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Back to School Looks Different this Year: Let’s Talk About it

Laying out your outfit the night before, tossing and turning and not being able to fall asleep, forcing yourself to memorize your new room numbers, and watching countless of the infamous target ads on TV--these are the things that typically define back-to-school for a student. This year ,however, it seems the last thing on a student’s mind is what pattern pencil case to get.

Unknowns are scary, and this school year is full of them--it is inevitable that some students are feeling a bit shaken by the start-up of school that is approaching rapidly. While it all seems crazy, there are a lot of things set in stone for this year. Knowing these things prior to going back through the breezeway will allow students to be informed and make settling back into a ‘different’ school setting an easier and smoother transition. Here are some important things the Ram Page wants to keep students in the loop about, since school is starting in just a few days. All information below was attained from Principal Del Castillo, or the “Riverview High School Opening Plan.”

  • All staff and students are required to wear face coverings upon entering campus and throughout the day per “County emergency policy 2020-2021.”

  • Water fountains will not be in use, so be sure to bring a water bottle!

  • In the school clinic, a separate area will be used for students who are symptomatic of COVID-19.

  • There will be staggered arrivals onto campus. This means: Bus riders will enter at 7 a.m., parent drop off and walkers/bikers will enter at 7:10 a.m., and student drivers will enter at 7:20 through the Bldg. 7 gate. There will also be staggered dismissals based on building numbers, starting at 2:10 p.m.

  • Students will always be expected to walk on the right side of hallways and staircases. Additionally, they should follow the signage for up or down staircases in Bldg. 5.

  • Desk dividers will be utilized where social distancing is not possible.

  • Student lunches have been split into five periods which allows for 50% capacity and about 370 students per lunch period.

  • Students in the cafeteria must sit in designated, marked seats to optimize distancing.

  • Students will be able to use the restroom as needed.

  • Student clubs and honors societies can meet while wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

  • No lockers will be issued for (at least) the first semester.

  • The SCS custodial team will be working tirelessly to ensure enhanced cleaning and sanitizing and increased cleaning to high touch surfaces/points.

  • The bell schedule may be confusing to get used to at first, so it is attached below for convenience.

Adapting to all these changes, and even more, might be difficult and uncomfortable at first. However, optimism and confidence in our Riverview administration team will help us get through it. Everyone has the same goal, a successful and fulfilling school year. We got this Rams, one step at a time!!

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