Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information
Posted on 04/07/2020
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All Schools Closed Through End of The School Year

In accordance with Governor Inslee's continuation of the Stay Home Stay Safe declaration, all schools in the Rochester School District will remain closed through the end of the school year.

Although our buildings will remain closed, learning is still expected to occur through June 19.  Please be sure your children are accessing the learning materials that have been provided by the district either online or in work packets.  It is essential for students to do this work in order to have the skills necessary for success when they return to school next fall.

Families of Seniors: I understand this news is particularly heart-breaking for you.  As a parent of a senior I understand that this is not what any of us had envisioned for our kids.  We’ll be reaching out to you by April 24th regarding additional supports to assist our seniors in meeting their graduation requirements; as well as, ways we can work together to create meaningful celebrations for the Class of 2020.

We’re all Warriors, and we’ll get through this together.  Stay well!

April 1, 2020
Click here to access School Closure Bus Routes.

March 23, 2020
To access the district's Q&A for the COVID-19 closure click here.


March 30, 2020

Dear RSD families,

Thanks for all you’re doing to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  We’re especially grateful to all of you who continue to meet the healthcare, first responder, childcare, food chain and other continued needs of our community. 

Whether you're still going to work, adjusting to telecommuting, or aren’t working at this time, we all share the challenge of helping to support the on-going learning of our kids while at home. Please know that the RSD staff and administrators miss our students immensely, and are working hard to support you during this time of separation.

While it isn’t possible to replicate the rich academic, social and athletic programs we normally offer, there are many things we can do.  Our approach to fulfilling this need will be based on compassion, communication, and common sense. We hope to support the creation of new routines that will foster students’ continued learning and emotional well-being during these unprecedented times. As we move forward, we will keep students at the center of our work. We will develop a schedule for students that balances time to think, work, and rest. We will partner with you on these efforts and keep you informed.

Our methods of communication and continuous learning will include phone calls, emails, printed materials, and online learning opportunities. Each student and family has a unique circumstance and we will constantly review and refine how we engage our students. This week we’ll use phone conferences to discuss options for your child’s continuous learning and review expectations for their completion of work.  Teachers will be communicating with you about how to access them for assistance.  Please note: Teachers will not be returning messages during the week of spring break (April 6-10).  If you do not have a parent-teacher conference time already scheduled, please email your child’s teacher or call the school office. If no one answers, please leave a message with your child’s name, a good number for you, and the best time to reach you.  For grades K-5 also include their teacher's name.  For middle school students, email the first period teacher or leave his or her name with your message. For high school students, please email the CSR teacher or leave his or her name with your message.  For Spanish speaking families, please call 360-858-1863 for assistance.

On Tuesday, March 31st, additional Chromebooks will be distributed from the district office parking lot from 8:30 AM to noon and again from 5:00-6:30 PM.  

On Thursday, April 2nd we’ll expand our distribution of free meals to any children 18 years old or younger using our buses to deliver meals to bus stops.  To learn the approximate time meals will be at a stop near your home, please check the RSD website on Wednesday or call the bus garage at 360-273-5055.  Please note that stops and routes are not exactly the same as when school is in session so check your address carefully.  DELIVERY TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE.  We appreciate your patience as we transition to using buses to deliver meals.

On Monday, April 6th, work packets will be distributed to families with no or limited Internet access, using the same buses that will be delivering meals. To learn the approximate time packets will be at a stop near your home, please check the RSD website on Wednesday or call the bus garage at 360-273-5055.  Please note that stops and routes are not exactly the same as when school is in session so check your address carefully.  DELIVERY TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE.  We appreciate your patience as we transition to using buses to deliver packets.  Packets are to be completed and returned to the bus stop on Fridays, starting April 17th.  

We are facing an unprecedented challenge full of uncertainty. We are trying new things to support our community and we are learning from each other. I’m sure we won’t get everything right and you will feel frustrated at times. This is a stressful situation, but you are not alone. We’re all WARRIORS, and we’ll get through this together!

Sincerely,

Kimberly M. Fry

Superintendent


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Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19), Public Health and Social Services Thurston County (this site includes FAQ in English, Spanish and Chinese)

2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak, Washington State Department of Health

Please see the Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet available in 15 languages.

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If there is an emergency, call 911.  If your family is experiencing a crisis, please call the Thurston County Crisis Line 1-800-270-0041.  You can also use the nationwide Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741.

Crisis Resource Family Handout - English
Recursos de Crisis Comunitaria de Rochester

School Closure Bus Routes


Rochester School District's COVID-19 Q&A

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ESD 113 Mental Health Resources

 
Guidance for Parent and Caretaker Resources and Recommendations

Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

School Closure FAQ, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child, KidsHealth.org

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