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RIVERSIDE LOCAL SCHOOLS
Every Child, Every Day, For a Better Tomorrow.


2096 County Road 24 S.
DeGraff, Ohio 43318
Phone: (937)585-5981 • Fax (937) 585-4599
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2020-2021 CCP Meeting
The 2020-2021 CCP Parent/Student meeting will be held on
December 3rd and January 13th 
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Vaping

Dear Parents and Guardians,

State and local public health officials in Ohio and nationally are investigating reports of serious lung illnesses in individuals after vaping, many of them young people. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that these lung illnesses are all linked to vaping and likely associated with chemical exposure, but it is too early to pinpoint a single product or substance common to all cases.

The majority of these cases are youth and young adults. Almost all states have reported vaping-related lung injury cases, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting more than 2,000 cases nationally as well as a number of deaths. 

Following the warnings of the U.S. Surgeon General, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, has recommended that all individuals stop vaping until more is known about these lung illnesses through the public health investigations.  

Vaping is a public health crisis among our youth.

Through intentional marketing practices and bubble gum, fruit, and candy-flavored vaping liquids, the vaping industry is trying to addict our next generation on nicotine. As a result, there has been a 135% increase in high school students vaping since 2017. Most of this marketing occurs through social media and is targeted toward youth. Consequently, you probably do not even see it and may want to talk with your child about vaping and the ads that they may be seeing.  

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has urged the Ohio General Assembly to ban flavored vaping liquids, and has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take swift action to draft and adopt rules to ban flavored e-cigarette products. Under Governor DeWine’s leadership and action taken by the General Assembly, the legal minimum age to purchase tobacco and vaping products increased from 18 to 21 on October 17, 2019. 

There is a great deal of evidence showing that vaping (sometimes known as "JUULing" because of the most popular vaping device brand, JUUL) is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine even though many youth and parents may not realize it. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the mid-20s. Besides nicotine, vaping liquid and devices also contain substances that may be harmful when breathed in, including heavy metals such as nickel and lead, volatile organic compounds which can adversely affect breathing, and chemical flavorings that are linked to serious lung disease. Some e-cigarette pods or cartridges marketed for single-use can be refilled with illicit or unknown substances purchased on the street which can be extremely dangerous. In addition, young people who vape are more likely to smoke tobacco cigarettes in the future. 

It may not be readily apparent to you whether or not your child is vaping. Vaping devices can take many forms and may look like a flash drive or other computer accessories. New generations of vaping devices emit very little vapor, and it may be difficult to detect their use.

If you have not already done so, please consider having a frank discussion with your child about vaping. The U.S. Surgeon General offers some great tips in "Talk with Your Teen About E-cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents."  Some basic points include:

  • Get credible information about e-cigarettes and young people
  • Find the right moment for a natural discussion about vaping
  • Avoid criticism and encourage an open dialogue

 If you already know, or discover, that your child is vaping, there are free options to help them quit. The Ohio Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT NOW) sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health offers the "My Life My Quit " program specifically for young people. A national organization called the Truth Initiative sponsors another good program called "This is Quitting." This program offers an option for parents who want to help kids stop vaping.  More information about all of these resources is outlined below. You also may want to consult with your child’s healthcare provider for quitting advice. If your child vapes and experiences chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath, or nausea, contact a medical professional immediately.

Working together, we have the best opportunity to safeguard the health of our youth.

Resources

  • For credible information on e-cigarettes/vaping and youth:

The Ohio Department of Health’s Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program offers a range of resources and links to other credible websites:

https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/tobacco-use-prevention-and-cessation/JUUL2/

  • For information about how to talk to your child about e-cigarettes/vaping:

U.S. Surgeon General’s “Talk with Your Teen About E-Cigarettes:  A Tip Sheet for Parents” at

https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipSheet_508.pdf

Two good resources to help your child quit vaping:

 

The “My life My Quit” program combines best practices for youth tobacco cessation adapted to include vaping and new ways to reach and coach youth using live text messages or online chat. The program includes educational materials designed for teens created with youth input, subject matter experts and community stakeholders. To enroll, text or call 1-855-891-9989 or visit  http://mylifemyquit.com.


The “This is Quitting” program is a free text message program created with input from teens, college students, and young adults who have attempted to, or successfully, quit e-cigarettes. The program is tailored by age group to give appropriate recommendations about quitting and serves as a resource for parents looking to help their children who vape. Youth who vape and want to quit should access the program by texting "DITCHJUUL" to 88709. Parents and other adults who want to help young people quit vaping should text "QUIT" to 202-899-7550.
Momentum Award
Earlier this week, Mr. Mann was notified that Riverside Elementary has been selected as a recipient of the Momentum Award. The Momentum Award is presented by the State Board of Education and recognizes schools for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year.

