On this page you will find a number of resources to help you navigate the RCS school system as well as important forms, enrollment information, and student programs. Click on a thumbnail below for more information. You can also use the scrolling menu on the right side of the page to quickly scroll through the sections and easily navigate from the top and bottom of the page.  Rockingham County Schools Parent and Family Engagement Policy.

Curriculum & Initiatives
View a full list of programs offered through RCS
Complete information, form links and contacts
Covid-19 Online Learning
Resources for students and parents
Driver's Education
Find out information about permits, scheduling and FAQs
Information on how to enroll your child in RCS
Student Health
View info about general health, the flu, and other health concerns.
iStation/Discovery Ed
Link directly to log in
Capstone (Senior) Project
Explore resources and requirements
Inclement Weather
Inclement weather & school closure info
Mobile Learning
View handbook and resources for Chromebooks
Parent Forms
Download popular parent forms
Transcript Requests
Click here to submit
Ten Point Grade Scale
Information on how it works
SPLASH Resources
Find out about language immersion education at RCS
Request for Reassignment
Timelines and forms
Parent Resource Centers
Gain access to even more materials to help kids get ready for school
School Start/End Times
View start/end times for all schools
Dress Code
School Dress Code Information
RCS Connect
Free RCS Community Parent E-Newsletter
Child Nutrition
Child Nutrition Policy and Charges
Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act
Child Care
Information on before & after school child care
Volunteer Info
Process and links
Career Cruising
Assistance with career choice
Core Curriculum & Standards
Information on core curriculum and NC standards
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Enrolling Your Child

We welcome you to Rockingham County Schools!  Thanks for making the CHOICE that ROCKS!  


School secretaries and school Data Managers are a valuable resource in helping you get your child enrolled in school. Please contact the school your child will be attending to complete the necessary paperwork. If you need help determining which school your child will attend, visit our online school locator.

Parent information needed for Registration:

  • Certified Birth Certificate       

  • Immunization Record            

  • Proof of residence (street address)  - examples: utility bill, lease/mortgage paperwork, notarized letter of residency


Kindergarten Registration Information 

Children must be age 5 on or before August 31 (of the current school year) to be eligible to attend kindergarten.

For more information, call your neighborhood school or June Nealy, Director of Elementary Programs, at 627.2680 or by email jnealy@rock.k12.nc.us.


Immunization Requirements (Kindergarten, 7th Grade)

All students entering public school in North Carolina are required to submit a current and up to date certificate of immunization within 30 days of school attendance.  Students who have NOT provided the immunization record to the school within 30 days will NOT be allowed to attend school until the immunization certificate is received.  Neither a transcript nor school data management immunization record is the official immunization certificate.  Parents are responsible for obtaining the immunization certificate and providing it to the school.  Records from previous schools will be requested as a courtesy to parents; however, the 30 day rule will still apply if records are not received within 30 days of the first day of school attendance.


Kindergarten Immunization Requirements (effective 7/1/2015)

  • 5 DTP/DTaP doses:  5th dose on or after 4th birthday.  If 4th dose is after the 4th birthday,      5th dose is not required. 

  • 4 Polio vaccine doses:  4th dose on or after 4th birthday.  If 3rd dose is after 4th birthday, 4th dose is not required.

  • 1-4 Hib doses:  Series is complete if 2nd, 3rd, or 4th doses are given on or after 12 months of age.

  • If 1st dose is given at 12-15 months of age, two doses are required.

  • If 1st dose is given on or after 15 months of age, only one dose is required.

  • 3 Hepatitis B vaccine doses: 3rd dose must be given on or after 24 weeks of age.

  • 2 Measles vaccine doses:  1st dose on/after 12 months of age and 2nd dose before entering school.

  • 2 Mumps vaccine doses:  1st dose on/after 12 months of age and 2nd dose before entering school.

  • 1 Rubella vaccine dose:  On or after 12 months of age.  

  • 2 Varicella vaccine doses: 1st dose on or after 12 months of age, and 2nd dose is required before entering school.

7th grade immunization requirements (effective 7/1/2015)

  • TDaP: 1 dose

  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV): 1 dose

Absences for failure to provide Health Assessment and/or Immunization Certificate

Absences will be marked as unexcused for students who fail to turn in the required information by the 30th day; however, students will be allowed to make up their missed work.  The parent or student should contact the student’s teacher(s) to arrange to obtain missed work.

Additional Immunization Information (click to view)


Health Assessment Form - (Kindergarten and new students to NC Public Schools) 
Evaluación de la Salud Español

Student Information Form:



Mobile Learning Initiative

Rockingham County Schools is pleased that students in all high schools will continue to be part of a 1:1 mobile learning initiative during the 2017-2018 school year. Since 2006, RCS has been paving the way to become a 21st Century School System – fiber optics have been installed at all schools, classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors, document cameras and ACTIVBoards, all schools have wireless environments, all certified staff are provided laptops.  All high school students are provided a Chromebook for use during the school day and for use at home.

Mobile Learning Student Handbook 18-19


Mobile Learning Parent/Student Agreement Form/Usage Fee 18-19

The Rockingham County Mobile Learning Initiative is funded in part by:


School Start & End Times

Below are the start and end times for RCS schools.


RCS Dress Code

We ask our students to dress in an appropriate manner for school. Clean, neat, comfortable clothing, which allows your child to participate in all events of school without undue concern, will be most appropriate.

School Dress:

  • Appropriate size student dress and footwear is necessary to maintain a positive and safe school climate. Any clothing or accessories that endanger the safety of others is prohibited.

  • Clothing must be age appropriate, must not distract from the learning process, and cannot be provocative, revealing, indecent, or vulgar. (No short shorts or short skirts are allowed).

  • No headgear including but not limited to hats, earmuffs, bandanas, sweatbands, or sunglasses will be worn inside the school buildings.

  • All sleeveless tops must have shoulders, and all lops must have fitted arm opening. No spaghetti or tank tops are allowed. All tops must cover the waistband of the bottom garment. (Upper garments must cover the midriff at all times.)

  • Clothing will not be allowed which promotes alcoholic beverages, tobacco, the use of controlled substances, depicts violence, is of a sexual nature, is racist, is of a mesh or transparent material, or is of a disruptive nature.

  • Heavy chains or accessories or any attire that has the potential to be used as a weapon is prohibited.

  • No sagging pants allowed. All pants must be worn and fitted at the waist.

  • Any clothing or accessories recognized as being gang related are prohibited.

  • No rips or tears above the knee.

  • No undergarment should be visible.

  • Sleepwear is prohibited.

  • All shirts and tops must be no longer than the top of the leg.

  • No body piercings that are visible except in ears.


2020-2021 Request for Student Reassignment Process Timeline

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the RCS Request for NEW Reassignment Application will be available for students requesting new transfers for the next school year and based on a lottery system for all schools except for Rockingham Early College High School.

  • Once enrolled in a particular school, such school and feeder pattern becomes the student’s assigned school unless the parent or guardian requests reassignment to a different school using the transfer process.

  • Requests for new transfers are reviewed and appropriate decisions made based on reason(s) provided and capacity in the school.  The administration may grant transfer requests only if the requested school has sufficient space meaning; the calculated school membership is under 95%, adequate staff allotments, grade level capacity which can include state required teacher student ratio and appropriate programming.

  • New requests for reassignment should be made between March 24 and May 1.

  • No more than one reassignment request per student will be granted each year.

  • Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school for reassigned students.

  • The Superintendent or designee may rescind a reassignment if the student has problems with serious misconduct, exhibits poor academic performance inconsistent with their abilities, or accumulates excessive absences, tardies or dismissals. If the reassignment was granted for specific academic programs, the student must meet the expectations of that program in order to continue participating.

  • Further details on student reassignment may be found in the Board Policy 4150.


By April 1, 2020

New applications will be delivered to Schools and Central Office

Tuesday, March 24 – Friday, May 1, 2020

March 24, 2020 applications will be available online only at https://www.rock.k12.nc.us/parents-and-students.                   

By April 1, 2020 paper applications will be available at the RCS Central Office, at all RCS schools  All new applications should be sent to Jessica Isley at RCS Central Office.  To be considered, applications must be received between March 24 - May 1.

By Friday, May 1, 2020

Final Deadline for ALL NEW Student Reassignment Requests.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Last day of school: All K-8 students enrolled in Rockingham County Schools will receive notification of school assignment on the final report card.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

All 9-11 student enrolled in Rockingham County Schools will receive notification of school assignment on the final report card.

Friday, August 28. 2020

Final approval/denial of new student assignment letters will be sent home for families that have relocated to Rockingham County after May 1.


