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Riverfield Updates

October 1, 2020

Dear Riverfield Community,

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the end of the first quarter. Looking back on the start of our school year, nearly 8 weeks ago, I am reminded of the importance of a community working together towards a common goal and am so proud of our Riverfield Community!

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for your outstanding response to our protocols and procedures. We have had one positive case of COVID-19 on campus this fall that lead to the quarantine of one class. The case was an isolated incident, and with our protocols and procedures, we avoided a spread of the virus throughout the class. This remains our goal with our cohort system. Our families have also done an outstanding job of staying home if not feeling well. Please keep this a priority as we enter the cold and flu season. “When in doubt, sit it out!” is a wise mantra to help keep our community safe and healthy.

It is also important that people make sure to get the proper amount of sleep and rest. Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member, or a parent, we are all doing more than in a typical year, and we recognize that our community is feeling a little weary. With this in mind, the leadership team, with support from the Board of Trustees, has agreed on two calendar adjustments. We are adding Thursday, October 15th back to fall break and Wednesday, November 25th to Thanksgiving break. Riverfield will be closed both of these days.

Finally, I want to share with you a video that our Upper School Film students created. This is one more example of applied, meaningful learning and highlights “The Riverfield Way” is found on our homepage and on our Remote Riverfield page.

Stay safe, stay healthy!

Jerry Bates, Head of School
Jennifer Jacobs, Chair of the Board of Trustees

July 14, 2020

Dear Riverfield Community:

Thank you for your continued support as we have begun the process of reopening school for the fall. We have received significant feedback since the release of our reopening plan both through individual communication and during our town halls. This has been very helpful as we continue to refine our plans and move toward our first day of school on August 17th. One of the consistent requests is for a more clearly articulated policy regarding face coverings. With this in mind, we are releasing the following policy to begin Week 10 of summer camp and that will be in place for the start of school.

Masks/Face Coverings
Riverfield faculty, staff, and students from K-12th grade will be required to wear a face-covering (a cloth mask or gaiter-style face covering) while in a school building or school vehicle. Students will be given time outside periodically throughout the school day without their face covering and there will be certain activities, such as athletic participation, where these guidelines will be adjusted. 
In Pre-School, students in the 3s-5s Wing are encouraged to wear face coverings when feasible. Parents can request that any child over the age of three years old wear a face covering, and teachers will make every effort to ensure masks are used during the day. No masks will be worn at naptime and children under two are not permitted to wear face coverings.

Riverfield will provide each employee and student with a face-covering prior to the start of school. Additional face coverings will be available for purchase through our supplier. This information will be included with our back to school forms.

As we continue to build a culture of respect, it is important that those who are more susceptible to contracting coronavirus or other illnesses can be assured that their classmates and teachers will take their health into account by wearing face coverings.

We hope that this will clarify our position on face coverings and will be another step toward keeping the Riverfield community as safe as possible.

Take care,

Jerry Bates
Head of School


I hope that your summer is off to a great start. Below is a link to Riverfield's 2020-21 School year Plan. It is better to review the plan on a computer.


June 17, 2020

Dear Riverfield Community,

Riverfield had a staff member test positive for Covid-19 prior to the start of summer camp.  I am writing to give you an update on our conversations with the Tulsa Health Department and guidance for our next steps.  They were happy with Riverfield’s protocols and the steps we have taken at this time.  

The Tulsa Health Department clarified the definition of exposure to being anyone who was less than six feet from an infected person for more than ten minutes while not wearing a mask. By this definition, only six staff members were exposed. Five out of the six have had test results return that have been negative, and the 6thresult has not been returned. All six will remain off campus for the required 14 days through June 25th.

The entire camp staff was asked to test and while not all of the results are in, every test we have received to date has been negative. The campus has been fully cleaned and sanitized and it is safe to welcome all campers and counselors back on Monday. 

We will institute all of the protocols and procedures that we sent to campers for Week Five and make sure that our Week Six counselors and campers have them as well.

Thank you for your continued support of Riverfield as we look forward to reopening. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions and I will update you if anything changes between now and Monday.

Take Care,



June 14, 2020
Camp Raven will be closed the week of June 15th-19th.  We hope to begin camp in the near future and will communicate as soon as we know more.
June 5, 2020

Dear Riverfield Community,

I am pleased to announce that Riverfield will reopen for summer camp beginning on June 15th. In our re-opening efforts, we remain committed to the health and safety of children, teachers, and families while maintaining the culture and atmosphere that is recognized as the “Riverfield Way.” Relationships and fun will remain a cornerstone of the Riverfield camp experience, as we will utilize our campus throughout the summer.  We will address any challenges with the care, thoughtfulness, and intentionality that we address all issues that come to campus. If needed, we will call on local experts to help us make informed decisions and notify any and all members of our community that need to be informed.

