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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How is the district responding to recommendations for spacing and movement?
- Will students and staff be required to use personal protective equipment (PPE)?
- How will the district promote personal hygiene?
- How is the district looking to improve air ventilation in the buildings?
- What are exposure guidelines?
- What are some available resources?
- What mitigation practices will take place on buses?
District Mitigation Measures
The safety and well-being of students and staff is always our priority. Strict mitigation protocols remain an important part of our return to school plan. The CDC, MDHHS, and the OCHD agree that it is important for the community to wear face coverings in public, practice good hygiene, and maintain a six-foot distance between others when possible.
- RCS adheres to the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) requirement to screen students and staff for COVID-19 symptoms before getting on a bus or entering school. A consent agreement is available within ParentVUE. Families must answer "no" to all questions in this survey in order to access any RCS bus or building.
- Transitional kindergarten through 12th grade students, post-high special education students, and all staff are required to wear face coverings during the school day and on buses.
- Frequent handwashing is encouraged throughout the day. More than 1,800 handwashing signs have been placed above sinks in the buildings to guide students and staff in using proper technique.
- A hybrid structure will be used initially to decrease density in buildings by approximately 50 percent. Students will be divided into cohort groups, with some cohorts attending school in-person and the other cohorts learning asynchronously at home. Synchronous remote learning will take place on Wednesdays for all students in all cohorts.
- To keep the flow of traffic moving in the hallways, students will not use lockers. Halls will have directional arrows or floor markers and many of the media centers will have defined entrances and exits.
- Drinking fountains are turned off, although students and staff can still use the touchless water filling stations if available.
- Student meals will be prepackaged, and some schools may use other areas of the building to help increase the distance between students. When appropriate, a touchless payment system will be used.
- Our teaching and learning environments have reliable cleaning protocols that support safety and wellness, while mitigating environmental health risks. All cleaning protocols and products meet industry standards and recommendations set by local and federal governmental health organizations. These rigorous standards apply to schools and school facilities, to include classrooms, offices, athletic facilities, food preparation areas, and common areas in every building. We have enhanced our cleaning capabilities for each building by purchasing additional electrostatic sprayers that distribute safe, commercial-grade cleaning solutions in hard-to-reach places. Per the MI Safe School Roadmap requirements, special attention is given to frequently touched surfaces (including desks, light switches, doors, benches and bathrooms), plus media centers, computer labs and playground structures. Bathrooms will also undergo cleaning at least every four hours with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfectant.
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 who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet); through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks; and even by people who may not show symptoms.
- 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 at least a six-foot 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 to protect other people in case you are infected. 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.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
- 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. Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.