Welcome to the District

Welcome to the Rochester Public School District, we are so excited you're here! Our School District wants you to know you are welcome here, learn more about our You are Welcome Here initiative.

The Rochester Public District is located in the heart of South-Eastern Minnesota and part of a thriving community. Learn more about how our schools and community can impact and provide opportunities for your family.

Image of families hugging on the first day of school with the You are welcome here poster overlayed on the top,

Getting Started in the District


The State of Minnesota requires all students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12 to show they have received immunizations or an exemption.

Homeschool and Non-Public

For some families, home schooling is the appropriate educational choice for their child. For specific questions and to view the requirements, please visit the Minnesota Department of Education website.

If you determine homeschooling is the best option for your student, please complete the Homeschool Report and submit it to Rochester Public Schools by October 1.

Please read through the requirements and directions carefully. If you have questions after you have reviewed the materials and resources, please contact the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (507) 328-4300.

Early Childhood Screening

Early Childhood Screening is a free, comprehensive developmental screening for any child 3 years to 5 years living within the Rochester School District.

​Did you know that the State of Minnesota requires all children to complete a developmental screening before entering public kindergarten programs? 

The friendly staff at screening will check your child's:

  • vision
  • hearing 
  • growth 
  • immunization status
  • thinking 
  • communication and language 
  • large and small muscle control 
  • emotional development

For more information or questions, please call (507) 328-4004 or email us.

Before and After School Child Care

At Rochester Public Schools, School Age Child Care or the SACC Program provides the highest quality enrichment opportunities in a nurturing and safe environment for children in kindergarten through 5th grade.
Program offerings include:

  • School Year: Before school from 6:30 AM until the morning bell, and after school care until 6:00 PM. 
  • Summer Program and Non-School Enrichment Days: care from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM. 
  • *Inclement Weather Days: care from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

The School Age Child Care Program is available at Rochester public elementary schools where registration numbers will support an operating site. 

*SACC on days when school is closed is at the discretion of the Rochester School District Administration and/or the Governor. If all District buildings are closed to provide safety for staff and families, care will NOT be available.

Free and Reduced Lunches

Schools that participate in School Nutrition Programs accept applications for free and reduced-price school meal benefits at any time. Approval is based on comparison of the household’s income to current U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) household income guidelines. Schools send an Application for Educational Benefits form to the households of all enrolled students at the beginning of each school year. A letter accompanies the form and explains school meal benefits and how to apply.

Free and Reduced Lunch Information


Skyward and Skylert Communication

Skylert is a tool used to communicate and share messages with families, staff, and community members in the Rochester Public School District. Anyone can sign up for Skylert communication and you have the ability to control how you receive your communication. 

Sign Up for Skylert

Skyward is a student information tool we use to share information about testing, attendance, and grades with parents/guardians. Once enrolled at RPS, parents/guardians will automatically receive a Skyward account and information on how to access that account to the email address provided at the time of registration. 

Making the most of Skyward (Video Resources):

Skyward Family Access Login

Contact: Skyward Support

Thinking about Preschool?

Consider enrolling in the RPS Preschool program.

Learn More

Getting ready for Kindergarten?

Here is some important information and programs you'll want to learn about.


Where will my child go to school?

Find your neighborhood school using helpful tools.

Find Your School

Learn more about our neighborhood schools and district-wide learning opportunities.

Neighborhood Schools
District-Wide Schools and Programs

What about the community?

RPS is dedicated to providing opportunities for families to be involved in our schools and community. 

Family and Community Engagement