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 keep our cleaning, social distancing, and protocols in place. We are following the Michigan Department of Health guidelines and Oakland County Health Department guidelines, which allow students to remain in school if they are unvaccinated and have been exposed to the virus by someone in the school.

COVID-19 Testing

The testing will occur Monday through Friday (during school days) from 7 to 8 am at the Ford Administrative Center. We understand that it would be more convenient to have testing done at the schools, but this setup will allow testing to be isolated while being in the middle of the school district. The testing will be free.

If your 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. If the person has no symptoms, it’s a five (5)-day isolation from when they received a positive test. **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 and 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.

Positive students who are unvaccinated are strongly encouraged to test on day five (5) prior to returning on day six (6) if they are feeling well enough to return. Vaccinated positive students do not need to be tested.

If your student was exposed to a positive student:

Families will be notified if there was a positive case in their student's classroom. Notification is sent to those who were in class with the COVDI-19 positive person two (2) full days prior to the positive person's start of symptoms OR from the day the COVID-19 test was performed on the COVID-19 positive person if they are not experiencing any symptoms.

If your student is unvaccinated, we highly recommend you participate in one of the following mitigation strategies:

Strategy 1 - You may participate in our COVID-19 Testing Program. This program means that your student will have a rapid COVID-19 test every other day through Hazel Park Schools at the Ford Administration building for six (6) calendar days from exposure.

Strategy 2 - Home quarantine your student for five (5) days. Complete a rapid antigen test on day five (5). With a negative result, your student may return on day six (6) and continue to follow our universal masking policy.

Strategy 3 - Keep your student home for a 10-day quarantine period.

What if I have a sibling or household contact that is positive?

It is highly recommended to isolate the positive person from the rest of the household and follow the above guidelines for exposure.

It is very important for all families to notify their school if their child was considered a close contact at any activity outside of school. If you believe your child was a close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, call your school office.

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)