Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253 - Reporting of Confirmed and Probable Cases of COVID-19 at Schools (Effective October 12, 2020)
To protect the health of our School Community and per the Emergency Order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Reporting of Confirmed and Probable Cases of COVID-19 at Schools on October 6, 2020, Pickford Public Schools will use this webpage to provide Public Notice to our School Community regarding School Associated Cases of COVID-19. Within 24 hours of being notified of a School Associated Case, by Chippewa County Health Department, this dashboard will be updated to include new and cumulative COVID-19 case counts. Individuals identified as Close Contacts of School Associated Cases will be notified separately and directly by Chippewa County Health Department.
Updated: January 12, 2022
STATUS OF INSTRUCTION AND SCHOOL-SPONSORED FUNCTIONS
Pickford Public Schools returned to face to face instruction for all K-12 students on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Athletics continue per MHSAA guidance and protocols.Pickford Public Schools Test to Stay Option vs. Quarantine -- Board Approved 12/20/21Beginning January 3rd, 2022, Students and Staff at Pickford Public Schools who have been identified due to school-based contact tracing as a close contact to a COVID positive individual, and are symptom free, can choose to participate in an OPTIONAL Test to Stay strategy in order to remain in attendance at school.Test to Stay is an OPTION for school-based exposures only. If a close contact is not willing to follow the following guidelines, they will be required to quarantine from the school building and school activities for a period of 10 days from their last contact with a confirmed or suspected positive COVID-19 positive individual.Students and Staff may continue to attend school through Test to Stay:
- Parent written and informed consent for testing for COVID-9 must be on file. Students/staff must be tested using a BinaxNow rapid antigen test upon entry to the building for every day of their assigned Test to Stay period (specified number of school days post exposure -- typically 7 days).
- Testing will take place with Students and Staff in the District Central Office. Please enter through the south entrance and report directly to the office. Masks are required for entry for any Students or Staff who are participating in Test to Stay. Students and Staff will return to their vehicles for the duration of the antigen test (15 minutes) and will be called with their results.
- Students/Staff must receive a negative test result on their daily test. Students and Staff receiving a negative test result are cleared to stay at school for the remainder of the day.
- Students and Staff must pass a daily COVID-19 symptoms check and must wear a clean disposable mask at all times while in school during their Test to Stay period, except when eating or drinking. Students and Staff should make every effort to socially distance and clean any work surfaces or shared equipment on a daily basis
Test to Stay is not an option for Students or Staff who test positive for COVID-19. Students and Staff who test positive for COVID may not enter any campus event or participate in extracurricular activities or athletics during their quarantine period.Test to stay is not available for Students or Staff who are quarantined due to community or home exposure to positive COVID -19 cases. Participation in the Test to Stay program is completely voluntary and a parent, or adult staff member, may withdraw from the program at any time.Universal masking continues to be recommended in all K-12 school settings. Pickford Public Schools recommends that parents make the best decision for their own children regarding mask wearing. Staff and students participating in the Test to Stay program are required to wear a mask in the building at all times per program guidelinesParticipation in Test to Stay is optional.
- Students may not ride TO school on a school bus during their Test to Stay period. They may use school provided transportation home after receiving a negative result on their daily test.
SCHOOL ASSOCIATED COVID-19 CASES
On January 12, 2022 the District received notice of new school associated cases. The case counts of School Associated Cases of COVID-19 amongst the Pickford Public School Community have been updated in the table below. This data may include probable and confirmed cases as reported by Chippewa County Health Department among students, staff, administration, coaches, or visitors if the person with COVID-19 was in the building or participating in a school-sponsored function during their infectious period.
New Cases (Since Last Update)
Cumulative Cases (Since Reporting Began)
Student & Staff
As a precaution, we will be disinfecting applicable areas of the school. This may include spraying classrooms, hallways, locker rooms, and common areas, as needed, with a sanitizer, along with other methods of disinfection. Please monitor your students for symptoms and contact your healthcare provider if applicable.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE
We recommend taking action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if staff members or students are not experiencing symptoms:
- Wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) while in public places or if people who do not live with you must visit your home.
- Practice social distancing (maintaining a distance of 6 feet apart).
- Practice frequent handwashing (using soap for 20 seconds or hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol).
- Follow capacity restrictions of social gatherings.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with the inside of your elbow and immediately wash your hands.
- Stay home if you are sick; you can also get tested.
- Answer the phone if the health department contacts you, as a contact tracer may be trying to reach you with important information.
This information does not mean you should quarantine or isolate. Those members of the School Community who were or are suspected to have been in Close Contact with a School Associated Case will be notified by Chippewa County Health Department and/or Pickford Public Schools.
Thank you for understanding that, due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the names of the individuals with COVID-19. We will continue to communicate changes and updates with you. With your participation, we believe we can maintain a safe environment while also providing quality education.
If you have any questions, contact Chippewa County Health Department at 906-635-1566. For answers to your COVID-19 questions, please call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.