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UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT TOM LIVEZEY 3/23/2020

 

EXECUTIVE ORDER TO STAY HOME, STAY SAFE 

Governor Whitmer today announced an executive order to stay home and stay safe.  This “shelter in place” type order becomes effective at 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 24 (essentially tonight at midnight) and will last through Monday, April 13.  This order limits the operations of non-essential businesses/organizations during this time period.  This link will take you to the order from the Governor and explains exactly what is considered an “essential service”  and what is not.  In a nutshell, here is what you may or may not do:

 

YOU MAY

  • Go to the grocery store or pick up take-out food.
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up a needed prescription.
  • Engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, biking.
  • Go to the hospital or secure any care necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve your health or the health of a loved one.
  • Fill your car with gas.
  • Return to Michigan to a home or place of residence from outside the State.
  • Leave the State for a home or residence elsewhere.
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian for needed medical care.

YOU MAY NOT:

  • Leave the home to work unless your employer designates you as a critical infrastructure worker.
  • Participate in any public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons outside a single household.
  • Visit someone in the hospital, nursing home, or other residential care facilities (with limited exceptions).
  • Go to the mall or to eat in restaurants.

 

OAKRIDGE MEAL PROGRAM

Our Task Force for Student Meal Provision is an “essential service”.  We will continue to provide meals to students at the six sites in our community on the original dates we announced.  We are seeking approval to serve meals during the originally scheduled Spring Break.  Stay tuned.  You can find the current dates, locations, and times by going to our website at http://oakridgeschools.org/covid19/

 

If your family is unable to pick-up meals from the meal sites at the designated times/locations, or coordinate with your neighbor, you may complete this form (link) or contact Melissa Corbit at mcorbit@oakridgeschools.org or 788-7525 (10am – 2pm) to request FREE delivery or other special accommodations.

 

EVERYONE SHOULD PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.  OAKRIDGE VOLUNTEERS WILL STAY SIX FEET APART DURING MEAL PREPARATION AND DISTRIBUTION.  VOLUNTEERS WILL WASH/DISINFECT HANDS ROUTINELY.  SICK PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO VOLUNTEER.

 

ONLINE LEARNING FOR STUDENTS

Our Task Force for Student Engagement is deemed an “essential service” so long as we do so remotely.  The Governor announced she is preparing guidance on this topic for schools.  Stay tuned.  Oakridge will continue to provide online learning opportunities to support children and families.   Do not feel like these learning opportunities are a mandate nor requirement for your kids to complete. The last thing we want parents to feel is guilt or added stress.  Keep working hard for your family. Your kids need you to love and care for them during this time of uncertainty more than they need academic activities. But, if time allows, our teachers have voluntarily offered their time to provide some resources for parents to use as they see fit. Our current distance learning opportunities and other online educational resources can be found here.

 

CHROMEBOOK DISTRIBUTION

We will not continue to distribute Chromebooks to elementary students via onsite pickups.

 

STATE MANDATED TESTING

The spring MSTEP testing has been canceled.

 

FORGIVING DAYS OF INSTRUCTION AND REMOTE LEARNING 

Decisions related to the waiving of days and hours of instruction is a function of the Governor and Legislature.  They are working to resolve this decision considering whether this closure extends beyond April 13, what options are available for districts to provide some sort of instruction remotely and have those count for days of instruction. Those conversations are ongoing and rely on guidance from the US Department of Education.

 

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS

The technology support staff will keep our security and communications systems fully operational.  Our maintenance staff will keep our basic minimal facility infrastructure operational including accepting shipments of supplies.  Our custodial staff will be disinfecting every square foot of our facilities.  Our business office staff will process bill payments and payroll.

 

TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT COVID-19

Wondering how to talk to your child about COVID-19 in an age-appropriate way?  Here is a great resource to help parents.

 

STAY HEALTHY

Mercy Health has created a COVID-19 Hotline.  If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, you can call 1-833-247-1258 for up-to-date information.

 

Patients with a confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is:

  • If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

 

RESOURCES FOR WORKERS AND FAMILIES 

There are many resources available for families who need a helping hand during this difficult and unpredictable time. Below you can find some resources that may be able to help you or someone you know in need.

 

MICHIGAN’S COVID-19 HOTLINE 

The hotline is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. The latest information is also available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

 

CALL 211

2-1-1 connects you with nonprofit and government resources in our area such as food pantries, bill pay assistance, family services, utility assistance and more. The 211 system is available by dialing 2-1-1 on your phone or by going to mi211.org.

 

MICHIGAN BRIDGES PROGRAM

Benefits and coverage through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services such as food assistance, health care, and state emergency relief. You may access MI Bridges at michigan.gov/mibridges.

 

FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

This information was provided by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity as a courtesy for those in the community affected.  Eligible employees are strongly encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits online at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 866-500-0017. A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can also be found online.

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-10 expands unemployment benefits to:

  • Sick Workers: Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.
  • Workers Caring for Loved Ones: Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off
  • First responders: Individuals working in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19 and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.

The governor’s order also extends access to benefits for unemployed workers:

  • Increased Weeks: Benefits will be increased from 20 to 26 weeks.
  • Longer Application Time: The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days.
  • Fewer Requirements: The in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.

 

God bless you as your family endures the challenges put upon you throughout this pandemic.  We are here for you.

 

Sincerely,

Tom Livezey

 

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