OAS's Approach to COVID-19 Preparedness

Oscoda Area Schools Approach to COVID-19 Preparedness

With Governor Whitmer’s recent activation of the State Emergency Operations Center for Michigan’s coronavirus response, Oscoda Area Schools would like to take a moment to share with you some information regarding the steps we are taking to monitor and prepare for any potential COVID-19 occurrence.  

 

In an effort to ensure early identification of ANY potential issues, we will be more closely monitoring attendance of our students and staff to identify any elevated trends in reports of illness.  Further, we have taken steps to implement a process by which ill students are segregated until transportation home can be arranged for them to avoid unnecessary exposure. In addition, we will also be increasing access for disinfectants and sanitizers. As we continue to improve our services for ensuring student and staff safety we will keep everyone apprised of other measures that may be implemented.

 

In addition to these precautionary measures, as educators we believe that information is also key in preventing issues from arising.  The following links contain good, common sense information regarding basic, individual-level actions that can be taken to reduce the risk of spreading illness of any kind to others.  

 

1.       The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following to help prevent the spread of viruses  

       Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

       Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

       Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable

       Cover coughs with a tissue or your sleeve.   

       Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces.  

 

2.       The CDC has also produced the following guidelines regarding the best times to wash your hands  

       Before, during, and after preparing food           Before eating food

       Before and after treating a cut or wound

       After using the toilet

       After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

       After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

       After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

       After handling pet food or pet treats

       After touching garbage

 

3.       More information on proper hand washing can be found at the CDC website here

 

4.       For fun activities to help teach your children about germs and the spread of illness, teachstarter.com has some interesting ideas here.

 

We are optimistic that with your help and dedication to excellent hygiene practices our students and staff will remain healthy throughout the year!