the opportunity to take that photo in the fall. You are not obligated to signup for this session.

Senior Portraits will take place on August 12 and 13th in the RHS lobby. Please schedule your portrait using the signup genius link HERE.

Strawbridge Senior Portrait Flyer English

Strawbridge Senior Portrait Flyer Spanish

Student Schedule Pick-up

Our counseling department has been working to ensure student schedules are correct and placed in the appropriate courses. As a courtesy to students and parents, we are offering a schedule pick-up time for families. Student schedules can also be viewed in PowerSchool.

11th and 12th graders can pick up their schedules on Thursday, August 12th. 9th and 10th graders can pick up schedules Friday, August 13th. Any 9th or 10th grader who attends orientation will receive their schedule at the end of the session.

We have two convenient time slots to meet the needs of our families.

11th and 12th Graders - August 12th

10 am - 12 pm and 5 pm - 7 pm

9th and 10th Graders - August 13th

10 am - 12 pm and 5 pm - 7 pm

Students who need to change, add, or remove courses in their schedule will have an opportunity to submit their course changes to the counseling department electronically.

Details will be provided with schedules and listed on our school website notating the specific dates and times for this process.

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Yearbook Distribution from Ms. Roth

Greetings Pirates!

Yearbook distribution will take place on Friday, August 6 in the carpool lane at Riverside between 9:00 and 11:30 am. Distribution will be outdoors. Please remain in your car and pull through the carpool lane to the pick-up point. Books will be brought to you in your car.

If you are unable to make the distribution window, yearbooks can be picked up in the main office starting Monday, August 9.


The smart lunch committee has been diligently planning to ensure SMART lunch is both SMART and safe. The plans for SMART lunch are being finalized and will be shared with families once completed.

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Student Parking Permits and Lunch Leave Passes

Parking permits and lunch leave passes will go on sale on August 16th. Please make all payments through our Riverside pay portal. Parking permits are $75.00 and lunch leave passes are $25.00. Students will need to provide a current NC driver’s license and proof of insurance. Lunch leave passes are only available to Seniors and Juniors.

Parents, please come by Riverside after payment has been made to sign a permission form (signature will be witnessed by a DPS employee) allowing your student to drive to school and leave campus for lunch.

Upcoming Dates

August 11, 2021

  • 10th Grade Student Orientation (9 am - 12:30 pm)
  • 10th Grade Virtual Parent Information Session (6 pm - 7 pm)

August 12, 2021

  • 9th Grade Student Orientation (9 am - 12:30 pm)
  • 9th Grade Virtual Parent Information Session (6 pm - 7 pm)
  • Schedule Pick-up 11th and 12th Graders ONLY
  • Morning: 10 am - 12 pm
  • Evening: 5 pm - 7 pm

August 13, 2021

  • Schedule Pick-up 9th and 10th Graders ONLY
  • Morning: 10 am - 12 pm
  • Evening: 5 pm - 7 pm

August 19, 2021

  • Open House (5 pm - 7 pm)

August 20, 2021

  • Riverside Football v. Cape Fear (Home)