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Covid-19 Response

The Rochester Catholic Schools (RCS) system has initiated distance learning at all five of our locations to provide educational opportunities for students from preschool through high school. On March 25, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that distance learning would be extended from March 30 through at least April 30 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Spring Break will be observed from March 27 through April 3 as planned. RCS will continue to monitor and follow recommendations from state and local officials in regards to when in-person classes should resume.  Stay tuned for future communications and this website for updated information.  

A remarkable amount of work has been completed by our teachers and staff over the past few weeks in an effort to provide the absolute best for the students as we respond to COVID-19. We appreciate the patience and cooperation from each and every one of our families as we transition to a distance learning platform for students in preschool - grade 12. This is a new challenge for students, teachers, staff, and parents that would not be possible to take on without everyone working together.

Please see below for distance learning information and resources available at this time.

A Special Message from the RCS Staff 

During this constantly changing environment, we can find comfort in the teamwork and collaboration of so many students, staff, and families. We want to share this video with a special message from the RCS staff to our dedicated students who have approached distance learning with faith, passion, and enthusiasm. 

Distance Learning

The five schools of RCS - Holy Spirit Catholic School (PreK-grade 5), St. Pius X School (PreK-grade5), St. Francis of Assisi School (PreK-grade 8), Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Middle School (grades 6-8), and Lourdes High School (grades 9-12) - have each implemented an age-appropriate plan to coincide with the immediate need for closure. If additional distance learning is a necessity, plans will evolve based on what is learned during this period.

On Wednesday, March 18, distance learning officially began for RCS students and staff. Methods have included video conferencing, real-time virtual classrooms, daily recorded video instruction, preprinted packet assignments, as well as the use of established instructional aids such as Google Classroom and online textbooks. These methods allow for students to engage in learning opportunities prepared by classroom teachers in both face-to-face interactions and self-guided study.

Distance Learning Schedule

  • March 16-17 - Students do not report for classes. The following schedule will be followed to allow students access to pick up text books, chrome books, chargers, gym uniforms and any personal items.
  • Lourdes will be open Monday and Tuesday normal school hours to students and families to pick up materials.
  • Holy Spirit, St. Francis, St. John and St. Pius will be closed to students and families on Monday for staff to prepare materials; open Tuesday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to pick up materials and personal items.
  • March 18-26 - Learning opportunities will be provided for all students. Information will be shared by Tuesday, March 17, after staff have finalized plans for these learning opportunities.
  • March 27-April 5 - Spring Break as scheduled. (No structured learning)


COVID-19 Counselor Response
Rochester Catholic Schools counselors have put together a resource document to help manage anxiety for students during COVID-19.

Free Drive-up Meals
The Rochester Public Schools will continue the option for FREE meals to any child from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. during the week. Meals consist of a cold lunch with breakfast included for the next day. Click here for complete information on location sites and details on the program. There is a new supper meal option available now as well, please click here for more details.  

Technology Support
In an effort to provide continued support to the entire RCS family during this time of closure, the RCS Department of Technology is strongly encouraging the use of our support website at We ask that all support requests be submitted in our ticket system so that all technology staff will be able to see and address these concerns in a timely manner.   

In addition, if you are in need of assistance keeping your household online with reliable internet service, please reach out to for additional information.