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Rochester schools superintendent letter addresses quarantines, masks

Rochester Superintendent of Schools Jana Vance released the following letter Monday afternoon pertaining to COVID-19:


Thank you for a wonderful start to the school year in what continues to be very trying times due to Covid.


On Friday, August 27, 2021, the Indiana Department of Health released very specific information around close contacts within schools.  Included in that information was the fact that schools “Must” quarantine unvaccinated students and staff for a minimum of 8 days.  Many will likely be quarantined for more than 8 days.   Vaccinated students and staff do not need to quarantine unless they are showing symptoms.  If you would like information around schools having to quarantine you can find all of the information here:


Please note that Webb’s Family Pharmacy, CVS, Kroger’s and Walgreens do have vaccines available for students should you want to get your child vaccinated. 


Also, if you are interested in Rochester Schools providing a vaccine clinic, please reach out to Jana Vance at and express your interest in a vaccine clinic.  Should we have enough interest, we will work to provide that for those within the district who are interested. 


Also, per our reopening plan which was adopted during a school board meeting on June 21, 2021 and which can be found on our website or by accessing this link:




Students will be required to wear masks in certain instances where social distancing can not reasonably occur:  any lab settings, reading groups, small group learning……..


The school will have surgical grade masks available for all students. 


Again, we appreciate your support as we continue to navigate the many changes from the state and local level.