COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE
This page will be used to update the Hazel Park School community about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the District’s response and procedures. Because the status of COVID-19 is rapidly changing both here in the U.S. and abroad, we are continually monitoring the situation. Please check back often for the latest information on what HPS is doing to prevent, respond and provide resources about COVID-19. We are in close contact with the Oakland County Health Division and have actively engaged with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure that we are following the direction of experts when it comes to safety and preventative measures for our students and staff. We will continue to follow their guidance and best practices to deal with this virus.
Together, we will get through this!
New Oakland County Guidelines & Covid-19 Forms
HAZEL PARK SCHOOLS COMMUNICATIONS
COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCES
WHAT IS HPS DOING TO KEEP STUDENTS AND STAFF SAFE WHEN THEY COME BACK TO SCHOOL?
With COVID-19 spreading, deep cleaning our facilities is critical. To accomplish that in the most effective manner, the buildings were closed from Tuesday, March 17 to Sunday April 12, for all personnel, public and HPS staff members. The Centers for Disease Control shared that the virus can live up to three to six days on a hard surface. As a precaution, the district has closed all buildings, to ensure any potential remnants of the virus are eliminated.
Beginning the week of March 23 and continuing the week of March 30, the cleaning crews will disinfect the buildings and technology with only limited access to necessary HPS staff members.
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.
WHAT SHOULD PARENTS BE DOING TO HELP KEEP SCHOOLS SAFE?
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.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY BECOMES SICK WITH RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS?
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 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: 8AM - 8PM and Saturday - Sunday: 9AM - 5PM. Call 1-800-848-5533 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Please notify your child's school if any member of your family has symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, coughing, shortness of breath, etc.)
GOVERNMENT DIRECTIVES PERTAINING TO K-12 EDUCATION
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS COVID-19?
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:
(including easy to read fact sheets)
(latest data statewide)
It is critically important that we rely on experts for the most accurate information regarding COVID-19. The following public health agencies are responding to the outbreak and providing the most up-to-date and comprehensive best practices.