COVID Info

In-Person Learning 

Oakridge Public Schools is providing a full-time in-person learning model for students this school year.  We will maintain this learning model for the duration of the school unless COVID circumstances require alternative learning models.  Knowing some parents may still desire online learning for their child, we are offering such options.   Please visit our Online Learning page for more information. 

 

COVID Dashboard

This dashboard will be updated to include new and cumulative positive COVID case counts. Individuals identified as close contacts of school-associated cases will be notified by public health officials.  

Date Case Announced School Students Staff Other
9/9/2021 Oakridge Upper Elementary 2    
9/13/2021 Oakridge Lower Elementary 1    
9/14/2021 Oakridge Lower Elementary 1    
9/14/2021 Oakridge Upper Elementary 2    
9/14/2021 Early Childhood Center 2    
9/14/2021 Oakridge HS/MS 2 1  
9/15/2021 Oakridge HS/MS 2    
9/16/2021 Oakridge HS/MS 1    
9/16/2021 Oakridge Upper Elementary 1    
9/17/2021 Oakridge HS/MS 2    
9/17/2021 Oakridge Upper Elementary   1  
9/20/2021 Oakridge Lower Elementary 1    
9/20/2021 Oakridge HS/MS 2    
9/20/2021 Oakridge Upper Elementary 1    
9/21/2021 Oakridge Lower Elementary 2    
9/21/2021 Oakridge HS/MS 3    
9/21/2021 Oakridge Upper Elementary 2    
9/22/2021 Oakridge HS/MS 2    
Since 9/7/21

Cumulative Count >

29 2 0

 

COVID FAQs

If you have any additional questions, contact Public Health – Muskegon County at 231-724-6246. For answers to your COVID questions, please call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus. Here is the most recent state guidance.

VACCINES

Here is a list of all locations we are aware of that offer free vaccinations.

List of Current Testing/Vaccination Sites

Yes. They can attend school.  State law does have required vaccines.  But, COVID-19 is not one of them.  

MASKS

Like the CDC and Muskegon County Public Health, Oakridge Public Schools recommends wearing a mask in school and encourages you to consider this recommendation when determining whether you'll wear a mask in schools.  Neither the CDC nor Muskegon County Public Health has made an order to wear masks in schools.  Likewise, neither has Oakridge Public Schools.

The CDC advises that when teachers, staff, and students consistently and correctly wear a mask, they protect others as well as themselves. Consistent and correct mask use is especially important indoors and in crowded settings, when physical distancing cannot be maintained. The MDHHS provides more options for keeping kids in school after a COVID exposure if masks are worn. If students do not wear masks, quarantines will be ordered by the MDHHS and Muskegon County - Public Health.

  • Indoors: CDC recommends indoor masking for all individuals age 2 years and older, including students, teachers, staff, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Outdoors: In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors. CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people. Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised.

Exceptions can be made for the following categories of people:

  • A person who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.). Discuss the possibility of reasonable accommodation external icon with workers who are unable to wear or have difficulty wearing certain types of masks because of a disability.
  • A person for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal regulations.

Yes, the CDC has issued an order requiring masks on the school bus.   Oakridge Public Schools will be following this order.  Kids will not be allowed to board our school buses without wearing a mask.  The district will provide masks to students as needed.  

The order shall not apply under the following circumstances:

  • While eating, drinking, or taking medications, for brief periods (which should not be occurring on school buses)
  • While communicating with someone who is hearing impaired when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communications
  • If unconscious (for reasons other than sleeping), incapacitated, unable to be awakened, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. 
  • When necessary to temporarily remove the mask to verify one's identity.   

The order exempts the following categories of persons: 

  • A child under the age of 2 years
  • A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • A person for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal regulations.

 

SAFETY PROTOCOLS

The school will:

  • Communicate opportunities to get vaccinations.
  • Provide a mask for students, staff, or visitors and encourage wearing them.
  • Provide hand sanitizer dispensers and promote washing hands.
  • Promote frequent hand washing.
  • Promote respiratory etiquette (cover your coughs and sneezes)
  • Practice prudent and reasonable social distancing that focuses on keeping students in school.  Avoid crowding students into indoor spaces.
  • Disinfect surfaces.
  • Collaborate with Public Health.
  • Provide parents a courtesy call if the student was a close contact with a positive COVID case in school.  
  • Communicate symptoms of COVID to inform parents.
  • Improve ventilation to reduce the risk of airborne communicable disease particles by bringing fresh outdoor air into a building and utilizing our newly installed air conditioning in half our classrooms.  The other half will be installed summer of 2022.

CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, regardless of vaccination status.  Per the CDC recommendations and because of the importance of in-person learning, Oakridge will not exclude students from in-person learning to maintain a minimum distance requirement.  When it is not possible to maintain a 3-foot physical distance, we will do our best to limit close proximity between students/staff and layer other COVID mitigation strategies to maintain a safe place to learn.  

If your student is sick, they should stay home from school.

We ask that parents monitor their child's wellness.  If your student has an elevated temperature or symptoms of COVID, please keep them home.  The school will not be doing universal screenings for temperature or symptoms.  

ISOLATION / QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS

The CDC defines "close contact" as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet the criteria for discontinuing home isolation.

  • Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.  This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.
  • Exception:  Close contacts who have been fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine unless they develop symptoms.
  • Exception:  Close contacts who were previously diagnosed with COVID within the last three months do not have to quarantine unless they develop symptoms.

If Oakridge is notified by Muskegon County Public Health that your student has tested positive, your student must isolate at home.  Likewise, if your student was identified as a close contact of a positive case at school, Public Health will issue an order to quarantine the student at home.  As a courtesy, the school will provide a phone call to notify parents of children who were within 3 feet of a positive case for 15 or more minutes at school. 

Please note FAQ #1 immediately above regarding close contact tracing.   In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.  Mask wearing will reduce the chances of quarantining.

Muskegon County Public Health is responsible for issuing quarantine/isolation orders, not Oakridge Public Schools.  We ask that parents cooperate and keep their students home if they have been issued a quarantine or isolation order from Public Health.  

No

ONLINE / VIRTUAL SCHOOL

Yes! Check out our Online Learning page for info.

SPORTS

No, not at this time. MDHHS and MHSAA lifted all requirements for student testing as of June 22, 2021.