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FAMILY INFORMATION

2020-2021 School Year

Return to School Information

Riverview School has been working diligently to develop a comprehensive Return to Campus Programming Plan guided foremost by the health and safety of our students and staff members. Learn more by downloading the full plan or by viewing the answers to our most frequently asked questions below.

Health & Safety Measures

Pre-Arrival Quarantine

All students will be required to present a negative PCR COVID test that was taken within 5 days of arriving to campus. However, any student not quarantining in a state designated as “COVID-19 lower-risk State” will need to adhere to the MA travel guidelines and is required to present a negative PCR COVID test that was taken within 72 hours of arriving to campus. The current list of COVID-19 lower-risk states can be found here.

Directions for quarantine
The rationale behind quarantining at home for 14 days before coming to campus is to ensure as best we can that students arrive at Riverview COVID-free. As you likely know, the fewer interactions students have with other individuals prior to arrival, the safer it becomes for everyone on campus, and the greater our chances of a COVID-free year. Our request is that families should not be in public for 14 days prior to arrival at Riverview (with exceptions for travel to Riverview as well as medical care such as pre-arrival COVID testing). Families should remain at home and do everything possible to limit exposure to others outside of the immediate family unit. For instance, we would ask that groceries be purchased before the quarantine begins or food should otherwise be delivered after the quarantine begins.

It is our preference that parents work remotely during the quarantine period, if they have the option to do so. If this is not possible, parents should mask when out in public and minimize interpersonal interactions to the maximal extent possible. During this time we highly discourage even activities that some may feel are “safe” at this point, such going to outdoor gatherings, visiting friends or having playdates, or inviting others (including extended family) over to your house. For those who need to get out of the house to get some fresh air or exercise, we ask that students do these activities either alone, or with a member of the family who is also quarantining with them.

How to Quarantine

Staff Travel

Staff are expected to follow all Massachusetts established protocols for travel into and within Massachusetts. Staff traveling to states not designated as a low risk travel state by Mass.gov are required to meet all re-entry and quarantine requirements. Staff are required to factor in quarantine requirements related to any non-essential travel so as not to interfere with work obligations and expectations.

Screening Upon Arrival with Parent/Guardian

A parent or guardian must accompany their residential student to campus at the start of the school year for purposes of arrival screening through the Health Care Center. This is likewise required of any student starting on one of the designated enrollment dates during the course of the year.

Entry/Re-Entry Exposure Questionnaire

Parents will be required to complete an Entry/Re-Entry Exposure Questionnaire for the student and their family regarding possible COVID-19 exposure risks prior to the student’s initial and any subsequent entries to campus. Any responses indicating an increased risk may delay a person’s ability to enter campus.

COVID-19 Testing

Pre-arrival testing is required of all students and all staff. Families should contact their primary care provider to learn about testing options in their area. Many regions also have testing clinics. CVS pharmacy also has drive-through clinics. Testing center options can also be found at your state’s COVID resource page. It will be important to confirm that the test is PCR test. When scheduling a test, we encourage you to inquire about turnaround time. Riverview is actively exploring its ability to partner with Cape Cod Healthcare to help families meet this testing requirement.

The preferred method for families to submit test results is through the School’s Magnus Health Portal. Although not the preferred method, families can also submit results in person during opening of campus. Please note that students will not be able to enter the dormitory or remain on campus without documentation of a negative test.

The full community test that will be administered 2 weeks after arrival will be conducted at the School by Coastal Medical mobile testing unit. The test will be an anterior nare test, which is less-invasive shallow nostril swab compared to the deeper naso pharyngeal test. The cost of this test is $145 and will be billed to your student discretionary account. We are currently researching whether the cost for this test can be reimbursed by the state.

Coastal Medical Mobile also offers drive-up testing in Yarmouth, below is the information and a link to their site:

cmtsma.com

Drive up Covid Testing
32 Commercial Street, South Yarmouth, MA
$145 credit card
Results emailed in 36 - 48 hours
Call for an appointment 508-694-6687

Symptom and Exposure Screening

Daily Screening
Staff and students will be screened daily for symptoms of illness or potential exposure to an individual who has displayed symptoms of illness. Students will complete daily temperature checks as well.

Household Diagnosis
If anyone in the student/staff household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the student/staff will be instructed to quarantine at home for 14 days following the most recent household diagnosis before entering or returning to the program. Students/Staff will need to submit a negative COVID-19 test done after day 12 of quarantine in order to return to campus.

Updated Sick Policies

Sick policy rules for all staff and students will be strictly enforced to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 within the Riverview Commu nity. A zero tolerance sick policy will be enforced, meaning that any staff or student may not come to or remain on campus if they are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 such as fever/chills, new cough—not related to a chronic condition, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, congestion or runny nose not related to seasonal allergies, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, gastrointestinal symptoms different from baseline. Symptomatic residential students will be moved to the isolation dorm immediately.

Physical Space Modifications

Classrooms, dormitory spaces, offices, and common areas will be modified to minimize exposure and promote proper social distancing. Physical barriers may be erected, signage, and visual guides will be posted to promote adherence.

Ratios

Classroom and dormitory ratios have been reduced to increase physical distancing and allow for greater flexibility and attention to student needs.

Social/Physical Distancing

Movement on campus will be designed to reduce the mixing of students. Students and staff will be expected to adhere to the six feet physical distancing protocols to the greatest extent possible. Per DESE, a minimum of three feet physical seating distance will be maintained in the classroom. Environmental supports and reminders may include barriers, arrows, designated entrances and exits, and signage to reinforce adherence. Physical distancing will be reinforced to the greatest extent possible within the residential program.

