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On April 23, Governor Walz extended Distance Learning through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) defines Distance Learning as Students engaging in distance learning have access to appropriate educational materials and receive daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s).

It is Rochester Public Schools’ goal for students to continue to learn during this DL period. Students are expected to be connecting each day, interacting with their teacher, and engaging in learning. We understand that this new format may create a challenge for some families. We are here to support you, and we encourage you to do the best you can, given the resources and time you have. 

Your child's social and emotional well-being is important to us. Our teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers are here to support you and your children. Do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher and/or building principal if you are in need of academic or social and emotional assistance. Each school has resource phone numbers for academic and basic need supports. 

This is a work in progress. Schools across the globe are fundamentally shifting the way we educate children. In Minnesota, we are developing new systems in less than two weeks. The shift to distance learning will require patience, understanding, support, and forgiveness for all involved.