RPS Parents Secondary Update

September 14th Return To Learning Update

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As we prepare to return to the classroom on September 14th, we want families and students to have information that is important for the safest and smoothest return to school.

Middle School Daily Schedule

High School (9-12) Daily Schedule

Masks

Facial coverings are an absolute must in our return to school and face to face instruction. Face shields alone are not enough, a mask must be worn even if a student chooses to wear a shield. Masks must cover both the nose and mouth. This is consistent with every school across our state who is returning to face to face instruction.

Before and After School

Buildings will be open at 7:10 AM (0 hour at the High School is 6:10). Students will be expected to be in their first hour classes by 7:25. Between the building opening and students entering their first hour classes, students are expected to socially distance throughout the building.


At the end of the school day, students will be dismissed in the order below:

  1. Bus-first load students-2:10
  2. Parent Pick Up-2:15
  3. Bus-second load-2:20


WIth both arrival and dismissal times, we anticipate an increase in parents who are driving their students to and from school. We ask for your patience and we evaluate traffic flows and find ways to assist with smooth starts and ends to our days.

Cleaning Schedule

Cleaning and sanitizing our buildings has always been a priority for RPS. We are fortunate to have equipment that was purchased early last school year that assists our staff with incredibly thorough sanitization of our buildings. Below are protocols that we will be utilizing on a daily basis throughout RPS.


  • Classes will be sanitized between every group of new students.
  • Materials will not be shared during class periods.
  • High touch surfaces will be cleaned several times per day (Doors, light switches....)
  • Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized twice daily.
  • Surfaces in all offices and classrooms will be deep cleaned using our Clorox 360 machine every evening.

Mitigating Measures

Social distancing in our buildings is a challenge. Below are the steps we are taking as a school district to create the safest learning environment possible with students back in our buildings.


  • Masks must be work at all times by students and staff
  • Students will distance as much as is feasible in each classroom
  • Signage will be posted throughout every building reminding students of mitigating strategies.
  • Every building has a COVID Response Team
  • Students will sanitize hands when entering and leaving classrooms
  • Classrooms will be sanitized every hour
  • Students will be eating in their classrooms
  • Students will be expected to be in their first hour fifteen minutes prior to the beginning of the school day
  • Passing time will be limited
  • Drinking fountains are turned off
  • No lockers will be issued. Students will be allowed to carrying backpacks
  • Classrooms and high traffic areas will be deep cleaned/sanitized every evening
  • Students will be dismissed in waves at the end of the school day
  • Students who are riding a bus will sanitize when they enter a bus and when they exit
  • Students will have assigned seats on their bus
  • Students must wear a mask while riding a bus
  • Health Department, CDC, and State requirements are being implemented

Visitors During The Day

As we prepare to begin the 2020-21 school year, we are faced with many challenges due to the current COVID Pandemic. As a result, we are implementing additional precautions to limit access to the building during Phase 4 and 5 of the MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap.


  • Any non-essential personnel, visitors, vendors or community members arriving at a building will not be allowed entry and shall be communicated with by cell phone or vestibule intercom device.
  • Parent/Teacher meetings shall be by appointment only if unable to conduct the meeting by phone or video conferencing.
  • Health screening conducted on all who enter the building during instructional time. (Questioned about signs and symptoms, temp check for fever)
  • Health screening conducted on all who enter the building during instructional time. (Questioned about signs and symptoms, temp check for fever)
  • There will be a table in the vestibule for parent item drop off.
  • No outside community groups/recruiters/church groups during instructional time.
  • In order to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff, RPS will no longer accept any third party or personal delivery to any school building. Third-party or personal delivery is described as any fast food, chain restaurant food, coffee type drinks, smoothies or other food products, flowers balloons, or other personal non-essential items delivered by a third party, parent, friend or acquaintance. Historically, food deliveries from third parties for students, athletic teams or co-curricular groups have also been accepted at the end of the day. This is also no longer permissible.
  • School day lunches are to be brought from home or obtained through the RPS Food Service. Parents will still be allowed to drop off lunches from home in the vestibule at their student's building.
  • We understand that there will be parents, community organizations and community members that may not agree with the protocols in place for the safety and security of our students and staff. If needed, please refer them to the RPS Security Dept. at 616-863-6034.

Lunch Schedule

Our students will have both hot and cold options for lunch. Students will be dismissed to the cafeteria to get their lunches and will then return to their classrooms to eat. While the weather is nice, we will most certainly take advantage of it and students may be eating outside. Communication will be coming out regarding food allergy restricted classrooms.

Backpacks

To limit contact with other students, lockers will not be assigned for the 20-21 school year and students will be permitted to carry backpacks. Staff will limit the items students need to carry. Students should have their computers and charger with them at all times.

Classroom Instruction

Teachers in Rockford have worked hard over the course of the last 5-8 years to utilize collaborative strategies in their daily instruction. Although we will not have groups of 4-6 students working together as we have in years past, our staff has already worked to get creative on how our students can safely work together.

Bussing

The logistics of transportation are incredible and Matt Puett our Director of Transportation has a great plan that will be implemented on the 14th. Servicing a district of 100 square miles and over 8,000 students is a challenge we are up for. Additional information will be coming from Transportation and Matt Puett about creative ways his department will be working to keep our students safe. If you have any questions pertaining to transportation, please contact them at 616.863.6328 or email mpuett@rockfordschools.org.


  • Students will sanitize their hands when they enter the bus.
  • Masks must be worn at all times while on the bus.
  • There will only be two students to a seat.
  • Students will be assigned seats.
  • Per the Kent County Health Department, while the bus is in motion, drivers may lower their masks to expose their nose so that their glasses do not fog up.