COVID-19

Tents set up on our Hill Campus for outdoor learning

Beginning the School Year

All employees will be tested before students return to campus using Vault Health’s onsite testing program. 

The school year will begin with a two-week, phase-in period that will provide in-person experiences in small groups on our campuses, allow for community-building activities, and introduce new health procedures. 

Because the safest place to be is outdoors, we will make use of our open spaces. Tents on both campuses will provide areas for learning and student activities.


Ongoing Health Precautions

All community members will be required to complete a daily health screening before coming to school using Ruvna Health, a platform already in use at Riverdale that links to our databases. 

All community members will pass through a check-in station at the beginning of the school day for additional screening for symptoms as necessary. 

All community members will be required to wear masks, practice social distancing, and wash hands frequently. The maintenance staff will clean and disinfect spaces routinely according to CDC guidelines.

Visitors will not be permitted on the campuses with the exception of essential contractors and family members who are responding to a health emergency. Visitors will be screened at the check-in station before entering the campuses.

Two full-time nurses will be available on each campus.

Isolation rooms on each campus will be used to care for any sick community member awaiting transportation home.  

Students will receive a free protein bar for breakfast and a boxed lunch. Lower School students will receive lunch in their classrooms; Middle and Upper School students will pick up lunch in the cafeteria and eat it outside or in designated areas. No cash will be exchanged on either campus.


Personal Health and Travel

We hope that all members of the Riverdale community will be vigilant about monitoring their own health and the health of their families during this pandemic.

If a student or employee has a COVID-19 infection, specially trained and qualified school officials will support the local Department of Health’s efforts for contact tracing and enforcing quarantining of those infected and their contacts. Provisions will be made to support continuity of learning from home during quarantine periods. 

All community members will be required to quarantine after returning from a location with increased cases of COVID-19 according to the NY State guidelines. If you or your children are under quarantine, it is recommended that you seek a COVID-19 test.  

We urge all families to follow the advice of state officials at all times to prevent infection with the coronavirus including:

  • Keeping a 6-foot distance from others not in your household
  • Wearing a face mask in public, especially where physical distancing is not possible 
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds

COVID-19 Symptoms

We ask members of the Riverdale community to pay attention to possible symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

COVID-19 symptoms develop  2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Please do not come to school if you are experiencing these symptoms.

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