Here are additional links for information on COVID-19 to help address concerns:
Oakland County Health Division: What you need to know
MDHHS: What is Michigan doing?
City of Royal Oak: Resources if you are in need of help
For further assistance regarding COVID-19, go to www.oakgov.com or call Oakland County’s Nurse On Call line at 800-848-5533.
Beaumont Health launched a free online COVID-19 risk assessment tool that allows patients to answer a series of questions about their symptoms and help them determine whether to stay home or seek medical attention. To use the free online risk assessment tool and much more, visit: www.beaumont.org/coronavirus
Beaumont Safe For School Hotline
Beginning October 12 through December 30, 2020, Oakland County is offering a telephone screening resource to assist parents/guardians through the pre-screening process and to help identify potential illness in children prior to entering school. All screenings are conducted by healthcare professionals.
Hotline staff can help answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms, the need for testing, and what is considered high-risk.
- Cost: No cost for parents/guardians of Oakland County school-aged children
- Days: Monday through Friday
- Times: 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.
- Number: 248-551-4242
OUR SCHOOLS ARE READY FOR YOUR RETURN!
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Confronting COVID-19-Related Harassment in Schools: A Resource for Families
Confronting COVID-19-Related Harassment in Schools
DATE: May 14, 2021
FROM: Michael F. Rice, Ph.D., State Superintendent
SUBJECT: U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Fact Sheet: Confronting COVID-19-Related Harassment in Schools
This memo is to share a new resource from the U.S. Departments of Education (USED) and Justice (DOJ): Confronting COVID-19-Related Harassment in Schools — a fact sheet for students and families. This resource can be found in the Race and National Origin Discrimination section of the USED Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) Reading Room, in English, Chinese-simplified, Chinese-traditional, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese, with additional translations expected later this month.
This information supplements a recent MDE memo that provided curricular and other resources to combat anti-Asian hate and bullying. We share this new fact sheet in an effort to assure that students and families are aware of their rights in school settings and of how to access help, if needed, including from OCR in the U.S. Department of Education and the Civil Rights Division in the U.S. Department of Justice.
In the communication about this new resource, USED and DOJ referenced President Biden’s Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, in which he stated: “The federal government should combat racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and should work to ensure that all members of AAPI communities — no matter their background, the language they speak, or their religious beliefs — are treated with dignity and equity.”
LEARNING BEYOND COVID-19
LEARNING BEYOND COVID-19
A vision for thriving in public education
The National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have co-authored Learning Beyond COVID-19: A Vision for Thriving in Public Education, which you may find here. This is the first of several efforts of organizations and associations to re-imagine public education in the pandemic that we will share with you in the coming months.
This thoughtful report offers suggestions in five broad areas: assessing student wellbeing and academic level, addressing the needs of underserved children, providing students with additional learning time, providing educators and support staff with professional development, and centering on equity and excellence.
Michael F. Rice, Ph.D., State Superintendent
April 12, 2021
Oakland County Health Department
From Oakland County:
Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. It helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are infected with a virus. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from the health department.
How to report a COVID-19 case at school -
If close contact becomes symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19, they are now a confirmed or probable case. If close contact does not develop symptoms they complete a quarantine period and can return to school.
What do schools do when COVID-19 symptoms occur at school?
School to complete COVID-19 student or staff report form and email to OCHD-K12Schools@oakgov.com 2. Keep staff/student in home isolation for minimum 10 days with at least 24 hours fever free, and symptoms improved.
Should I report to school?
Stay at home for 14 days after the last exposure to the positive case of COVID-19 AND monitor for symptoms taking temperature twice a day for a minimum of 14 days. (If at any point your child’s temperature is 100.4 or higher, or your child starts developing symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.) May return to school after 14 days if no symptoms develop. A NEGATIVE test is NOT REQUIRED to return to school.
Guidance and tips for those quarantined at home or for those caring for someone who is quarantined. Includes a symptom and temperature log.
The purpose of these guidelines is to outline the isolation room procedure when a student becomes ill at school with COVID-19 symptoms.
If a child or staff has any of the following symptoms, this indicates a possible illness and puts them at risk for spreading illness to others.
This guidance is to help schools understand the COVID-19 public health risk to make decisions about opening/reopening schools and is subject to change at any time based on the latest information.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends schools use
the COVID-19 prevention strategies outlined in the current version of CDC’s
Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools for at least the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic school
year. This guidance includes universal and correct use of masks and maximizing physical distancing. (May 27, 2021)
ROYAL OAK SCHOOLS COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE PLANS
Royal Oak Schools extended COVID-19 learning plan for returning to school on November 9, 2020.
Royal Oak Schools plan per Executive Order 2020-142 District Preparedness Plan (Aug. 2020)
The following policies were designed in response to guidance from the Michigan Departments of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and Health and Human Services, in accordance with best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with everyone's well-being in mind. (Aug. 2020)
WHY WE CLOSED:
Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, were to close to students starting Monday, March 16, 2020.
The 2019-2020 school year was completed online.
WHAT IS COVID-19?
WHAT IS COVID-19?
COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019, is caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2.
It is described as a family of viruses, some of which can infect people and animals, named for crownlike spikes on their surfaces.
The viruses can cause the common cold or more severe diseases such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) and COVID-19, the latter of which first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and breathing trouble. Most develop only mild symptoms. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal.
The incubation period for the new virus is thought to be up to two weeks.
TO MINIMIZE THE SPREAD OF ALL ILLNESSES, INCLUDING THE FLU:
Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands frequently and regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Stop the spread of germs
You can take steps to protect yourself and others during a COVID-19 outbreak. The virus spreads from person-to-person in close contact and being exposed to the virus on surfaces, then touching your face with unwashed hands. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.
Where can I read district communications related to COVID-19 and the school closure?
Please see District News