Safe and Open Schools Plan
Rochester Public Schools

Rochester Public Schools' Safe and Open Schools Plan was designed through extensive expert advice and input from diverse members of the Rochester Public Schools community.


As the title suggests, it seeks to keep our schools both safe and open in the school year ahead. While deep analysis and community input have informed the development of this plan, it is unquestionably a work in progress. We will update the Safe and Open Schools Plan as the science of defeating the COVID-19 virus advances and as we receive additional input from our community. 

The recommendations in the RPS Safe and Open Schools Plan are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Additional analysis and input were provided by the school district’s COVID-19 Advisory Team, which includes administrators from our school district, members of the Rochester School Board, and representatives of the Rochester Education Association, Olmsted County’s Public Health Services, and the Mayo Clinic. 

Following the release of the RPS Safe and Open Schools Plan, schools and educational programs within Rochester Public Schools will update their COVID-19 Preparedness Plans to align with the strategies outlined in this plan.

The plan be downloaded from here: 

Safe and Open Schools Plan