Rockford School District Outlines Plan for Employee Strike

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The Rockford Public School District is sharing information with parents about an expected strike.

School bus drivers, paraprofessionals and food service workers plan to strike starting Wednesday, March 15. RPS officials say school will be in session during a strike.

“We know that we need these employees to effectively and efficiently run our schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett. “But we also need to do what’s best for students. Keeping our schools open and providing a structured, safe learning environment for our students is our priority.”

The District has plans at the building and district level to accommodate all students during the strike. They are as follows:

-Transportation will not be provided during the strike. Transportation services will continue for students who ride a Sunrise bus to or from school. Transportation for after-school activities – including athletics – will not be provided. Athletic directors and coaches will provide information about alternative transportation to and from games.

-Schools will open one hour early to help accommodate parents who are able to drop off their children before work. Schools will dismiss at their regularly scheduled time.

-Students will receive breakfast and lunch, but meals will differ from what’s on the published menu; students can expect more prepackaged meals, sandwiches and breakfast kits.

-Services provided by paraprofessionals will be provided by other certified, trained staff. Students with special needs will be the priority.

District leaders will continue to negotiate with each labor union.

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