*Dates are subject to change due to inclement weather and/or make-up days.

Application Intent Form In County (2020-2021) Click Enable Editing

In County Policy 4120

Regulation 4120

In County Policy 4150

Regulation 4150

Application Intent Form Out of County (2020-2021) Click Enable Editing

Out of County Policy 4130

Regulation 4130

Out of County Policy 4135

Child Care and Employer Verification Forms

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U. S. Department of Education.

The law stipulates that schools may disclose, without parent consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, grade level, picture, school activities, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. The law also provides parents with the opportunity to request that the schools not disclose information about their child(ren). Parents may contact the school principal within 15 calendar days of the fall opening of the school if they wish to request that the schools not disclose directory information. 

FERPA requires that Rockingham County Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Rockingham County Schools may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Rockingham County Schools to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications.


Examples include: 

  • A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production; 

  • The annual yearbook; 

  • Honor roll or other recognition lists; 

  • Graduation programs; and 

  • Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members. 

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – name, addresses, and telephone listings. – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. 

If you do not want Rockingham County Schools to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing within 15 calendar days of the fall opening of the school. Rockingham County Schools has designated the following information as directory information: 

  • Student's name; 

  • Picture; 

  • Address; 

  • Telephone number; 

  • Electronic mail address; 

  • Date and place of birth; 

  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports; 

  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams; 

  • Dates of attendance (“from” and “to” dates of enrollment); 

  • Grade level; 

  • Diplomas, certification and awards received (including A, A/B Honor Roll); 

  • Student work for display, without grade, at the discretion of the teacher; 

  • Date of graduation; 

  • Most recent previous school or education at institution attended by the student; and 

  • Photographs or videos taken on buses, school grounds, in school buildings and at school activities unless the picture or video may reveal confidential information about a student or is evidence in a disciplinary matter.


Model Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:

  • The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the School receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the School principal [or appropriate school offi­cial] a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The School official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate. Parents or eligible students may ask the School to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the School principal [or appropriate school official], clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  • (The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the School as an ad­ministrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or com­pany with whom the School has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, audi­tor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-5901


Before & After School Child Care

Before and After School Programs are available in the Rockingham County Schools.


In the Reidsville zone, the Reidsville YMCA provides this service. In the Eden zone, the Eden YMCA provides this service. If you live in these zones, please call your local YMCA for more information.

For the county and western zones, Rockingham County Schools provides before and after school programs through a program called the Kids’ Companion Program. The Kids Companion Program provides a safe environment for school-age children starting with age 5. Parents interested in having their student in grade 6 travel back to a Kid's Companion Program in one of the schools listed below can do so provided a bus from the middle school returns to the elementary school. The program gives each child the opportunity to participate in enrichment, homework assistance, and recreational activities for the appropriate age level.

Kids Companion Staff

  • Site specialists and lead teachers are available on-site to work with families

  • Staff/child ratio does not exceed 1:15

  • All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid

  • Offers summer themed programs 


Kids Companion Site Locations

Kids Companion Hours of Operation

The Kids Companion Program operates from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm each school day. It is also open on teacher workdays and makes every effort to open when school is closed due to inclement weather. The Kids Companion Program also provides a summer camp program.

For More Information

For more information on the Kids Companion Program or for fee schedules, call the program administrator, Misty Williams at 634-3280. For information in the Eden and Reidsville zones, call your local YMCA for information.


Additional Resources

Below are additional resources such as grading scale information and NC Program Standards.

NC Essential Standards

Click here to access additional information about the NC state standards.

Diploma Petition

Former students who earned certificates from Rockingham County Schools (RCS) can now receive a diploma due to a change in state law. Students who met all state and local graduation requirements except for passing the Computer Skills Test or Competency Test in Reading and Math can petition the district for a diploma.

In accordance with state legislation, the tests were eliminated and are no longer required for graduation. Current students who have not passed the tests will be eligible to receive a diploma if they meet all other requirements.

Students that were enrolled in a graduating class from 1981 through 2009 and met all state and local board requirements for a diploma except for passing the competency test(s) and or the computer skills test(s), may now petition for a diploma.

Petitions for diplomas will be accepted during a five year window through July 1, 2014. 

Previous RCS students who would like to petition for a diploma based on this change should contact Dr. Jean Steverson, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support Services, at 336.627.2688.

