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7/6/21 NPS Summer Program COVID Protocol Update

Dear Northville Public Schools’ Summer Program Families, Students, and Staff,

We hope you have enjoyed the first few weeks of summer, and the launch of our Summer Programs! As previously communicated, NPS has committed to the ongoing review of our local COVID-19 data, along with any updates in the guidance provided by MDHHS, CDC and/or the State of Michigan, to determine if any adjustment to our safety protocols may be warranted.

With the recent lifting of pandemic restrictions by Governor Whitmer, on June 25, 2021, MDHHS released updated guidance for schools in the form of recommendations rather than mandates. Given this information, and the very low incidence of COVID-19 in our local community, the Board of Education and District administrators reviewed our current safety protocols for our Summer Programs at the June 29, 2021 Committee of the Whole meeting.

After thoughtful consideration of this information, along with the remaining layers of mitigation currently in place in our classrooms and schools, the Board of Education supported a modification of our face mask protocol in our summer programs to provide for greater parental choice.  As has been the case throughout the pandemic, this decision is subject to change should there be a change in local COVID data and/or public health mandates.

Effective beginning July 12, 2021, NPS will modify our mask protocol as follows in our NPS Summer 2021 Programs:

  • Consistent with MDHHS and CDC recommendations, wearing of masks indoors will continue to be strongly encouraged, particularly for unvaccinated students, however, they will not be required. This decision will be at the discretion of the parent or legal guardian. NPS will continue to make face masks available to students in need of a mask. 
  • Staff members will continue to be encouraged or required to wear a mask indoors, however, it will be optional for those employees who choose to provide proof of full vaccination to the Office of Human Resources.  
  • As previously communicated, wearing of masks outdoors is not required.  
  • All athletic programs will continue to follow MHSAA guidelines.
  • Masks are required on school buses/district transportation (applies to any summer field trips)
For your awareness, MDHHS also references a recommendation that schools consider weekly COVID testing as a potential mitigation measure. The only COVID testing conducted by NPS during the 2020-21 school year was for student-athletes wanting to compete in their sport, consistent with MHSAA and MDHHS requirements, which have since been rescinded.  Please note that NPS does not anticipate initiating any mandatory COVID testing of students or staff in our Summer Programs or in Fall, 2021.  

The following mitigation measures remain in place:

  • Daily Symptom Checking
    Families will continue to perform at-home self-monitoring reporting using the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Families. This continues to be a critical component of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 - please do not send students to school when they are sick.
  • 3’ Distancing (to the extent possible)
    Where possible, we will try to maximize distance between student stationary seating without impacting instruction in the event there continues to be a need to distance for both transmission and quarantine purposes.  This safety measure will be structured to ensure the least impact on the typical school experience.
  • Hand Sanitation Stations and Cleaning Protocols; Availability of PPE
    Hand washing and sanitizing will continue to be encouraged and easily accessible for all students and staff.  Additionally, the district will maintain enhanced cleaning and high touch disinfection strategies.  Masks will continue to be available for students and staff as needed.
  • Contact Tracing
    NPS contact tracing support for the Wayne County Health Department occurs 7 days per week and begins upon notification of a positive test of a student, staff member or any other individual within our schools.
  • Quarantines, where applicable, will still be enforced subject to Health Department guidance
    All close contacts (currently defined as a person who is within 3 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes) are immediately excluded from school and school activities and must be quarantined at least 10 days after the last date of exposure to the person who tested positive unless the identified close contact has been vaccinated.
Cooke Center Program protocols, including those in place for the Cooke Summer Program located at Meads Mill Middle School, are currently under review based on the recently updated federal OSHA standards.  

We anticipate that these measures, including these changes to the mask protocol, will remain in place for the balance of the summer programs, and continue in Fall 2021 unless we experience an increase in COVID cases and/or there are any changes in public health guidance that would necessitate a review of our protocols.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please contact nps@northvilleschools.org or Ms. Rebecca Pek, COVID Response Team Lead, at 248-344-3538. We hope our students continue to benefit from their summer learning experiences, along with having time to enjoy a wonderful summer!

Sincerely,

Mary K. Gallagher 
Superintendent 
 
Rebecca Pek
NPS COVID Response Team Lead