How to Prepare for the 2020 School Year

We have been busy at Rio preparing for school to resume. We believe that by following all precautions in our reopening plan, we can mitigate risks and safely welcome students back to campus. (Of course we are continually monitoring current conditions and guidelines and will update all families if anything changes.)

WAYS THAT RIO IS PREPARING FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR 

Below are just a few of the ways that Rio is currently preparing for the return of our students. 

The cafeteria carpet was removed to make it easier to clean and disinfect the cafeteria.

Athletic field is being redone with new sprinklers and grass to provide a great even surface for all the intramural games & activities we will be doing outdoors this year. 

Classrooms have been set up with individual desks and increased space between them.

Below are some ways that students and their families can prepare for school to resume.

  1. UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING GUIDELINES SERIOUSLY

While young people do not appear to be as susceptible to this illness, they can spread the illness to older or higher risk individuals. We expect our students to follow the guidelines stated in our reopening plan in order to keep our school community safe. This includes understanding the importance of safety measures like hand-washing, wearing masks, and social distancing. Each individual on campus must take responsibility for keeping all members of our Rio family safe by agreeing to follow all guidelines. 

Below are some helpful links to go over with your student as we all prepare for the “new normal” that will be schools in the time of Covid-19. 

When and How to Wash Your Hands

Importance of wearing and washing cloth face masks

Measures to take to protect yourself and others

Learn all about COVID-19 with these videos from the CDC 

  1. MINIMIZE SHARED ITEMS

One of the items in state and county guidelines for reopening schools is to reduce the number of “shared” items between individuals. Due to this guideline, we are asking all students to bring their own laptop computer for school work. Students will no longer be allowed to share Rio Chromebooks in classrooms as in the past. Laptops do not need to be high-end/expensive and there are many options available for sale under $300. We encourage you to start shopping around now, as personal computers may be hard to find in the next few weeks.

Rio has a limited number of used chromebooks that will be available to purchase for a reduced rate. Please contact Principal Anderson () if you are interested in purchasing one. 

  1. BECOME FAMILIAR WITH YOUR CLASS SCHEDULE

Coach Hardesty, our vice principal, will be emailing students their individual class schedules as soon as they are entered in FACTS. All returning students met with an advisor in the spring to choose what classes they planned to take this upcoming school year. New students, we have reviewed your incoming report card/transcript and have placed you in classes.

  1. LEARN MORE ABOUT KEEPING STUDENTS SAFE ONLINE

Mrs. Brassington, our school counselor, wanted us to share the following information with you about the documentary “Our Kids Online” and encourage parents to watch it. As students spend more time online than ever these days, parents need to learn how to keep them as safe as possible.  

“Our Kids Online” is a documentary filmed by parents who wanted to show the difficulty of navigating handheld devices, as well as offer practical, helpful ways to keep children safer online. Why it’s worth every penny: A virtual screening of the 1.5-hour film will be hosted by START (Stand Together And Rethink Technology) on July 30 at 5:30pm PST, during which the filmmakers and other experts will be available to answer questions and provide solutions to particular problems. If you have children who are online or have access to tablets, phones, computers, or even gaming consoles, you will find this documentary extremely helpful. Consider joining the live screening for $10 (or for free if you share the screening on social media!).

We are excited for our students and staff to resume life and campus and believe whole-heartedly that they will be able to adapt and learn, serve, and lead safely.