Students who are submitting a petition must fill out a form, which is available below, by clicking on the link.

After records have been located, district personnel will check to ensure that all state and local requirements for graduation were met and at the time the diploma was withheld because of a testing deficiency.  Following the review, the petitioner will be notified if the diploma is to be issued or if the petition has been denied.

RCS Diploma Petition Form - excel file


RCS Diploma Petition Form - pdf file

Diploma Petition - Frequently Asked Questions - pdf file

Discipline Regulation

Discipline Regulation Guide 2019-20  (Click on the link to view the guidance document.)

Rockingham County Schools is committed to maintaining safe and orderly schools in order to enhance educational opportunities for all students and to maintain schools as a safe haven. RCS is also committed to providing fair and equitable programs, sanctions and actions to all students. In order to maintain a safe school environment, we rely on our student’s sense of citizenship and responsibility. Any student that has knowledge of criminal behavior or behavior that would threaten the safety of students at school should report the information to the school principal. You may also report safety concerns to Crime Stoppers at 349-9683.

Detailed student behavior standards are established in Board policy series 4300.  For complete information on behavior standards, students and parents should consult Board policy and related administrative regulations. These documents are available on the Rockingham County Schools website. 

Administrators reserve the right to adjust consequences based on history and circumstances in order to maintain safety. In addition, identified students with special needs may have different sanctions or actions based on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or based on special education or disability law. The Code of Conduct provides specific infractions and a recommended consequence for each infraction.  If you have specific questions or would like copies of Board discipline policies or administrative regulations, please contact school administration. 

NC Department of Public Instruction

Visit this website for additional state information.

NC End of Grade/Course Tests
Visit this website for additional state testing dates and information.
NC Graduation Requirements
Visit this website for NC Graduation Requirements.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Visit this website for information on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
College Resources
Access our Google Sites page of college resources for parents.


Coronavirus Updates

Statement from Rockingham County Schools about Coronavirus:

March 3, 2020

Rockingham County Schools is closely monitoring information about the Coronavirus through several healthcare resources.  Senior leaders and members of the Crisis and Instruction Student Services Support team met March 2 to discuss the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of North Carolina and the Rockingham County Health Department.

What we know at this time is that the Coronavirus has spread throughout China and 60 countries. At this time, there have been no reports of the virus in North Carolina.

RCS staff is working to keep students and employees as safe as possible through prevention measures. This includes encouraging the steps to help stop the spread of germs, sharing the latest medical updates with school nurses and adhering to daily emails from national and local health departments.


Health officials advise the steps you take to prevent the spread of the common cold and flu will also help prevent Coronavirus.

The tips and resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to help stop the spread of germs.

1. Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

When experiencing symptoms, stay home from work, school, and errands. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

3. Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.

4. Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
    Tips on hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers

  • It’s a SNAP Toolkit: Handwashing
    Hand washing resources from the "It’s A SNAP" program, aimed at preventing school absenteeism by promoting clean hands. From the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention, a collaborative project of the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cleaning Institute.


5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.


6. Practice other good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

The North Carolina Division of Public Health has established a call line at 1-866-462-3821 to address general questions about Coronavirus from the public.

Here are a few additional resources about Coronavirus:

March 11, 2020​

Rockingham County Schools is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Senior leaders are in constant communication with local and state health officials and are receiving updates as the latest information becomes available.

  • We understand that North Carolina is currently in a state of emergency regarding the Coronavirus.  There are seven confirmed cases of individuals in NC who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

  • Rockingham County Schools is proactive in our planning and prevention for the COVID-19 virus. We are also proactive in planning for precaution and protective steps as well.  Our district team is meeting regularly and developing plans for prevention and protection.

  • This is a very fluid situation and we are getting information and updates daily. There are some inconsistencies in the information we are receiving and we are working actively with our health department and Department of Health and Human Services Director.

  • It has been shared by medical professionals that the virus lasts from hours to days on a surface.

  • We will begin sharing weekly updates on Fridays.  These will be shared with staff and community.

  • At this time, the best preventative steps include hand washing and cleaning surfaces on a regular basis. See handouts, below.  

We are meeting again as a district, this week, and will share more information as we have that readily available for you! This is an emerging matter and we want to ensure that our parents, employees and students are informed with accurate information​.​ Thank you for your support and all you do to support our district!


