We are excited to welcome our students on Tuesday, August 10th for the first day of the 21-22 school year! It is very important that you review all of the information below to partner with us in an a collective effort for a successful and safe school year. This upcoming year we will continue our STAY SAFE protocols on campus as we carefully blend our royal traditions with the “new normal.”
MODELING HEALTHY BEHAVIORS
It will be important for families to emphasize and model healthy behaviors at home and to talk to their students about changes to expect this school year (social distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene, etc.).
River Ridge Royal Knights remember to STAY SAFE (link) by following on campus health and safety expectations:
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
- Keep a safe distance of at least 6 ft. when interacting with others
- Cough or sneeze into the crease of the elbow or in a tissue
- Avoid contact with others
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay at home if you are ill
How can families help with these efforts?
- Wash your hands
- Screening your child each day for a temperature or sickness (see screener below)
- Use your own supplies
- Bring your own electronic device (laptop, tablet, iPad)
- Bring personal hand sanitizer
- Bring a reusable water bottle
- Sanitize/wash your lunchbox and backpack
We are counting on parents/guardians to screen your student for illness every morning before you send them off to school. The district will NOT be providing a DAILY health screening for either students or staff. Link to STUDENT SCREENER located on the RRMS website.
o Fever (greater than 100.4);
o Sore throat;
o New uncontrolled cough, that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/ asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);
o Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain;
o New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever. ***
o Other symptoms listed by the CDC include chills, fatigue/muscle or body ache, new loss of taste or smell, and congestion or runny nose. Many children have very mild or no signs or symptoms of illness.
o If you still have questions about when to seek emergency medical attention.
Expectations for Picking up Ill Students
If your student becomes ill while at school, you will need to have a plan for timely pick up. The CDC states that in developing plans for placing students with symptoms in an isolation area, schools should be mindful of appropriate safeguards to ensure that students are isolated in a non-threatening manner, within the line of sight of adults, and for very short periods of time.
Pasco County Schools COVID-19 Response Guide
Keeping our schools and workplaces healthy and safe will be a team effort. Each school is prepared to act immediately and consistently if and when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 or exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Please review the step by step plan so you will know what to expect from your school, as well as what your school will expect from you. The COVID-19 Response Guide is available here: https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/reo…/parent-covid-response-guide
River Ridge Castle Expectations Video
Arrival/Dismissal, Hallways/Courtyards, Restrooms, Classrooms, Lunch (The Great Hall), Media Center (Royal Realm), and Front Office/Student Services/Clinic Areas
School safety is a collective responsibility and it will take the efforts of all of our Royal students, staff and families to keep River Ridge clean and safe. Please review the 21-22 RRMS Castle Expectations video (Under Construction) to better understand our “new normal” and the procedures that have been put in place to maintain a safe learning environment. We also have developed an 21-22 RRMS Student Expectations Plan document to provide additional information and explanation of a student’s day on campus.