Riverside High School

Parent Newsletter- Week of August 24th

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Parents Welcome Back Presentation

Daily Class Instructions for Plan 1

As a reminder, we are starting the 2020-21 school year on Monday, August 24 on Greenville County Schools' Plan 1. On Plan 1, the "Blue" color-coded group will attend in person school on August 24, while all other students will be working virtually or e-Learning from home. Every student will be expected to be actively engaged on a daily basis. Please see the attached poster to see what students will be expected to be doing daily. In addition, please see our instructions for the first day of school for ALL students, face-to-face, eLearning and Virtual.

Riverside High School Plan 1 Instructions

First Day of School Instructions

Plan 1 Graphic

Parent Support Documents

Parent eLearning Home Page

Parent's Guide to Google Classroom

Welcome Back Warriors (Student Information)

Please view the attached slide show as it will give you valuable information on what to expect when students return to school the week of August 24th. The slideshow contains schedules, expectations, rules, and regulations for the upcoming school year.

Welcome Back Warriors

Attendance Plan for the Week of August 24th-28th - PLAN 1

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What does my child do on the first day of school?

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Riverside High School Virtual Orientation

Please take a look at our 2020-21 Virtual Orientation. Special Thanks to the RHS Student Council, Warrior Ambassadors, and others that helped put this together. We look forward to seeing everyone this week!

This presentation includes a message from Ms. Huffman, members of Student Council, Freshman 101 and New Students to Riverside, Riverside High School E-Book, and Orientation Documents!

2020-21 Virtual Orientation

Meet Our New Teachers and Staff Members!

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Reminders for the 2020-2021 school year

  • Mask will be worn over the nose and mouth when social distancing is not possible. (on the bus, entering/leaving the building, in the hallway, in the bathroom, working in small groups.)
  • Students will need to bring their own mask. If a student is unable to provide their own mask, please contact your child's Administrator.
  • Public health officials do not recommend clear face shields without a mask because shields do not seal off respiratory droplets.
  • Due to DHEC guidelines, all water fountains will be turned off. RHS has three no-touch water bottle filling stations. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles to school.
  • Visitors/volunteers will not have access to the interior of the school. The number of visitors in the office area will be limited and social distancing will be maintained. Mask are required for everyone who enters the building.
  • Students/visitors are not to distribute food to others (ex. cupcakes or candy)

Parent - Student Symptom Check

Children with symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend school. Please contact our Attendance Clerk, Mrs. Thompson mathompson@greenville.k12.sc.us or 864-355-7815 to notify the school of a student that has any of these symptoms. Children or staff excluded for these symptoms should not return until they have either tested negative for COVID-19 or a medical evaluation determines that their symptoms were more likely due to another cause (e.g. sore throat due to strep throat). In this later case, the individual can return when they meet criteria for that condition.

Any one (1) of the following

▪ Fever

▪ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing -

▪ Loss of taste or smell

▪ New or worsening cough

Any two (2) of the following:

▪ Sore throat

▪ Muscle or body aches

▪ Chills

▪ Fatigue

▪ Headache

▪ Congestion or runny nose

▪ Diarrhea

▪ Nausea or vomiting

Note: Parents of a child with any one of these symptoms should consider not allowing their child to attend the child care facility regardless of meeting exclusion criteria. If these symptoms are explainable by an underlying condition (such as shortness of breath or cough for an individual with asthma) exclusion may not be necessary.

PTSA - Virtual Open House - Monday, August 24th 6:00-8:30

August 24th, 2020 (6:00-8:30 PM) Virtual Open House

Students and Parents can follow their students schedule to meet their teachers via Google Meet. The links for each meet will be shared through your child’s google classroom so you will need your child’s assistance to access and attend the Open House.

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UnSelfie - 9 Essential Habits that Provide the "Empathy Advantage"

We invite you to join us in a community read to provide support to our families. The PTSA has partnered with RHS School Counselor, Allison Peasley, to read "UnSelfie - Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World" by Dr. Michelle Borba. This community reads will feature virtual lessons from Ms. Peasley, discussion platforms for community members, and parent night presentations to collaborate and support our families.

The community read will kick off on Sunday, August 30th!

We encourage you to join us!

Schedule Change Request Forms

If you would like to request a schedule change, please check the website on Monday, August 24th. There will be a link to an electronic Schedule Change Request Form. Requests to change schedules will be date/time stamped and processed in the order received. In an effort to process requests as quickly as possible, please do not email or call your School Counselor about the request. As soon as your form is processed and a decision is made, your counselor will notify you of the decision and if needed, will provide you with a revised schedule. Students must follow their original schedule until notified about the status of their request.

2020-2021 Bell Schedule

Please see our updated bell schedule for the 2020-21 school year. Due to Covid-19 and the need for constant supervision of students, we have needed to amend the schedule to fit the needs of our students, faculty, and staff. We look forward to a great school year!

7:45 Doors Open

8:45 1st Period

3:45 End of the Day

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Creating a Backpack Account for Parents

Please take the time to create a backpack account for parents. A backpack for parents account provides parents, guardians, or contacts with a central place to sign in to do the following:

  • View their student's information including demographics, attendance, classes, grades, lunch balances, and test scores
  • Apply or register their student to Special Focus schools and programs (Fine Arts Center, Career Centers, etc.)
  • Receive alerts and notifications regarding their students
  • View their student's school and contact information
  • Manage parent and contact information for their students

To create your parent backpack account follow the attached directions. Please note that parents only need to create a backpack account once. This is not an annual process.

Backpack Directions

Backpack Video

Meals for Virtual Students and In-Person Students on eLearning Days

Students enrolled in the 100% Virtual Program do not attend school in-person at all, but are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch five days per week under the USDA School Meals Program. Students attending the in-person program (one-day a week at the start of school) can receive breakfast and lunch for days they are not in attendance. Please see the attached Information:

Meals for Students

Free and Reduced Meal Application

School meals will be available for all students in all school-opening scenarios, including the 100% eLearning option (Attendance Plan 0) and for those that register for the Virtual Program.

In order to qualify for free or reduced meals parents must complete a new free and reduced meal application for the current school year.

The online Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications are now available for the 2020-2021 school year and can be accessed on our website at the link below.

More Information


Senior Class Portraits

Attention Seniors: Please go to the attached Images website to sign up for a Senior Portrait session.

Senior Portraits Link

Destination Return to School - Parent Resource Guide - Back to School Information 2020-2021

Please see the links attached below to all information regarding returning to school this fall (Virtual and Traditional). Please see the attached flyer that gives a two-page overview of the return to school plan. The ebook provides additional details that we believe will be important to many parents. It is a long document, but has been bulleted and categorized for easy access and reading.

Parent Return to School Resource Page

Return to School Summary Flyer

Return to School Ebook

Freshmen To Take Measure of Academic Progress Exam

Per Act 142 of State Law, all Freshmen will be administered the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) Exam in English/Language Arts and Math. Most students have taken the MAP Exam many times throughout elementary and middle school. This is not considered high-stakes testing, and it will not have an impact on their grade. Riverside High School will be administering the MAP Exam to in-person (face-to-face) students in English 1 and Algebra 1 classes the week of August 31 and will administer the exam to Virtual Students the week of September 8.

More Information About the MAP Exam

Go Warriors!

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