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Hybrid & Distance Learning

Students learn on digital tablets  at the Richfield STEM media center


In September, we anticipate opening in a hybrid model. Planned details can be found below, broken down by grade level. Please note that all families have the option to enroll their child in full-time distance learning if they are not comfortable sending their child back to the classroom.

Note: If your child is enrolled in distance learning this fall, they will only have the opportunity to switch to the hybrid model at the end of the grading period. However, if your child is enrolled in the hybrid model this fall, they can switch to distance learning at any point.

If you are unsure if you want your child to attend in-person classes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a decision-making tool for families that might be helpful. You are also welcome to contact your child's school and talk to the principal, teacher or family outreach worker about your concerns.

Our mission is to ensure every child learns, grows and excels. We remain as committed to this as ever during these challenging times. 

Superintendent Steven Unowsky

Hybrid Learning Model

Distance Learning

When Your Child is in Distance Learning

Safety Precautions for In-Person Learning

Student Meals

RPS Students in Distance Learning and Non-RPS Students

  • Students can pick up a five-day bundle of grab & go meals each Wednesday between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. at Richfield High School. Look for us at Door 1 on Harriet Avenue. 

RPS Students in Hybrid Learning 

  • Free breakfast will be served for all students when they are in school. 
  • Students will eat all meals in their classrooms, not the cafeteria.
  • Students requesting grab & go meals for the days they are not in school will either have them delivered to the classroom at the end of the school day or students will pick them up from a kiosk as they leave for the day. 
  • Grades pre K-2 - One grab & go meal will be provided on Tuesdays.
  • Grades 3-5 - A three-meal bundle will be offered on Tuesday or Friday (depending on the student’s schedule).
  • Grades 6-12 - A four-meal bundle will be offered on the day students attend in-person.

Childcare for Tier 1 Essential Employees

We are offering an instructional support childcare option for students of Tier 1 Essential Workers that will meet during regular school hours on the days the student is not scheduled for in-person instruction, following the school calendar. This option allows students to attend school in person every school day if needed. Learn more and register online. If you have additional questions, please call 612-243-3075 or email

COVID-19 Updates

At last night’s school board meeting, we recommended a return to hybrid learning for students in grades PK-5 effective Monday, January 25. This applies only to those students who were previously enrolled in the hybrid program. Please carefully review this detailed information if this transition applies to your child.

Following the guidance from Governor Walz last week, we will remain in distance learning when we return from break, but we anticipate transitioning back into hybrid learning for students in grades PK-5 shortly after.

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