WHY WE 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.
Read more about Royal Oak Schools COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan here.
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, all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, were closed to students starting Monday, March 16, 2020.
The 2019-2020 school year was completed online.
For school year 2020-21:
The District assures that during Phase 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will close its buildings to anyone except: (a) District employees or contractors necessary to conduct minimum basic school operations consistent with a Preparedness Plan, including those employers or contractors necessary to facilitate alternative modes of instruction, such as distributing materials and equipment or performing other necessary in-person functions. (b) Food-service workers preparing food for distribution to students or their families. (c) Licensed child-care providers and the families that they serve, if providers follow all emergency protocols identified by the state.
The District assures that during Phase 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will suspend athletics, after-school activities, inter-school activities, and busing.
The District assures that during Phase 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will provide for the continued pay of school employees while redeploying staff to provide meaningful work in the context of the Preparedness Plan, subject to any applicable requirements of a collective bargaining agreement.
The District assures that in Phases 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will provide for the continuation of food distribution to eligible students.
The District assures that during Phase 4 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will prohibit indoor assemblies that bring together students from more than one classroom.
The District assures cooperation with the local public health department if a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified, and agrees to collect the contact information for any close contacts of the affected individual from two days before he or she showed symptoms to the time when he or she was last present in school.
Royal Oak Schools will meet or exceed the Strongly Recommended procedures in place by the State of Michigan when we are placed in Phase 5, in all areas of our operation. These policies will be well communicated and posted in the appropriate areas of the district. Young Oaks Latchkey will resume the regular program of before and after-school care with safety precautions, capacity reductions and mask requirements if the school has resumed in-person instruction. Students enrolled in the program can attend on the dates they are enrolled and attend school. Addams Early Childhood Center Tuition Preschool Programs will be open when Royal Oak elementary students return to in-person learning. Childcare may remain open based on enrollment. Addams Early Childhood Center has established its own COVID-19 response plan and will follow this plan, Executive Orders and licensing requirements.
All students and staff will wear a facial covering in school/district buildings and on buses, consistent with our approach in Phase 5.
Libraries, computer labs, arts, and other hands-on classrooms will undergo cleaning after every class period with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution. Student desks will be wiped down with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution after every class period.
Food services staff will operate using protection barriers, gloves, and facial coverings. Hand washing routines will include before and after meals by staff and students.
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 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.
Where can I read district communications related to COVID-19 and the school closure?
Please see District News
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
MDHHS: What is Michigan doing?
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