Masks/Face Coverings

Students
Masks are an essential part of minimizing the transmission and spread of COVID-19. Presently per DESE, staff and students will be required to wear masks or cloth face coverings in the school setting and in vehicles. Students may remove masks to eat, at which point, they must maintain at least six feet of physical distance. Students will be required to wear masks in the dormitories when appropriate physical distancing cannot be maintained. Areas of the dorms and other buildings will be designated as mask free zones for students as appropriate when proper physical distancing is possible.

The school will work with students to build their mask tolerance; however, for the safety of all involved, masks are critical. If a student is unable or unwilling to wear a mask, the school recommends remote learning as the best and safest option.

Mask break times and locations will be built into student and staff schedules. Students should start testing out various mask styles while at home to find what feels best for them. Students should plan to arrive with a minimum of one cloth mask for each day of the week that can be laundered and re-used weekly. Students may also bring their own ample supply of disposable masks. Riverview will supply disposable masks for use as needed.

Staff
Masks are required to be worn by all staff when on campus, in school vehicles, or during any school activities or events on campus or in the community. This is also in effect when a staff is transitioning from one location to another, whether inside or outside of the building.

Staff may remove masks to eat, at which point, they must maintain at least six feet of physical distance. Residential staff may remove their masks in their offices after students have retired for the evening or when students are not present in the dormitory. Other staff may remove their masks when alone in their office.

Hand Hygiene

Staff and students will follow a regular schedule of hand hygiene. Handwashing breaks will be enforced and hand sanitizer dispensers will be available in all classrooms, dormitories, and common entry points.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols

Daily sanitation and cleaning protocols will be implemented by Riverview Staff in compliance with CDC recommendations. Special attention will be paid to the cleaning of bathrooms and high touch surfaces throughout the day.

Accommodations for High Risk Students and/or Students with High Risk Family Members Living in Their Household

Families should consult with a health care provider if the student and/or family members living in the household have medical issues that place them into a high risk category. For families with high risk situations, remote learning will be the safest option.

Two Week Closed Campus

In order to minimize the risk of exposure and identify any potential early risks/concerns, students will not be permitted to leave campus, nor will visitors be allowed on campus for the first two weeks of arriving to campus. For example, students who are arriving in Stage 1 on September 12–13 cannot have visitors until September 28; students arriving in Stage 2 on October 3–4 cannot have visitors until October 19.

Visitation

After the first 2 weeks of a closed campus, visits from immediate family members will be permitted on a limited and prearranged basis. Visitors will be screened for temperatures, symptoms and exposure risk. Any potential screening flags will result in the person not being able to visit at that time.

Visitors will be required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing. Visits will occur outside or in designated spaces, with six foot spacing marked. Visitors are not permitted in dormitories or classrooms. As conditions improve, our hope is to relax visitation restrictions.

Leaving Campus

Boarding students should arrive to campus with the expectation that they will remain on campus. We will offer comprehensive programming that will keep students engaged and safe. We will continuously assess and will transition to a less restrictive environment, offering off-campus trips and allowing home visits when it is safe to do so.

Should the need arise for a student to go home for any reason during the course of the school year, they will need to follow the pre-arrival screening and quarantine requirements.

Meetings

In order to minimize the risk of contact and exposure, Riverview prefers and strongly recommends that most meetings be held virtually at this time. In the event that an in-person meeting is required, the number of in-person participants will be limited due to space limitations and physical distancing requirements and some team members may still need to attend virtually. Anyone arriving on campus will be required to complete all screening requirements prior to the meeting. Any potential screening flags will result in the person not being able to attend the meeting in person at that time.

At this time, outside practitioners—testers, observers, private services, etc.—are not permitted on campus.

Response to Suspected Illness/Exposure

Overview

Riverview has developed quarantine and isolation protocols based on CDC recommendations and agency regulations. In the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19, the family or designee will be required to pick up and assume care of the student. The family will maintain responsibility of caring for them until which time it has been determined that they are safe to return to on-campus programming.

Student Presenting With Symptoms

The reality is that an average of 8 students report to health care on a daily basis complaining of symptoms. With heightened anxiety related to COVID, and with daily health screenings of all students, we expect this number to increase. We can’t risk having a COVID positive student in the living and learning pods; therefore, our Medical Advisory Team has directed and recommended specific protocols for screening students in for testing based on their symptoms. A student or staff who is screened in for testing triggers a chain of events, including that student being moved to an isolation dormitory while testing is scheduled, performed, and to remain in isolation until the results come back. Every student in the living and learning pod could have been exposed to the symptomatic student, so every student in that pod will be required to quarantine in their dormitory room.

Quarantine means that students will be restricted to their rooms, will eat in their rooms, will not socialize with other students (unless they have a roommate), and will receive academic instruction remotely from a teacher who delivers that instruction from the dormitory common room. This will be the students’ experience until the symptomatic student’s testing comes back. If that testing comes back negative, the pod is immediately released from quarantine. If that testing comes back positive, then the students will continue this quarantine for 14 days in total.

This protocol is mandated by our licensing agencies.

One can imagine the feelings of isolation and anxiety that are likely to arise with this period of quarantine. Families are free to pick their quarantined students up, but would need to commit to continue a quarantine pending testing results, and would need to adhere to our re-entry protocols of 14 days’ quarantine at home or a negative test result within 72 hours of return.

