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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.

Oakland County Health Division complete isolation quarantine guidelines

Oakland County Health Division flowcharts on How to Report A COVID-19 Case At School, What Do Schools Do When COVID-19 Symptoms Occur At School? and Should I Report To School. 

Responsibilities of Staff Members, Students, Parents, and Community Members

Novi Community School District is asking every one (staff, students, parents, and community members) to help with our prevention efforts while participating in any of our programs. In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at school, everyone must play their part. Everyone must follow the district procedures and policies. In addition, everyone is expected to report to the District if they are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, as described below.  If you have a specific question about this Plan or COVID-19, please ask your program Administrator. If they cannot answer the question, please contact Dr. Steve Matthews, Superintendent, or Sheila Holly, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent.
The CDC has provided the following control and preventative guidance for all stakeholders, regardless of exposure risk:
  • 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
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • 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 14 days and monitor symptoms

  • Get a COVID test and return if it is negative  

COVID-19 Positive Test

A child/staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine at home.
  • Quarantine for a positive test is 10 calendar days or as instructed by Oakland County Health Department Contact Tracer. 
  • Stay home for 10 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. 
  • 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 three feet when feasible) 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 Division 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

Staff members or students who have come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be directed to self-quarantine at home for 10 days from the last date of close contact with that individual. Close contact includes a person living in the same home with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 or face-to-face contact with a positive COVID-19 person less than three feet apart for 15 cumulative minutes within a 24 hour period. 
  • 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.


NCSD Protective Measures