School Board Approves Return to School: Base Model Plan for Fall 2020
Rochester Public Schools

On August 10, the School Board unanimously approved the Return to School: Base Model Plan for Fall 2020.


Now that the plan has been approved, we will continue to build out our website to help parents with their questions and provide resources for distance learning.

The board meeting replay is available online at Youtube.com/ISD535. To read the presentation details, view the powerpoint below.

Fall 2020 Base Plan Presentation

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.

Family Needs Assessment

Please remember to complete the Needs Assessment Form to help the district assess the needs for Technology, Student Nutrition, and Child Care. 

Families should complete an assessment for each child enrolled at RPS. For example, if you have two children enrolled, you would fill out the form for child one, and submit. Then, you would complete the form for child two. Families are asked to complete this form by Thursday, August 13, at 4 PM. 


If you plan to choose a Distance Learning Only Model

Preschool and Elementary school families that are choosing full-time distance learning instead of the hybrid model will receive a Distance Learning Form from their school, and are required to complete this form by Thursday, August 13, at 4 PM, so that we may properly register your child in that program. If you have not received the form in your email by the end of the day Monday, August 10, please contact your school directly. If you plan to have your child attend school somewhere other than Rochester Public Schools, please let us know that so that we can have an accurate student count for each site. If you plan for your preschool or elementary child to return to their RPS elementary school in the hybrid model, no further action is needed.