This award is based on the following criteria. 1. Schools must earn straight A’s on all Value-Added measures on the report card. 2. The school or district must have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, which includes gifted, lowest 20% in achievement, and students with disabilities. 3. The award is subject to the Department’s review of the accuracy of the school’s submission of data for the 2017-2018 school year.

Congratulations to our staff, parents, and students for achieving this honor. This recognition has been a long time coming.  We all share in this honor and equally deserve it by working together to solve problems, “mining” data rich information from assessments/practices, and commitment to excellence.  We are proud of this Award!  Though we have a great deal of work before us and we plan to use this “momentum” to propel us to the next level.
Calling Your Child in as Absent
Our absentee hotline has changed. When calling your child in as sick or absent please use the following steps:
  1. From a touch-tone phone dial the school number: 937-585-3490
  2. Push 2 to report your student absent
    Push 1 - to report your child absent in the Elementary
    Push 2 - to report your child absent in grades 7-12
2-1-1 Human Services in Logan County

Inclement Weather Notifications
If sever weather causes delays and cancellations the following list is used to get the “message” out to parents, grandparents and guardians. Please note though we use the following stations to advertise the message, our district also uses an All Call Phone notification system. The system is also used with the athletic notifications. Family School Partnership chairperson, Mrs. Gonterman, also puts out a weekly message every Sunday at 5:00 with events going on for the week. If you are not receiving these messages, please contact our office 937-585-5981 or email bthompson@riverside.k12.oh.us.

Otherwise, you will not be receiving messages related to weather delays.
Television                                                                              Radio
WBNS TV 10 Columbus                                                             WPKO/WBLL FM 98.3/AM 1390
WHIO TV 7 Dayton                                                                   Shine FM 88.5 and 88.9 
WLIO TV 5 Lima, Lima's Hometown Stations                                Lima's Hometown Stations.com
WDTN TV 2 Dayton                                                                   WMVR Hits FM 105.5
WKEF TV 22 Dayton
Low-Cost Internet Access
Attention Parents: As part of their merger agreement, Spectrum is now offering low-cost Internet access for low-income families. The cost of the program is $15 a month for 30MB of Internet access. The requirement is that the student is a recipient of the free or reduced lunch program. Use the link below for more information.
 
Nondiscrimination and Access to Equal Educational Opportunity
Any form of discrimination or harassment can be devastating to an individual's academic progress, social relationship and/or personal sense of self-worth. As such, the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age (except as authorized by law), religion, military status, ancestry, or genetic information (collectively, "Protected Classes") in its educational programs or activities.
 
The Board also does not discriminate on the basis of Protected Classes in its employment policies and practices as they relate to students, and does not tolerate harassment of any kind.

Equal educational opportunities shall be available to all students, without regard to the Protected Classes, age (unless age is a factor necessary to the normal operation or the achievement of any legitimate objective of the program/activity), place of residence within the boundaries of the District, or social or economic background, to learn through the curriculum offered in this District. Educational programs shall be designed to meet the varying needs of all students.


Last All Call
To listen to the last District All Call click on the link below:
 
To listen to the last Weekly All Call from Mrs. Gonterman click on the link below: 
Weekly All Call Message - Family School Partnership
Hotline Information
Bully/Safety Tip Line 
You can now report your Bullying and Safety Concerns to our hotline:
937-585-4132 
Report online by visiting: http://riverside.tipline.info 
 
Crisis/Suicide
Text Line 
For free and confidential support 24/7
Text 4HOPE to741 741 
 
Immediate Danger
Call 911 
 
 
 
School Hours
In Session Hours:
7:45 a.m.-2:50 p.m.
 
7:20 a.m. - Doors Open
7:35 a.m. - Warning Bell
7:45 a.m. - Class Starts
2:50 p.m. - Student Release
 
Hours differ during delays and Power Hours
 
Office Hours: M-F 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Summer Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Progress Book
Parent/Student Access
To monitor your student's grades, please contact Gwen Heath at gheath@riverside.k12.oh.us to register for a parent access account.

Note: Progress book will not be available for Internet Explorer 8.
 
Progressbook Student Login
Use the following forumla to get your students school email address:
(2 digit graduation date)+(first 4 letters of your last name)+(first 2 letters of your first name)+students.riverisde.k12.oh.us
 
Example: James Jones graduates in 2023, his email address would be 23joneja@students.riverside.k12.oh.us 
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91.7 FM WDEQ - The Radio Crew
Student ran radio station presented by Ohio Hi-Point's Media Arts Program. 
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2096 County Road 24 S.
DeGraff, Ohio 43318
Phone: (937)585-5981  •  Fax: (937) 585-4599   Email Us
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