As we head into the 2020-2021 school year, we want you to know that we are working hard to create a SAFE environment, building STRONG partnerships and plans of action, and we are READY to help our students jump back into learning.

Return to School:
Base Model Plan for Fall 2020

Staff, students, and community partners spent the summer preparing for the return of students in September. This letter will present the Rochester Public School District’s base learning model, which will be discussed with greater detail to the School Board on Monday, August 10. You will be able to live stream this meeting and listen to the conversation at YouTube.com/ISD535

Throughout the entire school year, RPS will use guidance from state and local health department officials, local medical experts and Minnesota Department of Education to advise our practices. This year's return to school will come with some new protocols and procedures in order to keep everyone safe and healthy. While it will alter certain aspects of the school day, our goal is to maintain a normalized environment where students can learn and teachers can teach.

This plan was created in the best interest of the health and safety of our students and staff, and we are prepared to implement this base learning model following School Board approval.

Read the entire RPS Return to School: Base Model Plan

A high-level overview of the RPS Return to School Recommendation plan is available below. This plan was presented to the students, staff, and school board on August 4th. 

Read the entire RPS Return to School Recommendation Plan

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Back to School Essentials

With the 2020-2021 school year quickly approaching, we've gathered helpful information to keep you connected as you and your family prepare for school.

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COVID-19 Information

Looking for updates on COVID procedures, FAQs, and resources? Check out our COVID communication hub.

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Calendars for 2020-2021

The new 2020-2021 start date for K-12 students is September 2 in order to allow for additional staff development and planning time described in the base learning model which was approved by the school board. PreK’s first day will be September 8.

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Masks at RPS

Starting Saturday, July 25, Rochester Public Schools staff, students (age five and up), and visitors entering any RPS facility are required to wear face coverings, unless an exemption applies. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

We know you may have questions as we transition into Fall 2020; we've compiled some of our most common questions and answers.

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