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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

STARTING THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR - August 4, 2020

Dear River Delta Families,

We hope you are enjoying a happy and healthy summer break. As we navigate the uncharted waters of this upcoming school year, please know that we are in this together to support you and your child in every way possible. Like most schools in the state of California, RDUSD will be starting the school year with Remote Learning. Our RDUSD staff is committed to making this year’s Remote Learning robust, structured and successful for all our students. We all agree that this year’s Remote Learning experience needs to be very different from the Distance Learning we had to quickly implement in the Spring due to the Covid-19 Shelter in Place. As we plan for this year, we will be adhering to the state requirements for Remote Learning which include the following important elements and expectations:

  •         Daily documentation of student attendance, engagement, and participation

•     Daily live teacher interaction with students through multiple methods. Your child’s teacher

        will send out the daily class schedule closer to the start of school. It will be a mixture of  

        synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning

•     A combination of live interaction, guided instruction in small groups and daily student

independent assignments will need to be turned in online to meet the daily instructional   minutes required per grade level

•      Teacher office hours to support families and students

•     Assessments and teacher feedback to monitor student learning and grades for those     

       students who have access to our teachers’ direct instruction

We will need your help as the parent or guardian to make sure your child is actively participating and completing assignments each day. The California Department of Education has issued guidelines regarding the required number of Instructional Minutes for each grade level. We will adhere to those guidelines through a combination of live teaching (synchronous) and remote online videos/activities (asynchronous) plus student work time for assignment completion. Although RDUSD intends to provide additional instructional minutes, the daily required instructional minutes are as follows: TK/K = 180 minutes, 1st-3rd = 230 minutes, and 4th-12th = 240 minutes.

During the school day, you can expect your child to participate in learning through daily live video conferencing. You can expect both live (synchronous: teaching in real time with the teacher and student) and recorded/video lessons (asynchronous: videos that introduce or reteach concepts which your child views online during the day, to support learning). There may also be times when your child is working independently on assignments and will need support from you, an older sibling or a trusted adult. Our teachers will provide additional details about office hours for access to help and support from them via the online platform. We appreciate your help in setting up the structure at home to reinforce and support your child’s daily learning schedule.

We are hopeful that all families will take advantage of the hard work our Food Services staff will be doing daily (Monday-Friday) to prepare and distribute meals from 11:30-12:30pm from six different school sites: Bates School, Clarksburg/Delta High, DH White School, Isleton School, Rio Vista High, and Walnut Grove School. We recently were informed that the federal government will no longer offer free lunches to all children. However, the Free and Reduced Lunch Application is included in the Signature Pages for the Back to School Packet. Please complete it even if you think you will not qualify. You never know! Additionally, our bus drivers will be driving their regular bus routes and stopping at the regular bus stops to deliver lunches to children who lives in remote areas. You will receive a phone message with the exact time the bus will arrive at your child’s bus stop.  If you miss our call, just check our website (www.riverdelta.org ) for the information.

We are excited to announce that we purchased over 400 additional devices to help support the technology needs of our students for Remote Learning. Many have been delivered to our district this month. Over the next few weeks, it is our goal to quickly get our devices set-up and distributed to our families. Please look for information on specific dates/times for device distribution from your child’s school.

The Parent/Student Handbook & Annual Notifications can be found on the District’s website. After reviewing the handbook and notifications, please fill out the required signature pages then print and sign them. A completed packet must be done for each child attending school. Once the signature pages are completed, please submit them to your child’s school site during the Drive Thru event described below. If you are unable to view or complete the forms electronically, please request a copy from your school site. All forms must be turned in by the first day of school confirming your student(s) enrollment.

The first three days of our school year will focus on the transition to our online Remote Learning program. Our goal is daily teacher communication, either online or in-person, with students and relationship building with families to prepare for scheduled online Remote Learning. Teachers will be contacting families to set up communication schedules and expectations with students as we transition. We will also help you with our online learning programs, assisting with technology issues, setting up remote learning procedures and routines, as well as building an online community. Our teachers will not be assigning curriculum-based work until August 17th. Additional online videos and online help documents for parents are available on our district website or by clicking this link: www.riverdelta.org .

Additional Key Elements:

  • August 6-11th -  Drive-Thru opportunity for parents and students to pick up district-provided student supplies, learning materials, and electronic devices and Back-to School Packet signature pages are turned in. Information regarding Drive-Thru dates and times will be sent to families by the school principals and/or teachers.
  • August 12-14th – Student and families connections, communication, and assistance
  • August 17th -  Launch our first week of scheduled online Remote Learning for all students
  • Our teachers will be using Zoom, and possibly Google Meet or Google Hangout, as our online communication platform for providing daily, live instruction and guided instruction break out sessions for their students.
  • Our teachers will be using Google Classroom as their main platform posted assignments and learning activities.
  • Students will continue to use Clever to access all online curriculum and programs.

We understand that this is not how we envisioned the start of the school year; however, we look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to our school sites, as soon as it is safe to do so. We are here to support you and your child to make this the best learning experience possible. Please look for the most current information on our website at www.riverdelta.org.

