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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and River

The River School continues to actively monitor the effects of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and support our community in this evolving and unpredictable situation. At this time, we have decided to keep The River School campus closed for students and extend our Distance Learning programming for them through May 31, 2020, in alignment with the DC Public Schools’ closure date announced on April 17. This gives us the flexibility and time to develop our end-of-year plans for June, including Parent-Teacher Conferences, Falcon graduation, etc. We feel this is the best decision for the well-being of all our students, families and the wider community. 

We continue to evolve our Continuity of Learning (Distance Learning) Plan, including the integration of synchronous small-group sessions. River's Distance Learning has been designed to provide an age-appropriate and grade-level thematic curriculum, using  tools like Seesaw and Zoom, was well as the learning kits distributed to students. 

Parents hear directly from their teaching teams about the individualized materials, videos, activities and customized learning plans for their children.

This page gathers messages sent to parents from the school about our response, as well as related information.

We are grateful for your partnership and understanding as we work to support you and your children.

Send your comments, questions or family updates regarding COVID-19 directly to Tracy Armstrong at Please know that River is committed to supporting any student or employee who may may not be able to participate in Distance Learning because of illness or precautionary protocol. Any information provided to us will be kept confidential.

Helping Children Through This Pandemic

    • DC Access HelpLine: 888-793-4357; TTY: 711
    • Maryland: Dial 211 and press 1; text your zip code to 898-211; visit; call 800-422-000
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Online Chat
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