Pandemic Response Plan

District Suspends Face-to-Face Learning until October 16, 2020

The following is an email, which was sent to all families on Saturday, October 4:

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

Last night (October 2) the School Board held an emergency school board meeting, at the request of Richland County Public Health.  The Health Department asked the Board to review our local COVID-19 related data and consider suspending face-to-face instruction for students for a two-week period to assist the community in combating the rapid spread of COVID-19 in our county.  This meeting resulted in the decision to suspend all face-to-face instruction through October 16th.  Cocurricular activities (including athletics) will also be suspended through October 12.  The School Board will continue to review our county-level data to make any further decisions.

We are expecting students will continue to engage in learning activities.  Building principals will be sending out further information to parents and students with specifics for each grade level and/or building.  Please continue to be vigilant in taking necessary precautions to combat this virus.  Our Health Department is asking us to remind everyone It is imperative that we all continue to follow CDC guidelines regarding handwashing, social distancing, and face coverings.  In addition, you should monitor your children’s health and contact your school and local public health if your child is experiencing any symptoms of, or has tested positive for, the COVID-19 virus.  Please visit the Pandemic Response Plan on the District website for more resources and information.

On Monday, September 21, 2020, the Richland School Board approved the USDA program, which allows the District to offer free breakfasts and lunches to all students and residents in the District boundaries (18 years of age and under).  Now that the District has made the decision to suspend face-to-face learning through October 16, 2020, we would like to offer families the option to have nutritious and balanced meals delivered to homes within the District.

If you have ALREADY signed up for Meal Delivery:  You will not need to do anything more to continue to receive meals.  However, everyone enrolled will now receive five (5) breakfasts and five (5) lunches for each child in your household, starting Wednesday, October 7, 2020.  This quantity is meant to supply your children with nutritious and balanced meals for one week at a time.  Once the suspension of face-to-face learning is over (October 19), we will revert to your original request of meals.

If you have NOT already signed up for Meal Delivery:  Please visit the website and click on the Complimentary Meal Program link (or visit For ParentsàRSD Food Service) and fill out the form.  You should select the option of “Deliver During Remote Learning Only” if you do not wish to continue this service once face-to-face learning resumes.  If you DO wish to continue this service once we resume face-to-face learning, please select the educational option your child(s) was enrolled in (ex: Attending In-Person on M/T/R/F and Remote-Learning on Wednesdays).  You will receive five (5) breakfasts and five (5) lunches for each child in your household, starting Wednesday, October 7, 2020. This quantity is meant to supply your children with nutritious and balanced meals for one week at a time.  Once the suspension of face-to-face learning is over, we will revert to your selected request of meals.

For Monday (October 5) and Tuesday (October 6):    Meals will be made available for pick-up at Richland Center High School on Monday and Tuesday (October 5 and 6).  The first delivery of meals will start Wednesday, October 7, 2020.  We would encourage families to call the Food Service Office (608-647-6063) prior to 9:00AM on Monday and Tuesday, so we may be best prepared to meet these requests.  You may pick up a cold breakfast and cold lunch anytime between 7:00AM and 2:00PM.  Or you may pick up a cold breakfast and a HOT lunch between 11:00AM and 1:00PM on Monday and Tuesday.

Sign-up Deadlines:  In order to properly prepare an accurate number of meals, we are asking families to sign-up no later than 3:00PM on Monday, October 5, 2020 to be included in the October 7th delivery.  If you sign up after this time, you may need to arrange pick-up for this first round of meals.
  1. Meals will be delivered to residences within the District boundaries on Wednesdays only.  All meals (Breakfasts and Lunches) will be packaged together for the number of days your child is not attending school in-person.  
  2. Cooler or other container should be left near the stop (similar to the summer) so that meals can be protected from elements and maintain proper food temperatures.
  3. Arrangements should be made to bring the food indoors and refrigerated (as needed) as quickly as possible after delivery.
  4. Sign-ups should be completed no later than Noon on Monday (Exception:  3:00PM on Monday, October 5), prior to Wednesday's delivery.  Reminder:  You will only need to sign up one time to be included in the program throughout its duration.
If you have any meal-related questions, or need to make changes to your meal preferences, please contact Food Service Director, Jodie Pretsch, at 608.647.6063, or via email at

For general questions, please contact Jarred Burke, District Administrator via email at  He will be monitoring emails over the weekend and make every attempt to respond in a timely fashion.

Richland School District Administrative Team


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