Respectfully,

Kathy Wright

Superintendent

River Delta Unified School District

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REOPENING AND REMOTE LEARNING PHONE UPDATE - AUGUST 2, 2020 

Good evening, River Delta Families!

This is Superintendent Wright.  I hope you and your family are staying safe and enjoying time together this summer.

Even though it was not your plan to begin the 2020-2021 school in Remote Learning, we are excited to see all of our students remotely. Our school staffs are committed to providing a redesigned virtual learning experience for them. We have been working long hours since the Governor’s announcement ordering all schools on the County Monitoring List to open schools with Remote Learning.

Yesterday I sent an email about our Remote Learning Plan to every family using the email address that is in our Aeries system.  If you did not receive the email, please call your school’s secretary and provide her with your current email address. Please remember to print the Signature Pages for the Back to School Packet from the district website, complete and sign them and return them to your child’s school during their Welcome Back Drive-Thru event.

Every teacher will be taking attendance every morning so please make sure your child is in his/her virtual classroom each day on time. If you are unable to get internet service at your home, please contact your child’s teacher or principal.

I encourage you all to go to the RDUSD website (www.riverdelta.org ) under the Coronavirus Update icon to read the “Welcome Back” letter I wrote to all families.  In addition, there is a link to the River Delta Remote Learning Plan in the panel to the right of the letter. The plan is also on the Home Page of the website.

I am sending my very best wishes for a good school year regardless of how unusual this whole situation may be. I never imagined that my first year as Superintendent would include a pandemic, but it is truly an honor to serve as your Superintendent for another school year. 

Thank you for all you do and have a wonderful evening!

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July 15, 2020 Reopening School 2020-2021 Update

Good Afternoon River Delta Unified School District,

This is Nicole Latimer, Chief Educational Services Officer, calling with an important message regarding the delay in our plans to return for in-person learning in the 2020-2021 school year. Over the past several weeks, Superintendent Wright has been working closely with the other 12 Superintendents in the Sacramento County Office of Education, the Sacramento County Department of Health Services Directors, our District Administrators and both collective bargaining units with one goal in mind, the ability to safely return students to some form of in-person learning in August, as we believe whole heartedly that this is what is best for our student learning needs.

Due to the current increases in community spread, combined with an inability of the current testing system to support sufficient timely returns of test results, the Sacramento County Department of Health Services has been determined that schools should begin the school year with distance learning. RDUSD will not return to in-person learning for the start of school in August. This decision was not made lightly and weighs heavily on our hearts. We recognize the significant impact school closures have on our entire community, students, families and staff. We will continue to work diligently on both creating the most effective model of distance learning for RDUSD and our Board approved hybrid cohort model.

RDUSD will continue to stay as committed as ever to our students and families. The safety of our students and staff will always remain our number one priority. We appreciate your continued patience regarding this ever-changing situation. As information becomes available, we will continue to keep you updated as well as update the RDUSD website on the Covid-19 page.

Thank you for your time. Have a wonderful evening.

 July 15, 2020 Reopening Update    print in pdf. English / Spanish

July 8, 2020 Update

Hello, River Delta Families!

This is Nicole Latimer, Chief Educational Services Officer, calling to share information about our Social Emotional and Mental Health Plans to support students and staff when we return to school.

Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health will continue to remain a top priority in RDUSD. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic and abrupt school closure has had an effect on all members of our school community in some capacity. RDUSD is committed to providing social emotional learning opportunities as well as mental health resources and support for students and staff who are in need.

Mental health can also play a role in student motivation. RDUSD is committed to continuing to support our students with positive behavior incentives and supports not only through our return to school, but as we move into the future.

We will promote safe socialization with our students while on campus by providing guidance and instruction surrounding healthy habits, handwashing, and social distancing. We want our students and staff to be informed with factual, age appropriate information about the virus, so that we can all do our part to protect ourselves and each other as much as possible while at school. We will also promote safe digital socialization, instructing students about online safety, digital citizenship, social interaction with teachers and peers.

We know that some of our students and staff will need additional support as we transition from our school closure to a mix of both in-person and distance learning. There are many creative ways to engage our students in both in-person as well as online classroom communities to support social emotional connections. We will provide social emotional learning and mental health professional development to our teachers and staff so that we are prepared to support both students and colleagues when we return to school. Counselors, school psychologists and staff members will    be available to support students. Our community partners, such as Rio Vista Care, are committed to continuing to provide Mental Health Services.

As always, thank you for your understanding, patience and support. Please continue to stay safe and healthy. Have a wonderful evening.

 Facts @ 8 Call July 8, 2020     print in pdf. English / Spanish

Hi, River Delta Families!

This is Nicole Latimer, Chief Educational Services Officer calling to share information about Academic Instruction for the upcoming school year.

As you may be aware, on June 23rd, our Board of Trustees approved a draft plan for the return to school next year. This plan includes in person learning for students. RDUSD has been working diligently to create the best plan possible to provide in-person instruction while also maintaining the state and county health and safety protocols for our students and staff.

