The coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of disruption in Michigan, including the closure of all public schools for three weeks. In an effort to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus, the state government has taken this drastic measure. In this article, we'll discuss why schools are closed in Michigan and what measures are being taken to ensure a safe learning environment. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has adopted the updated standardized school surveillance guidance on COVID-19 from the National Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE).
This guidance is used to classify groups and outbreaks in order to promote consistent reporting between states. According to this guidance, a school-related group or outbreak is defined as two or more confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 related to a school. In order to maintain a safe environment while providing quality education, schools are taking several measures. These include regular cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms and common areas, social distancing, wearing face masks, and providing hand sanitizer.
Schools are also encouraging students and staff to stay home if they are feeling unwell. In addition, schools are monitoring the situation closely and will remove any groups or outbreaks from the list when no new confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 are identified 28 days after the last known school exposure due to a case. If you have any questions or concerns about this information, contact your school or local health department. It's important to note that while these measures are being taken to ensure a safe learning environment, the closure of all public schools in Michigan is still necessary in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
This is why it's important for everyone to do their part by following safety guidelines such as social distancing, wearing face masks, and washing hands regularly.