Because of the gender mix of living and learning pods (pods range from 12-25 students), and with the current testing turnaround time, multiple dormitories would experience quarantine for 24-48 hours after the test is administered to any student in their pod that is screened in for symptoms. Please note that the testing is being conducted by third party providers and laboratories and is subject to change. Given our experience with student health complaints, we predict these quarantine periods would occur with some degree of frequency throughout the year.

While best practices in a family setting are to isolate an individual who may have been exposed, and for other family members to limit contact with that individual, we will be asking our academic, residential, clinical, and cleaning staff to come to work and care for these students who are quarantining.

It is certainly possible that we could have a high percentage of our students in quarantine at any given time. It is also possible that this alone could trigger our closing campus and transitioning students to remote learning at home.

A rapid test would significantly reduce the time students would be required to quarantine in their rooms while awaiting test results from a symptomatic individual. This will be a key factor that will dramatically improve student and staff experience, and give us much greater confidence in our ability to operationalize our plan. We are currently researching the accuracy and availability of rapid-results testing that is acceptable by the MA department of Health and our Medical Advisory Team.

Isolation (For student with symptoms or + COVID-19 Test)

Students who are assessed to have symptoms of illness will be moved to a designated isolation area and be cared for by Health Care Staff until testing can be arranged. This site will be separate from the general Health Care Center space. The Health Care Staff working in this setting will wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as recommended by the CDC.

The CDC describes isolation as keeping someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 away from others. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the expectation will be that a family member, or someone that the family member designates, will pick the student up to be cared for off campus.

Expectation for Pick-Up Times

  • Families Within Driving Distance: Driving time + 8 hours
  • Families requiring a flight: 48 hours
  • International Families: To notify their appointed stateside emergency contact who will follow the pick up times noted above.
  • Should a family not be able to arrange for pick-up within these defined pick up times, care and oversight of the student will be charged at a rate of $50.00/hr.
  • A list of potential short term rental/lodging options will be provided for families who choose to remain local while providing isolation for their student.

The student will shift to remote learning and may return to campus programming when they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation.

This criteria includes ALL of the following:

  1. At least 10 days have passed since their onset of symptoms, AND
  2. They have been fever free without the use of fever reducing medication (Advil or Tylenol) for at least 24 hours, AND
  3. Their symptoms have improved.
Quarantine (For a student having been identified as being in Close Contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19)

Students who are assessed to have been in close contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will need to be quarantined for 14 days. Close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, up to 2 days prior to the start of symptoms or positive COVID-19 test.

The CDC describes quarantine as keeping a person who was in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 away from others. This would entail residential students remaining in their own dormitory rooms, including during meal time and day students remaining home.

If it is possible for us to quarantine a group of students short term within their dormitory and transition them to remote learning, we will proceed in this manner. If a student is having a difficult time tolerating quarantine in the dormitory setting, it may be necessary that the student go home with family to complete their quarantine and shift to remote learning.

Quarantine means that students will be restricted to their rooms, will eat in their rooms, will not socialize with other students (unless they have a roommate), and will receive academic instruction remotely from a teacher who delivers that instruction from the dormitory common room.  This will be the students’ experience until the symptomatic student’s testing comes back. If that testing comes back negative, the pod is immediately released from quarantine.  If that testing comes back positive, then the students will continue this quarantine for 14 days in total.

This protocol is mandated by our licensing agencies.

One can imagine the feelings of isolation and anxiety that are likely to arise with this period of quarantine. Families are free to pick their quarantined students up, but would need to commit to continue a quarantine pending testing results, and would need to adhere to our re-entry protocols of 14 days’ quarantine at home or a negative test result within 72 hours of return.  

Because of the gender mix of learning pods (pods range from 12-25 students), and with the current testing turnaround time, multiple dormitories would experience quarantine for 24–48 hours after the test is administered to any student in their pod that is screened in for symptoms. Please note that the testing is being conducted by third party providers and laboratories and is subject to change. Given our experience with student health complaints, we predict these quarantine periods would occur with some degree of frequency throughout the year.

While best practices in a family setting are to isolate an individual who may have been exposed, and for other family members to limit contact with that individual, we will be asking our academic, residential, clinical, and cleaning staff to come to work and care for these students who are quarantining.

It is certainly possible that we could have a high percentage of our students in quarantine at any given time.  It is also possible that this alone could trigger our closing campus and transitioning students to remote learning at home.

A rapid test would significantly reduce the time students would be required to quarantine in their rooms while awaiting test results from a symptomatic individual. This will be a key factor that will dramatically improve student and staff experience, and give us much greater confidence in our ability to operationalize our plan.  We are currently researching the accuracy and availability of rapid-results testing that is acceptable by the MA department of Health and our Medical Advisory Team.

Contact Tracing

Riverview Staff will work in collaboration with the Sandwich Board of Health on contact tracing efforts and enforcing quarantine of exposed individuals.

School Calendar and Travel

Return to Campus

Return to campus will involve a staged and staggered re-entry to allow for proper social distancing on the two opening weekends September 12th and 13th and October 3–4. Students will be assigned a set day and move-in time. Assigned times must be strictly adhered to allow for the safety of all. Parents are strongly encouraged to ship student belongings 2 weeks prior to the start of the school year. Shipped and stored belongings will be delivered to student dorm rooms and available on move-in day. Students should minimize personal belongings and only bring items/clothing needed through Thanksgiving break.

There will be two designated days scheduled for local families to come to campus for a contactless drop off of student belongings prior to the start of school. No students or families will be allowed in any building during this time. Student belongings during contactless drop off will be limited to 5 boxes/storage units of a maximum size.

