About the School

School Profile

Lompoc, located 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles in Santa Barbara County, has a population of approximately 43,500. The Lompoc Unified School District strives to provide a quality education for all its students with a wide range of programs and a talented staff dedicated to the needs of our students. The district serves approximately 9,700 students in grades TK-12 living in the city of Lompoc; the communities of Vandenberg Village, Mesa Oaks and Mission Hills; Vandenberg Air Force Base; and rural areas adjacent to these communities. Clarence Ruth Elementary School provides parents of all grade levels with the tools and strategies to help their children succeed on the California Common Core State Standards. We hold workshops so that  parents and community members can participate.

Parental Involvement

Parents have a variety of opportunities to become actively involved in the school and education of their

  • School Site Council (SSC): The SSC consists of four parents and four teachers. It modifies or develops the Clarence Ruth School Plan and budget. These parents have an opportunity to help guide the instructional plan.


  • English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC): The ELAC meets monthly to promote the involvement of parents of students learning English as a second language. Parents have an opportunity to give input into the development of the instructional plans for English learner (EL) students and to become better informed of the program requirements for EL students.


  • Parent-Teacher Association (PTA): The Clarence Ruth PTA meets monthly to plan fundraising to provide programs or services the school might otherwise not be able to afford, such as field trips and extra technology for classrooms.

Parents who wish to participate in Clarence Ruth Elementary School leadership teams, school committees, school activities or become volunteers may contact Victor Velazquez, Principal at (805) 742-2500.

School Safety

The safety of students and staff is a primary concern at Clarence Ruth Elementary School. The school is in compliance with all laws, rules and regulations pertaining to hazardous materials and state earthquake standards. The school’s disaster preparedness plan includes steps for ensuring student and staff safety during a disaster. Fire and disaster drills are conducted on a regular basis. All visitors must check in at the school office and wear a visitor’s badge while on school grounds. During lunch, recesses, and before and after school, teachers and administrators supervise students and school grounds, including the cafeteria and playgrounds, to ensure a safe and orderly environment. The Comprehensive Safety Plan was last updated and reviewed with school staff in December 2020. The plan provides students and staff a means to ensure a safe and orderly learning environment. Components of the Comprehensive Safety Plan include child-abuse reporting procedures, disaster-response procedures, procedures for safe ingress and egress from school, sexual harassment policies, and dress code guidelines. Teachers are notified when they receive students who have been suspended or expelled. A copy of the plan is available to the public at the school and district offices.