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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.

 https://rdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/pf4/cms2/view_page?d=x&group_id=1584169853035&vdid=i5qvg3do2g4d43tg

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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