Smart Safety Measures
We are committed to keeping our students and staff safe through robust safety measures in our school buildings:
- Social Distancing: In-person classes will be capped at no more than 20 students per individual room. Larger spaces – auditoriums, gyms – will be used for additional distancing needs.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Students and Staff: Masks will be required, and reusable masks provided to all students and staff. Additional PPE will be available based on specific needs (e.g. face shields for teachers, KN95 masks for nurses).
- Good Hygiene: Bathrooms will be restocked regularly with soap and hand sanitizer located throughout buildings. Students and staff will undergo training on healthy hygiene practices.
- Careful Monitoring: All schools and offices have a clear process for entry, aligned with CDC guidance, including symptoms and temperature checks for students and staff.
- Daily Cleaning and Disinfecting: Classrooms, offices, and shared spaces will have a posted cleaning log completed daily to verify cleaning (high-touch hard surfaces disinfected). All buildings will be cleaned and disinfected prior to staff and students returning.
Practicing Safety First #WeHaveAPlan
In the case of a confirmed COVID case or a second wave of cases throughout the Detroit community, families can expect:
- Proactive communication about confirmed cases once information is confirmed with public health officials
- Buildings and offices will be closed for disinfecting before students and staff return
- Students will continue to engage in instruction online with regular assignments, attendance, and grades
We are prepared to transition fully to online learning if needed in case of a “second wave” and widespread required closures.
COVID-19 Prevention & Resources
If you or somebody you know is experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, with possible exposure to someone who has traveled or potentially been exposed to COVID19, please seek immediate medical help and contact:
- Detroit Health Department: 313-876-4000, 24 hours a day
- State of Michigan MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-535-6136, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The best defense against any contagious illness is frequent and effective handwashing and seeking immediate medical assistance if experiencing symptoms.
Below are recommendations that we included in our letters to families and staff.
- Washing your hands with soap and water.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.
Please refer to the links below for the most current information on taking precautions, symptoms, and situation updates.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC COVID-19 Link: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
- CDC Steps to Prevent Illness: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
- CDC Protect your family: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/index.html
- CDC Guidance for Schools: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools-faq.html
- CDC Talking With Your Child about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Resources and Links
- MDHHS COVID-19 Link: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/
- MDHHS COVID-19 What to do if you have been exposed: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/Person_Exposure_Final_3-25-2020_684832_7.pdf
- MDHHS COVID-19 Link for Childcare & School Administrators: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98157---,00.html
- MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-535-6136, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week
- 2-1-1 Hotline: Please dial 2-1-1 to get connected to available mental health resource in your area. Michigan 2-1-1 is a free service that connects Michigan residents with help and answers from thousands of health and human services agencies and resources right in their communities—quickly, easily, and confidentially.
Detroit Health Department
- DHD Link: detroitmi.gov/health
- DHD Hotline: 313-876-4000, 24 hours a day; email: email@example.com
- DHD COVID-19: https://detroitmi.gov/departments/detroit-health-department/programs-and-services/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19
Online Mental Health Services
Community Care Services provides outpatient mental health and substance use disorder treatment for children, teens, and adults in Southeastern Michigan online through Telehealth. Telehealth will connect you to treatment through your computer, tablet or smartphone. A phone call option is available for those without internet access. For telehealth assistance, or to schedule an intake appointment visit Community Care Services at comcareserv.org/ or call 313-389-7500.