Rockport Public Schools

COVID-19/Fall Reopening Updates
School Committee Public Forum on
School Reopening During COVID-19 Pandemic, Wednesday, August 12th.

Updated every Monday
Last updated 8/3/20

This Week
Next Week
  • Plan for meetings to finalize DESE submission  

  • Using DESE transportation guidance to plan bus routes

  • Review staff feedback on potential hybrid models

  • Building-specific committees begin meetings on school schedules

  • Reviewed 25 areas of PD for consideration with added focus on health, procedures, and protocols. 

  • Focus groups developing proposals in all areas 

  • Retrofitting of classroom heating and ventilation systems continued. 

  • Guardian, who will be conducting air circulation and quality audit, met with the RPS Maintenance Director 

  • Staff providing information on specific return to work concerns 

  • Continuing work with nurses and BOH to determine and order supplies 

  • Hospital cleaning protocols expected 

  • Pre-order meal system has been purchased and lunch coverage by staff has been arranged



  • Finalize plans, hold parent forum, present final DESE plans to School Committee 

  • Plan for number of buses and bus runs

  • Present schedules at parent forum and School Committee 

  • Planning for each PD area will begin, including identifying presenters and gathering materials 

  • Continuation of custodial and maintenance work within each building 

  • Staff will be informed of any revisions to learning models based on building committee work 

  • On-going grant writing to help with the financial constraint of needed supplies 

  • Develop specific plans for cleaning and disinfecting the buildings in the learning models when open

  • Work with custodial staff to determine plans for waste removal, recycling, and waste reduction


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
Fax: 978-546-1205