Banner. Safe. Strong. Ready. A forward-thinking plan for school during a pandemic.

We began the start of our school year with a carefully designed plan that was in the best interest of the health and safety of our students and staff. These unprecedented times have made us reconsider how we go about educating our students, and the impressive levels of collaboration with our parents, guardians, students, partners, and staff show that we are, indeed, all in this together. 

A Forward Thinking Plan for Starting School. Safe. Strong. Ready.

Transition to Phase III Learning Model 


To date, Rochester Public Schools (RPS) has relied upon and used guidance from state and local health department officials, local medical experts and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to advise our practices. We will continue to reference this data, as well as our own data.

The data we utilize has been rapidly moving in the wrong direction, so much so that we are  announcing Phase III, a move to all Distance Learning across PreK-Grades 12. This announcement comes before our targeted “on or around November 23” date because the most current 14-day Olmsted County cases per 10,000 is at 65.23. This information is more “real time” than the data Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) publishes. For instance, today MDH published a 14-day case rate at 42.27 for the weeks of October 18 - October 31. This data lags the county’s data by about two weeks, therefore, the District works closely with Olmsted County Public Health (OCPH) on the most recent data.

Return to Learn: Phase III Learning Model

Previous Learning Models

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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