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Updates to Phase IV Learning Model 


On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the Rochester Public School Board voted to approve a change in both the elementary and secondary learning models. More information either has or will be forthcoming from your school(s).

PreK and Elementary Learning Model 

  • Grades PreK - grade 5 to continue the hybrid model through the month of February and to return to full in-person learning, five days a week, beginning March 1. 
  • Beginning on March 1, K - grade 5 students will resume their adjust school start times of 9:10/9:15 AM and dismissal time of 3:05 PM to meet the expectations of Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20.95
  • SACC (School Age Child Care) will be open at 3:05 PM for families who have already pre-registered for SACC.
  • There will be no school for students on Wednesday, February 24 because this will be a Model Change Planning Day for teachers. 
  • Students that have chosen to remain in Distance Learning will continue with Distance Learning for the remainder of the school year. 

Secondary Learning Model 

  • Middle and High School students will return to in-person learning beginning on April 5, which is the first day of the fourth quarter. Students will attend all-day, 5 days a week. 
  • There will be an early dismissal from the regular pre-pandemic times to accommodate the Governor’s Executive Order, allowing for 30 minutes a day of planning for teachers. Students will begin school during their pre-pandemic start times. Schools will be sharing more information regarding this.
  • Our 6th and 9th grade students will be participating in welcoming activities since this will be their first time in school.
  • Individual schools will communicate schedule information with their students/families. 
  • Mitigation and safety measures will be in place - more details will be communicated to parents. 
  • There will be no school for students on March 17, March 24, and March 25 because these will be a Model Change Planning Day for teaching staff.
  • Students will have the opportunity to remain in Distance Learning. Information will come directly from your school. 
  • More extensive information will be shared with parents and staff before Spring Break.

  • For immediate questions, families should contact their supervisor and parents are reminded to contact their principals.

Last week of the Quarter Schedule for Secondary Students:
  • Monday, March 22: Regular instruction day (Distance Learning Plus Supports) for students
  • Tuesday, March 23: Last day of the quarter AND a transition day for 6th and 9th grade students (more information will be coming from your school)
  • Wednesday, March 24: No school for students. Teacher planning day, pending MDE approval.
  • Thursday, March 25: No school for students. Teacher planning day, pending MDE approval.
  • Friday, March 26: No school for students. District workday for grading.

Review the entire learning model plan approved on January 5, 2020. 

Return to Learn: Phase IV Learning Model

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