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Masks, temperature checks at Ripon High Pow Wow event
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This year's Ripon High Pow Wow, unlike last year, will involve coronavirus protocols.

Ripon High Pow Wow begins next week but with a few safety precautions.

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, students will be required to have their temperatures checked, and sanitize their hands while wearing a mask. RHS will have a limited number of masks on hand for those who might forget.

“We developed a plan to collect required forms, distribute schedules and books to students as safe and easy as possible,” Principal Keith Rangel said.

Because of the extra time involved, the school has extended Pow Wow an extra day, going from three to four days.

Monday, Aug. 3, is reserved for seniors. They’re asked to have their parent consent along with the internet agreement RHS handbook acknowledgement, and military information forms reviewed and signed – printable forms are available by clicking on to

Much of the same will be required from juniors, who will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Sophomores (Wednesday, Aug. 5) and freshmen (Thursday, Aug. 6) will follow, with those students needing to have parent consent, internet agreement, and handbook acknowledgement forms signed off.

“We’re asking students to come on their assigned day and time, and wear a mask – parents and family members (will) remain in the vehicle while students go through the process,” Rangel added.

Once students receive their textbooks – they’ll have their class schedule as well – they’ll be asked to return to their vehicles,” he said.

Students, in addition to wearing masks, will be instructed to follow social distancing protocol from staff while on campus.

They can also have their schedule adjustment, if need be, by scheduling a Zoom appointment with their counselor.

The objective to this event is to distribute schedules, textbooks, and technology to students. Not money will be collected nor sales of any kind including P.E. uniforms will take place.

Anyone with a temperature above 100 degrees, based on the current district protocol, will be sent back to their vehicle and must complete the process on another day.