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RPS Shares Proposed Return to Learn Protocol

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 proposed plan for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year - the RPS Return to Learn Protocol. 

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 outline of the health and safety measures that will be required within our schools to keep them open, safe, and healthy.

Please click on each area of our
Return to Learn Protocol Provides Details for more details.

• Three-level plan for instruction & the enhanced safety precautions

• Mask recommendation

• Enhanced cleaning procedures

Proposed 2020-2021 School Calendar Revisions

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 overview and recomendations for the revisions to the 2020-2021 school year calendar.  

• Click here to view the 2020-2021 proposed school calendar with revisions.

• Click here to view the current 2020-2021 school calendar.

** The proposed calendar revisions will go before our Board of Education for approval on Monday, July 13th.  The meeting will take place at 6:00 pm in the media center at Ralston High School to allow for proper social distancing. **


Additional Important Information...

Our team has put a lot of planning, thought, research, and care into creating our Return to Learn Protocol. We hope this message gives you an idea of how we plan to keep our school environments as safe as possible for our students and staff.

RPS will provide you up-to-date information through a variety of communication channels as additional plans become finalized.

Please Note: 

• The Return to Learn Protocol will go before our Board of Education for approval on Monday, July 13th.  The meeting will take place at 6:00 pm in the media center at Ralston High School to allow for proper social distancing.

• As we look to the start of the school year, we intend to open our buildings to all students as planned on Tuesday, August 11th.

• We continue to firm up our plans for our medically compromised students.

• We are currently working with the Douglas County Health Department on how best to handle if a student(s) or staff member tests positive for this virus.

Parent Survey

It is important all RPS fill out the Parent Survey that was included in the email sent home to families on Thursday, July 2nd.  Your response to this survey will help us to:

1) Identify which and how many students may be at-risk or electing not to return in the fall.

2) Alert the District to the potential needs for a child(ren) in your family to receive an individualized health plan or accommodations while on campus. 

Here is a link to the English RPS Parent Survey

Here is a link to the Spanish RPS Parent Survey   

In Conclusion...

Ram Family, please understand there is no way for us to satisfy all as we make these decisions. Our priority is to keep everyone safe while not making life more diffcult for our parents. Each family situation is uniquely different. We fully understand your varied concerns about health and safety, distance learning, the importance of face-to-face instruction, parents needing to work, the economy, and all of the other unexpected implications of being in school or not being in school.

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to do what is best for all of our students and employees during these challenging times.


Dr. Mark Adler
Ralston Public Schools