Home>Our District>Headlines>Informational>UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT TOM LIVEZEY 3/23/2020
Monday, March 23, 2020
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 NOT:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
We will not continue to distribute Chromebooks to elementary students via onsite pickups.
The spring MSTEP testing has been canceled.
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.
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.
Wondering how to talk to your child about COVID-19 in an age-appropriate way? Here is a great resource to help parents.
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:
The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
The governor’s order also extends access to benefits for unemployed workers:
God bless you as your family endures the challenges put upon you throughout this pandemic. We are here for you.