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Public Health Update 3/2/20: Coronavirus

Public Health Update 3/2/20: Coronavirus

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

We have received updated information related to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Currently, the State of Michigan has no confirmed cases of the illness, but we know that local, state, and federal agencies are closely monitoring the situation as knowledge evolves daily.

A memo from the Michigan Department of Education and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services indicated that, "At this time, the health risk to the general public of Michigan from COVID-19 remains low, but schools and public libraries can take common sense precautions to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to spread via respiratory transmission. Symptoms are similar to those of influenza (e.g., fever, cough, and shortness of breath). The current outbreak is occurring during a time of year when respiratory illnesses from influenza and other viruses are highly prevalent. For schools, we all need to do what we can to keep students and staff engaged in the learning process while mitigating the spread of infections."

As we shared in our January 29 letter to families, public health experts recommend taking the following common-sense precautions to avoid getting sick:

  • Remain at home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider or our on-campus health center at (248) 623-8100 for advice.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve.

Please remind your child to frequently wash their hands and take care not to share food and drinks with friends. The best way to prevent the spread of any illness - including even the common cold - is to keep sick children home. In addition, it's also not too late to get a flu vaccine to help avoid other seasonal respiratory illnesses.

Clarkston Community Schools routinely cleans and disinfects surfaces, especially during cold and flu season. If you are inclined to supplement the supply of tissues, hand sanitizer, or surface wipes at school, please check with your child's teacher to see if they are running low and what they might find helpful for their classroom. Together, we can maintain a safe and healthy school environment for all learners and educators.

This is a continually evolving situation. Updates with the most current available information will be posted to Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus. We will continue to share with you as more information becomes available. Thank you for all you do to keep our community safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Shawn Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

Health Center Hours at Sashabaw Middle School

  • Tuesdays from 7:30am-11:30am
  • Thursdays from 7:30am-11:30am
  • New! Fridays from 7:30am-4pm

Health Center Hours at North Sashabaw

  • Tuesdays from 12:30pm-4pm
  • Thursdays from 12:30pm-4pm

To make an appointment, please call (248) 623-8100.

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.


Read more Clarkston Community Schools News at www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/news.

Media Contact: Mary Ellen Rowe, Marketing Director (248) 623-5460.