We have heard no information from the State regarding adjusting standards and state testing and we know that it is critical for our students to receive as much instruction from their teachers as possible. Our students will be provided 3 days a week of Direct Instruction from their teachers. Two of these days will take place in person. Students will attend school on either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays students will be provided direct instruction through distance learning. This day between our student cohorts provides our custodial staff the opportunity to thoroughly clean our campuses. It also ensures that none of our in-person student groups lose instructional minutes due to our normally shortened Wednesday schedule.

In a normal academic setting, students are typically provided instruction from their teachers and that instruction is followed with guided practice opportunities where students can learn while their teacher assists them. While the students are on campus, they will receive all their instruction and guided practice opportunities. The independent practice that normally follows direct instruction and guided practice will occur on the two days a week that students are not on campus.

Distance Learning will not look the same as it did last year. We are so proud of the work done by both our educators and students given the crazy circumstances of last year. We rose to the challenge of state-wide school closure and as a district that always wants to improve and grow, we know that we can and will do better for our students this coming school year! We know that in order to be both ethical and equitable, we can only grade our students based on content taught to them. Students will be provided instruction from our RDUSD teachers for any material for which they are graded. All Distance Learning days will have instruction provided by our teachers. If a student does not have access to instruction on Distance Learning days, they will be provided the opportunity for instruction for any lessons missed virtually. Students will be provided assessments, tests and quizzes based only on material for which they have received direct instruction.

We will continue to build our academic instruction plans this summer and look forward to sharing more details about these plans as they are created. Distance learning can never replace what our amazing educators and students can do when they are together in the classroom. And we know that our teachers, staff and students are eager to return to school full time. We hear you. We understand and we agree. Our goal is to respond to this pandemic with safe practices to protect our students and staff while also providing our students with the educational opportunities they deserve.

Please tune in Monday for Enlightenment @ 8, when I will discuss Social and Emotional Learning Plans as well as Mental Health for our students and staff in the upcoming school year.

As always, thank you for your understanding, patience and support.  Please stay safe and enjoy this 4th of July weekend!   

 Facts @ 8 Call July 2, 2020     print in pdf. English / Spanish

Good evening!

This is Superintendent Wright calling in regard to information about Outdoor & Transition Time and Extracurricular Activities in the upcoming school year.

Adjusted arrival and departure procedures will be communicated by each school principal to all families. Please be on the lookout for communication from your school toward the end of July or beginning of August.

When we return to school, our student will be eating meals in small familiar groups within their assigned cohort group, maintaining social distance from their peers.. The County Department of Public Health recommends that students will be able to eat lunch in fresh air spaces as much as possible. Our schools will make every effort to make this happen in our lunch schedules. All school meals will be individually bagged. The salad bar will remain closed until further notice. Students will have the opportunity to 3 take-home cafeteria lunches at the end of their 2nd in person learning day for the week. At this time, we are not able to allow home lunches to be deliver to the schools after the school day has started.

While utilizing outdoor spaces on our campuses for physical education and recess, students will need to remain 6ft apart. Our current guidelines do not allow for the sharing of PE or recess equipment. So, at the elementary and middle levels, schools will create a rotation schedule for students to engage in no contact games and activities.

Foot traffic maps for hallways and common areas are being designed and reviewed for approval. Once the maps are finalized, the ground stickers will be placed to provide students and staff with guidance for maintaining 6 ft of distance and the proper flow of traffic.

We would also like to know that a ‘Return to Athletics” Plan for our high school sports was approved by the Board of Trustees on June 23rd. It can be found on the RDUSD website, www.riverdelta.org

We are so appreciative of our Maintenance, Operations and Transportation Department and Principals are currently hard at work to ensure that our campuses are prepared to support our students and staff with maintaining the social distancing protocols set forth by both the county and state of California public health departments.

Tune in tomorrow for Enlightenment @ 8 which will provide you information about Academic Instruction.

It is our hope that, as we continue to share our plans for how to make our school environments as safe as possible, we are providing you with valuable information. As always, thank you for you understanding, patience and support.  

Enjoy your evening & have a joyful 4th of July weekend!     

Facts @ 8 Call July 2, 2020     print in pdf. English / Spanish

Good evening!

This is Superintendent Wright calling to provide you with more information about the District's Reopening of Schools Plan. We want you to know that it is a short-term, transitional plan that is an alternative to continuing full time Distance Learning. It is only necessary while the current social distancing rules by the state of CA are in place.  This evening's call is in regard to Health & Safety. The health and safety of our students, staff and their families are very important to us. When the new school year begins, on-campus life will look quite different due to new health and safety regulations from the state agencies and county officials.

When school resumes, we are asking parents to help us by taking the temperature of their children daily and screening them for a cough or shortness of breath before leaving for school each day. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher should not go to school. If this is the case, we encourage you to call your child’s doctor as soon as possible.

