Rockport Public Schools

COVID-19/Fall Reopening Updates

Proposed Reopening Plan Click Here

 DESE Site for COVID-19 Info

Updated every Monday
Last updated 8/10/20

This Week
Next Week
  •  Review Final RPS Reopening Plans for DESE submission meeting: Monday, August 10th 

  • Building based committees continue to meet to fully develop hybrid and remote schedules 

  • Hybrid and remote plans presented in this week’s oversight, parent, and SC meetings 

  • Schedule all PD modules into the ten (10) days of staff training (8/31 - 9/15)

  • Full committee meets 8/13 to discuss and revise plan

  • Vendor to work with the RPS Maintenance Director to plan for HVAC audit   

  • Present Final RPS Reopening Plans  

  • Parent Forum Meeting, Wednesday, August 12th, 7:00 pm 

  • School Committee Meeting, Thursday, August 13th, 7:00 pm 

  •  Continued work with Board of Health  


  • Submit RPS Final Reopening plans to DESE 

  • Use results of the School Committee reopening decision to develop plans for any needed transportation of students for Fall opening 

  • Share schedules with staff and discuss best practices in each model 

  • Identify presenters and resources for each PD module

  • Audit to be conducted of air circulation, air quality, and HVAC system at all RPS buildings    

  • Reopening plans to be shared with all parents after the final school committee vote on 8/13

  • Continuation of identifying and purchasing needed supplies 

  • Use results of the School Committee reopening decision to develop plans for cleaning protocols for Fall  

  • Use results of the School Committee reopening decision to develop plans for food services in Fall

Opening of School Steering Committee coordinates work of the following Sub-committees:

Scheduling and Grading            Professional Development

PPE/Nursing Issues                Parent Communications 

Food Service              Custodial Issues

Bus/transportation             Building Modifications


For questions relating to the opening of school this year please email us at Please note you may not recieve a response to your email but we will ensure the questions are answered in our guidance that will be published. 

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The Rockport Public School District values systematic, purposeful, and structured learning experiences, that improve teacher practice and student outcomes. We encourage educators to continually acquire and apply their knowledge, skills, and abilities to address student needs and district, school, and individual goals.
The RPS's PDC's purpose is to: 
1. continually develop, review, and
    revise the Rockport School District's
    Professional Development Manual. 
2. review and make recommendations
    with respect to the Rockport School
    District's Professional Development
    Plan. Said recommendations will be
    presented to the Superintendent for
    his/her review and approval. 
3. oversee the implementation of any
    PDC recommendations that are
    approved by the Superintendent. 
4. provide feedback and suggestions
    for the professional development 
    being offered, work to ensure that        all schools are being provided with
    equitable and valuable professional
    development opportunities, and to
    encourage professional staff to
    develop and provide professional
    development to their peers.  
2018-2019 RPS PDC Committee:
Rob Liebow,                                 Superintendent                            Martha Wright,                               Director of Student Services                Monty Hitschler,                                   Director of IS & Technologies          Amy Rose,                                           High School Principal                Amanda LaMantia,                           Middle School Principal                  Todd Simendinger,                       Elementary School Principal              Heather Castonguay,                     Elementary School Assistant Principal   & Curriculum Director                        Jodi Goodhue,                                     PreK-12 Mathematics Specialist          Stacey Twombly,                                 Elementary Reading Specialist            Emma Hensler,                                     High School English Teacher                Kerry Herrmann,                                 High School Social Studies Teacher      Bridget O'Connell,                                 Elementary School Pyschologist          Tanya Brousseau,                                 Elementary School Special Education     Teacher      
24 Jerden's Lane, Rockport, MA 01966
Phone: 978-546-1200
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