New to Riverview Students
Parents (limit 2) will be assigned a 45 minute appointment to assist their student with move-in. Any new parent who is entering the dorm must complete the pre-arrival protocols.

Veteran Students
Parents will be assigned a time to drop off their student. Staff will greet students outside of the dorm and assist with move-in and unpacking. Veteran parents will not be allowed in the dorms during drop-off.

School Calendar

Our current expectation is that we will follow the revised 2020–2021 academic calendar as published with the exception of transitioning to remote learning between the Thanksgiving and Winter breaks.

Travel/Transportation

For the 2020-2021 school year, we recommend that you do not book your child’s travel on public transportation (plane, bus, train) to and from school vacations too far in advance. We also recommend that you wait to purchase tickets on public transportation to see if the chosen mode of transportation is permissible under current state guidelines. We recommend that you allow yourself financial flexibility with the type of ticket you choose, as flights, train and bus tickets may need to be changed or modified given short notice.

Day Student Transportation

Families are responsible for providing/arranging transportation for day students. In some instances, this may include working with the student’s home school district to set up such plans. In the event that changes in arrangements are needed, the family is responsible for communicating this information to the school district and/or driver. Drivers/families will drop off and pick up day students at a designated location (TBA) and will be met by a staff person. Parents/drivers may not enter any school buildings. It is the expectation of Riverview that all health and safety requirements will be adhered to during any transportation to and/or from Riverview.

Transportation While in School

Residential students within the same dormitories may travel together in a vehicle without seating modifications. Seating in vehicles for day students will involve staggered seating in alternating rows and seats. Masks must be worn at all times in vehicles and windows must be open to maximize ventilation.

Thanksgiving and Winter Recess

In order to minimize travel and potential exposure to COVID-19, students will not return to campus for the time period between Thanksgiving and Winter Recess. Students will depart campus on the November travel day (November 20th/21st, 2020) and will return on the travel day following Winter Recess (January 3rd, 2021). During this time, instruction will be delivered remotely. Please note these dates are subject to change in order to allow for a staggered re-entry if necessary.

School Events and Gatherings

The following changes will be implemented for the 2020–2021 school year:

  • Opening Weekend: There will be no in-person presentations, gatherings, or events as part of Opening Weekend. Information typically covered as part of Opening Weekend will be shared virtually and/or in writing.
  • Fall Family Weekend: Fall Family Weekend will occur virtually, including student conferences.
  • Transition Weekend: Transition Weekend may be cancelled or modified.

Additional information regarding these and other events will be shared as it is available.

Appointments

Families are required to schedule all routine care appointments at home during school break periods (e.g., dentist, doctor, orthodontist).

Currently, non-essential outside personal care providers (haircuts, nail care, hair removal, etc.) will not be permitted on campus and transportation will not be provided to such appointments. Students should bring necessary supplies for personal upkeep (nail clippers, nail file, razors, etc.)

In the event of an emergent care need, travel to and from the appointment will be arranged by the Travel Associate.

Programmatic - Program Distinction

Overview

During the 2020/2021 school year, there will be three distinct and separate programs at Riverview:

  1. Middle School/High School Boarding Program
  2. GROW Program
  3. Day Program

These three programs will be further divided into Learning Pods. Each pod will be assigned designated areas within the academic buildings (i.e., a wing or floor of a classroom building). This will allow us to minimize travel about campus and reduce interactions with other groups. Comingling of pods will not be permitted at this time.

Boarding Students

The Middle School/High School and GROW will each be organized and managed as self-contained programs. Within each program, students will be subdivided into a number of learning pods. Students in the pods will attend classes and live together in dormitories (separated by gender). Student in-person interactions will be limited to peers and teachers within their own Learning Pods, though they may participate in shared virtual experiences.

Day Students

Day student programming will be separate from programming for students in the boarding program. Day students will be assigned to a Learning pod with other day students. Instruction and programming will include curriculum and skill development based on the individual needs of the students and classes in each pod. In-person after school activities will be provided within this same pod structure. Day students also have the option of participating in virtual after school, weekend, and evening activities as appropriate.

Programmatic - Continuum of Models

Overview

Currently, under the guidance of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Riverview is planning for a tiered continuum for reopening in the fall. Over the course of the year, the Riverview community may also need to toggle back and forth between the models in response to spikes in the number of COVID-19 cases on campus and/or in the greater community. All students, whether remote or in person, will be assigned to a Learning Pod and will participate in instruction with this group of students, teachers, and advisors. Residential instructors will also be part of the Learning Pod team for boarding students. -

Two-Stage Opening and Orientation of the Pods

To facilitate a staged reopening, students will be grouped into nine distinct Learning Pods. Learning Pods are comprised based on age, grade level, program, learning profile, and social/emotional commonalities.

Nine Distinct Learning Pods:

Middle School/High School Day Students:

  1. Day Student Pod – MS and 9th (10)
  2. Day Student Pod – 10th/11th/12th (13)

Middle School/High School Residential Students

  1. Lower School Pod – Middle, 9th, 10th (15)
  2. Upper School Pod A – 10th, 11th, 12th (23)
  3. Upper School Pod B – 10th, 11th, 12th (23)

GROW (all residential, no day)

  1. GROW year 1 (22)
  2. GROW year 1&2 (19)
  3. GROW year 2 and 3 (25)
  4. GROW - Project Search (19)


We recognize that all families likely want their students to be in Stage 1. While there is no clear-cut way to determine which Learning Pods comprise Stage 1 and which are assigned to Stage 2, our rationale is as follows:

We need to operationalize our plan with a range of students—younger students, older students, residential students and day students.