The State of California is requiring all adults and children to wear a mask when outside their homes.  A face covering or a face shield while on our school campuses. Only our custodians, food service workers and employees who provide any medical attention are required to wear gloves.

All students, staff and office visitors will be asked to remain 6ft apart at all times. Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow classroom volunteers until further notice. Office visitors will be lined up on ground markers 6ft apart and communicate with the front office staff through a plexiglass shield.

Handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer will be a regular and frequent practice in the classrooms. 

Our custodial and transportation staff carefully follow all disinfecting guidelines from the Calif Dept of Public Health for the classrooms, bathrooms, cafeterias, and buses and vans.

Our school nurses have been working diligently to stay informed about proper screening and reporting procedures in the event that a child or adult becomes ill while on campus. We will share these procedures as soon as they are finalized.  Please know that any person who is sent home ill is protected through the confidentiality laws. Each school will identify a Sick Room for students to wait in until a parent or approved person picks them up.  We are asking all parents to come or send another adult to the school immediately if you are called to pick up your child.

If a person is tested for coronavirus, he/she continues to be protected by confidentiality laws. Once, the testing results are revealed, the County Public Health Dept will deliver directives to us about what we need to do. We must wait for their orders and carry them out just as they were intended.

Tune in tomorrow for Enlightenment @ 8 which will provide you information about Outdoor & Transition Time and Extracurricular Activities.

We are doing all that we can do to prepare for the safest environment at our schools as possible.  We appreciate your patience, understanding and support!

Enjoy your evening!       

Thank you!!

Facts @ 8 Call July 1, 2020     print in pdf. English / Spanish

Good Evening River Delta Families,

This is Superintendent Wright calling to give you information about our tentative plans for returning to school for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. On June 23, the River Delta Unified School District School Board approved the first draft of the Reopening of School Plan.

The first draft of our plan is available to read on our District website (www.rdusd.org). I encourage all families to take a look at it. We have also designed a series of family phone calls we call “Enlightenment @ 8” because each day we will call at 8pm for the next few nights to provide you with important information about our return to school in August. As you know, all things pertaining to COVID-19 are ever changing. We will do our best to continue to provide you with updated information as we have it and plans as they are available.

This is your first “Enlightenment @ 8”call! Tonight's call is to provide you with information regarding our proposed teaching and learning model that will most likely be happening in our schools in August.  In order to follow all social distancing protocols, the school schedule approved by the Board of Trustees will most likely be a hybrid model, also known as a smaller cohort model.  If we are able to move forward with these plans, students in classes and grade levels would be divided and assigned to two smaller cohorts:  Cohort A and Cohort B. Cohort A would attend school in-person every Monday and Tuesday and complete their online assignment on Thursday and Friday. Cohort B would attend school in-person every Thursday and Friday and complete their online assignments on Monday and Tuesday.  On Wednesdays, instruction would be delivered through Distance Learning to all students. This schedule would allow our students and staff an opportunity for in-person learning, while still adhering to state and county guidelines for appropriate social distancing. It also keeps both our students and staff connected to, and in the practice of distance learning, in case of another outbreak and we need to transition back to full-time distance learning.

We hope this information is helpful to you in your planning.  Stay tuned for tomorrow's “Enlightenment @ 8” call about Health and Safety Measures.

Please continue to stay safe and healthy. I hope you are having an enjoyable summer. Have a wonderful evening.                                                                                                                                                                      

Facts @ 8 Call June 30, 2020     print in pdf. English / Spanish

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LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES

May 21, 2020 Update

Good evening RDUSD Families,

This is Superintendent Wright calling with a couple of important updates related to the COVID-19 school closure. On May 12th the RDUSD Board of Trustees approved a resolution ensuring that all RDUSD students will be issued a Pass as a grade for their classes as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and our school closures. Additionally, the requirement of 15 hours of community service requirement for all Seniors has been waived. These policies were established based on equity and access and in consideration of the unique challenges of our students and families are faced with on a daily basis. Please encourage your children to continue to participate in the recorded or live online instruction their teachers are providing and encourage them to continue to complete the work being assigned to them. We want our students to emerge from this challenging time as ready as they can be when they enter their next grade level or higher education opportunities.

Speaking of the upcoming school year, RDUSD administration and staff have begun planning for the 20-21 school year. In a perfect world, we would come back to school in August in a traditional manner; however, we have been advised by the Sacramento County Office of Education to design alternative plans in the event that we cannot return to school in a traditional manner. Some of these plans include plans for a hybrid system of Distance Learning mixed with in-person learning. We are in the planning phase and will keep you informed as we finalize our decisions on what those alternative plans look like.

As always, we hope you and your family will continue to remain safe and healthy. These are challenging times for all of us.  I hope you know how much we care about you all and that we will help in any way possible if needed.

Have a wonderful evening!

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April 16, 2020 Update

Good evening, River Delta Families.

This is Superintendent Wright. I hope you had a safe, healthy and peaceful Spring Break.  

