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MDE Family guidance

As Minnesota school districts and charter schools plan for the 2020-21 school year, so are Minnesota families.

This document gives families a quick overview of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidance for schools and so families know what information they should expect from their child’s school. 


ECFE Parent Support

Rochester Community Education is offering Online Parenting Support through Early Childhood Family Services. 

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Emotional Wellness by RPS

Student and Family Resource Lines serve as your connection to the student supports at your school.

Just like you may call or stop by the counselor or social worker’s office, we encourage you to use the Resource Line during this time of distance learning. If you are worried about how your child is doing emotionally or need help accessing community services, we are here to support you.

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Need a Mask?

After receiving 4,000 homemade masks for first responders and other front line workers, the City of Rochester is ready to distribute the remaining face coverings to individuals in need.

Cloth masks will be available at the locations listed below. Supplies are limited.
  • Rochester Public Library Bookmobile: Visit their website or call (507) 328-2300 for a list of upcoming Bookmobile stops.
  • The Day Center: The Day Center is open from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM and is located in the Mayo Civic Center at 30 Civic Center Drive SE.
  • Rochester Police Department squad cars: Each squad car will have homemade masks. Individuals can ask patrol officers for a mask
  • Rochester Fire Stations: Visit any Fire Station in town between the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 
    • Fire Station 1: 521 S Broadway
    • Fire Station 2: 2185 Wheelock Drive NE
    • Fire Station 3: 2755 2nd Street SW
    • Fire Station 4: 1875 41st Street NW
    • Fire Station 5: 305 28th Street SE
    • Temporary Silver Lake Fire Station: 702 W Silver Lake Drive NE
  • Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association: Call (507) 289-5960 for additional information.
    • Main Office at 2500 Valleyhigh Drive NW between 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday
    • Meadow Park Office at 1348 3rd Avenue SE between 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday

Technology and Internet

Federal Communications Commission agreement states that internet and telephone providers will waive late fees, will not cut-off service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots to any American who needs them.

  • Comcast COVID-19 response: is offering free WiFi for 60 days, all Xfinity hotspots are free, unlimited data, and flexible payment plans with no disconnect or late fees during this time.  
  • Charter Spectrumis offering free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • AT&T COVID-19 response: is offering open hot-spots and unlimited data to existing customers. There are options for $10/month plans to low income families, and no disconnect or late fees in the next 60 days. 
  • Verizon COVID-19 response: is waiving late fees for 60 days from March 16- May 13, and will not terminate service through April 30. Verizon will offer unlimited domestic calling to customers on limited-minute plans, and waive activation fees on new lines and upgrades.
  • Sprint COVID-19 response: is providing unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered data plans, giving 20 GB of free mobile hotspot to customers with hotspot-capable devices, and waiving per-minute toll charges for international calls from the U.S. to CDC- defined Level 3 countries.
  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: is offering all current customers on legacy plans unlimited high-speed data, customers on smartphone plans with hotspot data will receive an additional 20GB of smartphone mobile hotspot, and free international calling.

Food and Meals

Rochester Public Schools participates in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). 

Meals are served free of charge to all children 18 years old and younger. Meals will consist of a lunch with breakfast included for the next day.

For more information view the flyer below.

Image of the Printable PDF of the Summer Meals 2020 Flyer


Staying Active and Social Distancing

Rochester Minnesota Safe Routes to School is spreading the word on how to stay active outside while safely social distancing.

Check out some of the resources available below.

Minnesota Safe Routes to School First Page of Flyer

Community Partners

Rochester Public Schools is collaborating with a variety of non-profit organizations, the city of rochester, and many of our partners to provide community resources for our families.

Channel One Regional Food Bank
City of Rochester, MN
United Way of Olmsted County
Olmsted County Resource Finder

Health and Safety during COVID-19

This video helps prepares children for a COVID-19 nasal swab test and helps ease some of their potential fear and anxiety. When children are prepared to take a medical test, they become more cooperative and compliant, which creates a positive coping experience for them. 

How to make a mask:

The CDC recently recommended that all individuals wear cloth face masks or coverings when in public. Face masks do not replace social distancing measures, but they can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.

It is recommended that all masks be in alignment with the CDC’s guidelines for masks.  There are a number of patterns available that follow CDC requirements. They include:

  • CDC Pattern
  • Deaconess Health How to make a Face Mask (video
  • Allina Health How to make a face mask (PDF)
  • Filter Opening Face Mask Pattern (video)