The Riverside Squawker

A Newsletter for our Riverside Community

January 15, 2021

A Note From Mr. Anderson

Happy New Year, Riverside! It’s hard to describe the collective feeling of our staff team as we prepare to welcome students back into the school house next week. Words like excited, happy and relieved don’t seem adequate. As my teenage son would say, "We're Jacked!" and simply can't wait to see our students. Whether you are new to Riverside this semester or an in-person, hybrid veteran, please review the information below to make sure we are on the same page next week in keeping students safe and learning at a high level.

See you soon!

Mr. Anderson

Back to School Procedures

Our Riverside Pandemic Operation Plan includes specifics related to having students in the building. Here are a few important parts of the plan for families to understand.

  • The Riverside campus will open to students at 9:00 each morning

    • No early drop-offs please

    • Students utilize all normal methods of transportation (walk, bike, bus, parent transport)

    • The playground will be closed in the morning and students will report to the outside door of their classroom immediately upon arriving at school

    • Students will be allowed in their classrooms from 9:00-9:15 to alleviate congestion, etc

  • Face coverings are required for everyone on school grounds during school hours

    • Please wear your mask as soon as you exit your vehicle and/or arrive on campus

    • Please label your child’s mask with a name and provide mask lanyard if possible

    • Face shields will be utilized only if needed for educational purposes and parents will be notified ahead of time

    • Mask breaks will be provided by classroom teachers in a way that allows for social distancing

  • School staff and students will be the only ones allowed in the building

    • Parent school visits will be allowed by appointment only

    • Dropping off supplies and picking up students early will take place outside the main entrance

  • Lunch and recess will be provided on a normal schedule

    • We have limited but fun activities on the playground

    • There will be mask required and mask free areas designated on the playground

    • Shared equipment is regularly sanitized

  • Water fountains are turned off

    • We have water bottle filling stations on campus

    • Please send a refillable water bottle from home with your child’s name on it

  • We will have a staggered dismissal for the first week of school

    • Kindergarten and 3rd grade dismissal - 3:35

    • 1st, 4th and 5th grade dismissal - 3:40

    • 2nd and 6th grade dismissal - 3:45

  • Student Attendance

    • If your child will not be logging on or completing assignments on a particular day(s), please contact the office via email at

    • You may also call and leave a message at 208-854-5980

  • Here's a short video that we sent out to families in September reviewing many of the same procedures listed above. Feel free to watch this video with your child as a reminder of our most important routines and procedures.

Help us Stay in School

Please, please, please help us keep our schools open by being overly careful when deciding when to send your children to school. If your chid is exposed to COVID or if they are have ANY COVID, flu or cold symptoms, please keep them home and contact the school office immediately. Attached is a the updated Covid Decision Tree. Please contact our school nurse at 208.472.3345 or if you have questions or concerns.

Bus Schedules Have Changed

Earlier this week, the BSD Transportation Department sent out THIS MEMO to parents indicating that bus schedules had changes. Please check out the memo for more information.

Important Dates - 2nd Semester, Holidays, and Spring Break

Here are the currently published Boise School District calendar dates for the upcoming semester, including Holidays and Spring Break:

  • Monday, January 11, 2021 - Virtual School Resumes
  • Monday, January 18, 2021 - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - In-Person Hybrid Learning Schedule Resumes
  • Friday, February 12, 2021 - No School, PreK - 12
  • Monday, February 15, 2021 - Presidents' Day, No School PreK - 12
  • Friday, March 19, 2021 - End of 3rd Quarter, Early Release K-6, No School PreK
  • March 22-26, 2021 - Spring Break

Checking in with the Riverside Elementary PTO!

You'll find the latest Riverside PTO Welcome Back letter here. Please visit the website for more great information!

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BSD Everything is Possible Campaign

The BSD is launching the Everything is Possible Campaign. Check out the intro video and follow the district on Twitter @BSDEducation. Below you will find a video of one of Riverside's finest.