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COVID-19 Reporting

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.

Website Reporting 01-15-21


  • Probable: Rapid-antigen testing results are positive for COVID-19.
  • Confirmed: A molecular viral test confirmed positive results for COVID-19.
  • Cumulative confirmed cases: Total number of cases that have been confirmed in a building since Oct. 6, 2020.

Rochester Community School 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.

  • 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.
  • All 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.

Measures individuals can take to prevent transmission

The CDC states that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. How COVID-19 spreads:

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • 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.
  • Even by people who may not be showing symptoms.

Everyone Should:

  1. 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.
  2. Maintain at least a six-foot distance from other people who are sick or who do not live in the same household.
  3. Cover your 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. A mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Learning Forward - Planning for the 2020-21 School Year - Videos and Presentations:

Learning Forward Updates – December 14, 2020:

Learning Forward Updates Dec. 14 2020

Click Here to download the Learning Forward Updates as of December 14, 2020.

Learning Forward Updates – November 30, 2020 Video:

Click here to download the BOE Work Session slides as of November 30, 2020.

Learning Forward Updates - September 28, 2020 Video:

Click here to download the Learning Forward Updates slides as of September 28, 2020.

Click here to download a list of Frequently Asked Questions, September 28, 2020

Click here for the District's Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan .

Learning Forward Updates - August 10, 2020 Video:

Click here to download the Learning Forward Updates as of August 10, 2020.

Emerging Science of COVID-19 – RCS plan for the 2020-21 school year (Part Three) Video:

Click here to download the Emerging Science of COVID-19 - RCS plan for 2020-21 school year (Part Three) presented on July 27, 2020.

Operations Safe Start Phases – RCS plan for the 2020-21 school year (Part Two) Video:

Click here to download the Operations Safe Start Phases – RCS plan for the 2020-21 school year (Part Two) presented on July 27, 2020.

Learning Options - RCS plan for the 2020-21 School Year (Part One) Video:

Click here to download the Learning Options - RCS plan for 2020-21 school year (Part One) presented on July 27, 2020.

Planning for the 2020-21 School Year Video:

Rochester Community Schools provides learning options for the 2020-21 school year: in-person instruction and the RCS Virtual Campus.

A glimpse at in-person learning for the 2020-21 school year:

Dr. Shaner discusses in-person learning for the 2020-21 school year with WXYZ-7 Broadcast Journalist Jenn Schanz.

RCS COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

Click here to download the RCS COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.

Click here to download employee guidance as it applies to the RCS COVID-19 Preparedness Response Plan - Revised Nov. 18, 2020.

Return to Learn Updates for the 2020-21 School Year

Please click on the following links to learn more:

Community Town Hall Meetings

Three separate virtual town hall meetings were held on Tuesday, July 28, where the work of our district’s pandemic task force was shared and learning options for the upcoming school year were discussed. To watch the recorded virtual town hall meetings, please click on the following links:

Elementary Families (grades K-5): https://youtu.be/6YI5VhA26wU

Secondary Families (grades 6-12): https://youtu.be/mN9jxn2KK5I

Special Education Information: https://youtu.be/EhJpuRlVu60