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School Preparations Reaching Final Push
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Riverbank High custodian Amanda Skinner works to clean up the water fountain outside the entrance to the old Bruin gym on the RHS campus. Janitorial staff and groundskeepers were hard at work this past week preparing for the upcoming start of the 2018-19 school year. Ric McGinnis/The News

There’s good news – and bad news – on the horizon in Riverbank. Of course, it all depends on your point of view.

Perhaps it’s the parents who might regard it as good news, that students will be returning to the hallowed halls of academia as they head back to school next week. On the other hand, it might be the pupils who could regard it as bad news.

Students who were having fun with their time off, or those who might be working to save up some money, might begrudge their return to classrooms on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

But those parents who’ve been having to work around children with a lot of time off, and still having to work at their jobs, are likely breathing a little sigh of relief.

Nonetheless, school is beginning once again. In fact, Round-Up Days are underway today, Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Cardozo Middle School, while Bruin Day at the high school is happening in the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium on the RHS campus.

The Cardozo schedule started at 9 a.m. Wednesday, and was to continue until 11 a.m., for seventh and eighth grade students. Thursday, sixth grade students are scheduled to register between 9 a.m. and noon. Leadership class students are to provide tours of the campus, with a BBQ lunch afterward for the sixth graders.

Over on the RHS campus, Bruin Day is going on Aug. 1 as well.

The schedule at the high school also was to begin at 9 a.m. this morning, with ninth graders up first. At 10 a.m., 10th graders are to line up, then at 11 a.m., 11th graders, and at noon, the 12th graders.

The high schoolers will be picking up their class schedules, purchase Student Body cards, and perhaps purchase yearbooks, and gym clothes for PE class.

Classes are scheduled to begin on all Riverbank Unified School District campuses on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Teachers will be returning to campus starting on Friday, Aug. 3 in preparation for next week’s start of the 2018-19 school year.