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The Riverside Roar – August 24, 2020


The Riverside Roar is our weekly newsletter to inform our families of all the great things happening at school.

Download the Riverside Roar for the week of August 24, 2020 (PDF)


Dear Parents and Guardians,

We’ve made it through our first three days, and they have been wonderful!

Our school is open for learning! The list below represents a few of the changes we’ve made to make our building safer:

  • We removed excess furniture from rooms to allow for physical distancing and easier cleaning.
  • Everyone has their temperature taken upon entrance to the building.
  • Everyone wears a mask all the time.
  • Students have assigned supplies and work spaces.
  • Students eat breakfast and lunch at their assigned spaces.

Thank you to all of you who trust us with your precious children.

Thank you to a fantastic staff who has shown creativity, passion, and flexibility. If you know someone looking for a small school with a big heart, tell them to try Riverside!

Sincerely, Ms. Lucas


Parents of Online and Hybrid Students…

Technology can be great, but it can also be a frustration! If you need any help with the online platform Canvas, check out the link below.


Grab N’ Go Meals begin August 26, and continuing every Wednesday, hybrid students will be bringing home three days of frozen meals. Beginning August 27, and continuing every Thursday, parents of students who are completely online may pick up five days of frozen meals. Meals may be picked up in drive through fashion at the kitchen door on the east side of the building. Pickup is available from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.


Upcoming Events

August 19 – First Day of School
September 7 – Labor Day – No School
September 11 – 1st Quarter Progress Reports
September 21 – Teacher Professional Development Day – No school for students



Every day that students are in the building attending classes they must be dressed according to the guidelines below.

  • Bottoms that are navy blue, black, or khaki – no denim
  • Tops that are any solid colored polo style shirt
  • Shoes that are closed toed

Our goal is to create a safe, business-like environment where students can learn and have fun without distractions. We really appreciate your help with this!





Online & Hybrid Student Internet Reimbursement Policy


Internet Service Provider reimbursement is available to students enrolled for the 20-21 school year. Eligibility for reimbursement is dependent on the family qualifying for the National School Lunch Program and other requirements outlined below.

  • Amount: $25 per month, per household (not per student)
  • Payment: Twice per year (February 2021 & August 2021)
  • Eligibility & Requirements:
    • Family must qualify for the National School Lunch Program
    • Student must be enrolled in the Online or Hybrid learning model for the 20-21 school year
    • Student & family must be in good standing with the school (verified home address on record, active enrollment, regular attendance, participation in state and local testing requirements, etc)
    • Reimbursement is per household (not per student). Families with students residing in multiple households are not eligible for multiple reimbursements. In this situation, families must determine a primary household and submit receipts accordingly.
  • Process:
    • Families will be required to submit receipts from their Internet Service Provider to the school office:
      • No later than January 15thin order to receive a reimbursement check in February for the months of August-December 2020.
      • No later than July 15thin order to receive a reimbursement check in August for the months of January-June 2020.
    • Families will be asked to verify their mailing address with Proof of Residence documentation prior to the distribution of the reimbursement check.
  • Exceptions:
    • Reimbursement will be pro-rated for any partial months the student is actively enrolled. For example, if the student is actively enrolled fewer than 15 calendar days, the reimbursement amount will be process at $12.50 for the month.
    • Students enrolled in the Traditional model who meet the eligibility requirements will be eligible for reimbursement if the school is required to suspend face-to-face learning for a period of time based on public health guidance and in coordination with ACCEL Schools and local public health officials.

Read the full policy (PDF):  2056 – Internet Reimbursement Policy



A Day in the Life: Your Plan for Successful Online Learning


New to online learning? Worried about preparing for fall? Want to make sure your child can stay on track?  Don’t worry, we have you covered!


We have created a plan that is simple to follow no matter what grade your student is in!

  • Every day, make sure your student is logged in by 8:00am
  • Every day, your student will meet online with their teachers. You will be provided with a schedule the first week of school.
  • Not all learning will happen online. There will be time every day to students to practice what they have learned independently offline.
  • Your school will give you a schedule to help keep you on track and prepped for success.

You and your student have a login. You have a schedule. You have great teachers.

We just need a couple of things from you to help make this a great year.

  • Set up a work area for your student that is quiet and free of distractions.
  • Log in to Canvas every day with your observer account to help your student stay on track.
  • Take the parent orientation course to teach you about all the great tools that Canvas has to keep you and your student on track.

Get school updates, learning resources, tech support, and more in the tabs on our dedicated COVID-19 page.

Ready for the school year? You’ve got this!



Riverside Academy Featured on Channel 9 WCPO News


Many thanks to Courtney Francisco at Channel 9 News WCPO for covering our school reopening plans today. Watch the clip here, which includes on an interview with Superintendent Jamie Brady discussing our school reopening plans which include three options for families: Traditional (5 days at school), Online (5 days at home), and Hybrid (2 days at school & 3 days at home).

Full Link: https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/return-to-class-or-learn-at-home-cincinnati-charter-schools-are-leaving-it-up-to-families-teachers?fbclid=IwAR1JGIaVI-YQFTaMBXzkD_-yKGIL23IWzrNk3jCKcwHZ3oMer4AENMOg-xE




20-21 Learning Options for Students

We are happy to announce that our students will have multiple learning options for the 20-21 school year:

  • Traditional  In-person learning at the school building with added safety protocols and procedures.
  • Online At-home learning supported by teachers, technology, and curriculum specifically built for online learning.
  • Hybrid A mix of Traditional and Online learning with in-person and at-home components.

Over the coming weeks we will be releasing more detailed information. Please:

  1. Check your email, school website & Facebook page the Week of July 13 for further description of these models including logistical details like safety protocols, technology, and transportation.
  2. Plan to attend our upcoming Online 20-21 School Year Information Session—date and time will be announced soon!
  3. After attending the info session, please select the option for your student(s) by Friday, July 31st. Your student will be enrolled in the Traditional Cohort unless we hear a different selection from you by 7/31. To select your options, visit: www.accelschools.com/Fall2020

Thank you. We look forward to educating your student this school year!


Free School Meals

We offer free breakfast and lunch to students through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), a federally-assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, USDA-compliant meals to students each school day.


Letter from Principal Lucas

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

Hello! My name is Ms. Elizabeth Lucas, and I am the new principal of Riverside Academy. This is my 30th year in education. During those years I’ve been an English teacher, an instructional coach, a dean of students, and an assistant principal. I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Miami University. I received my principal’s license from Xavier University, and then went back to Miami for my superintendent’s license. All that work has brought me here to serve you as a Riverside Lion!

I love teaching and helping all students succeed. Even if school hasn’t been a great experience for students in the past, they will find some success at school this year. While students read, write, and share, they will learn responsibility for their classwork and for their behavior. Students will also prepare for the Ohio State Tests and leave as 8th graders who are prepared for high school. With the help of the dedicated Riverside Academy staff, students will become confident, successful members of the Riverside Academy learning community.

This year will be a time of excitement, change, and growth for you. I am so glad that I can be a part of this special time in your lives.


Ms. Elizabeth Lucas


All Teachers Properly Certified & Licensed

All teachers meet the educator qualification requirements outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Ohio Revised Code: Bachelor’s degree, grade-level teaching license/certificate & ability to demonstrate subject area expertise.