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

With a commitment to the safety of students and staff, RUSD Board of Education took swift action to close schools on March 13, 2020. This commitment resulted in immediate direction to staff to create a “At-Home Learning Resources”, meal service for all students and regular communication to staff, families and community.

In addition, RUSD proactively developed a robust Distance Learning Plan that began Monday, March 30, 2020 with staff professional development in preparation to move students from “At Home Learning Resources” to Distance Learning. Beginning April 13, 2020, students will experience standards aligned lessons and opportunities to engage with their teachers and classmates. RUSD is proud of the work taken on by dedicated certificated, classified and administrative staff to prepare for the delivery of Distance Learning for ALL students.

Earlier today, in an online press conference, Governor Gavin Newsom extended the school closure order for the remainder of the school year. We also received official notification from the Riverside County Office of Public Health that we will be closed through June 19, 2020.

We have proactively prepared for an extended school closure with the development of the Distance Learning Plan. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to virtually meet with student leaders, teachers, principals, and also parent and community leaders to plan for graduations, promotions and end of year celebrations.

Challenging times often bring out the best in every member of a family, and we are so grateful that our staff, students, families and community partners are a part of the RUSD family. This is a difficult time, and we know everyone is working hard to balance family care. We remain committed to doing our very best to provide meal service and learning for all students during this unprecedented time. We will get through this together, as an RUSD family.

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: