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  • August 29, 2021 UPDATE

    Posted by Patrick Lee on 8/29/2021

    Dear RRSD Families:

    Due to multiple quarantines of key staff at the Jr/Sr High School, we will need to postpone the start of the Jr/Sr High School for one week. The new start date for our middle and high school students is Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

    Rogue River Elementary School and South Valley Academy will still have school as planned and will begin tomorrow morning, August 30, 2021.

    This was an incredibly difficult decision to make on short notice, but as the weekend progressed, more quarantines made it clear that we would not have the staff we needed at RRJSHS to have an orderly and strong start to the year. We know this is likely a great disappointment to many. We share in that disappointment with you.

    Later this afternoon or evening you should receive more detailed information from the leaders of RRJSHS regarding student registration, the start of the school year, sports and more. There will be administrative staff available at the Jr/Sr High School throughout the week to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

    You can reach the Jr/Sr High School front office at (541)-582-3297.

    Thank you for extending grace and patience to us during this pandemic.


    Patrick Lee
    Rogue River School District #35

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  • August 20, 2021 UPDATE

    Posted by Patrick Lee on 8/20/2021

    Dear Rogue River School District Community:

    The first day of school is quickly approaching. School leaders and staff are excited and busily preparing. On August 30, we will welcome back our students for in-person instruction all day, every day. I am thrilled to have our students back full time, and I want to work with you to ensure we can keep it that way.

    With COVID-19 taking a heavy toll on our hospitals and our community right now, it will be more important than ever that we emphasize safety and good hygiene. We have many protocols in place at our schools to help us protect staff and students. You can help by making sure to keep your child at home when they have any signs or symptoms of illness.

    On August 12, 2021, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) adopted (OAR 333-019-1015) requiring masks to be worn in schools until further notice. This is a law that the RRSD as a government entity must follow. Failing to do so would lead to fines, legal liability for staff and board members, loss of licensure for staff, and loss of insurance coverage for the District.

    At their August 17, 2021 meeting, the RRSD Board passed a resolution to, “urge Governor Brown to return local control and change the recent Oregon State COVID-19 requirements to recommendations and allow Rogue River School District to work directly with Jackson County Public Health to determine the appropriate mitigation strategies for our schools.” The RRSD is joining with several other southern Oregon school districts in making this resolution. Though the RRSD Board disagrees with our local authority being taken away from us and the local health department on this matter, we will follow the law regarding masks in public buildings.

    New quarantine guidelines from OHA will help to keep students in school. When students all wear their masks and maintain 3 feet of social distance, they are not required to quarantine if exposed to a COVID-19 case. This means less disruption to school, fewer days missed, and fewer families having to miss work or scramble to figure out childcare on short notice.

    This pandemic has created so many challenges and obstacles for our students. I hope we can all come together and do as much as possible to keep our students and staff safe and in our classrooms all day, every day.

    We look forward to seeing your children on August 30th!


    Patrick Lee
    Rogue River School District #35

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  • July 29, 2021 UPDATE

  • July 08, 2021 UPDATE



    RRSD Stands Against Racism

    Dear Community,

    There is much distress, discussion, and debate around the topic of racism in our country today.  Current events are shining a bright light across our nation, exposing a problem that continues to exist.  Because of the importance of this topic in our current time, I feel it important to affirm to our community that The Rogue River School District stands against racism of any kind. 

    The Rogue River School District is committed to loving and respecting each and every student that walks through its doors, regardless of the color of their skin or any other perceived label,  descriptor, or identifier that may apply. We state this so that our students and our community will have no doubt as to our stance.


    Patrick Lee
    Rogue River School District #35


     Teacher Appreciation Week


    In the smoothest of times, teachers display their professionalism and commitment in a myriad of ways.  They work hard, inspire, challenge, and go above and beyond to help our students. These are anything but the smoothest of times.  In these times of challenge and opportunity, great teachers do all of the above and go even further with their efforts to be flexible, committed, and relentless in their desire to help our student body.  From what I have heard, the teachers of the RRSD are doing a tremendous job.

    Thank you for having the intelligence, commitment, and flexibility to learn in just a few days how to change the way you teach.  I hope your students and families appreciate you as much as I do for all that you have done to try and make this transition an opportunity to show just how committed you are to building relationships and connections with our students. 

    Thank you for all you do!
    Teachers are heroes!

    Patrick Lee
    Rogue River School District #35 

School Board Goals for the District

  • 2021-2022 DISTRICT GOALS

    • Student Character & Well Being
    • Outstanding Environment
    • Foster Communication
    • Pride and Image 


       “Rogue River School District will offer a high quality instructional program to
        help students acquire necessary academic and life skills to succeed in a
        complex competitive world, while also learning the importance of respect,
        accountability, and responsibility"


       “Rogue River School District will offer an exciting interactive and safe learning
         environment where students can excel to the best of their ability, and become
         respectful, responsible, and productive citizens.”    

Notice of Non-Discrimination

  • The Rogue River School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

    Dr. April Harrison, Director of Special Programs/Title IX Coordinator
    518 Main Street, Suite B, Rogue River, OR 97537