COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RETURN TO LEARNING RESOURCES
COVID-19 POSITIVE CASE UPDATES
All positive COVID-19 cases among PPPS staff and students will be posted here. In accordance with PPPS's COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, the following actions will take place for each positive case:
PPPS will work closely with the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department to conduct contact tracing. Those individuals who are determined to have been in close contact with the COVID-19 positive staff member or student will be personally contacted by a representative from the Health Department with additional guidance.
The PPPS facilities team will conduct additional deep cleaning and disinfecting of the classroom, office, bus, or other space that was occupied by the COVID-19 positive individual prior to it being reopened for staff and/or students.
Today, PPPS was informed that a staff member in our athletic department tested positive for COVID-19. At the direction of the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department, the individual will be quarantined until released to return to work. Those who were determined to have been in close contact with the individual have also been contacted and directed to quarantine until cleared to return to school/work by the Health Department.
Today, PPPS was informed that a staff member assigned to our high school building tested positive for COVID-19. At the direction of the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department, the individual will be quarantined until released to return to work. The only individuals associated with PPPS identified as having close contact with this person during the infectious period were already under quarantine for a separate positive exposure. Those individuals will remain in quarantine until cleared to return to school/work by the Health Department.
Today, PPPS was informed that a staff member assigned to our high school building tested positive for COVID-19. At the direction of the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department, the individual will be quarantined until released to return to work. Only one other person associated with Paw Paw Schools may have been in close contact with the individual during the infectious period, and that person has been contacted and advised by Health Department personnel.
Today, PPPS was informed that a student or staff member in one of the Van Buren ISD program classrooms on our Cedar Street Campus tested positive for COVID-19. At the direction of the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department, the individual will be quarantined until released to return to work/school. The Health Department has identified the “close contacts” to the infected individual during the infectious period. Those close contacts are also being ordered to quarantine by the Health Department.
BEST PRACTICES FOR PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
The CDC recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
Monitor your health daily by watching for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
Avoid gatherings that include more than 10 people.
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
The following links are reliable and accurate sources for COVID-19-related information:
If an individual suspects they have COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and take one of the following steps:
1. Call their primary care provider (PCP) via telephone
2. Do a virtual visit with their health system/provider
*If symptoms are life-threatening, call 9-1-1
The Van Buren/Cass District Health Department is not currently testing at our location.
Spectrum Health Lakeland
*a Chatbot is available online
*Drive-up testing is available but all patients require a physician's order to be tested.
InterCare Health Network
*Drive-thru testing is available. Individuals do NOT have to have a lab order (does NOT have to be InterCare only)
COVID-19 SCHOOL HEALTH SCREENING PARENT AGREEMENT
The COVID-19 School Health Screening Parent Agreement documents the procedures for at-home health screenings that need to take place daily before students are sent to school. Parents/guardians of all students must complete this form, agreeing to fulfill this responsibility each day. Students showing COVID symptoms should not be sent to school.
FLOWCHART: WHEN STUDENTS OR STAFF MEMBERS HAVE COVID-LIKE SYMPTOMS
FACIAL COVERING EXEMPTION FORM
The Facial Covering Exemption Form is the required form for those students that "cannot medically tolerate a facial covering". This form needs to be completed by the student's physician. Once the form is completed, the parent (or student if 18 years or older) must meet with the building principal/director to discuss options for a safe return to school based on the information provided by the student's physician.
STARLIGHT FACE SHIELD
The Van Buren/Cass District Health Department has approved the Starlight Face Shield as an alternative to a cloth facial covering in schools, although cloth facial coverings remain preferable because they afford more protection. Use of the Starlight Face Shield is recommended for (1) teachers who are instructing students with hearing impairments, and (2) teachers who are instructing students with other disabilities that create difficulties when the students cannot see facial expressions, and (3) teachers providing reading instruction to young students. While PPPS is not recommending it for students, the Starlight Face Shield will be permitted to be used by students who have difficulty wearing a cloth facial covering. Parents/students would be responsible for purchasing and caring for the Starlight Face Shield if they choose this option. The Starlight Face Shield is the ONLY face shield that is permitted as an alternative to a cloth facial covering. Visit the following website and scroll down to the Starlight Face Shield to order: https://shieldsourceusa.com/?fbclid=IwAR1a2KNVvPkrqUJ3arVWFl6O7KsQbACp6GbvVl__CjkW2A7aL0mpY4LCOtI
Starlight Face Shield
PPPS EXTENDED COVID-19 LEARNING PLAN
The PPPS Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan describes the District's educational goals, modes of instruction, and general assessment and grading practices for the 2020-21 school year. This plan is reviewed at monthly Board meetings, at which time citizens are able to comment on the plan during public participation.