COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Information

COVID-19 has made the last two years extremely difficult for school districts and families. We know that the guidance continually changes and not everyone agrees on what the schools should do to keep students and staff safe. We have continued to adjust our COVID-19 protocols as needed. Hazel Park Schools will continue to follow the guidance of county and state officials and going forward, masks will be recommended, encouraged, and supported.

                                                HPS COVID-19 information

COVID-19 Testing: There will be no COVID-19 testing offered during the summer months (June 10 - August 31, 2022) at the Ford Administration Building. The district may have COVID-19 home test kits available for free during the summer months. Check with your student’s summer school teacher to obtain a kit.

If your summer school student tests positive for COVID-19: Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate themselves at home for five (5) days from the day symptoms started.  **Please notify the school if you receive a positive test outside of Hazel Park Schools.

Students can return after five (5) days as long as the student or staff member is feeling well enough to return.  We recommend that they wear a well-fitting mask at all times (except for eating) for an additional five (5) days (days 6 through 10) after their isolation period ends.

If your summer school student has COVID-19 symptoms: Keep your student home for 5 days from when symptoms began. We highly recommend you have your student tested for COVID-19. If they test negative for COVID-19 on a rapid or PCR test, they will be able to return to school as long as they are feeling better.

COVID-19 (C-19) Protocol FAQ’s

(Last Updated: 1/21/22)

How will the school district manage household contacts and siblings of someone who tests positive for C-19?

If a student or household member tests positive for COVID-19, the student or staff member will not be excluded from school or work unless they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Household contacts are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 5 days and/or be tested for COVID-19 every other day for 6 days.

If I’m a staff member, what is the protocol if one of my household members has C-19?

If a household member of a staff member is positive for COVID-19, the staff member does not have to quarantine.  It is recommended that the staff member come in for every other day testing for 6 days.  If the staff member chooses to quarantine at home, the staff member will use their own leave time.

Does a student or staff member need to test negative (after testing positive) to return to school?

No, you do not need to test negative to return to school.  It is highly recommended that unvaccinated students and staff retest on day 5 prior to returning on day 6.

What if a student or staff member tests positive again after 5 days?

If you test positive again on days 5 through 9, you will need to remain home for a total of 10 days of isolation from when your symptoms began or you tested positive, whichever came first.  This applies whether you have symptoms or not. 

If I’m a staff member and I test positive for C-19, how will my absence be managed?

If you are positive for C-19, you will receive up to 10 paid days off per school year for your absence. Proof of your positive test results need to be provided to Human Resources. 

Can I choose to quarantine my student?

Yes. You may choose to quarantine your student for 5 days from exposure to a C-19 positive person.

Do I still need to have my student test every day if they have potentially been exposed at school?

No. It is recommended that testing after exposure is now every other day for 6 calendar days. At a minimum, we highly recommend testing at least once on day 5 after exposure to C-19. 

Oakland County Vaccine Clinic locations
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Walgreen's Vaccine Clinic appointments
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CVS Vaccine Clinic appointments
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BUILDING ACCESS/CLEANING

Our cleaning staff uses our  “Clorox 360” cleaning device which we have been rotating through the schools and we are ordering another one. These electrostatic sprayers deliver sanitizing spray to surfaces quickly and efficiently. Sprayers can cover 18,000 square feet per hour, making it easy to quickly disinfect the most populated sections of our buildings quickly and safely in the evening when students and staff are not present. The spray kills 99.9% of bacteria in five seconds and kills viruses, including COVID-19, MRSA, and norovirus in two minutes or less. It also sanitizes soft surfaces and inhibits the growth of mold and mildew.

 

Keep your children home when they are sick. The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, coughing and shortness of breath. But students should not come to school if they have any contagious illness. If your child has any of the following symptoms, they should be kept home: fever (without medication), vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed rash, green or yellow discharge from nose, an inflamed throat, persistent cough, redness or discharge from the eyes, or an elevated temperature: Preventing the spread of any illness is everyone's responsibility, and keeping sick children home will help preserve the safety of all kids and stop transmission within schools.

·         Have a plan in place to pick your children up quickly should they become ill at school.

·         Encourage and help your children wash their hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer. Remind them to avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands and to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

·         Avoid contact with people who are sick and do not bring your children to visit with people who are ill. 

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

·         Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. 

·         Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and hand sanitizer.

·         Disinfect common area surfaces and objects, especially phones and items that may touch your face.

If you are feeling ill, here are three recommended actions. 

1. Free Online Beaumont Health Risk Assessment:  After answering the questions, the online tool will suggest what action a patient should take such as: 

  • contacting a primary care physician
  • going to a curbside COVID-19 screening
  • seeking treatment at an emergency center

2. The Oakland County Health Division says you should contact your primary care doctor immediately. If you do not have a Healthcare Provider, call their Nurse on Call (NOC). NOC Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Call 1-800-848-5533 or email at noc@oakgov.com.

3. Please notify your child's school if any member of your family has symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, coughing, shortness of breath, etc.). It is recommended that if you or your child are having COVID-19 symptoms, you should get a COVID-19 PCR test at your local urgent care center.

These agencies provide the most up-to-date and accurate information on the virus itself as well as updates on cases across the country and here in Michigan:

Centers for Disease Control

Oakland County Health Division
(including easy to read fact sheets)

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
(latest data statewide)