A Message From Our Superintendent

September 24, 2021

Dear RASD Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

RASD students and staff continue to teach and learn in a healthy and safe school environment. All schools are open for in person instruction. COVID positivity amongst our students and staff this week remains low. Nearly 95% of our students are learning in person. Approximately 83% of our staff are vaccinated. Students continue to participate in extra-curricular activities and we have not had to cancel any events due to COVID.

Parents and guardians are doing an outstanding job keeping their children home if they are not feeling well. The students are doing an excellent job with the face covering expectations. Thanks to everyone’s efforts we have seen a dramatic decrease in number of students who are positive in school and in the number of students needing to be excluded for close contact. This reduces instructional time loss and frustration with transitioning students between in person learning and remote learning.

RASD enjoyed seeing students and families at open house this week and at many of our home athletic events. The week of September 27 is RASD’s spirit week for homecoming. RHS Student Council has done a fantastic job planning events for the coming week, which include a snake walk, bonfire, and homecoming dance on the tennis courts. As a reminder all guests and visitors to District campuses are expected to wear face coverings. Click here to access this week’s health and safety report that includes information on face coverings and expectations.

Together we can keep students and staff healthy and safe and participating in person for instruction and extracurricular activities. Let’s get ready for homecoming Elkers!#ElkerPride


Heather A. McMahon-Vargas, Superintendent