During Spring Break, our school principals distributed over 1000 CBs to our students and anticipate that more students will be checking them out after hearing the additional internet access we have set up. As many of you know, our IT Team and Teacher on Special Assignment are working diligently to respond to your questions and request for assistance. I would like to thank them for their work in responding to an abnormal amount and variety of requests. I would also like to thank you all for your patience and understanding as they take the time to learn about your needs, research solutions and respond in a timely manner.  If you have a positive experience with our IT team and would like to express your gratitude, please call or email us and let us know about it.

This week our teachers have been given the opportunity to learn lots of fascinating things about setting up and designing their virtual classrooms.  I would like to remind you that Distance Learning in their virtual classrooms will formally begin on Monday, April 20th.

I am both proud and excited to share that we are now offering FREE Internet Access Points to our students who have borrowed a Chromebooks from one of our school sites. We have four school-based locations set up in the Delta High School Student Parking lot, Rio Vista High School Staff Parking Lot, Isleton Parking Lot and DH White Staff Parking Lot. Students can utilize these Internet Access Points using their district -issued Chromebook while maintaining social distancing protocols by remaining inside their own vehicle. If your child will be using one of these Internet Access Points, we appreciate your help in emphasizing the importance of this rule. If you would like additional information regarding how to use these Access Points, please contact your school's principal.  We would also like to thank our community partners at the Walnut Grove and Courtland Public Libraries for allowing our students to continue utilizing their parking lots as Internet Access Points to support Distance Learning.

Finally, we have been warned that our district funding could be drastically reduced for the upcoming school year because of this Covid-19 crisis. I would like to encourage you to take a minute to send an email to any California Senator or Assemblymen to urge them to, at the very least, maintain our funding.

Please remember to visit our website at www.rdusd.org for wonderful parent and student resources! Please be safe so you and your family can remain healthy.

Here's to all of us for moving forward with grit anchored in grace! I am so proud to be serving as your Superintendent.

Thank you and enjoy your evening!                       pdf:  English     /     Spanish

April 13, 2020 Update

Dear River Delta Unified Families,

This is update regarding our school closure related to COVID-19. We know the news to close the school campuses for the remainder of the year is not ideal and that there are many impacts and implications. River Delta Unified administration, teachers and support staff are so grateful for your support, patience and understanding as we work around the clock to re-design our educational system that is over a hundred years old in a matter of weeks.  Let’s not anybody fool themselves into thinking this is a traditional school day or a traditional school year. What’s happening right now is nothing close to traditional. What the teachers, administration, and support staff are doing the best we can to provide the best possible educational program that we can to students under the circumstances that we’re in. We need to be crystal clear that this is not in any way even close to what they would get if our schools were open. River Delta Unified is working collaboratively with the River Delta Teachers Association to come to an agreement so final decisions can be made regarding their working conditions around teaching, learning and assigning grades.

The District’s Distance Learning timeline means most students will get about six weeks of formal instruction from this point forward, which for most students ends on May 29th; however, current circumstances make it impossible to replicate a normal education so teachers will be given the flexibility to adjust as they see fit.

We have begun our first phase of our Distance Learning Plan where teachers have the opportunity to receive training on how to transition to online instruction, including how to serve students with disabilities and English learners in an online format. During this first phase, the District also plans to distribute hundreds of district-owned laptops to students who have internet service but need access to a device. We are thankful to the many families who answered our surveys, emails, text messages, and phone calls regarding accessibility. Please contact your school’s principal if you need information about borrowing a device. Access to internet services will be addressed in the near future. I know it’s hard to believe but it is more challenging to secure a delivery date for mobile hotspot devices than it is to find toilet paper in the stores.  That being said, we will distribute mobile hotspot devices to those households who have communicated to us that it is in need….. as soon as they are delivered.  

Parents and students have every right to be sad and concerned about the implications of this school closure. River Delta Unified would like to ease the concerns of many students about whether they’ll be able to move on to the next grade and, especially the members of the Class of 2020, the assurance they need that they WILL graduate and participate in a graduation ceremony as soon as government officials deem it safe to do so.

And, we ask that all residents continue to stay at home and pay attention to the state and county orders of stricter social distancing measures and self-isolation if symptomatic of the COVID-19 virus. Thank you for your continuing support. Please stay tuned for our ongoing communications that are also available on our website.

Much respect,  

Kathy Wright

Superintendent

River Delta Unified School District     pdf.   English    /     Spanish

April 6, 2020 Update

Dear River Delta Unified Families,

This is update regarding our school closure related to COVID-19. We know the news to close the school campuses for the remainder of the year is not ideal and that there are many impacts and implications. River Delta Unified administration, teachers and support staff are grateful for your support, patience and understanding as we work around the clock to re-design our educational system that is over a hundred years old in a matter of weeks.  Let’s not anybody fool themselves into thinking this is a traditional school day or a traditional school year. What’s happening right now is nothing close to traditional. What the teachers, administration, and support staff are doing the best we can to provide the best possible educational program that we can to students under the circumstances that we’re in. We need to be crystal clear that this is NOT in any way even close to what they would get if our schools were open. River Delta Unified is working collaboratively with the River Delta Teachers Association to come to an agreement so final decisions can be made teaching, learning and assigning grades.

