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Return to classroom plan for Ripon schools mandates face masks
RUSD social distance
Ripon High teacher Ann Pendleton enjoys some down time after the first day of distance learning on Wednesday,

When students eventually return to campus, the Ripon Unified will have a plan in place.

At Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Ziggy Robeson is scheduled to provide the “Reopening Plan 2020-21 During COVID-19 Pandemic.”

The 7 p.m. open session in the Council Chambers will available via livestream – – and public comments can be submitted to by 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

Staff prevention protocols under the plan include wearing face covering upon entering a building, physical distancing of at least six feet, and using the district-provided sanitizers to clean and disinfect all work stations.

Anyone above 100-degree temperature may not enter into a building past the check point.

RUSD, working in conjunction with the San Joaquin County Office of Education and the SJC Public Health Department, kicked off classes this week using the off-campus distance learning option.

Intensify cleaning and disinfecting practices would apply to students upon their return to school coupled with outdoor lunch arrangements (weather permitting), and extra safety measures – wearing masks, sanitizing hands, opening windows (allowing for greater air circulation), maximizing space, and allowing only those who live same household to sit together – for those relying on transportation using the bus service.

RUSD plans to utilize various methods of communication (automated emails, phone calls, district website, resource documents, letters, social media and personal outreach) to families on any up to date information about COVID-19.

In other agenda items:

  • Robeson will recognize the new teachers with a slide show presentation. Chief Operations Officer Frank Jerome is scheduled to do likewise with a back-to-school slide show of new teachers.
  • Robeson will also provide an update on COVID-19.
  • Director of Curriculum and Categorical Programs Kathy Coleman will talk about the yearly professional learning plan – specifically, how its tied to board goals – and the Local Control Accountability Plan and the School Plans for Student Achievement.

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