Considerations when assigning Learning Pods to Stage 1

  • Day Students—day students represent our biggest risk factor and we need to test this.  If we encounter issues, they will be the easiest to transition to remote learning.
  • Lower School—our youngest students, who likely are in most need of structure and support.  
  • First year GROW students. These students likely require additional transition time.  This Includes seniors from last year who missed out on their senior year (graduation, prom, etc.).
  • First year students who need additional support and transition time.
In-Person Learning

In the In-Person Learning Model the campus is fully open and instruction is being provided face to face. Programming is delivered in the classrooms and dormitories in person. Note: If In-Person Learning is the default model for instruction, families still have the option of having their student access learning remotely, either short or long term. (See Remote Learning description below.)

  • Students engage in learning full time in person on campus with new safety requirements in place.
  • Students will be assigned to a Learning Pod and have an assigned group of teachers who will provide all academic instruction.
  • Students will follow their individual class schedule and attend all classes in their Learning Pods.
  • This model will resemble a traditional Riverview instructional model; however, schedules may be modified to allow for proper implementation of health and safety protocols, including physical distancing, hand hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing, and mask breaks.
Hybrid Learning

At points during the year, the school may determine that it is necessary to implement a Hybrid Learning model to reduce learning environment density. Circumstances such as increased risks of COVID-19 on campus and/or the community or the need to increase physical distancing may trigger the activation of a Hybrid Learning model. The Hybrid Learning model is a subset of the In-Person model and would be activated by Riverview in event that there is a need to reduce the number of students in any given area.

  • In Hybrid Learning, students alternate between In-Person (Week A) and Remote Learning (Week B).
    A portion of the students will attend classes in person while another segment of the students participates in remote learning on a rotating basis.
  • For boarding students, the remote learning weeks will occur in the dormitories.
  • For day students, remote learning weeks will occur at home.
  • Rotations for common space usage in the dormitories will be implemented to maximize physical distancing in the residences.
Remote

In Remote Learning, students attend classes virtually, typically from home. Remote Learning may occur for a variety of reasons for an individual student, an entire pod, or a portion of the students. Families may feel uncomfortable with their student returning to campus. They may, instead, opt to have their student learn remotely, either for part of or the full duration of the 2020-2021 school year.* Students may need to take a leave of absence for medical, emotional, behavioral, family, or other reasons. Students may be in isolation due to COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis or in quarantine due to a possible exposure. It should be noted that if a Learning Pod is in quarantine, there may be a situation where the group of students will be learning remotely from their rooms in the dormitory.

Remote learning will begin on September 14 for any student in a Living and Learning Pod assigned to Stage 2 of Opening.

While some students may opt to learn remotely, In-Person Learning is still being provided for students and those students are learning on campus through face-to-face instruction. Students attending programming on campus ( In-Person Learning ) are participating in the In-Person Learning described above. In the Remote Learning model:

  • Remote Learning will include academics, independent living, social skills, enrichment, and social opportunities.
  • Remote instruction is provided via Zoom. Work is distributed via Google Classroom, learning material packets, and/or other means
  • Small group instruction in academics, social skills, independent living skills, and enrichment will be offered Monday through Friday.
  • Activities, dorm meetings, virtual demonstrations and social opportunities will be offered 7 days a week, including evenings and weekends.

*In order to return to campus at any point following a period of time at home/elsewhere, the student will need to follow the pre-arrival screening and quarantine requirements, and complete an Entry/Re-Entry Exposure Questionnaire. Any potential screening flags will result in the student not being able to return to campus until the concern is resolved.

Fully Remote Learning

There may be circumstances during the course of the year that require Riverview to activate a totally remote learning environment such as a spike in COVID-19 cases on campus and/or the local community. A totally remote learning environment may also be implemented in response to a government and/or agency directive. Fully Remote Learning will be implemented in the period of time between the conclusion of Thanksgiving Break and the start of Winter Break. In this learning model, the full Riverview community is functioning in a Remote Learning environment. Remote Learning is the default mode of instruction for all students and In-Person Learning is not an option. (See Remote Learning description above.) Note: The period of time between Thanksgiving and winter recess will be fully remote for all students.

Program Models 2020/2021 School Year

In Person
  • Campus is open and students are able to attend Riverview in person.
  • Students are assigned to a Learning Pod. Students in Learning Pods attend classes together and reside in dormitories together.
  • Students who decide to participate in learning on campus have the option of going home and attending classes remotely, either for a portion of the year or the full year.
  • Should a student opt to go home either short or long term, the student must complete all requirements for re-entry and the school will require 2–4 weeks to make arrangements for their return to campus.
Remote
  • Students attend classes remotely and access learning activities, typically from home, though there may be circumstances where students learn remotely from their dormitory rooms.
  • Students electing to attend remotely are still assigned to a Learning Pod and a bed is allocated for them in the dormitory in the event that they decide to return to campus either short or long term.
  • Students who decide to participate in learning remotely have the option of returning to campus and attending classes in person, either for a portion of the year or the full year.
  • Students must complete all requirements for reentry and the school will require 2–4 weeks to make arrangements for their return to campus.
Hybrid
  • The Hybrid model is a subset of the In-Person model and would be enacted by Riverview in response to the need to control classroom and dormitory density.
  • In the Hybrid model, campus remains open and residential students continue to reside on campus.
  • Students are attending classes in person and remotely on an alternating basis.
  • Week A – Remote; Week B – In-Person (in the classroom) or vice versa.
  • During the Hybrid model, residential students access classes in the dormitory during their “Remote” week and in the classroom during their “In-Person” week.
  • During the Hybrid model, day students access classes from home during their “Remote” week and in the classroom during their “In-Person” week.
Fully Remote (Campus Closed)
  • Campus is closed and all students attend all classes remotely.
  • Students remain within their Learning Pods and residential programming transitions to a remote delivery of services.
  • The period from the end of Thanksgiving Break through Winter Recess will be fully remote for all students in order to minimize the risk of exposure due to travel, transportation, and community engagement.
  • A surge in the prevalence of COVID-19 in the campus and/or local community or other scenarios may necessitate the closing of campus and implantation of the Fully Remote model.

