Return to Learn 2021-2022

  • February 1, 2022

    Beginning Friday, Feb. 4, under the Rockwood Safe Together plan approved by the Board of Education on Dec. 16, schools and buildings with rates of positive cases and close contacts who are out with symptoms that are less than 4 percent will move from mask required to mask recommended.  

    Additionally, as a reminder, the following changes to the Rockwood Safe Together plan went into effect on  Jan. 12:

    • A positive student/staff member needs to stay at home for 5 days, and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), they may return to school followed by 5 days of wearing a mask; 

    • Students and staff who are close contacts and healthy may remain in school;

    • A close contact to a positive student/staff member who has multiple symptoms needs to stay home and may return after 5 days if they are asymptomatic and they have been fever free for 24 hours. They may return sooner if they are well and have a physician’s diagnosis other than COVID-19 or produce a negative COVID test (not a home test).

    When students and staff travel to other schools or facilities, they are expected to respect and follow that district's or facility’s mask protocol.

    You can see daily updates of your school’s status under Health Indicators on the district website, which shows the total number of students and staff out by building because they either have COVID or they are close contacts and exhibiting symptoms of COVID. This is the data we are using for our percentage thresholds for adjusting mitigation measures by building.

    We want to assure you that we will continue to closely monitor COVID numbers in our buildings every day, and we will continue to work with building administrators to adjust mitigation strategies and provide staffing support where needed. 

    Our goal continues to be to keep students and staff healthy and in school.

    As a reminder, please keep your child home if they are sick. We continue to encourage mask wearing, vaccination and boosters for those who are eligible. We will continue our additional Rockwood Safe Together mitigation measures that have been in place throughout the pandemic, including physical distancing to the extent possible, good hand hygiene and daily cleaning and sanitation protocols. 

    Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we continue to navigate this pandemic and work to keep our students and staff safe, healthy and in school. 

2021-2022 Back to School Task Force

  • On May 20, 2021, Dr. Lisa Counts, assistant superintendent supervision of schools, and Dr. Shelley Willott, assistant superintendent  learning and support services, shared the results of the 2021-2022 Task Force work and information related to the plan  for the 2021-2022  school year. The Task Force work has been completed.

Previous Updates

  • UPDATE January 11, 2022

  • UPDATE December 16, 2021

  • UPDATE December 1, 2021

  • UPDATE November 17, 2021

  • UPDATE November 3, 2021

  • UPDATE October 21, 2021

  • UPDATE October 6, 2021

  • UPDATE September 23, 2021

  • UPDATE September 9, 2021


  • In the Rockwood School District, we do whatever it takes to ensure all students realize their potential. By that, we mean we will do everything we can to provide an outstanding academic and social-emotional experience for all our students. 

    Out of care and concern, our top priorities for students, families, and staff will always be health and safety. Our main goal this year is to keep students and staff healthy and in school. These are some of the most challenging times Rockwood has ever faced. As a school community, we strive to provide an education that reflects the hopes, dreams and aspirations our school community holds for every child. We want every child to love life and find success and we look forward to having students back full-time for the 2021-2022 school year.

    As the Rockwood School District moves forward with following COVID-19 mitigation efforts in our schools, we want to ensure our families understand that many of the general guidelines of education will remain the same. We have taken steps to create a process that is balanced and sustainable, given the feedback of our principals, teachers and staff, along with guidance from medical experts and health officials. As public health guidelines and local conditions change, we will modify and adapt our plans.

    We sincerely appreciate the cooperation and partnership of the entire Rockwood school community.


    Accommodating All Students

    Schools will partner with families and students to ensure equity and access to instruction. Accommodations will be made as needed for students who are medically vulnerable or require individualized education plans.

    School nurses and other district personnel will work with families and students with disabilities to ensure they receive continued care, allowing students priority visits and/or private visits with the nurse as needed, so a student can have his/her healthcare needs met and also minimize exposure to ill students.

    This plan is available in the home languages of the students served by Rockwood schools by using the translation feature in the upper right corner of the district website. Virtual learning options exist for K-12 families who would prefer this learning mode for their child in the 2021-2022 school year. 


    American Rescue Plan ESSER Funds

    To support schools and districts in addressing the impact of COVID-19, Congress has provided financial support through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund. In Missouri, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) oversees the funds provided to help districts safely open schools, sustain safe operations amid COVID-19 challenges and to help counter the pandemic's impact on public education. Districts have the flexibility to use the ESSER funds for items and services in a variety of specific areas as outlined by DESE. Rockwood asked all stakeholders to weigh in on how the district should prioritize the use of the ESSER III funds, which amount to approximately $7.8M for our district. The survey ran August 12 through August 19, 2021 and all stakeholders were encouraged to participate.

    The District will periodically review and revise, if necessary, its planned use for ESSER funds and include any adjustments in budget updates to the School Board, expected to be delivered in December and June of each year through September 2024.