In case you missed it, below is the updated COVID-19 guidance shared with Eaton RESA families and staff on Wednesday, March 16.
Eaton RESA Families and Staff:
On Friday, March 11, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) announced COVID-19 protocol changes for schools. This is in response to current conditions and low numbers of new COVID-19 cases as our state enters a post-surge, recovery phase of the pandemic. The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) announced later that same day that it would update its own guidance to match MDHHS.
There has been no change for individuals testing positive for COVID-19 or presumed positive for COVID-19.
- All individuals must isolate themselves at home for a minimum of 5 days
- They may return to school/work after isolation if symptoms have improved OR no symptoms have developed.
- Those returning must wear a well-fitted mask for 5 additional days. Those unable to wear a mask must isolate for a minimum of 10 days.
Moving forward, regardless of vaccination status, students and staff exposed to COVID-19:
In their household may continue school/work uninterrupted so long as they are symptom-free AND get tested 3 to 7 days following exposure or if symptoms develop AND follow BEDHD's "mask to stay" option for days 1-10 after their last exposure.
At school or in the community may continue school uninterrupted so long as they are symptom-free AND monitor for symptoms (AND get tested if symptoms develop).
NOTE: Eaton RESA will implement additional precautions when there is a higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals, including but not limited to, Meadowview-SCI and GSRP classrooms. You will be notified of any additional protocols that apply to your situation.
It is important that families and staff continue to report positive cases of any communicable disease, including COVID-19, to their program administrator or principal. Eaton RESA will communicate with the local health department about any outbreaks of a communicable disease within our school buildings/programs.
Eaton RESA is continuing to offer rapid COVID-19 tests for use by staff, students and families. Tests have already been delivered to Eaton RESA classrooms for staff and students in those classrooms. If you have not received rapid COVID-19 tests from Eaton RESA and would like some, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will make arrangements for you. Tests will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Identification or an employee ID badge is required for pick up.
Last, MDHHS has rescinded the October 6, 2020 Emergency Order regarding Reporting of Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 at Schools. This means that Eaton RESA will remove the COVID-19 Positive/Probable Case Dashboard from our website.
We want to thank our families and staff for their continued efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our programs and buildings.