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ROCHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The district made the change Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, amid a surge in COVID cases around the area. Contrary to Stewartville's decision, other entities are tightening their mask mandates.
The annual event, which brought in a preliminary $960,000 as of Sunday, has brought in millions of dollars for cancer research over its nearly seven decades of history.
Why are Rochester Public Schools waiting until Tuesday to start distance learning? Wouldn't it be better to start on a Monday, the beginning of the week? — BK
Students and teachers spent part of Thursday, Jan. 13, preparing for distance learning.

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Students aren't the only variable under consideration, though. Of those 564 new cases, 93 were staff members. Superintendent Kent Pekel has said that if the district has too many staff down, it is difficult to maintain core operations.
Of the new positive cases, 42% were unvaccinated individuals.
The firm the district selected was the second highest in terms of cost. Their proposals ranged from $16,900 up to $83,253.
According to the projections, the district would have a deficit of $23 million during the 2023 fiscal year, $26.4 million for 2024 and more than $33 million in 2025.
Although the district is not ready to release a working draft, Interim Superintendent Kent Pekel said it essentially contains three big ideas.
The district tested the program in three of its schools, saving students a total of 602 days that otherwise would have been spent in quarantine.

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The letter comes at a time of disagreement surrounding the direction of the district.
Students who are in the fifth- and eighth-grades also should be able to remain in their existing schools, despite the boundary changes.
While the summary included generally optimistic reviews, Board Chairwoman Jean Marvin said the district is in the process of launching its search for a permanent superintendent.

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