Programmatic - General

Clinical Supports

Advisors will provide social/emotional support to students, either individually or in group sessions, while keeping in mind that students have varying experiences related to COVID-19 and how it may have impacted their lives. Focus will be on strengthening coping skills and emotional regulation to help navigate the stressors inherent in living through a pandemic. Students will be monitored to assess any increases in anxiety, depression, dysregulation upon return to campus. Support will be provided to help process emotions and experiences related to fear and uncertainty related to COVID-19. Referrals for telehealth will be made to those students in need of additional mental health supports.

Advisors will continue to help students feel a sense of connectedness to others, and maintain routine to help ease the re-entry transition. Advisors will be assigned per pod to keep groupings consistent and pods contained. Specific advisor requests will not be able to be fulfilled. During nights/weekends, regular advisor check-ins for students outside an advisor’s specific pod will be held via video call. Advisors will respond in person for any behavioral health or crisis situations. Advisors will adhere to PPE guidelines when meeting with students. Students will be assigned advisors to oversee their social/emotional needs, as well as, case managers who will serve as a point person for students and families.

Communication

Communication is the foundation of any successful relationship, and now, more than ever, it plays a crucial role in ensuring that all involved receive information in a timely and effective manner.

In order to facilitate effective communication between home and school, the following protocols will be implemented:

  • Each student will be assigned a Learning Pod Case Manager who is the main point of contact for families.
  • Advisors will provide outreach to families related to social/emotional matters.
  • Each student is assigned a Healthcare Liaison who will maintain contact and communication with families regarding any health related matters.
  • Head Teachers will send out weekly newsletters to families providing an overview of what students are learning, key information, reminders, Learning Pod news, and other updates.
  • Residential supervisors will send out a monthly dormitory newsletter.
  • A Riverview Leadership webinar (either live or pre-recorded) will be held and made available to all families and staff.
  • Any significant changes to health and safety or programming will be communicated to families and staff as they arise. This will be distributed via email, the school alert notification system, and/or a webinar.
Student and Family Orientation

Prior to students returning to campus, staff, students, and families will receive a remote orientation regarding the return to campus protocols, program modifications, and expectations.

Tents

The school has rented 4 tents which will be erected on the main and GROW campuses. These tents will be used to provide options for outside dining, classes, and activities for the individual Learning Pods. They may also be used for mask breaks or as reflection/relaxation spaces for students who need a break from the dormitory or classroom.

Dorm Placements

Students will reside in single and double rooms as they always have. Students in a medically high risk category will be considered for a single room based on availability and upon request.

Dining Services

Breakfast
MS/HS breakfast will be prepared by SAGE and eaten in the dorms. GROW students will prepare their own breakfast in the dorm.

Lunch
MS/HS/GROW - Lunch will be prepared by SAGE and eaten in small groups in the classrooms.

Dinner
MS/HS dinner will be prepared by SAGE and eaten in the dorms.

The GROW cooking program will be modified and students will not be preparing community meals at this time. There will be no sharing of utensils or food. GROW Students will have opportunities to prepare individual meals and work on cooking skills. Community meals will be prepared and served by SAGE dining and/or staff.

There will be opportunities for students to eat outdoors under tents when weather and space permits. Current guidelines and labeling around nutrition and food allergies will continue.

Community Skill Instruction

Community skill instruction will be modified, and may include instruction in the use of online resources and delivery services (e.g., use of Peapod, Amazon, laundry service, online banking, mock transportation practice).

Outings & Activities

Activities and outings will be modified and limited to outdoor activities with low risk of community exposure (e.g., beach walks, hikes, bike rides). Large group activities will be held virtually.

Programmatic - GROW Vocational

Vocational

The GROW Vocational Training program will take place on campus during the first semester and include class instruction in the following areas:

Career Exploratory - First Year students

  • Foundation skills training: Personal Appearance, Time
    management, Communication, Following routines, and Problem
    Solving
  • Exploring career pathways: Reflections, interests and abilities
  • Skill assessments and performance reviews
  • Introduction to resumes, applications, interviewing and job
    search techniques
  • Understanding business practices: Health and safety protocols,
    relationships, rules and expectations, business etiquette and
    customer service

Job Training

  • Internship orientation: Customer service training, review
    employee manuals, visit websites, community partner guest
    speakers
  • Team Building: Ice Breakers, Following Directions, Problem
    Solving
  • Workplace Safety: PPE, COVID-19 Protocols/Screenings,
  • Employability: Preparing for and Maintaining Employment,
    Foundational Skills (from Progress Reports, Time Management,
    Accepting Feedback, etc.), Chain of Command, Character traits
    and Ethical practices, Interviewing, Resume, Cover Letter, 30
    Second Intro, Recommendations, Virtual Job Board, Job Search
    techniques
  • Self-Advocacy/Self-Determination: Disability Awareness,
    Accommodation Statement, Transition Planning, Goal Setting,
    Decision making
  • 21st Century Technology/Communication: Basic Computer Skills,
    Google Suite, ZOOM, Email Etiquette, Organizing Files, Cyber
    Safety, Taking Messages, Web Research, Presentation Skills
  • Skill development: Hands on Training on campus for the first
    semester

Programmatic - Project Search

Programmatic - Social/Enrichment/Wellness

Social Experiences

Programming will be modified to create meaningful social experiences while maintaining adequate social distancing, including outside and virtual activities. Large group gatherings will be limited to a virtual environment.

