Coronavirus 2019 Update

Coronavirus 2019 Update
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Dear School Families.

In an effort to support the health and well-being of our entire school community, South Haven Public Schools is actively monitoring information provided by the Van Buren Cass District Health Department (VBCDHD) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it relates to both the cold/flu season and the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19). As you know, this situation is dynamic and rapidly changing with new developments daily. It is important for our school families to know the most accurate and timely information about this health concern.

  • While this is a serious public health threat, the CDC is currently classifying the immediate health risk as low for anyone that has not traveled to certain areas of the world where the virus is prominent. More information on what the virus is, how it spreads, who is at risk, and how to protect yourself is available on this Fact Sheet provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
  • According to the CDC, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. This Frequently Asked Questions document, issued by the CDC, further discusses the virus and how it relates to children. 
  • Additional updates (including current case information for Michigan) can be found at the MDHHS COVID-19 website which will also be linked to the district website for quick reference.

According to public health officials, the 2019 Coronavirus is spread in a similar manner to the flu and common cold. For this reason, we have introduced new hospital-grade disinfectant systems along with intensified attention to daily sanitization of tabletops, iPads, Chromebooks, etc. We are also encouraging our students and staff to actively wash hands and take all of the same precautions they would normally take to avoid these illnesses. Please see best practices in the attached document and feel free to share with family and friends.

Protecting the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and school community is our top priority. I am confident in the open and effective lines of communication in place with our public health agencies and will continue to plan accordingly in partnership with local, state, and federal health and government officials as needed.

Sincerely,

Kevin Schooley
Superintendent

Best Practices Document
Spanish Version