Off to a Great New Year!
First and foremost, we hope these words find you and your loved ones safe and healthy. We miss our students and the daily interactions we have with them, as they are our purpose… our why. Having stated this, we truly appreciate the opportunity to welcome back and interact with the students who have returned to school for face-to-face instruction.
If you have chosen to have your children attend school and participate in face-to-face instruction, please trust that we will continue to try to adhere to CDC guidelines, as best as possible, to include physical distancing, require all students and staff to wear face coverings, and continue to sanitize and disinfect our school, giving special attention to our high-touch areas. Accordingly, we have placed signs and decals throughout our campus to serve as important reminders.
If your children are presently learning remotely, but you would like them to attend school physically, please contact our school and advise a clerical staff member that you would like to complete the Second Semester Survey. If so, we are respectfully requesting that you call our front office at least two days in advance so that we can best plan and provide for the safety of our students and staff. Administration is monitoring the survey responses regularly and scheduling students accordingly.
Additionally, we strongly encourage the parents of students who need a technology device or have to replace a technology device that was distributed by Broward County Public Schools but is no longer in good working condition to please complete the Technology Assistance Form using the provided link within the Riverland News section on our school’s website.
Furthermore, please note that our school days start promptly at 8:00 AM and conclude at 2:00 PM. As such, please note that students are expected to log in to their Canvas course through Clever from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM every day, regardless of whether they are participating in eLearning from home or at school. A schedule of your child’s school day, teacher contact information, and course information is posted in your child’s Canvas course.
In order to continue providing the best learning environment for our students, we must continue to collaborate and support one another. Therefore, we encourage you to look for the link in your child’s Canvas course entitled “Need Assistance With Schoolwork - Ask BRIA.” By clicking on that link, students will be guided to a live Teams session with a certified teacher to receive academic support via BRIA (Broward Remote Instructional Assistance). This service is provided to all students Monday through Thursday from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Moreover, please note that Broward County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services continues to offer free Grab-and-Go meals for all children 18 years and younger. The free meals will be distributed every Tuesday and Thursday at Stranahan High School from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM and at New River Middle School from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Children or their parents can pick up multiple meals at a time by walking or driving to the car or bus loop. Parents must have identification for their child if the child is not present.
Furthermore, want to remind everyone that safety and security continue to be our top priority. As such, we will continue to utilize our single point of entry, through our front office, and keep exterior doors and classroom doors locked at all times. Additionally, all staff members and visitors will wear school identification badges at all times.
Likewise, we will continue to provide a safe and welcoming environment by closely monitoring access onto our school campus. Accordingly, our school gates will remain locked throughout the school day. Please make certain that you bring a form of photo identification when visiting our campus, as all visitors will be asked to present photo identification when bringing a student to school after our scheduled start time, to sign out a student for early dismissal, or to access our campus for school-related matters. Please note that children will only be dismissed to those individuals identified on the Student Emergency Contact Card.
Per State statutes, we will continue to practice our monthly fire drills and bi-annual tornado drills. We will also practice Code Red drills and the safety practices outlined in our school’s safety plan on a monthly basis. Please note that we will advise you via ParentLink when these drills take place, so that you are informed and not alarmed.
Lastly, please know that Riverland Elementary School's staff remains committed to providing a high quality education to all students. We thank you in advance for your continued support, patience, and cooperation. We may be physically distant for the time being, but please trust that you are not alone.
As always, we encourage you to do all that you must to ensure that you and your family remain safe and healthy; accordingly, we strongly encourage you to stay informed by accessing browardschools.com/coronavirus. Thank you.