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Interim Superintendent Message to Families 3-19-2020

Update to Families--3-19-2020

Greetings Rockford Families,

I want to thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time in our country’s history.  The past week has been a whirlwind.  Please know that the safety of our students, staff, and community will always be our top priority. 

At the end of the day on Tuesday, March 17th, we followed the Minnesota Governor’s directive and closed all of our buildings with the exception of our Galaxy Kids Program, our school-age child care program for students in preschool through sixth grade. The Galaxy staff is doing a heroic job of serving the needs of our families who are working as health care providers in the front-line of this health pandemic.  The purpose of shutting down our facilities was to ensure a clean and safe learning environment for our students and staff.

School districts throughout the state are struggling with how to deal with our current, ever-evolving reality.  Every district has access to different resources and uses different strategies to try to meet the needs of their unique communities.  Some districts are 1:1 with electronic devices. The term 1:1 is applied to programs where students are issued an electronic device to facilitate learning.  To be honest, our district needs additional technology resources in order to best handle our current state of emergency.  However, our teachers and staff are dedicated to delivering the best education we can to our deserving students with the resources we do have. Our teachers are working non-stop to create innovative methods to deliver quality and equitable instructions to all of our students.

If it is determined that our district closure needs to extend beyond Friday, March 27th, we are also in the process of planning meal distribution for students starting after spring break.  We will be leaning on our bus drivers to deliver meals and possibly some instructional materials to families. 

I want to personally thank our community partners for stepping in to fill some of the gaps while we are working to accomplish something that we have never done before.  Our small school district may have limited resources but we have great pride in our children and community.  I have no doubt that we will come out of this bigger and better.

As additional information becomes finalized, more communications will be made available.

Take care,

Rhonda Dean

Interim Superintendent

Rockford Area Schools


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