RBUSD COVID-19 Updates

January 12, 2021

Dear RBUSD Parent/Guardian and Staff: 

Happy 2021! Eventually, we will return to a version of normal; we are not there yet. Thank you for your patience.

Earlier this afternoon, the majority of our RBUSD Board of Education provided staff direction to postpone the reopening of in-person, hybrid instruction for Grades TK-2 until Monday, February 1, 2021. We will also extend the suspension of all outdoor athletic conditioning at RUHS until February 1, 2021. These actions are in response to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s letter (attached) that strongly recommends suspending in-person instruction for the month of January.

The letter from the LACDPH also recommends that in-person support for high need students should be limited to those necessary services and assessments that cannot be delivered virtually and cannot be reasonably postponed until February. Therefore, in-person instruction for the LIFT preschool, special-day classes including the transition program, IPASS, and RBLA, will resume in-person instruction next Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Site staff will communicate details regarding these programs and/or services directly with enrolled families. All IEP services for students not participating in the above programs, as well as services for English learners, will continue being delivered remotely.

Child Development Centers (CDC) at all elementary schools will continue to operate under current state/county Guidelines for Child Care.

As for grades 3-12, LACDPH has not yet provided any indication regarding a reopening timeline. When they do, we will communicate with you.

For staff, Team RBUSD is continuing to monitor the COVID vaccination timeline and administration options. We are working closely with Beach Cities Health District to ideally streamline this process for staff. In the meantime, please learn more about the vaccine by clicking on the BCHD link (BCHD COVID vaccine webpage). According to Cathryn Granger (see attached picture), our Health Clerk at Jefferson Elementary, “It was easy-peasy.” She received her vaccination earlier today, as health clerks and nurses fall under Phase 1A of the vaccination process.  

For more information around learning models, reopening processes, COVID data and protocols, Reopening Think Tank details, RBUSD Reopening Plan, and our relentless focus on safety, visit our website at www.rbusd.org under School Reopening. We highly recommend that all families reference the information provided here for any additional clarification as needed.

As noted in previous letters, we recognize the stress and anxiety that the rise in COVID-19 cases is causing for many of our students and families. Our counselors, teachers, administrators, and staff are here to support you. Additionally, RBUSD provides a number of social/emotional resources that families can access at little to no cost. We offer both family and community resources.

Thank you for your care and support as we work to safely return students to campus.


Steven E. Keller, Ed.D.
Proud Superintendent of Schools
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Jefferson Health Clerk

Cathryn Granger Health Clerk at Jefferson Elementary