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Public Health Protocols

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) has made important revisions to their COVID-19 health screening and reporting guidelines for all public and private schools. These changes will be implemented in our buildings and reflected in the 2020-2021 Return to School Family Toolkit.

These protocols have been developed in collaboration with the Oakland County Health Division. Should you have questions, the Nurse on Call (NOC) telephone service at 1-800-848-5533 or the COVID Help Hotline at 248-858-1000 can offer information about health and related resources. Calls to both lines are answered by Oakland County Health Division Public Health Nurses.

Thank you for your careful attention to this new guidance for keeping our families and our community safe.


The questions and conditions on our student health self-screener, employee health questionnaire, and visitor health questionnaire have changed, per the Oakland County Health Division. In the past, any student experiencing any single COVID-19 symptom was sent home and encouraged to seek a medical evaluation. Now, there are two categories of symptoms to look for and different requirements to return. OCHD has now adopted the one "high-risk" symptom or two "low-risk" symptoms protocol.

High-Risk Symptoms are:

  • New cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell

Low-Risk Symptoms are:

  • Fever (over 100.4 F)
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea (2x in 24 hours)
  • Nausea or Vomiting (2x in 24 hours)
  • Congestion or runny nose

If students/staff experience ONE single symptom in the "High-Risk" category, you must keep them home. The two ways to be able to return to school are:

1. Obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test. (We cannot accept rapid tests as proof that someone does not have COVID-19. In order to provide proof of a negative test, you must have a PCR test.)


2. Stay home for a full 14-day isolation period along with being fever-free without medication for 24 hours and their symptoms improving.

If a student/staff experiences TWO symptoms in the "Low-Risk" category, you must keep them home. The two ways to be able to return to school are:

1. Obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test. (We cannot accept rapid tests as proof that someone does not have COVID-19. In order to provide proof of a negative test, you must have a PCR test.)


2. Stay home for a full 14-day isolation period along with being fever-free without medication for 24 hours and their symptoms improving.

If a students/staff experience only one symptom in the "Low-Risk" category, our district policy requires they stay home and we recommend consulting a medical provider. Students/staff may return to work/school after being fever-free for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved. A negative test is not required for one symptom.

This will also be the protocol followed in schools for sending students home from school with symptoms. Please note that this means we can no longer accept an alternate diagnosis from a doctor to return to school.

The screener does allow for exceptions for existing conditions (asthma, allergies, etc.) if a doctor's note is already on file with your student's school prior to the student becoming ill.

This new Symptomatic Student Form provides more detail and will be used at the school buildings for our office staff to record symptoms and note how many days a student must isolate.


If someone in the household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms per the above-mentioned categories OR waiting for COVID test results, ALL household members are excluded from work/school. This includes parents and siblings who must also stay home until the symptomatic person gets a negative PCR test result or the 10-day isolation period has ended.

If a student develops symptoms at school per the above-mentioned categories, a parent/emergency contact will be notified to pick up the sick child AND all siblings and household members throughout the district as well. The student and household members may not return until the symptomatic person gets a negative PCR test result or the 10-day isolation period has ended.

Please notify your building's main office if a parent takes regularly scheduled COVID tests as a precautionary work-related requirement. All siblings/household members should remain home until one of the above options is completed.

Quarantine and Isolation

In addition, based on new guidance from the CDC and recommendations adopted by the Oakland County Health Department, the quarantine period for anyone exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual has been reinstated  to 14 days. Anyone who is a close contact (within six feet for a cumulative period of 15 minutes or more, with or without a mask) will now quarantine at home for 14 days and may return to school on the 15th day, as long as he or she is fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms (if any) are improving.  We have created a Quarantine Follow-Up Question form for office staff at our buildings to use when speaking with parents about a student or other family member who must quarantine. We wanted to share this form with you now so you're aware of the questions to be asked. This information is vital in determining who must quarantine and for how long.

Quarantine: If a student or staff member is exposed to COVID-19 and is not experiencing symptoms, they should self-quarantine at home for 14 days but continue to self-monitor for an additional four days for any COVID symptoms. (To figure out when your quarantine ends, start counting the day after the last day of exposure to the COVID positive person) Please let your student's building know if this occurs and plan to have your student participate in distance learning until their quarantine ends. You cannot test out of quarantine. A negative test is a snapshot in time — illness can appear anytime in the quarantine period. So, while a negative test may give you peace of mind, students/staff must still self-quarantine for the full 14-day period at home.