Note: The North Carolina Division of Public Health has established a call line at 1-866-462-3821 to address general questions about Coronavirus from the public. 



CDC Fact Sheet About Coronavirus

CDC Fact Sheet About Coronavirus - Spanish

Handwashing Sheet 

Handwashing Sheet - Spanish

March 12, 2020

Rockingham County Schools Releases Coronavirus Emergency Preparation and Response Plan

COVID-19 Emergency Preparation and Response Plan (click for plan)


 Rockingham County Schools wants to make sure parents know there's a plan in place (click for plan) should the coronavirus become an issue within the district. The idea is to be transparent and clear about decision-making.  Closures and cancellations should not come as a surprise.  We routinely close schools for weather-related events or other threats to our schools’ communities.  Therefore, the plan details when this may occur depending on the exposure of the coronavirus to schools.


“We hope the coronavirus doesn’t impact Rockingham County and our schools.  However, the Governor has declared North Carolina in a state of emergency  and we want to be prepared. Right now, we're in the preparation and prevention phase.  However, we have plans for protection should the coronavirus come to Rockingham County” said Dr. Rodney Shotwell, Superintendent.

The plan states all RCS-sponsored field trips, academic competitions, and school-related activities are canceled effective Monday, March 16, 2020.  All face-to-face professional development has been suspended for staff. Per the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA), all athletic competitions, practices, and workouts have been suspended effective at midnight on Friday, March 13, 2020. 


RCS has worked with a large team of district leaders and educators to further develop contingency planning to continue education here in Rockingham County while minimizing the spread of illness.  RCS believes that the thoughtful and thorough approach is to strategically plan to support our classrooms, students, and families as we consider our options.  In this case, the current situation, with the rapid expansion of the current communicable disease, creates challenges. We cannot control this virus and we need to be prepared.  Therefore, the RCS district team has created an emergency preparation and response plan that includes prevention, preparation, and protection for all students, staff, and community.  


Superintendent Shotwell noted that he understands that this is a major disruption to the daily schedule and activities of students, staff, and families. “This plan is intended to minimize the impact of daily instruction and total school operations, while at the same time keeping the health and safety of all stakeholders at the forefront.”

March 14, 2020

Per North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper’s,  recommendation, Rockingham County

Schools is closing for a minimum of two weeks Monday, March 16- March 27, 2020.  At this time, Spring Break is as planned. Rockingham County Schools is also making a local decision to close schools the week of March 30-April 3 out of safety for students and staff.  Spring Break will remain the same time of April 6-10. Therefore, this means Rockingham County Schools will be out a full month from Monday, March 16 through April 10, 2020. 


No staff member or student should enter the buildings at this time until further notice.  Reopening procedures will be shared at a later time. Staff and employees will not be penalized for this break and we are in the process of determining what options will be available to you through this process.  We are actively working on minimizing disruptions to learning at this time.  


We are also working on feeding options for our students at the location sites of Leaksville-Spray Elementary, McMichael High School, and Moss Street Elementary School.  As soon as we have this information available we will share this as soon as possible. We believe this proactive response is necessary for the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and community. 


Finally, it is important that as a community we continue to support each other and care for one another. This is an unnerving and anxious time for many families and staff. We may not know for certain what challenges lie ahead, but we do know that we are all in this together, and we are stronger when we act as a team.   We will continue to reach out with updates as we have them and will post the most up-to-date information at www.rock.k12.nc.us and click the coronavirus icon.

March 15, 2020

 Monday, March 16 the schools will be open from 10 am-3:00 p.m. Administrators will be there with staff members. Parents may come in during that time for pick-up of medication and personal belongings. Parents and guardians will need to sign to retrieve medications.  After this time of 10 am- 3 pm., all schools will be closed for students and staff. Therefore, please retrieve all necessary items during this time. 


Kids Companion Child Care through Rockingham County Schools is currently not available at this time. The food service program for breakfast 7:30 -8:30 am and lunch 11:30 - 1:00 pm for kids 18 and under will begin at Leaksville-Spray Elementary, Moss Street Elementary and McMichael High beginning Monday, March 16. 


At this time, instruction is not mandated during the 2 week Governor's school closure, extended learning will begin the week of March 30 – April 3. Spring Break will still be held April 6-10. April 13 will now become a student and no longer a teacher workday.  At this time we plan to re-open on April 13, 2020.  


