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Food service changes, beginning March 1

Beginning March 1, changes in food service will support students returning to full-time, in-person learning and those in the RCS Virtual campus. Two free options are available: daily breakfast and lunch onsite at schools and weekly curbside meal distribution.

The USDA approved a waiver effective August 31, 2020, that provides breakfast and lunch meals, free of charge, for all children 18 years of age and younger, including ATPS students 26 years of age and younger. Meals, which meet guidelines from the USDA and Michigan Department of Education, will be distributed through the Rochester Community Schools food service program.

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ONSITE. All students attending school in person can choose to have free breakfast and lunch, with no registration required, from their school cafeteria on regular school days.

Daily menus can be found on the RCS website at:

FREE CURBSIDE MEALS. Students participating in full-time in-person learning can receive free curbside meals distributed in 2-day increments. Students enrolled in RCS Virtual, or children under 18 not enrolled in in-person learning, can receive meals distributed in 7-day increments.  

NEW REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for all curbside meals beginning the week of March 1. All families who would like curbside meal service must complete a NEW registration form at this link: If you previously registered for curbside meals and no longer wish to participate, no further action is necessary.

Only one registration is required per family; information will be collected about each student’s home-school and learning environment. Breakfast and lunch meals will be distributed in 2- and 7-day increments. Students in elementary, secondary and ATPS programs may eat meals during school and also register for 2-day curbside food service. Students in RCS Virtual may register for 7-day curbside meals. We will accommodate families with children in all learning environments.

Curbside meal distribution for registered participants will begin after March 1 on Wednesdays between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. at your designated school site. PLEASE NOTE THIS TIME CHANGE due to full-time in-person learning in our school buildings.

Curbside pickup locations are:

  1. Hart Middle School (serving Baldwin, Hugger, North Hill, Hart and Stoney Creek) 
  2. Rochester High School (serving Hamlin, Long Meadow, McGregor, Rochester High and ATPS)
  3. Adams High School (serving Brewster, Delta Kelly, Musson, Van Hoosen and Adams)
  4. Reuther Middle School (serving Brooklands, Hampton and Reuther)
  5. West Middle School (serving Meadow Brook, University Hills and West)

Monthly menus can be found here:

If your student is new to the district or enrolled in the RCS Virtual Campus, please use the RCS boundary map to determine your home-school for pick-up. The link can be found here:

Free and reduced-price meal application. Families are encouraged to continue to fill out the online free and reduced-price meal application for the 2020-2021 school year. A new application is required at the beginning of each school year. If you have already applied for this year, no further action is needed.

Applications for this program also support the district beyond food service including Title I and 31a funding. The program also connects families to additional community resources including Blessings In a Backpack, Neighborhood House and possible individual support for district programs.

For the online free and reduced-price meal application process, please use this link:

If there are specific dietary questions or concerns, please contact the food services office at 248-726-4618 or email

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Criteria for determining weather-related school closings, delays or early release

Many families ask about the criteria for determining weather-related school closings, delays or early releases.

The foremost factor in the decision to cancel school is student safety. Influencers can include snow accumulations, weather forecasts, road conditions, and wind chill temperatures. RCS consults with grounds and maintenance crews, transportation, the National Weather Service and other area superintendents when considering altering schedules. District officials check road conditions by driving throughout the community, often at 3:00-4:00 a.m. Please keep in mind that the District is 66 square miles and has many subdivisions north of Dutton with dirt roads. These subdivisions send children to eight of our twenty-one schools. If road conditions are such that the district determines driving to be hazardous for buses and student or parent drivers, the district will be closed. We will also close school if temperatures are deemed to be dangerous for student walkers.

The district uses weather information from the AccuWeather Forecast at

One of the alternatives to closing school for the entire day is a two-hour delay, which would allow time for conditions to improve. The benefit of a delayed opening is that the students would not miss a day of school. On the other hand, a negative aspect would be that if conditions do not improve within the two-hour period, the district may have to cancel for the entire day anyway.

Other alternatives to school closings have been suggested; however, at this time the district has not determined that these recommendations will be in the best interest for all students. One suggested alternative includes providing bus pick-up only at main roads, so buses would not have to travel icy or snow covered back roads. The concern here, though, is that students may have to walk further along snow-covered roads to reach the bus where there may, or may not, be bike or walking paths. Student drivers and parents may also be forced to drive on roads that are considered too dangerous for buses. Another alternative is to keep school open without providing transportation if the roads are treacherous. This option would create a disproportionate attendance issue for those students who rely on bus service.

The State of Michigan allows us six days grace period, which can be used when the building cannot be opened for various reasons (weather, power outages, water, etc.).

The district understands that for many parents, the cancellation of school causes scheduling and work problems. However, our decisions will keep student safety at the forefront.

The district notifies parents of schedule changes through its School Messenger email services and places an automated phone call to parents using its emergency cancellation services. In addition, school cancellations are published on the district website at, on local radio and television stations, and on our district social media sites.

2021 International Academy Lottery Results

Rochester Community Schools held a lottery for students to attend the International Academy Okma Campus for the 2021-22 school year. Acceptance to this school of choice is based on both academic records and placement test results. 


RCS rolls out a new website!

On Feb. 1, 2021, Rochester Community Schools introduced the community to their new district website. The updated site was rebuilt from top to bottom with a "mobile first" mentality. More than half of the visitors to our previous website accessed it on some type of mobile device, so we knew that our new site had to work seamlessly on that platform.

The project started in October 2019, was delayed by the pandemic, and finally got back on track the fall of 2020. We are confident our guests will love the new site and will take some time to explore and see all that it has to offer.  

Watch this video for a quick tour:

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We are excited to hear what you think!  If you have a comment or suggestion, please let us know!

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