RIS Response to COVID-19

Riverstone International School’s priority is to ensure the safety of students and community, maintain delivery of a high-quality educational experience, and fulfill our school’s mission of “inspiring courageous journeys of academic and personal exploration that enable our students to lead purposeful lives.” Our commitment to the school community is to minimize risk, protect academic learning, and implement appropriate learning experiences due to the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19.

While COVID-19 is creating a time of uncertainty and challenge, it is also a time that provides us with unlimited opportunities to extend the Riverstone learning experience beyond our physical campus. Our faculty is prepared for this challenge. Our students are prepared for this challenge. Our parents are prepared for this challenge. Riverstone International School is prepared for this challenge.

Recent Communication to Parents from our Head of School: 2020-2021 Blended Learning Plan

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We look forward to sharing additional details as the summer progresses. Thank you for partnering with us.

Strategic Leadership Team Contacts:

If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact your child(ren)’s teacher and/or a member of the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT). Names and emails of the SLT are listed below:

Director of Elementary School, James Hamilton-Vail – jhamilton@riverstoneschool.org
Director of Middle School, Damon Brown – dbrown@riverstoneschool.org
Director of High School, Jami Whitmer – jwhitmer@riverstoneschool.org
Director of Development, Caitlin Salisbury – csalisbury@riverstoneschool.org
Director of Admissions and Marketing, Rachel Pusch – rpusch@riverstoneschool.org
Business Manager, Desiree Berg – dberg@riverstoneschool.org
Head of School, Jeff Paulson – jpaulson@riverstoneschool.org

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How the IB is Awarding Diploma Programme Results for the May 2020 session (May 11, 2020)
The International Baccalaureate Organization will release results on July 5, 2020.

FAQs for College Admissions and IB Examinations (March 30, 2020)
This document is especially helpful for Grade 12 parents.

Class of 2020 College Acceptances (as of May 20, 2020)

Archive of Letters from our Head of School:

May 21 Letter from the Head of School
May 4 Letter from the Head of School
April 30 Letter from the Head of School
April 15 Letter from the Head of School
April 13 Letter from the Head of School
April 9 Letter from the Head of School
April 8 Letter from the Head of School
April 7 Letter from the Head of School
April 6 Letter from the Head of School
April 2 Letter from the Head of School
April 1 Letter from the Head of School
March 31 Letter from the Head of School
March 30 Letter from the Head of School
March 27 Letter from the Chairman of the Board
March 27 Letter from the Head of School
March 23 Letter from the Head of School
March 20 Letter from the Head of School
March 13 Letter from the Head of School

Key Updates

1. What is most important for you to know?

The International Baccalaureate Organization cancelled May examinations.

IB COVID-19 University and Colleges Survey Results (May 25, 2020)
How the IB is Awarding Diploma Programme Results for the May 2020 session (May 11, 2020)
The International Baccalaureate Organization will release results on July 5, 2020.

FAQs for College Admissions and IB Examinations (March 30, 2020)
All Diploma Programme Internal Assessment Coursework must be uploaded by April 20 (announced March 27, 2020)
From the IBO: May 2020 examinations will no longer be held (announced March 23, 2020)
Letter to Parents from the International Baccalaureate Organization (March 23, 2020)

Riverstone moved to virtual learning on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 for the remainder of the spring semester. Virtual Learning Guides are now available.

Virtual Learning Guide for Elementary School Parents and Students (updated March 27, 2020)
Virtual Learning Guide for Middle & High School Parents and Students (updated March 27, 2020)

2. What is the Riverstone Crisis Management Matrix: COVID-19 and why is this important?

The Riverstone Crisis Management Matrix is intended to provide guidance and outline how RIS will continue to offer an effective education through virtual learning in the event of school closure. This plan clearly defines three levels of risk that explain how the school will respond to challenges presented by the environment around us.

Download the Riverstone Crisis Management Matrix here.

3. Questions?

If you have any questions about Riverstone’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please email Jeff Paulson, Head of School.

Important Resources and Links

Riverstone International School References and Communications

Virtual Learning Guide for Elementary School Parents and Students (updated March 27, 2020)
Virtual Learning Guide for Middle & High School Parents and Students (updated March 27, 2020)
Riverstone Crisis Management Matrix
Riverstone COVID-19 Resource List

Riverstone Newsletters with COVID-19 and Virtual Learning Information

May 7, 2020

April 30, 2020
April 23, 2020
April 16, 2020
April 9, 2020
April 2, 2020

March 12, 2020
March 5, 2020

February 27, 2020
February 13, 2020
February 6, 2020

January 30, 2020

Link here to previous newsletters

Association for Advancement of International Education (AAIE)

Association for Advancement of International Education COVID-19 Updates

AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #51, May 10, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #51, May 8, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #51, May 6, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #50, May 4, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #49, May 2, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #48, April 30, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #47, April 28, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #46, April 26, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #45, April 24, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #44, April 22, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #43, April 20, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #42, April 18, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #41, April 16, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #40, April 14, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #39, April 12, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #38, April 10, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #37, April 8, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #36, April 6, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #35, April 4, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #34, April 2, 2020
AAIE COVID-19 BRIEFING #33, March 31, 2020
AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #32, March 29, 2020
AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #31, March 27, 2020
AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #30, March 25, 2020
AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #29, March 24, 2020
AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #28, March 21, 2020
AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #27, March 19, 2020
AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #26, March 17, 2020
AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #25, March 15, 2020
AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #24, March 13, 2020
AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #23, March 11, 2020
AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #22, March 9, 2020
AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #21, March 7, 2020
RESEND (proper date): AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #20, March 5, 2020
AAIE Coronavirus UPDATE #19, March 3, 2020

International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)

International Baccalaureate Organization COVID-19 Updates

 

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