Covid-19 Response and Additional Resources
Managing through and building resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak.
We’re working to keep people safe and informed about the recent outbreak of COVID-19. We know that as members of our community you may also be experiencing unexpected challenges, and we’re committed to providing as much support as possible.
RCS Health and Safety Guidelines
RCS Health and Safety Guidelines
With so many decisions and adjustments being made to protect our communities from Covid-19, we do not want to overlook the emotional toll this can take on a child. Children will react and follow the verbal and nonverbal reactions of the adults closest to them. Because elementary, middle-school, and high-school students do not process information in the same way as adults, they are filtering these emotions and reactions much differently. This can lead to internalizing fears or stress overload. It is important to limit your child’s inputs to true information appropriate for their age-level and to provide positive, reassuring support.
Links to support your child:
Elementary Age-appropriate explanation of Covid-19:
Exercises to Support an Anxious Child:
- Take a walk outside together, see if you can match the inhale and exhale of your breathing with your steps.
- Sing together, especially songs that are filled with gratitude and hope.
- Square Breath
- Breathe in, to the count of four.
- Hold the breath for four seconds.
- Breathe out to the count of four.
- Wait for four seconds before taking in your next breath.
- To help your child keep track, show them how to draw a square in the air with their finger, taking four seconds on each side (Roman, n.d.).
- Balancing on One Foot
- Tell your child to focus her gaze slightly below eye level.
- Tell her to stand on one leg and keep her gaze fixed on that focal point.
- Challenge her to see how long she can stand on one leg like this.
- Tell her to try the other leg.
- Challenge her to stay focused while you engage her in conversation, ask her to sing a song, or tell her to close her eyes.
- Use meal time to practice the five senses, focus on sense at a time
- Read comforting Bible verses together
- Pray together
- Check out this app for providing pauses during the day to reconnect with our creator: https://www.pauseapp.com
We are standing with schools all over the Washington and Oregon who are responding to the current Pandemic! If you have questions about our e-learning programs we are here to help you grow!
Oregon Conference Health & Safety Guidelines
The following plan for in-person learning has been developed based on guidelines and
requirements provided by the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
The Education Department guidelines are based on the best and most current
health information known as of the latest version date of this document. These
guidelines follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Academy
of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations. As new guidance and practices become
available, updates will be communicated to parents.
Any future decision in regard to discontinuing on-site instruction at Riverside
Christian School will be made based on the Clark County Health
Department Public Health Directives and guidance from the Oregon Conference
Absences due to illness will be recorded per the usual process.
Your child SHOULD
come to school if they:
Have a temperature below
100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Have no new symptoms of
COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
Symptoms may include:
– Fever or chills
– Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
– Muscle or body aches
– Loss of taste or smell
– Sore throat
– Congestion or runny nose
– Nausea or vomiting
Are not taking fever or symptom-reducing medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motril, Advil), or cough syrup.
Your child should STAY
AT HOME and will be
sent home if they:
Appear or complain of feeling
unwell or they have a
Have a fever of 100.4 or
higher, or other COVID-19
– Students with a fever or other
symptoms at school will be isolated
until they can be picked up by their
parent or guardian.
Have had close contact with
someone who has COVID-19
– The CDC defines close
contact as being within 6 feet of the
person for more than 15 minutes
starting from 2 days before illness
onset or, for people without
symptoms, 2 days before the
positive specimen collection.
Your child should RETURN to school when:
They bring a doctor’s note
with permission to return.
– Return to school notes may
be presented in-person at the time
of return or emailed to
– Refer to CDC criteria for
discontinuing home isolation when
COVID-19 is known or suspected.
– Consult with your doctor to
determine when this will be met.
Symptoms are gone or
They have been fever-free for
They are not taking fever-
reducing medicine such as
acetaminophen (Tylenol) or
ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil).
*In order to have an absence excused due to illness, parents must report the absence and reason to
the front office each morning. Teachers will work with parents and students to ensure learning continues
during a student’s extended absence.
Pre-Screening at Home
Parents are highly encouraged to screen their child or children for a fever before leaving for school to ensure temperature is below 100.4. Parents should also check for other COVID-19 symptoms outlined by public health officials. If the child has a fever or symptoms, or if they have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, they should remain at home and follow the guidelines for return to school.