The RCS COVID-19 Emergency Preparation and Response Plan- Protection Phase was approved by the RCS Board of Education tonight at our special called board meeting. It may be viewed at www.rock.k12.nc.us click the Coronavirus icon. 


Unfortunately, proms are still cancelled however, we do plan to re-evaluate this decision at a later time when we have more information. It is too early to make a call regarding graduations. 


Please know this is a fluid situation and we will keep you up to date via Alert Now message, the Rockingham County School website and our Facebook Page. Thank you for your support and all you do to support our district!

Click here for the COVID-19 RCS Emergency Preparation and Response Plan-Phase 3 PROTECTION

March 16, 2020

Per the CDC we are asking you as families to please practice social distancing during this time! This means please discourage children and teens from gathering together in places while school is dismissed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Thank you for your continued support!

March 19, 2020

COVID-19 FAQ's click here (will be updated as needed)

Share the Facts about COVID-19 CDC - English

Share the Facts about COVID-19 CDC - Spanish

 PARENT RESOURCES and SUPPORT DOCUMENT (will be updated with additional resources daily)


March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Progress Report Video

COVID-19 Newsletter

March 22, 2020

Beginning tomorrow, 3/23, parents of students in kindergarten through eighth grade may pick up supplemental learning packets from 9 a.m until 4 p.m. or by appointment Monday through Friday at the school their student attends.

RCS is providing these materials to assist students in continuing their learning as well as providing additional time for teachers to plan specific distance instruction during this extended absence.

Please practice social distancing during this time and if the school is not doing a drive thru line, only 10 people will be permitted in at a time!

March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Deep Cleaning Training

Breaking News: Governor Cooper just announced schools will remained closed through May 15. More information to come from RCS!

March 24, 2020

The governor on Monday announced that public schools would remain closed to students through May 15. We already miss our students, and this announcement is hard to hear, but we know it is in the best interest for the safety and well-being of the public, including our students and staff. 


  • Please see Executive Order here: Executive Order 120

  •  As we receive more guidance, we will provide those updates. However, this document provides additional information that we are able to share at this time. We will share this document with our staff and also link this on our Rockingham County Schools webpage and will update this regularly.

COVID-19 Newsletter #2

March 25, 2020


  • The RCS Need Food Hotline can be reached at 336-627-2723 or rcsfeedline@rock.k12.nc.us. 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.


  • If a child needs mental health supports or consultation, they can call the RCS Behavioral Health Hotline at 336-627-2615 from 1PM-3PM Monday-Friday. 


  • Student Transfers are now posted online at www.rock.k12.nc.us click the Student Assignment Icon or contact your school during school hours to obtain a copy.  The forms will be due to your child’s school or the Central Office by May 1st. 


  • For information directly related to the COVID-19 School Closure, please see the RCS Webpage at www.rock.k12.nc.us and click the Coronavirus icon.


  • If you need to hear this message again, you may call the RCS Information line at 336-627-2789.  


  • Thank you and Stay Safe!

March 26, 2020

RCS Social Distancing Prevention and Safety Document

COVID-19 RCS School Closure Guidance Document


The situation with COVID-19 is evolving daily and this truly is an unprecedented time for us all. Per Governor Cooper’s announcement on March 23, 2020, schools are closed for students through May 15, 2020.  We already miss our students, and this announcement is hard to hear, but we know it is in the best interest for the safety and well-being of the public, including our students and staff.

First and foremost, Rockingham County Schools cares for the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community. Our goal is to ensure that we maintain safety to the greatest extent possible. While we are navigating these uncharted waters, we know there are many questions.  Please visit our website for two new documents that you may view.  The first document is about the COVID-19 RCS School Closure Guidance Document and the second document is RCS Social Distancing Prevention and Safety Guidance.  We want to make sure we share information to keep you informed.  Thank you and please stay safe!

March 31, 2020

9:30 am

We have a new digital resource learning page on our website! Go to www.rock.k12.nc.us and click the digital resource icon!

