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A Lower School kindergarten class meets outdoors.

To provide a student experience that is both physically safe and pedagogically sound, our planning prioritizes the following considerations:


Protecting the physical and mental health of our extended community through health protocols and daily screenings, continued testing of employees and students, technology upgrades, and carefully planned community activities


Maximizing teaching flexibility so that we can toggle seamlessly between in-person and remote learning in response to a rapidly changing health environment


Providing an equitable and consistent learning experience that sets the gold standard for education in these times

Desks are spaced six feet apart per social distancing protocol.

The Year Ahead

Our planning anticipates ongoing changes in the health of our school and community. We aim to be able to shift the mode of learning and the amount of in-person learning versus remote learning dependent on the health situation we face at a given moment.

We started the school year two weeks earlier than usual, on Aug. 24, bringing students to campus one grade at a time to meet teachers and classmates and learn new procedures and health protocols. We emphasized teacher-student connections and community-building as we believe that these relationships will provide a supportive foundation for our work together.

Now Riverdale is operating with a hybrid schedule in which students come to campus one or two days a week and learn remotely on the other days. Riverdale is using tents to create outdoor learning spaces and adding trailers to create additional indoor learning spaces to meet guidelines for social distancing. We anticipate engaging in remote learning at various points throughout the year if the number of infections on campus spikes and/or we receive directives to close from state and local officials. Remote learning also is likely when it is too cold to hold classes and activities outdoors. 

This section of Riverdale’s website details our plan for the 2020-21 school year. We will continue to update this information as the situation changes. If you have questions or concerns that aren’t addressed on these pages, please contact communications@riverdale.edu.