More students returned to campus this week.
At Monday’s Ripon Unified school board meeting, Superintendent Ziggy Robeson reported that fourth- through- sixth grade students along with those at Harvest High, the district’s alternative education site, were back in the classroom earlier that day.
“We can't wait to have all of our students back – that’s been our goal all along,” Robeson said.
On Sept. 28, kindergarten, first, second, and third graders were welcomed back as part of the phase-in process for in-person instructions.
RUSD elementary sites were among the 17 schools in San Joaquin County to receive the OK for TK-6 to return amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were the only public schools approved in the county,” Trustee Chad Husky said.
Families were given the option to continue with the distance learning model.
Students who returned had to follow health and safety protocols, from having their temperature taken to sanitizing, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
“I visited a couple of sites this morning,” Robeson said. “I saw plenty of happy students and happy staff members.”
Meanwhile, student board member Gracie Jaime received some feedback from TK-3 youngsters.
“They were excited to be back,” she said in her report to the board.
As for her favorite response from students?
“We get to eat in the cafeteria again,” Jaime said of the enthusiastic youngster.