NCSD Prevention and Response Plan
The Novi Community School District takes the health and safety of our staff, students, parents, and community members very seriously. With the spread of the coronavirus or “COVID-19”, a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, Novi Community School District must remain vigilant in mitigating the outbreak. In order to be safe and maintain operations, we have developed this COVID-19 Plan to be implemented, to the extent feasible and appropriate. Novi Community School District will continue to monitor the related guidance that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the State of Michigan and local County Health Departments.
This Plan is based on information available at the time of its development and is subject to change based on further information provided by sources previously listed. Novi Community School District may also amend this Plan based on operational needs.
Responsibilities of Staff Members, Students, Parents, and Community Members
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Follow appropriate respiratory etiquette, which includes covering for coughs and sneezes and wearing a non - surgical cloth or disposable face mask when in public spaces.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
The focus is on “new symptoms.”
- A known allergy that causes a runny nose, for example, is not a new symptom.
- However, a symptom that is new will require attention.
If there is a medical history, please make sure that the building principal is aware.
i.e. Allergies, asthma
What symptoms will be examined on the health screener?
If a student/staff member is currently experiencing ONE of more of the following symptoms unrelated to a known pre-existing condition (i.e. asthma, allergies):
- new cough
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
- new loss of taste or smell
If a student/staff member is currently experiencing TWO or more of the following symptoms unrelated to a known pre-existing condition (i.e. asthma, allergies):
- Fever of 100.4 F or higher
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Diarrhea (two times in 24 hours)
- Nausea or vomiting (two times in 24 hours)
- Congestion or runny nose
Your child may return to school:
If the answer to any of these symptoms is yes, the student or staff member has two options before returning: a COVID-19 test showing a negative result or remain out for 10 calendar days. If there is a medical history, please make sure that the building principal is aware. (i.e. allergies, asthma).
It is crucial that parents/students and staff are honest on the health screener. The screener states that if there are any symptoms present that the student or staff member should stay home.
What happens when a child exhibits symptoms at school?
- Child will be sent to the office to be sent home
- Parents or caregiver will be called and must promptly come and take the child home.
What happens when a staff member exhibits symptoms at work?
- Staff member will be sent home
Per new guidance from the Oakland County Health Division, if the student or staff member is sent home from school there are two options before a return to school is possible:
Stay home for 10 days and monitor symptoms
Get a COVID test and return if it is negative
COVID-19 Positive Test
- Quarantine for a positive test is 10 calendar days or as instructed by Oakland County Health Department Contact Tracer.
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
• The quarantine period may be reduced from fourteen (14) days to ten (10) days if the below requirements are followed by the exposed individual:
- The individual does not develop symptoms or show clinical evidence of COVID-19 infection during daily symptom monitoring for the 10 days after last exposure; and;
- Daily symptom monitoring continues through day 14 after the last exposure.
• Watch for symptoms including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
• Maintain physical distance (at least 6 feet) from others (even family and roommates), especially those who are at higher risk, at all times.
If NCSD learns that a staff member or student has tested positive, NCSD will report this case to the Oakland County Health Department who may conduct an investigation to determine who may have had close contact with the confirmed positive student/staff member in the prior 48 hours and direct those individuals who have had close contact with the confirmed positive student/staff member to self-quarantine as directed above.
COVID-19 and close contact
- Classrooms will not be closed unless there is evidence that everyone in the classroom had close contact with the individual who tested positive
- Only those who had close contact will be required to quarantine at home
- Others in the classroom will be directed to monitor for symptoms
Communication about positive COVID-19 tests
- The parents of the students in a school will be notified that there was a positive test in the school and parents should then monitor for symptoms.
Our health screeners have been updated to reflect the new symptom list. It is critical that everyone fill out a health screener every day. For your convenience, the links to these student health screeners are listed below. Please fill out one for each of the building(s) that your child(ren). You will need to fill out one per student.
- General Safety Policies and Rules
- Parent/Guardian Drop-Off and Pick-Up
- Modified Layouts
- Social Distancing Strategies
- Designated COVID-19 Point of Contact
- Communication Systems
- Cleaning and Disinfection
- Water systems
- Physical Barriers and Guides
- Communal Spaces
- Food and Nutrition