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Banner. Safe. Strong. Ready. A forward-thinking plan for school during a pandemic.

We began the start of our school year with a carefully designed plan that was in the best interest of the health and safety of our students and staff. These unprecedented times have made us reconsider how we go about educating our students, and the impressive levels of collaboration with our parents, guardians, students, partners, and staff show that we are, indeed, all in this together. 

A Forward Thinking Plan for Starting School. Safe. Strong. Ready.

Continuation of the Base Learning Model 


To date, Rochester Public Schools (RPS) has relied upon and used guidance from state and local health department officials, local medical experts and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to advise our practices. We will continue to reference this data, as well as our own data now that we have been implementing our base learning model for six weeks. 

We promised an update regarding Phase II of our Return to Learn plan by MEA Break. RPS staff and our families want our students safely back in school. Unfortunately, the county and District data continue to trend the wrong direction. For the health and safety of our community, RPS will not be adjusting our learning model at this time. This may be disappointing news to some, but based on the current information available to us, this is the best decision for our students and staff.

Read the Return to Learn: Phase II Learning Model
Read the entire RPS Return to School: Base Learning Model

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

Students wearing masks and standing 6-feet apart in a circle on a field.
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Students wearing masks while sitting at their desks in the classroom.

Heading into the Classroom

Whether you are transitioning into the Hybrid model (elementary students only) or are new to Rochester Public Schools, 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.

Visit COVID-19 Webpage

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Calendars for 2020-2021

School calendars, including ABC/special area calendars, have been updated to reflect elementary, middle, and high school schedules in this current learning model. If the learning model changes, these calendars may be updated. 

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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, so we've compiled some of our most common questions and answers.

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