Wellness

Wellness programming that includes fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness will be modified and offered in a blended format through virtual and in-person opportunities. The majority of fitness programming will be held outside with a potential for limited use of the indoor fitness center. Riverview will continue to monitor and follow guidelines for indoor fitness centers and explore the option of individual Learning Pod usage that limits cross exposure. Nutrition and mindfulness programming will begin as virtual options. In-person lead sessions for individual Learning Pods will be considered as guidelines evolve.

Athletics

Decisions regarding fall athletics will be made in conjunction with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association.

Assemblies/Large Events

All large group gatherings including, but not limited to: assemblies, chorus and drama events, dances, and social events will be modified or cancelled. Large group gatherings will occur virtually when possible.

Performing Arts

Creative ways to learn and practice all art forms are being explored with consideration being given to the extended physical distancing required within the performing arts due to droplet projection.

Electives

The format of elective classes will be modified to limit cross exposure and maximize student access to a variety of elective options.

Other Information

Letter from the Head of School

August 11, 2020

Dear Community Members,

When students departed for March break, little did we know that we would not be returning to our beloved campus for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year. We are grateful for and impressed with how everyone banded together to make our transition to remote programming as successful as it has been. Anyone observing one of the many virtual classes and dorm meetings, dropping into an activity or social group, or perusing the posts on our internal student-centered Riverview Unites Facebook Page could clearly see that our bonds as a community remained strong. However, we all desperately missed being together at 551 6A and most of all, missed the life and laughter that our students bring to our campus. Being apart has been difficult, and it has given us all a deeper appreciation for all that is possible when we’re together.

In a time where there are many uncertainties, we have been clear from the start that our aim is for us to get back to campus as soon as we are safely able to do so. To this end, a Return to Campus Task Force was immediately formed, and the Riverview Leadership Team, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, licensing and accreditation agencies, consultants, and peer schools set out to determine how to best plan for this process. From the start, the goal of this task force has always been for us to return to on-campus programming as scheduled in September in a manner that maximizes student and staff safety and supports continued learning and growth for students.

What we know about COVID-19 and the status of the pandemic is ever-evolving. With each day, experts are learning more about the virus. In turn, their insights, guidance, and knowledge base give us more information as we make essential decisions about safety and programming. Rather than implementing a predetermined stage-based model, we have decided that the best approach is for us to continually monitor local and state data, and to continue to consult with authorities and experts on a regular basis and make adjustments based on these factors while considering the overall health of our campus community.

As part of this process, we will conduct Return to Campus Reviews and use the results of these assessments to determine when and if there are restrictions that can/need to be adjusted. In the event of any health and safety matters, the team will convene immediately and determine how and if we need to increase our restriction and such changes will be implemented promptly. Otherwise, these Return to Campus Reviews will happen at least monthly. The results of these reviews will also be used to identify areas where we may be able to lessen restrictions (e.g., expanding programming, allowing broader co-mingling of students, increasing community access).

We have developed a robust remote learning program and can transition all students to remote learning if needed. Reopening our campus for in person learning is our goal, and the Riverview Board of Trustees has determined that this will be done via a 2-staged approach.

We have always valued the positive and collaborative relationships that exist between all members of the Riverview community, and in the midst of the current circumstances, appreciate them more than ever. We are committed to continuing to deliver on our mission of empowering our students to be successful young adults and will keep you informed as our plans continue to evolve.

Sincerely,
Stewart Miller
Head of School

Executive Summary

Throughout the planning process, the number one priority of Riverview’s Return to Campus Programming Plan has been the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. Under the guidance of licensing, state, federal, and local agencies, and a team of expert consultants, the Riverview Leadership team and Return to Campus Task Force have worked tirelessly to develop protocols, procedures, and programming for the 2020-2021 school year. What follows is a comprehensive plan designed to mitigate and manage the risk of COVID-19 on our campus while still fulfilling our commitment to empowering our students to grow, learn, and thrive.

Riverview’s remote programming has evolved significantly since we first launched it in response to school closures in March. Students, staff, and families have grown more comfortable and confident in using this approach of delivering instruction and the platforms associated with it. This summer’s highly successful five-week summer program for 135 students is a testimony to the hard work that all involved put into developing and learning this new method. However, the in-person interactions that happen in day-to-day life on campus play a crucial role in the lives of our students and are hard to replicate in the virtual environment. The experiences they have in our classrooms and dormitories have a major impact on student growth and success. Therefore, our primary goal has been and remains for us to bring as many students as possible back to in-person learning. The fact that, when surveyed, 93% of our families expressed the desire for in-person, on campus instruction demonstrates that our families share this aim. Though the decision is still pending, presently our plan is to reopen the campus for in-person instruction, while continuing to provide a remote option for families who prefer this mode.

The plan that follows is broken down into four key components: Health and Safety Measures , Response to Suspected Illness/Exposure , School Calendar and Travel, and Programmatic Design . Each area addresses multiple aspects of the plan and the various components work collectively, with each and every one of us playing a crucial role in the process.

