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Inclement Weather Updates

As the winter season approaches, many families ask about the process for school closings, delays or early releases. The foremost factor in any consideration is always student and staff safety.

The State of Michigan allows school districts six days of grace when a building cannot be opened for various reasons (e.g., inclement weather, power outages, etc.) before having to make up instructional days. An additional three days may be granted with approval of the state superintendent.

The primary tool used by Rochester Community Schools for communicating schedule changes to families is the School Messenger notification system, which can include an email, voice and text message. School cancellations are also published on the district website, local radio and television stations, and on RCS social media sites to include FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Weather-related school closing criteria. Influencers for inclement weather school closings can include snow accumulations, weather forecasts, road conditions, and wind chill temperatures. RCS consults with grounds and maintenance crews, transportation, and other area superintendents when considering altering schedules. Weather information is also obtained from the AccuWeather Forecast.

District officials check road conditions by driving throughout the community, often as early as 3 a.m. It’s important to note that the district covers 66 square miles and has many northern subdivisions with dirt roads. These subdivisions send children to eight of our 21 schools. If road conditions are such that the district determines driving to be hazardous for buses and student or parent/guardian drivers, the district will be closed. RCS will also close school if temperatures are deemed to be dangerous for student walkers. Early dismissals may be necessary if weather conditions deteriorate during the school day.

Although alternatives to school closings continue to be researched, the district has determined they may not be feasible or in the best interest of all students at this time. One alternative to closing school for the entire day is a two-hour delay, which does not support the district’s three-tiered bus system. Another suggestion 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 is that students may have to walk further along these treacherous roads to reach the bus, where there may not be safe bike or walking paths. Student drivers and parents may also be forced to drive on roads that are considered too dangerous for buses. An additional consideration includes keeping school open without providing transportation; however, this would create a disproportionate attendance issue for those students who rely on bus service. Remote learning opportunities have been discussed as well, but this assumes that teachers, administrators, and support staff have their materials and systems in place at home, which may not always be the case. Although no changes to our school closing considerations are anticipated at this time, we will continue to evaluate options and keep our families informed.

The district understands that for many parents, the cancellation of school causes scheduling and work concerns. However, all decisions will keep student and staff safety at the forefront. Please know that the district will make every effort to notify our school community of any scheduling changes as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mobile STEM lab visits RCS

Middle school students are combining science, technology, engineering and math at the Oakland Schools STEMi Mobile Innovation Station, a lab on wheels that brings together evolving areas of technology, education and innovation. Students get hands-on experience with autonomous vehicles, robotics, extended reality and smart manufacturing.

First Tech Challenge

RCS high school robotics students hosted 36 middle school teams in the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics qualifier. Teams were challenged to design, build, program and operate robots in head-to-head challenges. The event was co-organized by the Falcon Engineering and Design Solutions (FEDS), Rochester Adams High School’s AdamBots and Stoney Creek High School’s CyberCats.

Adult Education trimester 2 starting November 29

Rochester Community Schools offers learning opportunities for people of all ages. Adult education programs may provide individuals with language proficiency, pathways for new careers, mastery of academic skills, and personal growth and satisfaction.

English As a Second Language (ESL) classes are provided for all learning levels, from beginner to advanced conversation. In-person classes are held in the morning and evening, two times per week, in Rochester Hills. Enrollment is happening now and students are encouraged to register for quick admittance.  

Adults who wish to earn their high-school diploma or complete GED skills classes can begin Trimester 2 on November 29. In-person and online, afternoon and evening, classes are available two times per week. Discounted GED exams and waiving of the registration fee, are available if you qualify.  

By advancing their educational achievement, adult students may find that learning more helps them earn more in the workforce. Others are simply interested in building personal skills to improve their quality of life.

Flexible programs are designed to meet the needs of busy adults who may have multiple roles and responsibilities.

Interested individuals may call 248-726-5950 to register. For more information on available classes and schedules, visit the Adult Education homepage.

All three high-school bands unite
Working hard on a professional development day
Girls dive deep into their STEM interests
Stoney Creek Football honors original Cougar head coach
Rochester Hills Fire Department visited Long Meadow's Transitional Kindergarten classes
RCS social-emotional wellness task force share updates
RCS welcomes Joe Pittel to the Board of Education

Rochester Community Schools welcomes Joe Pittel, who was appointed to the Board of Education Monday, August 17, 2021. 


The Board of Education followed the Revised School Code and Michigan Election Law in appointing an eligible candidate to fill the position. Seven candidates interviewed at the board meeting. Board members thanked the candidates for their interest in public service and willingness to dedicate their time and talents for the good of the school district.


