COVID-19 Precautions

Riverdale announces steps to safeguard health of the school community: Learn more


COVID-19 Response

With the announcement that New York City public schools will close at least until April 20, Riverdale will conduct classes via its remote-learning platforms when school resumes on March 30 after Spring Break.

Events planned through April 20 are canceled, and events beyond that will be reviewed in light of recommendations from national and state health experts.

The school closed on March 10 and 11 prior to Spring Break and began remote learning for Middle and Upper School students using Google apps and Schoology for class meetings and individualized instruction. On March 17, The Wall Street Journal published a feature story about Riverdale’s remote-learning program and on March 23, The Journal ran a story about two Riverdale seniors who have committed to Yale University’s 2020-21 track team and are now training remotely because spring athletics at Riverdale has been canceled.

Previously the school had implemented a series of interventions, including:

• Cancelation of Spring Break trips to international and domestic destinations, scheduled for March 12 to March 27

• Cancelation of Middle School Project Week activities, scheduled for March 9 to March 11

• Cancelation of parent events and other large gatherings

• Adjustment of community norms, including increased cleaning of high traffic areas, distribution of antibacterial cleaning products throughout school buildings, attention to hand washing, and avoidance of hugging, handshaking, and other person-to-person contacts.

Parent communication about COVID-19 can be found in the Parent Portal. This page will be updated with information for the school’s larger community.