Update 19th March 2020
In line with newly issued government guidance Riverside School will be operating a partial closure effective from Monday 23rd March 2020 and most students will be asked to complete work at home to aid in the prevention of the spreading of COVID-19.
Please use the Student Home Learning tab above to access learning resources
The school will remain open to vulnerable students and the children of key workers
We recognise that many students eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) have been self-isolating this week and unable to receive their entitlement of free lunches, and many more will be in this situation next week. We are in the process of finalising plans to help support the parents of these students through this difficult time and will be in contact with you shortly to let you know how we plan to help you until the government’s plan to support you is shared and enacted.
We’d like to reassure you that at Riverside School we’re taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government.
What’s the current situation?
- The school remains open with some exceptions listed above
- All external school trips in the near future have now been cancelled – if the trip was to run during the school day, your child should attend school as normal
- Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell – if your child has a new, continuous cough and/or a temperature they should remain at home for 14 days, as should all other family members at the address
- If your child is unwell, please report this as you would normally using the MyEd app, texting our student absence number on 07624806395 or calling the school’s attendance team on 02039465888
- We’ll keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation
What we’re doing to protect and support pupils and staff
- Our cleaning contractors continue to clean the school each morning, using cleaning solutions which are effective in killing bacteria and viruses.
- We now also have a continuous presence of cleaning staff throughout the day, focusing on cleaning surfaces which are touched with high frequency.
- We are encouraging regular, thorough handwashing and use of hand sanitiser through posters around school, assemblies and the daily bulletin
- If a child is found to be in school with a new, continuous cough and/or a temperature, they will be sent home as soon as possible
- We are preparing learning resources for students in the event of a school closure to ensure they do not miss out
What we need parents to do
- Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough)
- If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible to ensure we can keep you updated and can contact you in the event of your child being sent home
- Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children, and both ParentZone and YoungMinds have practical steps on discussing the situation with your children
- Check that your child knows their school login as this will be used to access online learning resources in the event of a closure.
What happens if the school has to close?
We’ll only close if we’re either officially advised to do so or we don’t have enough staff to run the school.
In either case, we’ll:
- Text and email all parents and post on our website as well as the borough website
- We will provide work for your child to complete during any school closure.
Please keep in mind that we’re only sharing this information to help the school community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.
Year 10 Announcement:
Year 10 students will be sent weekly homework for all subjects via their school email at 9am every Monday. Students must then check their email at 9am on a Friday as they will sit a weekly test to check the learning. Completion will be monitored & phone calls home will be made. Problems with school email? Click here http://www.riversidecampus.com/secondary/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Key-Stage-4-Coronavirus-Home-Learning.pdf Thank you, Riverside School
Riverside School is a mixed 11-18 free school that opened in September 2013. We are fully subscribed in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 and currently have 1200 students on roll, including our new sixth form. We will eventually grow to a full capacity of 2000 students.
Our success is a result of an absolute emphasis on learning, the brilliant parental support that we receive and our close-knit team of enthusiastic and incredibly talented staff. There is a real sense of passion and dynamism that students and staff bring to all that they do, making Riverside School a superb place to both learn and to work.
We serve our local community with the very highest standard of education to ensure ‘Excellence for All’. Riverside works in partnership with the Local Authority (London Borough of Barking and Dagenham) to meet the needs of a rapidly growing school population in the Thames View and Riverside areas in the southern part of the borough, on the north bank of the River Thames.
Mr A. Roberts