COVID-19 Updates

Rockingham County Schools COVID-19 Emergency Response

Rockingham County Schools COVID-19 Plan in Action!

Rockingham County Schools is working hard on our district crisis response to make sure that we protect our students, staff, families, and the community safety and well-being! Please see the video below that reviews our week one progress! Please visit for updates and click on the Coronavirus icon to stay updated!

Thank you Child Nutrition for the Amazing Work Serving Our Students!

Rockingham County Schools Child Nutrition Department made over 5538 meals during the first week of school closure for COVID-19 response! The RCS Need Food Hotline can be reached at 336-627-2723 or Students 18 and under can get food at no cost and parents can buy the same meal for $3.75. Grab and GO for Breakfast & Lunch is available from 8:30AM-9:30AM and 11:30AM-1:00PM. Participating locations include Moss Street Elementary, Leaksville-Spray Elementary, and Dalton L. McMichael High School.

Adult Self Care

As the coronavirus leads to school closures, RCS has had to rapidly thinking about ways to continue supporting children's health, wellbeing, and social-emotional learning at home—while school resumes online.

During this time, it's also critical for us—as school leaders, educators, and parents—to focus on our own social-emotional wellbeing as we look to support the social-emotional development of our students at home. Here are informational resources for you!

Adult Self Care Resources:

Resources for Families, Educators, and our School Communities!

Addressing Social-Emotional Learning Needs for Students During COVID-19 Crisis

Both children and adults may feel a range of emotions -- fear, anxiety, stress, curiosity, uncertainty, etc. -- as they hear or read about new cases, school closures, and potential changes to their daily routines. We can continue fostering safe, supportive learning environments and positive adult-student relationships that help them reflect on and process these emotions, discuss and evaluate the news, and learn about and develop strategies for keeping themselves and their communities healthy. Below, we offer a few suggestions for addressing social and emotional needs as part of your district’s response plan:

  • Acknowledge that both children and adults may feel worried or stressed as they’re going through the school and work day. Provide opportunities for them to share and process their emotions, as well as structures that allow them to take individual time to reflect and gather their thoughts. Use existing SEL programs to help provide these opportunities and promote empathy for one another and those most impacted by the virus.
  • Support teachers in engaging students in developmentally-appropriate conversations and lessons to discuss the news around COVID-19. This can include assessing facts from misinformation, as well as opportunities for students to develop and suggest strategies for their school or community to prevent the spread of disease.
  • Whenever possible, provide consistency in daily school routines. While school closures or changes in schedules may be inevitable, consistent routines and procedures in the meantime help reduce stress and facilitate learning for all students. This is also an opportunity to create new routines that promote healthy practices, such as adding favorite classroom songs to handwashing routines.
  • Continue SEL and community-building practices, which help maintain a sense of emotional safety and support. Provide fun alternatives to minimize the spread of germs. For example, if students and teachers typically greet one another with handshakes and high-fives, switch to elbow bumps or footshakes.

Additional Resources for Students and Families:

Behavioral Health Help Line!

We provided social and emotional support and behavioral health/mental health supports for our students with our Behavioral Health Hotline!

Call our RCS Behavior Health Helpline at 336-627-2615!!!

  • If your child needs mental health support or consultation, you may call the Behavioral Health Hotline for support between the hours of 1:00-3:00 p.m. beginning March 18, 2020 through April 3, 2020.
  • You may call Behavior Health Helpline 336-627-2615 and someone from the RCS Behavioral Health Department will answer between the hours of 1:00-3:00 p.m. beginning March 18, 2020 through April 3, 2020. If you have an emergency, you must call 9-1-1. This is for non-emergency support for mental health.
  • Day Treatment Services: If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you need additional support, you may call:
  • Day Treatment Crisis Number: 336-520-0903
  • Youth Haven Services Crisis Number: 336-344-2367
  • For more counseling resources, please click here for additional resources and emergency numbers.

RCS Information Line!

In addition to the website and Alert Now, there is an established RCS Hot Line:

►District Information Hotline 336-627-2789.

►This number will have a pre-recorded messages for updates and information that can be called for 24/7 at least through April 10, 2020.

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RCS Behavioral Health Department

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