Information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

For more info call the RUSD Novel Coronavirus Hotline at:

or visit the below websites:

Centers for Disease Control -
Riverside Public Health –
Riverside Unified School District -

Riverside Unified School Closures

The public’s health and safety continue to be paramount to Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) and all of its community and educational partners. As school district employees and members of the community, we recognize that we must take appropriate measures to do our part in controlling and containing the potential spread of the virus. We continue to follow the guidance of public health experts on how we can keep our community safe.

In light of new information, the Superintendent is required to extend the closure of schools and any student-related activities effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through Thursday, April 30, 2020. The closures of schools have real consequences beyond the loss of instructional time. This is not an easy decision and not one we take lightly. Please know that to date, no student or staff has tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our services for students receiving special education are discontinued during the closure and like other services, will be evaluated moving forward. Students and families will continue to have access to their services from Inland Regional Center (IRC). If you have questions related to IRC, please contact (951) 826-2600.

“At Home Learning” resources are available digitally on our website and will be distributed at schools sites tomorrow. An update on additional At Home Learning Resources will be provided by the end of the day, Friday, April 3, 2020. Nutrition Services will continue to provide meals for RUSD students through April 30, 2020. Details are posted on our website. RUSD thanks our communities in advance, knowing that lives are being disrupted to some extent during this fluid time.

For more information go to and our Hotline Number 951-778-5555.

Governor Executive ORder "Stay-At-Home"

As you are aware, last night, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order, which orders all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence until further notice. We know that you have questions about the impact of this order on our RUSD community. This is different from the closure of schools as it relates to the attendance of students and staff. School district essential services have not been shut down by this order. The critical functions of education are exempt. Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

RUSD will continue to provide:

  • School meals using social distance practices.
  • At Home Learning opportunities to students, to the extent feasible. 

As Governor Newsom said, “We’re going to keep the grocery stores open. We’re going to make sure that you’re getting critical medical supplies.”

Moreover, City of Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “If you need to go out for a walk or a bike ride, just make sure you observe social distancing and stay at least six feet away from other people.

Please take this time to ensure your own health, safety and well-being whenever possible. All of us are in this together.

Health and safety Reminders

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Lookout for friends and loved ones who would be considered more vulnerable and offer support. Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional. 
• The California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and states handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases. 
• If your student has been to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, or Japan in the past two weeks, we will follow the recommendation of CDC and require that they not return to school for 14 days from the day after they left the affected area. This will allow time for medical evaluations and to ensure the safety of everyone. We urge you to be in communication with your student’s school site.
Because this situation remains fluid, we encourage parents to stay informed with the latest information by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page, located at
Thank you for your cooperation and support in helping us to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment. 

The following is a link with useful information regarding Novel Coronavirus Disease and Children: