RHS Parent Weekly Update

Riverside High School Oct. 4 - Oct. 8

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Greetings Pirate Family,

Thank you for another great week and successful Senior Kick-off and Curriculum Night events last week! In light of the events at Friday's Northern High School vs. Riverside game, we want to make sure that our families know safety and security are at the forefront of our work, and we will continue to keep all of our students safe.

As a reminder, schools are not allowed to have outside food deliveries from vendors during lunch. We also ask that students not bring outside food and drinks on campus during the school day due to COVID precautions with unmasking in classrooms while eating and drinking. Students will be asked to throw away food and drink items before entering the building. This is for the safety of all students and staff.

In addition, if your student is unwell or feeling sick, please keep them at home until they are symptom-free, have a negative COVID test, or have another diagnosis from a medical professional. If your student is awaiting COVID test results, please do not send them to school until you have received the results.DPS can ONLY accept a rapid test (not a rapid home test) when a child or staff member is sick or symptomatic. Anyone deemed close contact exposure must have a PCR test 5 days after exposure before returning to school or work.

All asymptomatic students and staff must have a PCR test.

If your student is unwell, please call (919-560-3965) or email (Tonya McKoy) in the main office to notify the school.

If your student should be diagnosed with COVID-19, please immediately contact the school using the above information. In addition, there are specific protocols in place that include but are not limited to quarantining, contact tracing, and notifications that must occur.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us keep all students and staff safe.

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Important Dates

October 5 - ACT Makeup for Seniors

October 12 - 18 - EOC Benchmarks

October 13 - PSAT

October 15 - RHS Homecoming

*November 9 - PreACT

March 22 - 24 - ACT

*Tentative date


Important: PowerSchool Information for Parents

“Returning” students are those who completed the 2020-21 school year at a DPS school. This process will allow them to review and update information on file, including transportation requests, free-and-reduced lunch, parent/student handbook, medical, etc.

Links for Parents:

PDF: How to Set up a Parent Portal Account (Eng | Spa)

Video: How to Set up a Parent Portal Account (Eng | Spa)

Web: How to Create a Gmail Account

Web: How to Create a Yahoo Account

PDF: How to Complete Returning Student Process (Eng | Spa)

Video: How to Complete Returning Student Process (Eng | Spa)


Senior Spotlight and Information


RHS Updates and Announcements

COVID Testing Information

Durham Public Schools, in partnership with MAKO Medical, will begin providing weekly COVID-19 testing at school to help identify possible COVID-19 infections among students even if they are not showing any symptoms. Research has shown such testing can reduce the spread by 50%, especially in large settings such as schools.

The testing is a simple swab of the nose and not the test that tickles the brain. This is the same test families can administer from home or at local testing sites.

This is a voluntary testing process, so a parent or guardian must register their student to participate. The link to register is here and included in the Riverside Student COVID Testing Permission Letter (English/ Spanish). All testing information and results will remain confidential. In order for students to be included in the first round of testing, they must have submitted their permission forms by Sunday, October 10.

Additionally, Durham Public Schools has provided a COVID-19 Testing FAQs.

I encourage our families to register their children for this free opportunity. Together, we can keep our students safe, in their classrooms, and prevent community spread.

CACRAO Virtual College Fair

Registration is now open for CACRAO’s Virtual College Fair! Sign-up to virtually connect with colleges and universities from around the country for free. During the Virtual College Fair, students and families will have the chance to hear from many different colleges. You can choose which colleges you want to hear from by registering for their sessions. You can ask questions of the college representatives throughout the presentations too! This flyer includes a QR code that will take you directly to the schedule and registration page. Colleges are listed in alphabetical order as you scroll down the registration page, and it includes the date and session in which each college is presenting. There may be occasions where colleges of interest may be presenting at the same time in different sessions. Students are encouraged to register for all sessions in which they have an interest even if they can't attend it "live". Recordings will be made available for on-demand viewing later. Please take advantage of this amazing opportunity!
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Nominate Your Favorite Pirate Hero

Is there a Riverside teacher, coach, or staff member who has gone above and beyond to support our community? Nominate your favorite Pirate Hero and they could win a $50 gift card! Click on Riverside web site Quick Link to submit your nomination.

