Covid-19

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, to students starting Monday, March 16. 

Royal Oak Schools is closed until further notice. 


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.

How long will school be closed?

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, to students starting Monday, March 16.

The 2019-2020 school  year is being finished online. 

Where can I get more information on COVID-19?

Here are additional links for information on COVID-19 to help address concerns:

Oakland County Health Division: What you need to know

Oakland County COVID-19 Tips and Resources

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

MDHHSWhat is Michigan doing?

City of Royal Oak 

For further assistance regarding COVID-19, go to www.oakgov.com and click on the “Coronavirus Disease 2019” button or call Oakland County’s Nurse On Call line at 800-848-5533.

Beaumont Health launched free online COVID-19 risk assessment tool which 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, visit: www.beaumont.org/coronavirus

Where can I read district communications related to COVID-19 and the school closure?

Please see District News

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