Opening of Schools 2020-2021

Elementary School In-Person Attendance Preview

Middle & High School In-Person Attendance Preview

Choice Transition Window Graphic

We would like to remind RUSD families that the Program Choice Transition window, which had been presented in board meetings on 8/04/2020 and 10/6/2020, will be opening soon. To date, the District has received 2,793 requests. Teams worked diligently to accommodate as many as possible and so far have been able to honor 74% of those submitted. Beginning 11/18/2020, we will accept additional requests (at this time for secondary only). It is important to note that requests may be honored only where there is space availability, which is very limited at the current time. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these extraordinary circumstances.

For more info call the RUSD Novel Coronavirus Hotline at:

or visit the below website:

Riverside Public Health –

Thank you for your continued patience and resilience as we are still experiencing the changes in education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We stand firm in our commitment to provide an exemplary instructional program and meet the needs of our students, families and staff.

Opening of Schools Task Force

We have over 250 members representing students, families, classified and certificated staff, district and site administrators, as well as community members collaborating in Action Teams. The members span from different grade levels, neighborhoods and perspectives, including healthcare professionals who are proposing tangible recommendations.

They are working through the summer to identify best practices to open schools as safely as possible for students and staff. There are no easy choices and we are working as a team to be stronger together. We pride ourselves with being a district of choices. RUSD is currently exploring various solutions for delivering instruction and the reopening of schools, including in-school and virtual options. The details of these plans are currently being designed by the Action Teams and developed in the coming weeks. An update and proposed recommendation will be shared at the July 8, 2020 RUSD Board of Education meeting and can be viewed HERE.


Student, Family and Staff Survey Results

Email invitations to participate in feedback surveys were sent to student, family and staff emails. The survey results are currently being used in the Action Teams to assist in planning. The survey results can be viewed in the below document container.
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We thank all of the students and families who responded to the surveys. Below, you will find a summary of responses:

  Families  Students (Grades 5-12)
Total responses  5,958 (65% had children in elementary grades, 35% in secondary grades 1,515 (69% from high school students)
Distance Learning 73% spent between 1-4 hours engaging in distance learning 73% spent between 1-4 hours engaging in distance learning
Helpfulness during Distance Learning 74% felt their student’s school was actively helpful 66% felt their school was actively helpful in Distance Learning
How RUSD & schools can be MORE helpful 66% Increase the amount of live lessons available while in Distance Learning

60% Provide clearer instructions with Distance Learning activities

52% Make it easier for my student to get help on assignments
63% Provide clearer instructions with my Distance Learning activities

48% Make it easier for me to get help on my assignments

43% Provide more opportunities to engage with my friends
Challenges faced with Distance Learning 68% My student missed his/her friends from school

46% Helping my student complete his/her distance learning work

34% Dealing with my student's worry over distance learning
62.4% Missing my friends from school

32.6% Dealing with my worry over distance learning

31.2% Having a quiet place to do my work
Preferred method of communication 57% Email

14% Text message
45% Email
35% Google Classroom

Additionally, families considered the following conditions as most important for returning to school:

69.3% Limit sharing of belongings (by students/teachers)
65.5% Taking temperature of every student upon entering school
60.9% Every student sits farther apart from each other (social distancing)
53.2% Staff wear face coverings
48.1% Students wear face coverings
47.8% Limited use of common areas, such as: lunch shelters, libraries, cafeterias, multi-purpose room

Safety, learning and the well-being of students and staff remain a core principle. We remain focused on providing equity and access for all, with our partnership with families and staff. We thank you for your confidence in RUSD as we continue to plan for a thoughtful and safe opening of schools.

If you have specific questions for an action team lead, please visit our Action Team page

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles