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Ripon TK-3rd graders back on campus on Monday

 Some of the youngsters attending Ripon Unified will finally be back on campus on Monday.

Specifically, TK students through third graders at the five elementary school sites — Colony Oak, Park View, Ripon El., Ripona and Weston — will arrive before 8:15 a.m. for in-person instructions.

At Ripona, Nathan Baroni is the interim principal. He introduced himself via first-of-the-new-school-year website video.

All RUSD schools will be required to follow state and county health department COVID-19 guidelines.

All staff members and students third grade and up will be required to wear facemasks. Each school site will request likewise for TK-2 youngsters.

School officials will do a daily temperature check on students.

They'll also be required to properly sanitize and clean before settling in.

Dismissal is 2 p.m.

Parents were provided with the designated drop-off areas and other COVID-19 safety protocols at their respective schools.

Earlier this month, RUSD officials submitted a waiver and plan for reopening to the San Joaquin County Department of Public Health. From there, the county passed on the district plans to the state for final approval.

At the September school board meeting, Superintendent Ziggy Robeson announced the return for TK- through- sixth- grade students.

The return date for fourth through sixth graders is Oct. 12.

The state has yet to indicate when they will allow waivers for seventh through eighth graders as well as high school students.

The Manteca Unified School board has authorized administrators to submit a waiver for the return of transitional kindergartners through sixth graders.

District staff is preparing the waiver for submission to the San Joaquin County Health Department.