COVID-19

Students in Riverdale's summer astronomy program observe sunspots through a telescope set up on the Hill Campus and fitted with a solar filter.
Students in Riverdale’s summer astronomy program observe sunspots through a telescope set up on the Hill Campus and fitted with a solar filter.

To provide a student experience that is both physically safe and pedagogically sound, our planning for the 2021-2022 school year will continue to prioritize the following considerations:

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HEALTH
Protecting the physical and mental health of our extended community through health protocols and carefully planned community activities

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FLEXIBILITY
Maximizing teaching flexibility so that we can respond quickly and smoothly to rapid changes in our health environment

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


2021-2022 School Year

We anticipate a closer-to-normal school year. Preseason athletics will be held in August, and on-campus orientation activities will be held beginning Aug. 31.

All employees and students aged 12 and over who are eligible for vaccination (with allowances for certain medical exemptions) will need to be fully vaccinated by the date they return to school. Families whose students turn 12 during the summer or during the school year will be expected to begin the vaccination process as soon as their children become eligible. The school has not made a decision regarding vaccination for younger students and will await guidance from federal, state, and local health agencies.

Our health protocols continue to be guided by federal, state, and local requirements and we will make adjustments as needed. Current CDC guidelines recommend that all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to conduct surveillance testing as we start school and most likely will continue that through the school year.