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Parent Resources

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. 


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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Food Resources

Meal Kit Pick-up

RPS Student Nutrition Services will now be offering a meal kit pick-up for all children 1-18 years old regardless of meal price eligibility. Students do not need to be enrolled at RPS to receive free meals.

See the flyer below for more details and meal kit pick-up details.

First page of the PDF file: MarchMeals2020


Language Resources

Hotline for Spanish Speaking Families

In collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health, HACER (Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment Through Research) has launched a COVID resource hotline for Spanish speakers in greater Minnesota.

See the flyer below for more details and meal kit pick-up details.

Covid Hotline Number for Spanish Speaking Families

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
Rochester Public Library

Health and Safety during COVID-19

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)


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PSA: COVID-19 Symptoms

Mask Up Minnesota: Do's and Don'ts

How to Properly Wash your Hands:

How to Clean your Hands with Sanitizer:

COVID-19 and Flu Season Information

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