Health and Safety Measures involve imperative protocols such as pre-arrival quarantine, travel to, from, and on campus, and sick policies. Essential mitigation strategies include masking, social/physical distancing, hand hygiene, and screening. Because Riverview is a large campus and the number of students on campus has decreased, there is adequate space to maintain and exceed the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requirement of three feet between desks in classrooms. Classroom and dormitory ratios have also been reduced to enhance physical distancing further. Masking will be required of all students and staff during the school day and in defined residential circumstances. The Facilities and Maintenance department has diligently worked to establish and implement cleaning and disinfecting procedures, install signage, direct traffic flow, and designate entrance and exit paths, as well as preparing spaces to adhere to established standards. Hand washing and sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the campus and ventilation and HVAC modifications have been made to maximize air flow.

The Response to Suspected Illness/Exposure section outlines the management of someone with symptoms and related responses (personal protective equipment (PPE), quarantine, isolation, and contact tracing). The School has procured necessary PPE and has established an isolation area separate from the Health Care Center for those demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19.

Riverview’s Programmatic Design centers around Learning Pods which will limit the number of students and staff that come into contact with one another, thus minimizing and containing potential exposure in the event that there is a case of COVID-19 on campus. These cohorts will be assigned to designated academic spaces, and, in the case of residential students, reside in dormitories with others in their pod. Four models for instruction include In-Person, Hybrid, Remote, and Fully Remote to provide families with the option of remote or in person services, as well as allowing the School to pivot when and if circumstances warrant. No matter which model is in effect, programming will continue to address core academic, life skills, vocational, social/emotional, and wellness related skills with the same hallmark individualized instruction that promotes and ensures student success. Communication will be ongoing, and each student will be assigned a case manager as a primary contact person to facilitate effective communication between school and home.

It is important to note that it is not one mitigation strategy but a combination of all these strategies utilized together that will substantially reduce the risk of transmission. The Return to Campus Programming Plan is a living document and will be updated throughout the course of the year as circumstances evolve and knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 increases. Though the 2020-2021 school year will be different than any we have experienced, the entire Riverview team is committed to making it an exceptional experience and look forward to once again being together physically and not just in spirit!

Covid-19 Response Leaders
  • Maria Cashdollar, Assistant Head of School/Director of Education
  • Cate MacFarland, Director of Health Care Services
  • Deana White, Assistant Head of School/Director of Student Life
Return to Campus Task Force

A Return to Campus Task Force was formed with the goal to create a viable plan for returning to on-campus programming while prioritizing the health and safety of the entire Riverview Community. The Return to Campus Task Force has been meeting weekly since May 1st. The Task Force is comprised of:

  • Chris Barnatchez, GROW Residential Program Coordinator
  • Thomas Black, Wellness and Recreation Coordinator
  • Maria Cashdollar, Assistant Head of School/Director of Education
  • Richard Garnett, Director of Facilities
  • Cassie Haven, GROW Education Coordinator
  • Nancy Hopkins, Director of Admissions
  • Sara Jackson, Middle School/High School Residential Program Coordinator
  • Cate MacFarland, Director of Health Care Services
  • Kerry Macurdy, Work Experience Coordinator
  • Michelle Mendes, Clinical Coordinator
  • Kyle Merrill, GROW Education Coordinator
  • Stewart Miller, Head of School
  • Stefanie Patterson, Project Search Coordinator
  • Mary Beth Thacher, Middle School/High School Education Coordinator
  • Kathy Titus, Director of Vocational and Transitional Services
  • Deanna White, Assistant Head of School/Director of Student Life
Subcommittees
  • Health and Safety
  • Legal/Financial
  • Living and Learning
  • Programming
Consultation & Guidance Sources

The Re-Opening Task Force has been closely following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Department of Early Education and Care, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools. We will continue to implement this guidance into our policies and protocols.

Regulatory Agencies and Associations:

American Academy of Pediatrics
Critical Updates on COVID-19

CDC - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Coronavirus 2019

DESE - Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
COVID-19 Information and Resources - Student and Family Support [SFS]

EEC - Department of Early Education and Care
Child Care Emergency Information

Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools
Coronavirus [COVID-19] Resources

MA DPH - Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 [COVID-19]

Consulting Professionals:

Health and Safety

  • William Greendyke, MD - Infectious Disease Specialist, Columbia University
  • Lynne Hobler, RN - Infection Control/Occupational Health, Spaulding Rehab/Partners Health
  • Roshann Hooshmand, MD - Cape Cod Pediatrics
  • Dave Mason - Director Sandwich Board of Health

Legal/Financial

  • Jeanine Brown-Smith, Attorney at Law whose primary practice is interfacing with
    Massachusetts special needs schools’ licensing agencies (DESE, EEC, OSD)
  • Lawrence Murray, School Counsel

Programmatic

  • Karin Bilich, Vice President of Editorial Content at Understood.org
  • Bob Cunningham, Executive Director of Learning Development at Understood.org
  • Melinda Evans, Director of Professional Development Programs at Understood.org
  • Brigid Moriarty-Guerrero, Senior Consultant at 2Revolutions (blended learning)
  • Ben Rayer, Partner and founder of 2Revolutions (blended learning)
  • Elizabeth Stringer-Keefe, Associate Professor/Director Graduate Education at Stonehill College and President at Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children
Regulatory Compliance

Although there are still several unknown factors, Riverview is committed to delivering on our mission with a program that will be in compliance with the requirements of our regulatory agencies. This plan is based on the most current information available and protocols will be subject to change as new guidance is released from government, federal, state, and licensing agencies.

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