2020-2021 Ripon Unified Reopening Plan

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Updated 7-15-20

Dear Ripon Unified Families and Staff,


We are most appreciative of your patience and understanding during these ever evolving and changing times of this continued COVID-19 pandemic.  With joyful anticipation we had hoped that we would be able to welcome our students back to our school campus facilities on August 12th.  Many districts throughout our state have already determined their schools will plan to return to distance learning for at least the first part of the school year as a precautionary safety measure.  In light of the surge of new COVID-19 cases in our county and our concern for the health and safety of our students and staff, it is no longer a viable option to open school campuses for the beginning of the school year.


According to the joint press release of San Joaquin Public Health Officer Dr. Maggie Park and Superintendent Jamie Mousalimas on July 12th, “…show a surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases that has created a situation that is worse than it was on March 13th, when San Joaquin County schools were recommended to close.  Currently, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in San Joaquin County has risen to 6,988, and the ICUs in our seven area hospitals are at 121% capacity.  Children younger than 18 years old account for 642 of the positive case count.” 


We also have received an Amendment #1: 2020-2021 School Year Planning: A Guide to Address the Challenges of COVID-19, a joint recommendation from Dr. Park and Superintendent Mousalimas to begin the year with a full distance learning model.  As such, we want to inform you that as of today we will not be returning to school campuses on August 12th.  Instead we are moving forward with implementing a distance learning plan with greater support and expectations for all until September 4th**. 


Staff has been planning and receiving professional development in preparation for this move to return to the all distance learning instructional platforms.  New requirements are in place for providing distance learning including the amount of contact with students regarding instructional time and attendance procedures. We have also been working to refine a blended learning plan in the event we are able to quickly transition back to class with a limited number of students in order to maintain social distancing guidelines, as well as other safety protocols.


Working together, our Ripon Unified Team is committed to providing our students with learning that has evidence of rigor, relevance, and relationships while preparing them to become future contributing citizens.   Our ultimate goal continues to be providing educational opportunities at our school classroom campuses.


If you have questions or need further information please reach out to your school office staff and/or principal, email is still best.  We will share new information as soon as it becomes available.  Please take good care.



Dr. Ziggy Robeson, Superintendent  



**If you are choosing to continue with Off-Campus Distance Learning beyond the time of this temporary campus closure, you must complete the Request for Off-Campus Distance Learning Form and email to: registration@riponusd.net by Friday, July 17, 2020. 

Estimadas Familias y Personal del Distrito Unificado de Ripon:


Apreciamos su paciencia y comprensión durante este tiempo inconstante ya que tanto cambio continua con la pandemia de COVID-19. Con alegre anticipación, esperábamos poder dar la bienvenida a nuestros estudiantes de regreso a clase el 12 de agosto. Muchos distritos en el estado de California ya han determinado que sus escuelas planean volver a la educación de distancia durante la primera parte del año escolar como medida de seguridad preventiva. En vista del aumento de nuevos casos de COVID-19 en nuestro condado y nuestra preocupación por la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal, ya no es una opción abrir las clases al comienzo del año escolar.


Según la comunicación de prensa conjunto de la Dr. Maggie Park, Oficial de Salud Pública de San Joaquín, y el Superintendente Jamie Mousalimas el 12 de julio, "... un aumento en los casos confirmados de COVID-19 que ha creado una situación que es peor que el 13 de marzo, cuando se recomendó cerrar las escuelas del condado de San Joaquin. Actualmente, el número de casos positivos de COVID-19 en el Condado de San Joaquín han aumentado a 6,988, y las UCI en nuestros siete hospitales del área tienen una capacidad del 121%. Los niños menores de 18 años representan 642 casos positivos ".


También hemos recibido una Enmienda # 1: Planificación del año escolar 2020-2021: Una guía para dirigirnos durante los desafíos de COVID-19, las recomendaciones de la Dr. Park y el superintendente Mousalimas es de comenzar el año con un modelo de aprendizaje a distancia completo. Como tal, queremos informarles que a partir de hoy no volveremos a las escuelas el 12 de agosto. En cambio, estamos avanzando con la implementación de un plan de aprendizaje a distancia con mayor apoyo y expectativas para todos empezando el 12 de agosto hasta el 4 de septiembre **.


El personal ha estado planeando y recibiendo desarrollo profesional en preparación para este movimiento para regresar a instrucción de aprendizaje a distancia. Existen nuevos requisitos para proporcionar educación a distancia, incluida la cantidad de contacto con los estudiantes con respecto al tiempo de instrucción y los procedimientos de asistencia. También hemos estado trabajando para refinar un plan de aprendizaje combinado en el caso de que podamos volver rápidamente a la clase con un número limitado de estudiantes para mantener los requisitos de distanciamiento social, así como otras regulaciones de seguridad.


Trabajando juntos, nuestro equipo unificado de Ripon se compromete a proporcionar a nuestros estudiantes un aprendizaje que tenga evidencia de rigor, relevancia y relaciones, al tiempo que los prepara para convertirse en contribuyentes de la comunidad. Nuestro objetivo final sigue siendo brindar oportunidades educativas en nuestras escuelas.


Si tiene preguntas o necesita más información, comuníquese con el personal de la oficina de su escuela y / o el/la directora/a, por correo electrónico sigue siendo la mejor opción. Compartiremos nueva información tan pronto como esté disponible. Favor cuídense bien.



Dr. Ziggy Robeson, Superintendente



** Si elige continuar con el aprendizaje a distancia pasado del 4 de septiembre, debe completar el Formulario de Solicitud de Aprendizaje a Distancia y enviar al correo electrónico: registration@riponusd.net antes del viernes 17 de julio, 2020


Ripon Unified School District 
304 N. Acacia Avenue 
Ripon CA 95366 
(209) 599-2131

Office Hours (School in Session)

Mon - Fri: 8:00 am to 4 pm

Summer Hours

Mon - Thu: 8:00 am to 4 pm

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This school district does not accept any form of discrimination harassment, intimidation, or bullying, based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, political affiliation, marital or parental status, mental or physical disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation, in its educational program(s) or employment. No person shall be denied employment solely because of any impairment which is unrelated to the ability to engage in activities involved in the position(s) or program for which application has been made. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, Ripon Unified School District will provide you with one upon notice. Direct any complaints to: Dr. Ziggy Robeson at 304 N. Acacia Avenue, Ripon CA, 95366. Phone number is 209-599-2131.