Is there a Riverside teacher, coach, or staff member who has gone above and beyond to support our community? Nominate your favorite Pirate Hero and they could win a $50 gift card! Use this form to submit your nomination. Questions or need more info? Email erin.gasch@gmail.com

COSTA RICA EF Tour - July 2022

Join Magistra Lido for an incredible summer 2022 trip to Costa Rica with EF Tours. This trip includes service learning with a conservation project as well as exciting outdoor activities like ziplining, kayaking, hiking a volcano, and swimming in the ocean. We are partnering with Jordan High School and Ms. Holmes, and only a few spots remain! Click here to learn more: www.eftours.com/2415899fk. Have questions? Reach out to Magistra Lido melissa_lido@dpsnc.net. Also, the friendly folks at EF's Traveler Support team can help at 800-665-5364. And if your child has friends who haven't signed up yet, feel free to pass this message along to their families, too.

Join Our Pirate PTA

JOIN NOW and help reach our membership goal of 250 (Last year, we reached 208 members).

Career and College Promise (Dual Enrollment) from Mr. T. Jones (Durham Tech College Liason)

Career and College Promise (Dual Enrollment):

What: I will be hosting Career and College Promise (CCP) Dual Enrollment Information Sessions for spring 2022 enrollment.

Who: Juniors and Seniors for spring 2022 enrollment.

When: CCP Information Session

Dates: Only need to attend ONE for spring 2022 enrollment.

  • Tuesday, October 5: 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Monday, October 18: 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Monday, November 1: 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 9: 5:30-6:30 pm

Where: On Zoom

Why: CCP Information Sessions are where students (parents are welcome to attend) can learn about CCP, the admission requirements, and the application process for CCP. One CCP Information Session is mandatory for students interested in joining CCP. How: Students can sign up using the following link and they will be emailed the Zoom link closer to their Information Session date: LINK

Why should you be interested in this? This is the Dual Enrollment program where Juniors and Seniors can take college courses tuition-free and potentially earn high school credit through the same courses. It’s possible to earn a degree, diploma, or certificate. It is great to get the college experience, your student can get a head start on their educational goals for their career and they can potentially save a lot of money. Durham Tech has College Transfer Pathways that can transfer to most 4-year institutions and Career and Technical Education pathways that can lead to entry-level jobs. There are trades and much more in the Career and Technical Education pathways.

Contact Mr. Jones, the Durham Tech College Liaison if you have any questions or concerns. 919-943-1696 (work cell, call or text) or email: jonest@durhamtech.edu. You can set up a meeting with me using this link: https://mrtjones.youcanbook.me


Career and College Promise is the Dual Enrollment program where Juniors and Seniors can take college courses tuition-free through Durham Tech and potentially earn high school credit through the same courses. It’s possible to earn a degree, diploma, or certificate. To learn more about CCP, the application process and deadlines, please have your student sign up for a virtual CCP Information Session using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/p6MksFM2m7.

Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend. To join CCP, it is mandatory for the student to attend one CCP Information Session. I also help Seniors with applying/enrolling to Durham Tech. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Email: jonest@durhamtech.edu work cell: 919-943-1696 (call or text) Schedule a meeting with me: https://mrtjones.youcanbook.me

Yearbooks on Sale

Pirates, Did you know that yearbooks are on sale? Take advantage of the reduced price offered at the start of the year with our Back to School sale. Yearbooks are $65. We are also offering 4 free icons with the purchase of personalization. The sale ends on September 24. Place your order at www.jostensyearbooks.com or see the Riverside home page for a link.

Bus Transportation

Sign-up For Transportation

Please use the direction for current/returning student information updates to register for transportation found at this link.


Use this link to access the Transportation page, “Here Comes The Bus” Tracking APP. Please share the link with families so they can track their child's bus.

DPS -Here Comes The Bus Page - https://www.dpsnc.net/page/202

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.

Click here to pay for the Open Lunch and Parking Passes

Durham County Testing Sites

Please see this link for Covid-19 testing options provided by DCoDPH: https://www.dcopublichealth.org/services/communicable-diseases/coronavirus-disease-2019/covid-19-testingCVS, Walgreens, Duke Outpatient Clinics and Wake Toxicology are also great resources for testing.

Testing sites can also be found on our Datahub at this link: Public Health Coronavirus Data (arcgis.com)

Both the main testing page and the no-cost testing page are available in Spanish.


Social Distancing at RHS

We want all students to participate in traditional high school events such as prom, pep rallies, dances, and SMART lunch! But, for us to do this, we have to stay safe!

Ways to stay safe.

  • Stay 3 to 6 feet apart at all times.
  • Mask up! Keep your mask on while on campus.
  • During lunch, eat first (mask off) and talk second (mask on)
  • Wash your hands and carry hand sanitizer.

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