2:45 pm

We understand that it is very concerning to hear that we have two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rockingham County. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and our county at this time.   We want to let you know that we are still practicing our social distancing and safety prevention guidance in our district in accordance with the most recent order from the Governor’s Office. RCS encourages as many people to work remotely as possible in agreement with each employee’s supervisor.  Working remotely also reduces the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people in our work areas which also keeps our staff that are reporting to work safer as well. Please make sure you engage in increased hygiene practices as outlined in our COVID-19 Safety and Prevention Guidance Document and also practice social distancing in accordance with our Social Distancing Prevention and Safety Document


In light of the most recent news, RCS has also consulted with our Rockingham County Health Department. The Health Department has assured us to continue to follow our current RCS COVID-19 Emergency Preparation and Response Plan and that our plan is strong. RCS cares first and foremost for the safety and well being of our students, staff, families, and community! We know our school district has worked hard to develop a plan that strives to keep us all safe.  It takes us all working together as a team to keep safe! Please continue to stay updated at www.rock.k12.nc.us for updates and resources.  Thank you for your support of RCS.


Please also refer to our many guidance documents that we have provided for more support and resources. Please see the resources below:


RCS Documents




Other Helpful Documents


Please take care and BE SAFE.

April 1, 2020

We wanted to make you aware of new guidance from the State Board of Education and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In accordance with the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order, this new information provided guidance for RCS to minimize access to our buildings.  The intent of the guidance is help reduce exposure and the amount of people in a given building. Beginning April 6th; in order to minimize exposure; we are asking for you to call your child’s school and make an appointment if you need something specific from your child’s school.  We are always here to assist you. However, we are trying to ensure the safety and well-being by minimizing possible exposure for all. If you or someone in your household has been sick, we ask that you please refrain from coming to the buildings until you are symptom free for at least 72 hours. We will still be completing chromebook distribution for this week of March 31- April 3rd and encourage you to follow your child’s school schedule for chromebook pick up.  We thank you for your understanding and support and you may find updated information on our website or call your child’s school! Thank you and please stay safe!

April 20, 2020

RCS is diligently working hard to make the most appropriate decisions and get guidance on expectations as we work through this uncharted territory. In an abundance of caution, the RCS Behavioral Health Staff would like to provide teachers and parents with a crisis referral protocol while students are participating in virtual school. We are aware that although students are not in school, distress and anxieties may still be present. As you know we have provided the Behavioral Health Help Line from the beginning of March 16, 2020. However, we wanted to make sure as virtual learning continues that everyone is aware of our resources to support families and staff.  We encourage you to reach out to the Behavioral Helpline if you need support for a student. Please see the details below for the protocol and presentation for more details.


Please view the RCS Crisis Intervention and Response Protocol for COVID-19 by clicking here.

We also have two flow charts for staff and parents at that are available as well:


In addition, you may also view the full presentation by clicking here.

April 24, 2020

Breaking News 2:05 pm: Governor Cooper just announced that schools will remained closed for the 19-20 school year. School districts will continue with remote learning and our school nutrition programs.

*We will still celebrate graduates!

Alert Now Message Going Out at 4:00 pm:

Good afternoon, this is Karen Hyler, your Public Information Officer with an Important Message. We wanted to provide you an update on COVID-19. Governor Roy Cooper announced at a news conference today that our schools in North Carolina will remain closed for the rest of the school year as our state continues to manage the impact of COVID-19. Governor Cooper and his team closed school and encouraged remote learning options for rest of the school year after extending the state’s stay-at-home order until May 8 and unveiling a 3-phase plan to reopen North Carolina. We understand this announcement is hard to hear and we care deeply about the impacts of school closure that this has on our students and families. Rockingham County Schools continues to consider this impact on our Seniors and all of our students and families and we are actively making plans to address these concerns and are planning special celebrations. Rockingham County Schools will continue to work very hard to support students and our families in digital learning. We will continue remote learning and access to instructional packets during our 2019-2020 school year. We also have digital resources and social emotional resources on our website as well. As RCS is reviewing and understanding the Governor's phased plan, RCS has developed a re-entry team and is building a re-entry plan to help provide a smooth transition that incorporates re-entry strategies for the safety and well-being of students and staff. We have an amazing staff here in Rockingham County Schools that have been working so hard to help support students and families. We will continue to support our students and staff through this process. We will continue to share frequent updates about our re-entry planning and resources for families. Thank you for your support of Rockingham County Schools as we all work together to support our students, families, and staff during COVID-19.



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Rockingham County Schools

511 Harrington Highway

Eden, North Carolina 27288

Phone:  (336) 627-2600  Fax:  (336) 627-2660

Superintendent's E-mail:  rshotwell@rock.k12.nc.us