Rockford Community:

Thank you for your cooperation, understanding, and patience as we work together to address the many challenges resulting from the unprecedented response to COVID-19.  This page has been developed in an effort to provide you with the most current information available to us and from us.  Transparency is extremely important, especially at a time like this, and we will continue to provide accurate information in a timely manner.

Our primary communication method for staff and parents will continue to be email, and we will do our best to keep you informed as developments occur or if we have information to share.

In the meantime, please remember to wash your hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home unless it’s absolutely necessary to go out.

Thank you and stay well,

Dr. Mike Shibler
Superintendent of Schools

Commonly-Asked Questions the District is Receiving about COVID-19

Prior to Governor Whitmer’s cancellation of the school year, our educational leaders were already planning Phase II learning opportunities. These robust lessons will launch on Wednesday, April 15. There will be no instructional outreach during the spring break dates of April 2-10.  Information will be sent directly to our families.

Many of our teachers have been creatively connecting with students by reading books live, creating video tutorials, sending inspirational messages, providing food and resources, and much more.  They are making a remarkable effort at keeping Ram Nation engaged and will continue to do so.

Governor Whitmer recently issued a press release describing her position on instructional time during the closure.

For the safety of the public and our employees, all buildings are closed. Email is the best method of communication to reach Dr. Shibler or any of our staff. Contact information can be found at on the website contact page.

We are not permitting facility rentals at this time. The public may access playgrounds and outdoor facilities, however, we strongly discourage use of play structures and other surfaces due to potential contact with COVID-19.

 

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Rockford follows the Kent Intermediate School District’s common calendar for breaks, including spring break. All public school superintendents within the ISD have decided that spring break will remain as is. Therefore, our spring break remains as April 2-10, with a tentative return on Monday, April 13. The return date could change based on further developments.

This is something you must decide for yourself, taking into account that this situation is likely to further evolve before, during, and after spring break. In addition, self-quarantine requirements could be added for those who have traveled to areas where the virus is more widespread.

We will continue to follow local, state, and national health organizations, as well as governor’s orders. If additional measures are needed after spring break, we will communicate those through our notification system.

All events have been canceled until further notice. Decisions regarding athletics are being made by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

Because the situation changes daily, we can’t answer this yet.  These are important milestones so we will communicate any decisions just as soon as we know.

This is being discussed at the State level, however, they have not yet made a decision. We will continue to stay on top of any developments and communicate those to you.

We are deep cleaning and disinfecting all facilities including our buses.  Closing all of our buildings was a key step in maintaining those sanitization efforts so schools will be clean and ready when we return.

Yes. Our educational leaders have developed RPS Engage and Explore to support student learning and enrichment.

Documents to begin enrollment are located online. At this time, you can complete the forms and gather required documents.  Once our schools reopen or we develop an alternate plan, we can work with you to complete enrollment.

The Schools of Choice application windows will change. Information can be found on our website.  If you still have questions, please contact our Schools of Choice Coordinator Marlene Clark at mclark@rockfordschools.org.