Welcome to the COVID-19 Resources page for Riverview School District. Please check this page regularly to find the latest health and safety information at our schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
District Health Staff contact information:
Symptoms strongly associated with COVID-19:
- A high temperature (fever)
- A cough (especially a NEW or uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing)
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- New lack of smell or taste
NEW: Updated Riverview Masking Policy
Dear Riverview Parents,
The CDC held a teleconference this afternoon to outline new guidelines in assessing the impact of Covid-19. In brief, they are utilizing new metrics for tracking Covid-19 data, placing additional emphasis on hospitalizations and hospital capacity. As a result, they have designated three new Covid-19 community levels: "low" (green), "medium" (yellow), and "high" (orange). In this new three-tiered approach, the CDC recommends indoor masking (including schools) for counties in the “orange,” or “high” community level zones only. To accompany these new guidelines, the CDC has just released (at 4pm today) new community level Covid-19 maps. According to these new maps, Allegheny County is now determined as being in the “green” zone, which suggests that universal masking is no longer recommended for indoor settings. In accordance with this new guidance, Riverview will be lifting the universal mask mandate immediately and move to a mask optional environment beginning this Monday, February 28, 2022. We will update the health and safety plan accordingly and the Board will officially vote on the new plan on March 21st. Please keep the following items in focus:
- Students and staff can now choose whether or not to continue to wear masks according to each families situation and comfort level.
- Please encourage your children to be respectful and appreciative of family choices in regard to masks. We want to maintain a safe, comfortable, respectful, and inclusive environment for all. NO student should be singled out for their individual choice. Teachers will be monitoring this carefully.
- Masks will be optional at all after school events and on all District transportation beginning on Monday.
- Lunches will transition back to the cafeterias as soon as staff are able (this may take a day or two, so please be patient).
- Staff and students will continue to focus on cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing, as usual.
- Parents must carefully monitor their child(ren)'s symptoms each morning. If children are experiencing symptoms, please keep them home. Call your primary care physician and the school nurse for further details and feel free to utilize our free Covid-19 testing resources available at all Riverview schools.
- We will move to a symptoms-based approach for children that may become ill in school (similar to protocols prior to the pandemic). The school nurse will manage each individual situation according to their training and will contact you with additional steps and guidance. Please respect the school nurse's guidance and be appreciative, supportive and cooperative.
- We will strictly follow all County and Health Department isolation and quarantine requirements for all positive cases of Covid-19.
- Please consider vaccinations and booster shots for all students. Vaccinations and booster shots allow for significantly less impact on Covid-19 positive students and families, including more mild symptoms and significantly less required days out of school.
- The Riverview School District will continue to take the guidance and recommendations of the CDC, the County and State Departments of Health, and medical experts seriously as we continue to bend and flex to new knowledge, data, and realities. Please keep in mind that we don't have a crystal ball and cannot promise that mitigation measures will not be required or necessary in the future.
Overall, infections and positivity rates have continued to steadily drop both in the County and in our schools and the incidence rates of the virus continue to trend downward as well. This is great news! Ultimately, releasing the universal mask mandate is a positive step toward “normalcy” and should be a nice improvement for instruction as well. We are excited to hopefully begin to "live" with the virus and get back to normal operating protocol! As previously stated, we are in a much better position to manage the demands of the virus, and continue learn more each day.
As always, we thank you for your continued support of the Riverview School District and hope you continue to stay happy, peaceful, and safe.
The Riverview Administration
Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines
Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation for the public. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.
Get your Children Vaccinated
If your children are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, please get them vaccinated right away. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was recently approved for individuals 5 years of age and older. In addition, the vaccine has full FDA approval.
NEW: Considerations for vaccinating children under 5 years of age is underway by federal government agencies. Please check back for future updates.
Getting your child vaccinated not only keeps them safe, but keeps you from being inconvenienced by COVID-19 protocols and recommendations, which can be extremely disruptive to families. A vaccinated student population is our best way of keeping extracurriculars going, sports teams competing and kids attending school in person.
Currently, nearby Walgreens, Rite Aid and Giant Eagle Pharmacy locations are offering Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Please visit Vaccines.gov for the latest availability near you.