Rochester Community School Corporation
Rochester Community School Press Releases:
April 3rd, 2020
It is RCSC’s desire to make sure we honor all students, especially the seniors as they complete their last year at Rochester High School. I will be formally asking the board to change graduation to the evening of June 26, 2020. We hope by changing the date, we will have a greater opportunity to host a traditional graduation ceremony. As we are uncertain as to what restrictions may still be imposed, we are working on contingency plans that will also allow the students and their families to be recognized.
Prom at this time has been postponed. We will look to have a prom this summer in our high school gymnasium, if the timing is appropriate.
Senior honors night will look quite differently this year. We will be asking all donors to generate a 30 second video to highlight their scholarship and then notify the recipient. We will then utilize social media, our school websites as well as RCTV4 to help us broadcast that out to the community.
We will continue to engage in e-Learning as planned starting again next week. As I get further instructions and mandates from the state, we will keep you apprised of how we will continue to educate our students.
We are all experiencing a level of uncertainty we have not seen before. As information is still very fluid, we will do our best to communicate plans to you.
Wishing our students, their families and our community good health!
April 2nd, 2020
First and foremost, a sincere thank you for your patience and support as we all continue to adjust and build new plans around COVID-19.
Governor Holcomb announced today schools will be closed for the remainder of this academic year.
On behalf of the entire school corporation our hearts are sinking with the knowledge that we won’t be seeing students the remainder of this academic year.
We will continue with E-Learning next week and we ask you to engage with your students and support them educationally as best you can.
After receiving further guidance and instruction from the State Department of Education, we will be sending out a comprehensive plan around our seniors and plans for graduation, meeting our educational obligations for this year and the best form of deploying instruction moving forward.
Again, thank you for your patience and support.
Please abide by the Governor’s statement to stay at home and only leave for necessary appointments and needs.
If you have anything that RCSC can help you with, please contact your student’s principal and we will do all we can to support your student, their family and our community at large.
The Governor has shut schools down until May 1st.
At this time, e-Learning will remain in place.
March 16th, 2020
Beginning Friday, March 20, Rochester Community Schools will provide food routes and pick-up locations for our families. The meal packages are intended to cover five days per student. Cafeteria staff will develop meals for all free and reduced lunch students. If you would like this free service provided and are NOT on free/reduced meals, please email email@example.com or call 574-223-2159 ext. 5004 by noon on Thursday, March 19 so staff knows to package food for your student. This FREE FOR ALL service will last the entirety of school not in session.
Pick up locations are on Fridays from 11:00 am to 12:30 at:
- Heart to Heart Church of the Nazarene (1987 Southway 31)
- Grace United Methodist Church (201 West 7th Street)
- Faith Outreach Church (1125 East 9th Street)
- Mill Creek Church (1136 North State Road 25)
- Safe Harbor Church (1944 Sweetgum Road)
Food cannot be consumed on site.
Meals will be delivered on Fridays from to students who ride busses:
- 4 (Brad Smiley
- 14 (Stacy Ingram)
- 19 (Ion Tamer)
- 21 (Mary James)
- 27 (Kevin Wallskog)
Someone must be home to pick up the food package. If you are not able to be home during that time, please contact Mrs. Wilkinson to arrange for church pick-up or another form of delivery
Jana K. Vance, Ed.S
March 13, 2020
Rochester Community Schools Staff and Parents,
As you are aware, we have been closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control, Indiana State Health Department, and we have been working very closely with our local Fulton County Health Department regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Upon the advice of the Fulton County Health Department Director, Dr. Reyburn, we will close our schools starting Monday, March 16, 2020. Please note the following information:
EVENT & ACTIVITIES: Effective Saturday, March 14th, we have cancelled all extra-curricular, co-curricular, events, practices, and activities at RCSC buildings/district until further notice.
SCHOOL: Monday, March 16th - Rochester Community Schools will not be in session. Teachers and staff will report during contracted time. This is when medications and forgotten supplies can be picked up. Elearning will take place on Tuesday the 17th, Wednesday the 18th, and Thursday the 19th. School will not be in session on Friday, March 20th. Monday and Friday are waiver days provided by the State of Indiana and we will not be required to make these days up.
March 23rd - April 3rd: School will be closed for Spring Break. Only essential personnel will be allowed in buildings.
Please be aware that these precautions are being taken to reduce or limit our community's exposure to the virus. As a reminder, those practices include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The Indiana State Department of Health has also established a hotline for the public. Should you have questions or concerns regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19), please contact the following phone numbers for assistance:
P:317-233-7125 from 8 AM - 8 PM P:317-233-1325 from 8 PM - 8 AM
We will share additional information regarding elearning, lunch plans, and procedures, as well as other important updates over the next couple of days. Please be watching for additional information on the RCSC website/Twitter/Facebook to be shared.
Should you have questions regarding this information, please contact our Central Office at 574-223-2159.
Steps to prevent illness:
CDC Main Website
Please register at: https://rochester-in.finalforms.com/ -- now and electronically complete ALL forms!
Thank you in advance!