April 9, 2021
Dear RAPS Family,
This morning the Governor and the State Director of DHHS issued a recommendation that schools consider closing high schools to in-person instruction and cease the playing (both practices and competitions) of all youth sports. In March, RAPS made the decision to close the high school. At that time, it was apparent that students were infecting other students at school or school related activities. This week, we have had six students report a positive COVID test. However, since we were closed for 10 days over spring break, none of these cases were caught or spread at school. These cases have resulted in some students being quarantined. We have about 30 students (at all levels) quarantined at this time. As a point of reference, when we moved to remote instruction in March for the high school, we had over 150 students quarantined at RHS.
At this point, RAPS will be open to in person instruction next week at all grade levels. RHS is scheduled to have academic testing next week and so there will be days when only one or two grades will be in the building and students will be in small groups to test. This will aid in limiting student contact and social distancing.
We will continue to allow spring sports to proceed. Since all of the spring sports take place outside, they pose less risk of spreading the virus between athletes. In addition, all spring athletes (13 and older) will receive a rapid antigen test at the beginning of the week. We will be doing these tests prior to athletes mixing with the general student population.
We will continue to closely monitor the COVID cases and watch for signs that the virus is spreading at school. Over this past year, we have regularly consulted with the Central Michigan District Health Department and the medical personnel in the Roscommon County office. This will continue as we closely monitor cases in our schools. The decision to remain open will change if there is any indication that there is an outbreak at a school or there is a significant number of students who are being asked to quarantine.
The Health Department knows that the variant B-117 is in Roscommon County. It is known that this variant tends to spread more easily and rapidly. To keep COVID from spreading at school, please monitor your child for any symptoms that may be associated with COVID. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, keep them home from school and have them tested, waiting for a negative test result before they return to school. The School Based Health Clinic is open to assist students who are in need of a test. Call 275-6658 for an appointment.
Catherine R. Erickson