Self-quarantine means you must:

  • Stay home "24/7" for 14 days (no school-related or non-school related activities allowed)
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms and maintain physical distance (at least 6 feet) from others in your home when at all possible
  • Check and record your temperature two times per day

Isolation: If a student or staff member exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 during their quarantine period, they must then isolate for a minimum of 14 days from symptom onset or test date. Isolation involves everything that quarantine does, but in addition, it means you must stay away from other family members. The OCHD says someone in isolation should:

  • Stay in a separate room from other household members.
  • Use a separate bathroom if possible. If sharing a bathroom, keep toothbrushes separate and disinfect all surfaces after each use.
  • Avoid sharing personal items like dishes, drinking glasses, cups
  • DO NOT eat, hang out or spend time in the same room as others

In many cases, especially with parents caring for young children, isolation is not possible. If individuals cannot isolate, then every family member must also stay home for the COVID-positive person's minimum 10-day isolation, then start a 14-day quarantine. This means that siblings and children of COVID-positive people who cannot isolate themselves from each other will be out of school (and in their homes) for a minimum of 20 days. The OCHD explains this by stating that every family member who cannot isolate from a COVID-positive person is continually exposed for the entire 10-day isolation period and then can have their own illness appear up to fourteen days later.

Reporting Absences: If your student is supposed to attend in-person school on any given day and does not, you MUST complete an absence form and call the attendance line at your student's school and list the symptoms your student is experiencing and why they are not in school. If students are not attending in-person because they are self-quarantining due to exposure or are sick themselves, you must call in and let the school know. If the school advised your student to self-quarantine, you do not need to call in. In all cases, students should still attend distance learning if they are able, but you must call the absence in. Face-to-face students should not attend distance learning without a parent calling the attendance line.

Travel Planning: We know that many families may be considering travel plans during school breaks. We encourage families to familiarize themselves with the new Oakland County Health Division travel guidance.

For more public health guidance, please visit the Oakland County Health Division website at

Coronavirus Disease 2019 | COVID-19

Mitigation Plan Approval


First page of the PDF file: MitigationPlanApproval


Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19

Everyone should assume possible exposure to COVID-19 and continuously monitor for symptoms. Stay home and call your doctor if symptoms develop.

Source: Oakland County Health Division 


Coronavirus: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can
spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus
that has spread throughout the world.

Contact Tracing: A strategy for slowing the spread of disease in which public health
workers communicate with infectious people to identify their contacts. They then follow
up with those contacts to provide guidance on how to quarantine themselves and what
to do if they develop symptoms of disease.

Quarantine: The practice of keeping someone who might have been exposed to
COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur
before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without
feeling symptoms. People in quarantine must stay home (usually 14 days with continuous monitoring), separate
themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or
local health department.

Isolation: The practice of separating people infected with the virus (those who are sick
with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.
People who are in isolation (usually for 10 days) must stay home until it’s safe for them
to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected must separate themselves
from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom
(if available).

Close Contact: A person who was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for
more than 15 minutes with or without a mask.
Examples of close contacts include individuals who were close to a person who is
infected with COVID-19 by providing care to them at home, sharing a living space,
having direct physical contact with them (touched, hugged or kissed them), and
sharing eating or drinking utensils. People may also be close contacts if they were
somehow exposed to droplets from an infected person (sneezed or coughed on).

Types of Masks

  • Cloth Face Coverings: Cloth face coverings are masks made from material that are meant to cover your nose and mouth and to be secured under the chin and are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE). These are effective in reducing the spread of the virus.
  • Surgical Masks: Surgical masks were originally intended to be worn by health professionals and are considered personal protective equipment. These are effective in reducing the spread of the virus.
  • KN95 or N95 respirator: A N95 mask, also known as a respirator, filters particles that meet a certain standard for air filtration, meaning that it filters at least 95% of airborne particles. These are recommended only for use by healthcare personnel who need protection from both airborne and fluid hazards (e.g., splashes, sprays).