Rescue Union School District

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Confirmed COVID Cases in RUSD, Updated on April 7, 2021:

Location Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb  March   April 
Green Valley Elementary School 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Jackson Elementary School 0 0 0 3 4 5 3 1 2
Lakeview Elementary School 1 0 0 5 2 2 2 0 0
Lake Forest Elementary School 0 0 1 1 3 3 2 2 0
Rescue Elementary School 0 0 1 2 4 3 0 5 0
Marina Village Middle School 0 0 0 7 3 5 1 1 0
Pleasant Grove Middle School 0 0 0 5 7 3 3 0 0
Hybrid Staff 0 0 0 4 9 9 1 1 0
Frontier Staff 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Percentage of total positive cases   
Total Students: 3452 0.03% 
0.72% 0.61% 0.32%
Total Staff: 419 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.95% 2.15% 2.15% 0.24% 0.24% 0.00%
Total Hybrid (In-Person) Students: 2750 0.04% 0.00% 0.07% 0.91% 0.91% 0.76% 0.40% 0.33% 0.00%
Total Hybrid (In-Person) Staff: 388 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 1.03% 2.32% 2.32% 0.26% 0.26% 0.00%
Total Frontier (Distance Learning) Students: 702 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Total Frontier (Distance Learning) Staff: 38 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 2.63% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%

Message from the Superintendent - February 26,  2021 (PDF Version)

Dear RUSD Families,

Today was extremely busy for our teachers and staff! Not only was it a report card preparation day, a distance learning day, but our classrooms were measured and reconfigured to adhere to the latest guidelines from CDPH. This was no easy feat. Our programs are now established. The students in Frontier will need to remain in Frontier until the end of these school year. Any Frontier student who is interested in returning to in-person instruction may do so for the 2021-2022 school year.
Transportation: Please note that if you are interested in using our transportation system, that information is on the RUSD Transportation website. If you have not used our transportation yet this year, we ask that you fill out an application first. If you have questions, you may reach out to Claudia Spillers, our Transportation Director at You will also find the schedule for bus runs on the website as well.
Bell Schedule: School will be held each day from 8:55-3:10 pm for grades K-5. Remember that each Wednesday is an Early Release Schedule where students in grades K-5 will be dismissed at 2:10 pm. Transitional Kindergarten will continue to operate on the AM and PM schedule that they have had for the year. On Early Release Wednesdays, Transitional Kindergarten sessions will be from 8:55-11:00 am and from 12:05-2:10 pm. Our middle school schedule will be from 8:00-2:15. On Early Release Wednesdays, middle school students will attend school from 8:00-1:15 pm.
Calendar: Attached is the calendar for the remainder of the year for our in-person program. It is also posted on the district webpage for your convenience.
First Day, March 4: As we transition to the first full day on Thursday, March 4, it will be a lot like the very first day of school! There will be adjustments that our students, parents, and teachers will be making. Our kids will also probably be a bit tired, so encourage them to go to bed a little earlier than usual so that they can manage well for the whole day.
Food Service: We will continue providing lunch for students at no cost to families. Breakfast will also be available.
Extended Day Care: If you need your child to participate in Extended Day, please reach out to Lori Scalaro at They are working hard to expand their program so they can provide services to more students now that we will be open full time.
Health and Safety: The health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff are our top priority. Remember that all students, staff, and families are required to wear masks and engage in appropriate social distancing while on campus. If we want to remain open, we must follow our health and safety protocols carefully. We appreciate your support in this endeavor.
Have a wonderful weekend. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me at
Most sincerely,

Cheryl Olson, Superintendent

Message from the Superintendent - February 25,  2021 (PDF Version)

Dear RUSD Families,
We received clarification of the California Department of Public Health Guidelines that will allow us to open fully for in-person instruction. It has almost been a year since we were able to have our students in school fulltime. We look forward to greeting your children for their first day of fulltime in-person instruction on Thursday, March 4. (Transitional Kindergarten students will continue with their normal half day model, either in AM or PM, as Transitional Kindergarten has always been half day.) Frontier Academy will continue to operate in its current format for the remainder of the year.

Unfortunately, we will still not be able to allow parent volunteers in the classrooms or on campus. There will still not be any extra-curricular activities, sports, or field trips allowed. Band will need to be conducted outside when weather permits, with no brass or woodwind instruments allowed at this point. Thankfully, until the end of the school year, breakfast and lunch will still be provided for each student at no cost to our families.
We thank you in advance for continuing to adhere to our health and safety protocols. This will be critically important since we will have all of our hybrid students on campus each day all day. Please remember that all students, TK-8th, must wear masks. We will do our best to keep stable groups together while eating lunch and playing. Middle school groups will be larger, however, as a grade levels eat lunch together. Middle school administrators are working with staff and students to create a seating arrangement for lunch periods to lessen stable group contact. Transportation will also be available on a regular schedule, both before and after school, as will Extended Day services.

For your convenience, please see the attached calendar. We will be going back to the early release Wednesday model, as outlined on the calendar. Lastly, remember that with larger numbers of students in each class, if we have to quarantine, it will most likely be the entire class, as the new guidelines state that a close contact is someone who has been within 6-feet of the positive case for a cumulative 15 minutes in a 24- hour period.

Thank you again for your support, patience, and partnership through this extremely challenging time. We appreciate our entire Rescue Team made up of families, teachers, and staff. Our teachers and staff are the best and they will work extremely hard to be prepared for Thursday, the 4th. The classrooms have to be reconfigured and changed dramatically to be able to provide appropriate space. We appreciate all the efforts put into this. Here’s to a strong finish to the 2020-2021 school year!

Most sincerely,
Cheryl Olson