School Associated Cases
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253 requires school districts to report school associated cases of COVID-19 within 24 hours after being notified by the local health department.
A school associated case includes a case of probable or confirmed COVID-19 among students, teachers, staff members, coaches, volunteers, or any other person who was present on school property or at a school function that may result in the transmission or contraction of COVID-19 during an infectious period.
Having cases present in school buildings does not indicate that the person's exposure occurred at school.
COVID-19 Communications and Updates
Frequently Asked Questions
- How does COVID-19 impact school funding?
- Will students and staff be required to use personal protective equipment (PPE)?
- How is RCS supporting healthy learning environments in our buildings?
- How is the district looking to improve air ventilation in the buildings?
- What is school quarantine guidance?
- What are some available resources?
- What mitigation practices will take place on buses?
District Mitigation Measures
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD), and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus may cause more serious illness in persons of all ages, including children. This is particularly concerning in an educational setting, where students under the age of 12 are not eligible for the vaccine.
According to these experts, facial coverings are a safe, essential, and proven strategy to prevent secondary transmission of this aggressive Delta variant in schools. Masks are primarily intended to reduce the emission of virus-laden droplets. They also help reduce inhalation of these droplets by the wearer.
The OCHD issued an Emergency Order (2021-01) for Control of Pandemic, which states that schools are required to ensure all students, teachers, staff and community members consistently and properly wear facial coverings while inside a school building or structure, regardless of vaccination status.
The OCHD guidance indicates that masks and vaccination status will limit the need to quarantine when an individual is exposed to COVID-19.
We realize that this has been a trying time for many of our school community members, and we recognize that some of our families have different points of view regarding mitigation strategies. However, we can all agree that our children belong in the classroom, learning and growing with highly skilled, caring teachers. We hope that community members can respectfully put personal preferences aside and work together to keep our students in our school buildings.
It is important to note that mask usage can impact the need to quarantine. Fully vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine if it has been more than 14 days since receiving the last dose in the series of vaccinations, and they have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure. If an individual is within 3-6 feet of another person with COVID-19 and both individuals are properly masked, then the exposed person does not need to quarantine and can return to school.
Please help keep our students safe and in person. We appreciate your support in encouraging your student to:
Wear a mask
Get vaccinated if eligible
Wash hands frequently
Stay home when sick
The CDC states that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Mitigation measures include the following:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- As much as possible, maintain a distance from other people who are sick or who do not live in the same household.
- Cover mouth and nose with a mask in a public setting and when around others who don’t live in the same household. Masks should not be placed on young children under age two, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Use detergent or soap and water to clean. Then use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
- Monitor Health Daily. Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
Stay home when sick. If students or staff members are sick, they should stay home and contact their primary care physician and/or the OCHD for guidance and support as needed. The Oakland County Nurse on Call can be reached at 1-800-848-5533; the Help Hotline is 248-858-1000. Additional information is located on the OCHD website.
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Health experts agree that vaccinations are another important strategy to help save lives and mitigate the spread of the Delta variant.
The CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19.
Masks and vaccination status will also limit the need to quarantine when an individual is exposed to COVID-19.
Rochester Community Schools continues to partner with various community health agencies so those who are eligible for the vaccination can have convenient access to appointments.
To schedule an appointment with the Oakland County Health Division, call 800-848-5533.Additional information and locations are available on the Oakland County website.