District Information on COVID-19 Preparation
The health and safety of our students and staff are paramount, and Rockford Area Schools are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. As the novel coronavirus continues to affect our region, we want to reassure you that the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.
Rockford Area Schools have announced that until further notice:
- Only certain district personnel will be permitted inside schools (no visitors or volunteers).
- All school-sponsored public and family events and activities are canceled
- All field trips and school-sponsored travel is suspended.
- Facility rentals are suspended at this time until further notice.
The above guidelines are recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relating to COVID-19.
Guidance from Local, State & Federal Health Authorities
First and foremost, all our actions are guided by the local, state and federal health authorities who are the experts in keeping our communities safe from public health threats. We continue to monitor this guidance daily, as it is likely to change as this situation develops locally and across the globe.
Family First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements -- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020. Please review this document or go to their webpage for more information.
Guidance is changing frequently due to local and global developments. We will communicate updates via email and robocall, on the district website and on our social media platforms.
It is natural to feel apprehensive when facing a challenge like this one. The best thing for that is to be well informed and stay calm. Below are some resources to help you do that.