Back to School

We are so excited to welcome students back for the 2020-2021 school year! Below is important information and resources for our families and students to prepare for the next school year. 

First Days of School

  • Longfellow First Day of School: July 27th
  • Longfellow First Day of Kindergarten: July 29th
  • First Day of School: August 31st
  • First Day of Kindergarten: September 1st
  • Step into Learning: August 31st and Sept 1st

Meet the Teacher and Schedule Pick-up

We want to make sure the transition back into the school year is seamless. Come to Meet the Teacher night or your student's schedule pick-up to help ease them back into the classroom.

Step into Learning

Step Into Learning is an altered start to the traditional start of the school year. Some of our elementary schools, Bishop, Folwell, Franklin, Montessori at Franklin, Gibbs, Sunset Terrace, and Washington, will use the first two days of school, September 3rd and 4th, as student conference days.

Parents and guardians will make an individual 30-minute appointment in August (be watching for communication from your individual school soon). During this appointment, parents and guardians will have the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher(s), have their child assessed, visit with the school nurse, set up their lunch accounts, explore the school’s PTSA and more. Schools participating in Step Into Learning will not have SACC available on September 3rd and 4th. The first full day of school for students grades K-5 will be September 5th


New to the district? Welcome to Rochester Public Schools! Make sure your student is enrolled in RPS so we can prepare for them this fall! 

Get started on the Welcome web page.


Learn more about SACC on their web page.

Child Care

School Age Child Care (SACC) provides high quality services for students in preschool through fifth grade. Our program  provides child care for before- and after-school, and on most non-school days.

Learn more about SACC on their web page.


Are your kids ready? Use the MDE Immunization PDF to see what vaccines your student should receive.

For more information and resources on where to schedule appointments, visit the Back to School Immunization web page.

Nutrition Services

Watch for the free- and reduced-priced meal application that will be mailed home at the end of July. 

Breakfast and lunch menus will be posted on their web page in late August.


Bus route information will be mailed out to families mid-August. 

For general information, please contact transportation services at (507) 328-4260 or visit their web page.

Dates, Details, and School Supply Lists