Here you will find the Camp Raven Information Sheet, which includes all of our policies and procedures for the next two months. Our school year information will follow in the next few weeks.

I look forward to welcoming our campers on the 15th.

Take care,


May 29, 2020

Dear Riverfield Community,

We are finalizing our protocols and procedures for summer camp and waiting to see if there is any additional information from the state for phase 3. Our Board of Trustees is meeting on June 4th and we will release the information following that meeting. Therefore, the deadline for summer camp withdrawal will be extended until June 11th.

Thank you,


May 22, 2020

Dear Riverfield Families:

I am proud of the many experiences and successes accomplished by our students this year. It has been a year full of learning and growth at all ages, and although the end of the year was interrupted by unfortunate world circumstances, I am proud that quality connections and learning continued throughout the final weeks. I want to commend everyone, students, teachers, and families, for their hard work and engagement all year. It has been a hallmark of the Riverfield Way and it makes me proud to be a Raven. 

Our hope is still to reopen on June 15th as our state completes Phase Two and moves into Phase Three of the Oklahoma Reopening Plan. We also look forward to welcoming everyone back on Riverfield’s campus on August 17th for the 2020-2021 school year. The leadership team and camp directors have begun formulating protocols and procedures that will support the health and well-being of the Riverfield community during summer camp and next year, and those will be forthcoming in the next several weeks. 

I want to thank you again for another fantastic year and all the ways that you contributed to its success. I  wish you an enjoyable summer and look forward to when we can be together again.  

 Take Care,

Jerry Bates 

April 17. 2020

Dear Riverfield Families,

While this will be an unusual ending to the school year, we have been and continue to be incredibly proud of our faculty, staff and students and the ways in which they have met this challenge.

We are designating Friday, April 24th as a CYBER Free Day.  Please take this opportunity to enjoy time away from the screen while playing games, taking hikes, reading a good book, or just relaxing.

Our plans for the remainder of the year and the beginning of our summer program. We have approached this pandemic with three phases in mind. The first is the short term, the seven and a half weeks to complete the school year. The second is the medium term, the summer program months. Finally, the third is the long-term planning for the 2020-21 school year and beyond. Each of these terms encompasses many facets, but the primary considerations are the safety of the Riverfield community and the sustainability of the school. The Board of Trustees met and reviewed both the parent survey and the financial landscape of the school. They unanimously supported our current course of action.

We are confident in the remote learning experience we are providing at every age group, and this was supported by the parent survey.

Riverfield will remain closed for the first month of the summer program, which is from May 19th-June 12th and we are planning to begin our summer program on June 15th. We will not charge for summer camp until we are ready to open and will push back the deadline for withdrawal from summer to May 29th. There will be no remote learning for summer programs, and we will only open if it is safe to have faculty, staff and students on campus. 

When more information is available from medical experts and the Tulsa Health Department, we will provide guidelines for returning to campus. Thank you for your continued support, caring and consideration.

April 3, 2020
With the most recent executive orders from Governor Stitt and Mayor Bynum that extends Tulsa’s “Safe at Home” protocols through April 30th, we regretfully must extend our online learning for the remainder of the semester. It is my hope that when the time is right, students, families and faculty and staff will come together to celebrate this year. Until then, we must all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who mean so much to us.
  • We are extending the deadline to withdraw from Summer Camp and/or the 2020-2021 School Year. Should you need to withdraw, email Kristy Busenburg ( by May 29th. 
  • I have received many uplifting stories of the Riverfield Way in the last week, and the overriding sense I get is that our students are engaged with school and happy to be connecting with each other and with their an effort to keep us healthy for the long haul, Friday April 10th, we will have a cyber-free day. There will be no online classes or assignments that day. Basically, I encourage you to turn off the computers, take the day off, and spend it having fun, whether that is curling up with a good book, playing outside or just closing your eyes for an afternoon nap.

March 27, 2020
In response to Governor Stitt’s March 24th Executive Order that all non-essential businesses remain closed and that there are no gatherings of more than 10 people, Riverfield’s campus will remain closed through April 17, 2020. This is, of course, subject to future developments. While Joy Hoffmeister, the State Superintendent, has closed all Oklahoma public school buildings through the end of the school year, Riverfield has the luxury of being a smaller, more nimble community. It is our hope that we will be able to reopen campus on Monday, April 20th.  We will provide further guidance and recommendations about our procedures as we get closer to that date.

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