To protect the health of our School Community and per the Emergency Order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on October 6, 2020, Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School will provide Public Notice to our School Community regarding School Associated Cases of COVID-19. Within 24 hours of being notified of a School Associated Case by Oakland County Health Department, this dashboard will be updated to include new and cumulative COVID-19 case counts. Individuals identified as Close Contacts of School Associated Cases will be notified separately and directly by Oakland County Health Department. 

Updated: 10/20/2020 @ 10:00 AM 


 • Instruction: School will quarantine for 3 days.  Students not within close contact will be allowed to return on a tiered basis as communicated to OLR families.

 • School-Sponsored Functions: All OLR student athletes on the football team will quarantine for 14 days. 


On October 13, 2020, Our Lady of Refuge School made Oakland County Health Department aware of the following case counts of School Associated Cases of COVID-19 amongst the OLR School Community. This data may include probable and confirmed cases as reported by Oakland County Health Department among students, staff, administration, coaches, or visitors, if the person with COVID-19 was in the building or participating in a school-sponsored function during their infectious period. 

New Cases (Since Last Update)2
Cumulative Cases (Since Reporting Began)2
Populations AffectedStaff & Students 

Our school will continue to take every precaution necessary. This may include spraying classrooms, hallways, locker rooms, and common areas, as needed, with a sanitizer, along with other methods of disinfection. 


We recommend taking action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if staff members or students are not experiencing symptoms: 

• Wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) while in public places or if people who do not live with you must visit your home.

• Practice social distancing (maintaining a distance of 6 feet apart).

• Practice frequent handwashing (using soap for 20 seconds or hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol). 

• Follow capacity restrictions of social gatherings.

• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with the inside of your elbow and immediately wash your hands. 

• Stay home if you are sick; you can also get tested. There are 2 Urgent Cares that send their tests to a lab owned by one of our school families.  If you go to one of these Urgent Cares and let them know you are from OLR, the lab will push through your results more quickly.  

  • Emcura Urgent Care Bloomfield, 4050 W. Maple Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48301 (248) 885-8211
  • Emcura Urgent Care Northville, 20490 Haggerty Road, Northville, MI  48167 (734) 956-6336.

• Answer the phone if the health department contacts you, as a contact tracer may be trying to reach you with important information. 

This information does not mean you should quarantine or isolate. Those members of the School Community who were or are suspected to have been in Close Contact with a School Associated Case will be notified by Our Lady of Refuge and/or Oakland County Health Department. 

Thank you for understanding that, due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the names of the individuals with COVID-19. We will continue to communicate changes and updates with you. With your participation, we believe we can maintain a safe environment while also providing quality education. 
If you have any questions, contact Oakland County Health Department at 1-800-348-5533. For answers to your COVID-19 questions, please call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit

Newsletter August 25, 2020

Hello OLR families,

It’s hard to believe but after months of being away from school we are now down to single digit days!  I want to welcome all our new families, as well as welcome back all our returning ones, as we prepare for yet another fantastic year at Our Lady of Refuge!!  As with everything, our year will be starting off much different than usual, beginning with tonight.  In place of our regular “Parents Night” where you come and visit our classrooms and meet the teachers, we have posted videos from each grade level 1-8 talking about this upcoming school year.   Hopefully this will give you a little insight regarding what you and your child can expect.  In addition, please remember that your child’s classroom placement will be shared this Friday on our website, which is why the grade level videos are from both teachers about the general information regarding that grade. 

And once again, please use this link to record and send in your child’s temperature EVERY SCHOOL DAY.  Thanks again and we will see you for tomorrow’s supply drop off.  Please do NOT enter the building without an appointment, but rather go to the classroom window of your grade level to make the handoff of supplies through the window.  If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to email me or the teachers to get more information. 

See you all soon!
Mr. Rapal 

Parents Night Videos, Slideshows and PDF Files


Note: The playlist includes a number of videos. You can play them all or select individual videos by clicking on the three lines with a right arrow in the upper right hand corner of the video window above


You can view each slideshow by clicking on the “play” button or by stepping through each slide by clicking on the “greater than” arrow to the right of the play button

You may wish to step through the following Middle School slideshow slide by slide in order to take time to play the embedded videos on Slide 2 and to read the content on the other slides

PDF Files

Click on the individual images or the download links after each image to download the PDF files

Newsletter August 14, 2020

Dear OLR families,

After a long time away, we are now only a few weeks from welcoming students back into the building!  There will be many changing policies and practices as we approach our first official day back at OLR, so please watch your emails for any updates regarding the 2020-2021 school year.  For the time being, please use this link to view our plans to begin in person learning during the ongoing pandemic.  As always, if you have any questions, call our office at 248-682-3422 or email me at  Enjoy the remaining days of summer break and we look forward to having our building bustling once again!

Mr. Rapal

Newsletter June 8, 2020

Dear OLR Families, 

I am happy to announce that with the completion of 8th grade graduation and our drop off/pick up last week, we have successfully closed out the 2019-2020 academic year!  I know there have been many questions and discussions regarding what the 2020-2021 school year will look like and I can assure you that our main priority is to welcome back students for in-person learning starting August 31, 2020.  

The Archdiocese has created a task force to work with the Federal and State representatives to establish guidelines and prepare all AOD schools for a safe return in the fall. It is the goal of Our Lady of Refuge, as well as all Catholic Schools, to continue to provide an excellent academic experience to our students and families. To that end, we have been diligently working to put together various plans to ensure this is a possibility. However, some aspects of our traditional learning days may look different at the start of the upcoming year. 

Our plans center around how to best reorganize classrooms to minimize student contact, the implementation of extra cleaning and additional measures to disinfect and sanitize our building, as well as possible changes to our large gatherings; such as Mass, lunch, and Leadership assemblies.  

In addition, as I mentioned in my last correspondence, we are transitioning to Freckle™, our new on-line learning platform for Math, Science, ELA and Social Studies that aligns with the Star360 assessment which the AOD will be using in place of the Iowa Assessment in the fall. Teachers have already started their professional development training on this program, which will give us the ability to quickly transition the curriculum to online learning should another mandatory shutdown be implemented by our Governor. More information on this will be forthcoming as the school year progresses.

Please know that the details of the plans we are developing, as well as the calendar you received during the drop off/pick up, are tentative pending the updated directives we will be receiving over the summer months from the AOD task force. Once definitive measures are ready to be put into place, they will be shared with all our families. I thank you again for all of your continued support and patience as we all navigate together through these unprecedented times. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to having all our students return to school in school in the fall!

Stay safe,

Mr. Rapal

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