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Ripon Unified addresses student COVID-19 cases

Each case is treated differently.

So says Ripon Unified School District Ziggy Robeson involving students or even staff who test positive for COVID-19.

Last month, three students at Ripona and Weston elementary schools reportedly tested positive.

Parents received letters on the matter involving a first and fourth grader at Weston and a second grader at Ripona.

Students, who began the process of in-person instructions in late September, have been under close watch while following the guidelines and protocols for their protection as well as staff.

RUSD has continued staying in close contact with the San Joaquin County Public Health Services, according to Robeson.

"We also urged all staff to do their part to prevent the spread of germs by following the recommendations of SJC Public Health and the CDC," she said.

Seventh and eighth graders returned to campus this past week while plans call students at Ripon High to do likewise towards the end of the month.

Besides the daily monitoring, students as well as staff are asked to stay home if they're feeling ill.

Those with symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing should contact their health provider to get directions for the next step.

If students or staff members should come in contact with someone with COVID-19, they should contact their health provider immediately. A 14-day self-isolation plan would be necessary for anyone with or in contact with a person who has the coronavirus.

RUSD has been regularly cleaning and sanitizing each of the facilities.

Students, in addition, have become accustomed to properly washing their hands while wearing face masks.