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MN's Public Schools K-12 Schools to Stay Closed for the Remainder of the 2019-20 Academic Year-Memo from Int. Supt. Dean 4-24-20

Dear Rockford Area Schools Families,

Yesterday, April 23, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz ordered the state’s public schools K-12 schools to stay closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year to limit the spread of coronavirus. Under the order, distance learning plans that have been in place for the last few weeks will continue. The state’s public schools have been closed since March 18. To read the complete order, click here.  The Minnesota Department of Education has also updated its resource page following the governor’s announcement.

We know that the decision to keep schools in Minnesota closed for the rest of the current school year has caused a great deal of concern and disappointment for our students, staff, and families. The coronavirus pandemic has presented us all with some of the most challenging times we have ever experienced in the Rockford Area Schools community.

Per the district calendar, the last day of school for students is June 4, 2020. We will continue providing distance learning opportunities until that date, just as we have over the past several weeks, with the exception of Friday, May 1, and Monday, May 4. The Governor has decreed those days as staff planning days so there will be no distance learning options for our students on those days. We encourage all families to keep their students engaged in educational activities to ensure learning continues to take place.

We have many details to determine in the next few weeks including how we will commemorate graduation for the Class of 2020, summer school, and more. As decisions are made, we will share them with you.

We want to thank our families for their patience, understanding, and flexibility during this unprecedented time. We will get through this together. Please continue to stay safe, practice social distancing, and remain at home as much as possible.


Rhonda Dean

Interim Superintendent

Rockford Area Schools