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RPS Return to Learn Protocol

Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Updated Sections: Thursday, July 23, 2020
Updated: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2020

While we are in the business of educating, our priority is the safety of our students and our employees. Ralston Public Schools would like to share our approved plan for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year - the RPS Return to Learn Protocol. 

** Current Instructional Level (As of July 23, 2020) - Yellow Level **

District Message to Families (7/23/2020) to Communicate Level Change:  English  Spanish

Return to Learn Protocol Instructional Levels

Spanish Return to Learn Instructional Levels Graphic


Important Information for Yellow Instructional Level

• Red Square/Blue Triangle Calendar: August 2020

Students will only attend school in-person on their team's specific days noted in the attached calendar. When not attending school in-person, students will complete their assignments on their own from home.

The first day of school, August 11, will be Red Square Day. The school day will start at 8:00 am. Elementary will dismiss starting at 2:00 pm, middle school at 2:04 pm, and high school at 2:30 pm.

Click to view the calendar:  English  Spanish

• Student Group Assignments

Once you have completed your student’s Online Verification through R-Kids for the 2020-2021 school year, you will be able to see your student's team assignment.

Students will be assigned to one of two groups - the Red Square Group or the Blue Triangle Group.

Students within the same family or who live at the same residence will attend school on the same day. RPS Parents/Guardians, online verification must be completed through R-Kids for each student you have attending Ralston Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

How to access R-Kids:

1. Visit

3. Enter your user ID

4. Enter your password

5. Click Sign In

6. Click on the student(s) name you wish to see.

Where to Find Your Students Team Assignment:
After completing your student’s online verification in R-Kids, your student’s team assignment will be located with their student schedule. Online Verification must be complete before you see your student’s group assignment. Once complete, you will click on Student Schedule on the left-hand side of the screen. Your student's team assignment will be near the top middle of the screen, under your child’s homeroom teacher assignment.

For Ralston High School Students Only - Red Square A1/B1, Blue Triangle A2/B2:
Students enrolled in classes at Ralston High School already on an A/B rotation, will be separated into two groups (Red A1-B1, Blue A2 - B2). Please look for communication from Ralston High School this Sunday (August 2nd) with further explanation and additional information.


Green, Yellow and Red Instruction Levels 

Return to Learn Protocol Info Graphic of Instructional Levels:

English     • Spanish


Extended Campus Learning Program (Updated July 23, 2020)

It is our goal to respond to families with flexibility, creativity, patience, partnership, care, compassion, grit, and gratitude.  We know there are families with students who have a documented medical reason or are not comfortable being at school because of COVID-19.  The Extended Campus Learning option will be available.  Extended Campus Learning will provide students with access to grade level learning opportunities from the home.  Families who elect to participate in Extended Campus Learning must adhere and follow these guidelines:

  • Families must complete the Extended Campus Learning form to enroll in the program.  (Note: We already have this information from families who expressed this concern in the Parent Survey released on July 2nd.  If you are one of these families, you DO NOT need to complete this form again).  

  • Link to the English Form
  • Link to the Spanish Form

  • If a family moves into the District after July 24th and elects to participate in this program, they will complete the form at the time of registration.  A separate form is needed for each student.   

  • When a student commits to Extended Campus Learning, they are committing to at least one academic quarter (August through October), allowing RPS to plan for proper staffing, curriculum sequence, and grading.  Students and their families will have to decide midway through the first quarter if they intend to stay with Extended Campus Learning into the second quarter.  

  • Ralston Public Schools is currently working on the specifics of the Extended Campus Learning Program.  More information will be communicated in the near future.  

Important Clarification - students who are attending school on campus and who become ill or need to quarantine for 14 days or less will continue to work with their assigned classroom teacher following traditional illness procedures and policies.  Illnesses beyond 14 days will be handled on an individual basis.


Return to Learn Protocol for the 2020/2021 School Year

The RPS Return to Learn Protocol is a plan designed to provide options and clear guidelines to open our schools while keeping the health and safety of our students, staff, and community as a priority. As we continue to take direction from local and state health officials, this plan allows for flexibility during the school year in response to the current health status of our community. We hope this provides you with an overview of the health and safety measures that will be required within our schools to keep them open, safe, and healthy.

The Board approved the Return to Learn Protocol as presented on July 13, 2020, with these additional conditions: 

  • RPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Adler will have the ability to make necessary changes in implementing the protocol, so District students, staff, and employees are provided the safest environment possible.

  • The Board of Education directs the District Administration Team to implement this protocol to its fullest.

  • Any changes necessary would be acted upon first and then reported to the Board of Education for validation at the first Board meeting possible after said action.   

PDF files for the Return to Learn Protocol

- Click to view a PDF of the entire Return to Lean Protocol - English   Spanish

- Click below to view a table with more information from our Return to Learn Protocol such as bussing, cleaning procedures, self-screening, cafeteria/meals, enhanced 2020-2021 school calendar, and other areas of interest.

• English Version of Return to Learn Protocol Table
• Spanish Version of Return to Learn Protocol Table


Revised 2020-2021 School Calendar

Included in this revised calendar are a few additions and revisions to the initial 2020-2021 school calendar. These revisions allow for flexibility in scheduling to provide an opportunity to adapt and navigate the potential unknowns as the 2020-2021 school year unfolds. These additions and revisions will allow the District to serve, communicate, and adapt to the needs of our school community better amidst a public health crisis.

• Click HERE to view the 2020-2021 School Calendar


Additional Important Information...

• July 28, 2020 District Message to Families:  English   Spanish

• July 23, 2020 District Message to Families:  English   Spanish

• July 16, 2020 District Message to Families:  English   Spanish

• Update Contact Information: The District needs to have your most updated contact information so you can receive important updates and information throughout the school year. Our R-Kids website received an update over the summer. It will look a little different from the previous version. Please click HERE to make sure your contact information is up-to-date.

• Back to School Events: District schools will not be hosting "in-person" back to school nights or the traditional "Rams Under the Lights" event. Each school will welcome back families, introduce staff, communicate school expectations, and safety protocol virtually. Please look for communications from your school on this as we move into August. 

• Parent/Teacher Conferences: Parent/Teacher Conferences for September and October will be held virtually. Schools will communicate specific information as we get closer to conference dates.

• Outdoor Education: When looking at the overall safety and health of our students and staff, we are concerned our families may be hesitant to have their child attend Outdoor Education if we hold this in the fall. With this in mind, the District has decided to postpone Outdoor Education until the spring. We have connected with the Eastern Nebraska 4H Camp and have reserved dates for late April/early May. We will send specific dates and more details when they become available. Outdoor Education is an incredibly valuable experience, both academically and for social development, and RPS wants to do everything we can to allow our sixth-grade students to experience this yearly tradition.