Pre-Screening at Home
For everyone’s safety, all staff, visitors and students will be screened for a fever and symptoms of illness upon entering campus. Students’ temperature will be taken and parents will be asked a short series of questions about students’ symptoms. In order to limit visitors on campus, parents and guardians will not be permitted to walk students to their classroom at this time.
Please note: If a student is symptomatic when entering the campus or during the school day, he/she will be separated from others until picked up by their parent or guardian.
Parents, Guardians and Visitors: Access to campus will be limited. There will be temperature checks and symptom screening in order to access the rest of the campus. Face coverings that cover both the nose and mouth are required while on campus.
For the safety of our students, families, teachers, and staff: expectations for social distancing, masking and hand hygiene will be communicated and reinforced throughout the school.
Arrival and Departure
To limit lines for screening, we will be staggering arrival and departure times. If you have students in multiple classes we
recommend that you drop your children off at the earliest student’s class time, and pick up at the latest pick up time.
- Mrs. Ford’s class: arrival 8:00-8:10, pickup 3:00-3:10
- Miss Weem’s class: arrival 8:10-8:20, pickup 2:50-3:00
- Mrs. Mason’s class: arrival 8:20-8:30, pickup 2:40-2:50
- There will be designated routes for entry and exit of the campus
- During drop off and pick up times, visitors – including parents/guardians – will be limited to maintain a minimum of six feet of distance between individuals
- Face coverings are required by everyone on campus, except when eating or drinking.
- Each classroom will have a designated bathroom stall and sink.
- In the classroom, desks are arranged in the classrooms to allow students to be 6 feet apart and facing in the same
- Hallways will be marked for one way traffic.
- Physical education and recess will occur daily for each class, and will take place outdoors as much as weather permits.
- Playground use will be scheduled in a way that allows students to utilize outdoor space while maintaining social distancing.
Non-Classroom Spaces & Activities
- Students will have access during recess by classroom.
- Every effort will be made to keep students socially distanced on the playground.
- Equipment used will be cleaned after each use.
- Students will continue to eat in their classrooms.
- Masks may be removed to eat or drink, but should be
replaced immediately after.
- Students will be required to wash their hands before and
- Hot lunch will not be available first quarters.
Arrival and Dismissal
- Arrival and dismissal times will be staggered to allow for
Chapel, Field Trips, and Social Gatherings
- Chapel programs will be live-streamed to classrooms.
- There will be no in-person field trips or social gatherings
during first quarters.
- Second quarters plans for field trips and activities will be
evaluated as recommendations change.
After School Programs
- After school programs (Ukulele, Math Club, etc.) will not be available first quarters.
- Second quarters after school programs will be evaluated
as recommendations change.
Health & Safety
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff will be wearing masks or face shields.
- Students must wear face coverings that cover both the nose and mouth while on campus.
- Face coverings may be removed for eating and drinking or athletic activities, and should be replaced promptly when done.
- Face shields may be used in addition to or in instead of masks.
Personal hygiene procedures will be taught and reinforced.
- In the classrooms, routines will include teaching and reinforcing personal hygiene (such as hand washing) on a regular basis.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided in each classroom.
- Drinking fountains will be closed.
- Water bottle fill stations will still be available.
- Students should bring a water bottle,
clearly marked with their name, to school.
- Students are not to share water bottles.
- Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily using EPA-approved disinfectants. All high-touch surfaces will be disinfected.
- High-touch surfaces throughout the campus will be disinfected regularly throughout the day.
- Classroom procedures have been developed to disinfect high-touch surfaces throughout the day.
- Cloth surfaces that cannot be easily sanitized have been removed from classrooms wherever possible.
Plan if Another Stay at Home Order is Implemented
Riverside Christian School teachers and administration will set up and communicate procedures to ensure that any mandated transition to distance learning happens smoothly and effectively.
These transition plans include the consistent use of online platforms to communicate and provide tools for learning. In addition, a daily schedule for direct online instruction will be provided. In order to support a seamless transition, the same online platform will be used to communicate throughout the regular school year. Parents and students will be trained to use the online platform at the beginning of the year. New Chromebooks have been purchased for every student in order to ensure every student has equal access to technology.
To ensure uninterrupted instruction, in the event that RCS needs to transition to distance learning, the daily schedule
for all grades will include synchronous and asynchronous instruction with students being connected and interacting with their teacher. This will be a combination of screen time, breaks, and off-screen activities.