October 13, 2021
Can you believe we are already in mid-October? A big “thank you” to our staff members for creating a positive and productive learning rhythm for our students.
Over the last month, we have received three persistent COVID-19 questions from parents. If you have these same questions, here are the answers:
Has there been COVID-19 transmission in RBUSD classrooms? Based on what we know today, the answer is no.
Can students spread out at lunch? Yes. We structure distancing at lunchtime, and we encourage students to help us. All we ask is that students remain in designated areas on campus to ensure proper adult supervision.
What about rainy day schedules? As each campus is unique, each school principal has designed plans in the event of rain.
You have undoubtedly read or heard about the Governor’s announcement to treat the COVID-19 vaccine similarly to the ten vaccines on the list already required by California law for students attending K-12 schools. Depending on the date of full FDA authorization, the Governor is targeting either January 1, 2022 or July 1, 2022 for adding COVID-19 to the list of required vaccines. Following full FDA approval, the Governor suggests the COVID-19 vaccine requirement be implemented in two phases with students in 7th-12th grade first followed by younger students. When we receive more detailed information, we will communicate with you.
Changing the subject, at Tuesday’s Board meeting, Mr. Marvin Brown, one of our RUHS Assistant Principals and the Race and Equity (REC) Co-Chair, and I provided an overview of this year’s REC work. You can view the PowerPoint presentation that is attached. In short, we will have three meetings in person and the focus is on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will maintain notes from these meetings and post them on our REC website within a week of each meeting. It should be noted that the REC will complete its work this year. For next year, RBUSD will create a new committee focused on considering the implementation of the Social Justice Standards and the California Department of Education’s legislated high school Ethnic Studies curriculum and course development. Any recommendation(s) from this committee will be considered by the RBUSD Board of Education.
Finally, public education is experiencing a staffing shortage. Please see the attachment for RBUSD’s first ever Job Fair that takes place tomorrow. Please send to family members or friends if they are looking for a great place to work!
Thank you for your continued support and care.
Steven E. Keller, Ed.D.
Proud Superintendent of Schools
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