Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Beginning Monday, February 28, 2022, we will follow our new COVID-19 protocols listed below.  

 

  • Reporting positive COVID-19 cases is required per Public Health Code.  Schools are required to report communicable diseases and COVID-19 remains classified as a communicable disease, therefore we will report this weekly as required to the Kent County Health Department. 

 

  • We will send weekly communications regarding the number of cases in each building. We will continue to monitor for potential outbreaks and notify individual classrooms or groups as necessary if a potential outbreak arises. 

 

  • If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they are still required to isolate for at least 5 days from their onset of symptoms or date of positive test. Students or staff may return on day 6, provided their symptoms have resolved and they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours. While it remains recommended that those returning to school or work wear a mask on days 6-10, it is not required by order at this time.

 

  • Quarantine of close contacts (household or otherwise) to a positive COVID-19 case is no longer required.   While it remains recommended that anyone that has been exposed, especially someone that lives in the same household as a positive case, should quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 10 days.  The school district will no longer monitor and enforce such quarantine.

 

  • The federal mandate for mask wearing on school buses has expired. As of February 25, 2022, the CDC is no longer requiring people to wear masks on buses operated by public or private schools.  We will continue to have students sitting in assigned seats when on the bus to assist with monitoring if a potential outbreak arises.

Testing Locations

For some local testing avenues please see the Tip Sheet linked here: COVID 19 Testing Locations

Daily Screening 2021-22 School Year:

Although the KCHD will not send a daily health screener, we ask that all parents screen their child for symptoms each day before going to school. Symptomatic students should be kept home. Keeping sick students home is our most powerful strategy to keep COVID-19 out of our school. At this time individual schools will not require screeners.

SYMPTOM CHECK

Does your child have ANY of the following symptoms?

  • Temperature of 100.4 or higher OR feels warm to the touch,
  • New cough or change in cough for a child who often has a cough,
  • Shortness of breath,
  • Loss of taste or smell,
  • Body aches,
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea, 
  • Severe headache,
  • Extreme tiredness,
  • Congestion/runny nose. 

CLOSE CONTACT CHECK

  • Has your child had close contact (within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes or more or a person who has been confirmed to have COVID-19?

If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, your child should not attend school today.  Please contact the school.  

COVID-19 District Dashboard 

In partnership with the Kent County Health Department, Kent ISD has launched a COVID-19 dashboard. This dashboard is meant to provide parents, educators and the general public with transparency on confirmed COVID-19 cases in our local schools and districts. Numbers will be updated on a weekly basis throughout the school year with data directly from the Kent County Health Department.

Click Here for Dashboard

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Videos

Resources

Citation/Sources

All information has been provided by the CDC, State of Michigan, Kent County Health Department, and Spectrum Health. For more information, as well as the most up to date information, please visit their respective links:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/

https://www.accesskent.com/Health/coronavirus.htm

https://www.accesskent.com/Health/CommDisease/school_daycare.htm

https://www.spectrumhealth.org/covid19/school-resources