As we planned for the return to on-campus learning in the fall of 2020, we worked to develop health and safety guidelines for the community.  This page is a listing of health updates and information as it became available.   

Please also visit the school blog for personal updates from our head of school, Whitney Slade.

2020-21 School Year FAQ

Updated September 11, 2020

Contact Information

Please direct any questions you may have to the following Riverbend staff:

Lisa Slotnick, School Nurse

COVID-19 Symptoms Hotline
Phone: 1-508-545-2919

Grace Yannakakis, Assistant Head of School

Lynn Shevory, Director of Admission

Fadia Brangwynne, Business Manager


How can we help?

We understand that families in our community may be experiencing an emotional or financial impact at this time. We are in this together and here to support you, so please let us know if we can help.

Community Updates

November 21, 2020 Health & Wellness Update

November 15, 2020 Health & Wellness Update

November 6, 2020 Health & Wellness Update

September 25, 2020 Health & Wellness Update

September 11, 2020 Health & Wellness Update

September 3, 2020 Welcome Back

Updated November 24, 2020


During the 2019-20 School year Riverbend School moved to a distance learning curriculum on March 16, 2020, per Governor Baker’s mandate to close Massachusetts schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. We actively monitored recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

All campus activities were postponed—including Summer at Riverbend—or moved to a virtual platform through June 29.

The School’s seamless transition to online learning allowed our students to remain actively engaged learners without missing a day of school. And our belief in meeting students where they are guided us in the development of the online learning framework and guiding principles that was implemented during this time.

Community Updates Archive

June 30, 2020
June 19, 2020
June 3, 2020
May 27, 2020
May 20, 2020
May 13, 2020
May 6, 2020
April 29, 2020
April 22, 2020
April 15, 2020
April 8, 2020
April 1, 2020
March 25, 2020
March 18, 2020