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Transition to Phase IV Learning Model 

On January 5, the Rochester Public School Board approved a change in the RPS learning model, based on the December 16 guidance from Governor Walz, in addition to updated guidance from Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). 

The Governor’s announcement asked school districts to prioritize returning our youngest learners to the classroom. Based on this, our Pre K and elementary students will return to the hybrid learning model with a “rolling start” (three grades at a time) beginning January 19. This information is outlined  in the document linked below.

At this time, our secondary students will remain in Distance Learning Plus Supports due to the COVID-19 transmission rates, per the MDE’s Safe Learning Plan guidance. We will continue to review guidance and COVID-19 data regarding the secondary learning model. 

Return to Learn: Phase IV Learning Model

Students wearing masks and standing 6-feet apart in a circle on a field.
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Students wearing masks while sitting at their desks in the classroom.

Preparing for Learning

Whether your students are participating in distance learning or are new to Rochester Public Schools, we've gathered helpful information to keep you connected as you and your family prepare for school.

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COVID-19 Information

Looking for updates on COVID procedures, FAQs, and resources? Check out our COVID communication hub.

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Calendars for 2020-2021

School calendars, including ABC/special area calendars, have been updated to reflect elementary, middle, and high school schedules in this current learning model. If the learning model changes, these calendars may be updated. 

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Masks at RPS

Starting Saturday, July 25, Rochester Public Schools staff, students (age five and up), and visitors entering any RPS facility are required to wear face coverings, unless an exemption applies. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

We know you may have questions, so we've compiled some of our most common questions and answers.

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