Challenging 2020-21 school year comes to a close


RA students head for the doors after the final bell of the 2020-21 school year

Rafael Villarreal Jr., Editor

With some cheers and many sighs of relief, the 2020-2021 school year finally came to an end for Riverside Academy students on Thursday, May 27.  The school faculty and staff must return for one more day on May 28. The session took place in the middle of — and in spite of — the Covid-19 pandemic, with social distancing, one-way hallways, mask requirements, quarantines for students and faculty, virtual classes and much, much hand sanitizer. There also were a whole bunch of hurricane days.

The year also began with Principal Mike Coburn absent due to his own battle with Covid. He returned right before the Christmas break.

Despite all that, RA students still had a full school year with all of the sports seasons, homecoming, band concerts, a spring production, prom and graduation.

Before departing on Thursday students had to take their last two exams, but then they were treated to a visit from the Kona Ice truck, which offered flavored snow cones. The elementary school also delivered a delightful performance of “Alladin.”