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Update from Superintendent Tom Livezey 3/24/2020

 

PUBLIC HEALTH – MUSKEGON COUNTY ANNOUNCES FIRST CASE OF COVID-19

Kathy Morris, Director of Public Health in Muskegon County, issued a press release announcing that Muskegon now has confirmed cases of COVID-19.  She stated, “So my message to my dear friends and colleagues is simple: Please take this COVID-19 situation seriously, and let’s all work together to help slow the spread! It is crucial for our community to stay home, stay safe and save lives!”  Check out the news here.

EXECUTIVE ORDER TO STAY HOME, STAY SAFE 

Governor Whitmer announced an executive order to stay home and stay safe.  This “shelter in place” type order became effective this morning at 12:01 am 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.

 

LEGISLATURE NOT MEETING FOR 2 WEEKS

My biggest disappointment of the day was hearing that the Michigan Legislature will not take any votes for 2 weeks.  But, I learned that Governor Whitmer has the authority to forgive days/hours of instruction that are missed during a statewide emergency closure.  It is expected that an executive order will be issued by the end of the week giving us clarity on this topic.  Of course, as quickly as things are evolving, this could change at any time.  I have expressed great concern about the fact that school districts and families do not have equitable access to high speed internet or devices to support mandated online learning.  Stay tuned on whether school days will be forgiven and, if so, how many.

 

OAKRIDGE TEEN HEALTH CENTER OPENS TELEHEALTH SERVICES

Our tremendous partner, Hackley Community Care, has announced telehealth services are being offered very soon.  They are personally contacting current clients to keep scheduled health services continuing.  If your school aged child is suffering from anxiety or mental health concerns, contact our Teen Health Center at the number below to schedule an appointment.

OAKRIDGE TEACHERS SUPPORTING STUDENTS VIRTUALLY

Staff meetings looked very different today.  Here is our Task for Student Engagement with our secondary teachers.  Staff have generously volunteered their time to offer support and encouragement to their students virtually.  We’re getting organized to provide clear and focused communication on how best to provide quality learning experiences for kids.  We’re doing our best as quickly as possible.  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.

#TalentTuesday – MRS STROUD FEATURES AWESOME LESSON ON YOUTUBE

One of the many ways Oakridge teachers are providing engaging learning experiences for kids.  Take a peak at this adorable and high quality lesson on tempo and beat on YouTube.

 

 

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.

 

CHROMEBOOK DISTRIBUTION

We will not continue to distribute Chromebooks to elementary students via onsite pickups during the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order.

 

STATE MANDATED TESTING

The spring MSTEP testing will not be happening this year.

 

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.

 

If there is anything Oakridge Public Schools can do for you or your family, please let us know.  We’re here to support you.

 

Sincerely,

Tom Livezey

 

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