Current positions and terms of service include: President Kristin Bull (2026), Vice President Kevin Beers (2022), Treasurer Mike Zabat (2022), Secretary Michelle Bueltel (2024), Trustee Barb Anness (2024), Trustee Scott Muska (2026), and Trustee Joe Pittel (2022). 

The Rochester Community School District, and our partners are hiring!

The Rochester Community School District, and our partners are hiring! Be a part of our team.

Full- and part-time positions are available with competitive pay.

Positions include:

  • Para-educator positions through Rochester Community Schools
  • Ground workers through American Building Management (ABM)
  • Custodial services through American Building Management (ABM)
  • RCS Caring Steps Children’s Center Caregiver through Genesee Education Consultant Services
  • Bus drivers through Durham School Services
  • Food service workers through Chartwells
  • School security through SafeEd.

All shifts are open, and training will be provided. Benefit packages may include life insurance, medical, and 401K with matching contributions.

Be a part of a team of professionals that strive for excellence!

Call NOW!  (248) 726-3171.

For more information, visit the Rochester Community School District website at www.rochester.k12.mi.us.

Rochester Community Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, creed or ancestry, age, sex, marital status, height, weight, familial status, arrest record or physical and mental disabilities.

Food service through Chartwells

Cafeteria food service (breakfast and lunch) is provided through Chartwells and will be available on regular school days. Daily meals are available to all students free of charge, with no registration required, through a USDA waiver extension. Menus can be found here: https://www.rochester.k12.mi.us/about-us/departments/foodservices. A la carte items are expected to be added and available for purchase as the school year progresses.

 

Families are encouraged to continue to fill out the online free and reduced meal application for the 2021-22 school year. A new application is required at the beginning of each school year. Applications for this program support the district beyond food service, including Title I and 31a funding. This 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 meal application, please visit the RCS website at: https://www.rochester.k12.mi.us/about-us/departments/foodservices.

RCS Official 2021-22 School Calendar

The RCS 2021-22 School Calendar is attached below.  Specific school information can also be found on the district website under the "District Calendar" section.

RCS 2021-22 School Calendar.pdf

Below are some key dates and information:

  • ATPS - Adult Transition Program Services
  • ECSE - Early Childhood Special Education
  • First day of school for students: Aug. 30, 2021
  • Winter break:  Dec. 18, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022. Students return to school on Jan. 3, 2022.
  • Spring break:  March 26 – April 3, 2022. Students return to school on April 4, 2022.
RCS recognized with two honors from the Association of School Business Officials International

 

ASBO Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
Meritorious Budget Award

Rochester Community Schools has been recognized with two honors from the Association of School Business Officials International. For the fourth straight year, RCS has earned the Meritorious Budget Award, indicating excellence in school budget presentation and transparent budget development. The latest award is for the 2020-21 budget. Additionally, for the second time, RCS earned a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for meeting the highest standards for financial reporting and transparency. The latest award is related to the RCS Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended 2020. 

These designations are awarded only to school districts who have undergone a rigorous review by professional auditors and continue to meet or exceed the program’s stringent criteria.

The RCS business team is led by Dana Taylor, deputy superintendent for business affairs; Matthew McDaniel, executive director for business operations; and Christie Bueche, director of financial services. This team of distinguished professionals supports student achievement through effective resource management in various areas ranging from finance and operations to food services and transportation, with a commitment to high-quality education.

Taylor and McDonald with ASBO awards

 

 

 

RCS earns Best Communities for Music Education designation

Rochester Community Schools has again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  Now in its 22nd year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Rochester Community Schools earned this honor in 2014, then yearly since 2016.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, we answered detailed questions regarding funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This level of accomplishment cannot be achieved without a strong partnership between music teachers, administration, and our families.  It is especially noteworthy that we earned this designation again during a pandemic, which of course has made all things more challenging.  Thank you to all of our music educators for your creative instructional approaches and your relentless “kids-first” attitude.  Thank you to all our stakeholders for your efforts in supporting our program and our commitment to excellence in music education in RCS. 

Childcare enrollment open to nonresidents

Childcare enrollment open to nonresidents! Now enrolling curious, young learners! The RCS Caring Steps Children's Center provides outstanding infant/toddler care and year-round preschool programs. Our loving staff will serve your needs in a beautiful, spacious Oakland Township facility, specially designed for kids. Enrollment is open to neighboring communities. RCS residency is not required. Please call 248-726-4800 or visit our homepage on the RCS website for enrollment information.