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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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.
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 NOT:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We will not continue to distribute Chromebooks to elementary students via onsite pickups during the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order.
The spring MSTEP testing will not be happening this year.
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:
If there is anything Oakridge Public Schools can do for you or your family, please let us know. We’re here to support you.