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August 7, 2020

Follow this link to read the Aug. 7 Back-to-School Update from Superintendent Ehren Jarrett. The update includes:

  • information about class sizes for the upcoming school year
  • a preliminary breakdown of students choosing in-person vs. full-time remote instruction
  • news that the district will add a half-day remote-only option for all Early Childhood students, not only those with a medical exemption

Follow this link for updated information in the back-to-school Family Handbook. (Click to view Spanish handbook.)The handbook includes updates or new information in the following areas: 

  • Athletics and extracurricular activities (page 8)
  • Special education (page 11)
  • Hall lockers (page 13 & 14)
  • Temperature screenings (page 16)
  • HVAC (page 17) 
  • Consideration for warm weather (page 17)
  • Fine Arts (page 21)
  • 2020-21 school start times (page 23)
  • Emergency drills (page 23)
  • Lunch (page 24)

July 29, 2020

RPS 205 families and staff, 

Thank you for your patience and support as we finalize plans for the 2020-21 school year. Follow the links below for the latest information:

Find the latest information on, including plan updates and new FAQs each week. Please submit questions via Let’s Talk!


Superintendent Ehren Jarrett
Rockford Public Schools

July 24, 2020

RPS 205 parents & guardians,

You will be asked to complete an electronic survey next week to make your choice for either full-time remote instruction or in-person instruction for the upcoming school year. In that same survey, you will be asked if your students(s) needs transportation for the upcoming school year. The survey will launch on Wednesday, July 29, and the deadline to submit responses is Monday, Aug. 3. Read full survey details.

July 16, 2020

District administrators, teachers and staff are developing plans to keep students and staff safe as we resume school this fall. We haven’t finalized all the details, but we want to tell families and staff what we’re planning when school starts Sept. 1.

Families will have options. Families can choose to return to in-person instruction, or they can choose full-time remote learning:

  • In-person instruction: Students and staff will attend school within the health and safety guidelines outlined by the Illinois State Board of Education, Winnebago County Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC. This includes masks and social distancing whenever possible. 
  • Full-time remote learning: We know families have various health and risk factors during this pandemic, and we want to ensure students are still able to learn, connect and grow during this time. That’s why we’re giving families a choice to participate in full-time remote learning five days a week. Families who choose the remote option must commit only to remote learning at least through winter break. 

Learn more about the back-to-school plans from Rockford Public Schools from Superintendent Ehren Jarrett: read a message from Dr. Jarrett, or watch a video that breaks down options for families.

We will share more details about our plans later this month, including how families can choose remote or in-person learning options. We know you’ll have other questions, and we want to make sure we answer them when we share more detailed information. Please submit questions via Let’s Talk!

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