The District’s Distance Learning timeline means most students will get about six weeks of formal instruction from this point forward, which for most students ends on May 29th; however, current circumstances make it impossible to replicate a normal education so teachers will be given the flexibility to adjust as they see fit.

We have begun our first phase of our Distance Learning Plan where teachers have the opportunity to receive training on how to transition to online instruction, including how to serve students with disabilities and English learners in an online format. During this first phase, the District also plan to distribute hundreds of district-owned laptops to students who have internet service but need access to a device. We are thankful to the many families who answered our surveys, emails, text messages, and phone calls regarding accessibility. Please contact your school’s principal if you need information about the distribution schedule. Access to internet services will be addressed in the near future. I know it’s hard to believe but it is more challenging to secure a delivery date for mobile hotspot devices than it is to find toilet paper in the stores.  That being said, we will most certainly distribute mobile hotspot devices to those households who have communicated to us that it is in need….. as soon as they are delivered.  

Parents and students have every right to be sad and concerned about the implications of this school closure. River Delta Unified would like to ease the concerns of many students about whether they’ll be able to move on to the next grade, and especially the members of the Class of 2020, the assurance they need that they will graduate and participate in a graduation ceremony as soon as government officials deem it safe to do so.

And, we ask that all residents continue to stay at home and pay attention to the state and county orders of stricter social distancing measures and self-isolation if symptomatic of the COVID-19 virus. Thank you for your continuing support. Please stay tuned for our ongoing communications that are also available on our website.

Much respect,  

Kathy Wright

Superintendent

River Delta Unified School District

April 3, 2020 Update

Good afternoon, River Delta Unified Families.

This is Superintendent Wright calling to confirm that River Delta Unified will comply with Governor Newsom's guidance for our school campuses to remain closed for the remainder of this school year. With the continued spread of COVID-19, this decision is for overall well-being your child and your families as well as our staff and their families.

Our educational team has been working endless hours to design a Distance Learning Plan. This plan is posted on our district website. While you’re there, please take some time to explore our Distance Learning webpage that many people have complimented us on.

I will continue to update you as I receive thorough and complete information.

I hope you and your family are healthy and are observing all of the social distancing rules so we can beat COVID-19 together!

Respectfully,

Kathy Wright

Superintendent

River Delta Unified School District

March 30, 2020 Food Service Update

Dear Parents/Guardians,

To ensure the nutritional well-being of our students during this temporary school closure, River Delta Unified School District, Nutrition Services Program will provide an opportunity for families to walk-up or drive through to pick up meals for their children at the school sites listed below.  Children DON’T have to be present in order for meals to be provided.

The following schools will provide a lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day.  Meals are served, Monday through Friday, until May1st. No meals will be served during the district scheduled Spring Break of April 6th through April 13th.

Pick up area at Schools Offering Meals:

DH White Elementary- Bus Lane off Linda Vista Way

Rio Vista High School – Loading Dock area on Bruning St.

Isleton Elementary – Front Office area

Walnut Grove – Bus Lane in front of school

Bates – Bus Lane

Delta High School – Bus Lane

This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals. Meals can not be consumed on-site.  We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed. Continue to wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue or elbow and stay home if you are sick.

Sincerely,

River Delta Unified School District

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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March 27, 2020 Update

Good evening, River Delta families.                     

This is an update about our school closure related to COVID-19.  Along with all of the Superintendents in Sacramento County and the surrounding counties, I have been carefully monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and communicating with the County Public Health Department.  Based on the information we have received, all school districts in Sac County, including River Delta Unified, are extending their school district closure date to May 1st. The Public Health Dept supports a tentative date of May 4th to reopen our schools; however, it is possible that the school closure will be extended even further depending on the spread of this virus.

Governor Newsom's Executive Order directs employees of educational institutions to provide distance learning and meals during this state of emergency.

Our food service workers continue to prepare and distribute 'Grab and Go' meals for all children ages 0-18 , Monday through Friday from 11-12:30 pm at many of our school sites. Very few families are taking advantage of this service. We highly encourage all parents and students to do so. Your child does not need to be with you when you pick up the meals.

We will be discussing and making decisions about what we will be doing to provide distance learning for our students during the extended closure, including providing devices and internet access for students that do not have them and grading criteria. Until specific decisions can be made, please visit our Distance Learning page on our RDUSD website.

The district sent out a survey regarding access to devices and internet service; however, the response rate was under 30%. If you did not respond to the survey but your child is in need of technology support, please call your school's principal ASAP.

All teachers have identified two hours a day for parent and student communication to answer work-related questions. If you haven't heard from your child's teacher regarding these office hours, please contact him or her or the principal.

I hope you and your family are safe and staying healthy. Please continue to do your part to slow the spread of this virus.  These are uncharted waters for all of us but I have strong faith that we can get through this together with patience, support, understanding and kindness.

