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 Back-to-School Survey Launches July 29


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.

We will share the latest information, including frequently asked questions, about our back-to-school plans on Wednesday, July 29, to ensure families have the most up-to-date information about our plans to make the best choice for their family.

Please check your email for a survey link from your district Peachjar account,, or the RPS 205 social media accounts. If you do not submit this survey, students will – by default – be enrolled in in-person instruction, and transportation will not be provided. We need to develop staff assignments for schools and bus routes based on students' needs. The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 1.

TRANSPORTATION DETAILS: Rockford Public Schools will provide transportation for K-12 students for the 2020-21 school year. We are prioritizing transportation for families who have no other option to get to school. If you are able, please find alternative transportation for your student(s.) Our driver pool is limited, and we've also limited the number of students on each bus to 48. It's possible a bus will not be available at all times. If a bus route is changed or canceled, parents/guardians will be notified as soon as possible.

There are several new requirements and safety guidelines from the state because of the COVID-19 pandemic response. We need help and support from our families to keep our students and staff safe. For a student to board the bus, parents/guardians must confirm each day that their student is free of any COVID-19 symptoms and has not been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Students must:

  • Wear a face covering over the mouth and nose. Students without a mask will not be allowed to board the bus.
  • Carry an extra face covering in case one is lost.
  • Load the bus from back to front.
  • Sit in an assigned seat and sit two students per seat.

If your student shows signs of illness – such as flu-like symptoms, a persistent cough, fever, or other symptoms related to a cold or flu – your student can not come to school. Fever symptoms include sweating, chills and shivering, headache and muscle aches, appetite loss, irritability, dehydration and general weakness.

If you have questions, please share them with administrators and staff online via Let's Talk!

Thank you,

Rockford Public Schools