Respectfully,

Kathy Wright

Superintendent

River Delta Unified School District

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March 27, 2020 Food Service Update

Dear Parents/Guardians,

To ensure the nutritional well-being of our students during this temporary school closure, River Delta Unified School District, Nutrition Services Program will provide an opportunity for families to walk-up or drive through to pick up meals for their children at the school sites listed below.  Children DON’T have to be present in order for meals to be provided.

The following schools will provide a lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day.  Meals are served, Monday through Friday, until April 3rd.

Pick up area at Schools Offering Meals:

DH White Elementary- Bus Lane off Linda Vista Way

Rio Vista High School – Loading Dock area on Bruning St.

Isleton Elementary – Front Office area

Walnut Grove – Bus Lane in front of school

Bates – Bus Lane

Delta High School – Bus Lane

This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals: meals will not be consumed on-site.  We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed. Continue to wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue or elbow and stay home if you are sick.

Sincerely,

River Delta Unified School District

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

March 26, 2020 Update 

March 25, 2020 Update 

Hello River Delta Families, 

The link below will provide important information in distinguishing the difference between COVID-19, allergies and the flu. We will provide another update as soon as additional information becomes available.

Distinguishing the Difference: COVID-19 vs. Allergies vs. Flu

March 19, 2020 Update 

Hello River Delta Families,

We wanted to provide you a reminder regarding meals available for children 18 years or younger. We will continue to provide an opportunity for our families to pick up two to-go meals (breakfast and lunch), every weekday from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Please note: Children must be present to receive meals. Our drive-up and pick-up locations the following:

  • Delta High School
  • Bates Elementary School
  • Walnut Grove Elementary School
  • Isleton Elementary School  
  • D.H. White Elementary School
  • Rio Vista High School.

Meals will not be available on Monday, March 23, 2020, as this was a previously scheduled non-student day.

We will continue to provide you with updated information. Circumstances change rapidly so we encourage you to continue to check our District's website at www.riverdelta.org for the most current information.

March 16, 2020 Update 

Dear River Delta Unified families,

This letter is to update you regarding our school closures related to COVID-19. I want to emphasize that the school closures are a mitigation effort to slow the spread of the virus, not because of any positive cases or that our schools are contaminated. We are amist a highly complicated situation with consistently changing circumstances related to the COVID-19 and we appreciate your patience.

While our school campuses are closed to students and the general public, our teachers are diligently working on plans for distant learning opportunities and learning packets for the students to comply with Governor Newsom's Executive orders. If your child has no way to log into their Google or Clever accounts from your home, please know that a learning packet will be available at your school site for you to pick up between now and Thursday, March 19th. Please look for communication from your school site about how you can contact your child's teacher during the school closure.

Our dedicated custodial and maintenance staff are working hard to perform deep cleaning and sanitization of our schools.

We are providing an opportunity for our families to pick up two to-go meals (breakfast and lunch), every weekday from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Children 18 years old or younger must be present to receive meals. Our drive-up and pick-up locations are located at Delta High School, Bates Elementary School, Walnut Grove Elementary School, Isleton Elementary School,  

D.H. White Elementary School and Rio Vista High School.

 

We will continue to do our best effort to provide you with updated information. Circumstances change rapidly so we encourage you to check our District's website at www.riverdelta.org for the most current information.

Recognize that this closure will be a hardship for many families and appreciate your patience and cooperation as we do our part to slow the transmission of COVID-19.

 Respectfully,

Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright,

Superintendent

March 15, 2020 Update - Student Meal Program during School Closure

Dear Parents/Guardians,

To ensure the nutritional well-being of our students during this temporary school closure, River Delta Unified School District, Nutrition Services Program will provide an opportunity for families to walk-up or drive through to pick up meals for their children at the school sites listed below.  Children must be present in order for meals to be provided.

The following schools will provide a lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day.  Meals will be served, starting Tuesday, March 17th, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, ending April 3rd.

If driving through, please stay in your car and meals will be passed through based on the number of children in the car.  If walking up, please stay on the sidewalks in the same vicinity.  Students must leave school grounds after picking up their meals.

Pick up area at Schools Offering Meals:

DH White Elementary- Bus Lane off Linda Vista Way

Rio Vista High School – Loading Dock area on Bruning St.

Isleton Elementary – Front Office area

Walnut Grove – Bus Lane in front of school

Bates – Bus Lane

Delta High School – Bus Lane

This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals: meals will not be consumed on-site.  We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed. Continue to wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue or elbow and stay home if you are sick.

Sincerely,

River Delta Unified School District

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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March 13, 2020 Update 

Attention River Delta Families,

With strong support from the Sacramento County Public Health Department and all 13 Sacramento County School Districts our district has developed a plan for student and staff safety as the COVID-19 situation continually evolves. In light of the ever-changing situation, River Delta Unified School District schools will be closed ­­­­­­­­­for 3 weeks beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Our spring break will remain as scheduled, from April 6 through April 13, with school scheduled to resume on Tuesday April 14, 2020.  We will make a determination prior to the conclusion of Spring Break as to whether or not additional measures will be necessary.

We did not take this decision lightly and recognize that this may cause a hardship for some families.   We will continue to work closely with our county partners, health officials, and resources to provide you with updated information regarding re-opening schools, learning alternatives, and the availability of school meals and medical needs.

We appreciate the proactive illness prevention steps that our families and staff have committed to. Illness prevention steps make a significant difference in safeguarding the health of our communities, and we encourage continued attention in this effort.

At this time, all school sanctioned and related activities have been cancelled or postponed. Please communicate directly with your school site regarding cancellations, postponements and rescheduling. Our campuses will be closed to the general public effective Monday, March 16 through Monday April 13th.

Please continue to reference our district website for the most updated information regarding COVID-19 as it relates to our schools. We will provide updates and information as they are received.

Respectfully,

Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright, Superintendent

 

 

  • March 13, 2020 Update

We are following the social gathering limitations outlined by the California Department of Public Health. Events exceeding 250 people will be canceled or postponed. River Delta Unified will implement these guidelines through spring break and will closely monitor the situation.

At this time, school performances are allowable as long as there are fewer than 250 participants, attendance is limited to immediate family members only, and social distancing precautions are considered. Sites may cancel or postpone events out of an abundance of caution if social distancing cannot be implemented or if there are other concerns. 

Field trips are canceled or postponed now through spring break in order to comply with social distance standards to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff. We will reassess this decision and communicate with schools no later than April 1 for field trips taking place after April 13. 

At this time, athletic events will remain scheduled, pending updates from other school districts, CIF and health officials. 

Due to the rapidly evolving situation, we are closely monitoring public health guidance and will be making adjustments as necessary. 

  • March 12, 2020 Update 

The COVID-19 situation is fluid and continues to evolve rapidly. River Delta Unified is using Sacramento County Public Health guidance to help shape our mitigation strategies in reducing the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community. Sacramento County Public Health is following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance, utilizing the Minimal to Moderate recommendations for level of community transmission. 

All River Delta Unified schools remain open at this time. There are no River Delta Unified students or staff members that have tested positive for COVID-19.

We continue to be in close contact with Sacramento County Public Health and follow their guidance which is based on local conditions in our community. Outlined below is updated guidance to help address questions and concerns you may have. 

Quarantine and symptoms

With the shift from containment to mitigation, it is no longer necessary for an individual who has been in contact with someone with COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days. However, if they develop respiratory symptoms, they should stay home in order to protect those who are well. It is essential that anyone who is sick stays home until fully recovered and symptom-free for 72 hours including being free of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

We are also asking that all visitors to campuses ensure they have been in good health and free of all fevers, coughs and shortness of breath for a period of at least 72 hours. 

People at higher risk should consider staying home and away from crowded social gatherings. Vulnerable populations include:

  • Age: Risks from COVID-19 escalate as age increases. According to Sacramento County Public Health, people over the age of 80 are in the highest risk category.  
  • Underlying conditions: People with chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, heart disease, or lung diseases such as COPD, as well as those with severely weakened immune systems, are at high risk of complications. 

Absences

Some families have asked about keeping their own child home based on the fear of contracting COVID-19 at school. We are required by Education Code to mark these absences as “unexcused”. That being said, we also understand that families can still make a choice to keep their children at home during this time. For the next few weeks, we will not be taking any truancy action or dis-enrolling students accruing unexcused absences.

Large gatherings

We are following the social gathering limitations outlined by the California Department of Public Health. Events exceeding 250 people will be canceled or postponed. River Delta Unified will implement these guidelines through spring break and will closely monitor the situation.

At this time, school performances are allowable as long as there are fewer than 250 participants, attendance is limited to immediate family members only, and social distancing precautions are considered. Sites may cancel or postpone events out of an abundance of caution if social distancing cannot be implemented or if there are other concerns. 

At this time, athletic events will remain scheduled, pending updates from other school districts, CIF and health officials. 

Due to the rapidly evolving situation, we are closely monitoring public health guidance and will be making adjustments as necessary. 

Cleaning and sanitation efforts

As we have noted in our prior communication, we are continuing to conduct extra cleaning efforts during the flu season. 

Hand washing with soap and water is the most effective method to prevent the spread of germs. 

Preparation for potential school closures

Though county health officials advise that school closures are not warranted at this time, we are working to prepare in case that changes.

In the event a school closure decision is made, you will be notified via phone call through our notification system. The information will also be posted on the District's website.

This remains a fluid situation. We will remain in close contact with health officials and modify our efforts as needed to help protect the health and safety of our students, staff and community members. We encourage parents to take into account their child’s and families’ unique situation when making decisions about event participation and attendance. Should you have questions or need assistance with your specific situation please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal. 

We will continue to update our webpage at www.riverdelta.org with new announcements and resources. Thank you for your continued cooperation and assistance to keep our students and community safe.

 

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