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.

11/25/2020

PPPS was informed today that a student at Paw Paw High School is a "probable case" of COVID-19 and a student at Paw Paw Early Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. These students were directed to quarantine until released by the Health Department. Two other PPPS students were deemed to be in close contact with the positive case individual during the infectious period and were directed to quarantine until released by the Health Department.

11/24/2020

PPPS was informed today that a student at Paw Paw High School is a "probable case" of COVID-19. This student recently became symptomatic after being in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. This student was directed to isolation by the Health Department. Two other PPPS students were deemed to be in close contact with this individual during the potentially infectious period and were directed to quarantine until released by the Health Department.

11/23/2020

PPPS was informed today that a student at Paw Paw Early Elementary School is a "probable case" of COVID-19. This student recently became symptomatic after being in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. This student was directed to isolation by the Health Department. Three other PPPS students were deemed to be in close contact with this individual during the potentially infectious period and have been directed to quarantine until released by the Health Department.

11/22/2020

PPPS was informed today that a staff member at Paw Paw Middle School is a "probable case" of COVID-19. This staff member recently became symptomatic after being in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was directed to isolation by the Health Department. Seven other individuals associated with PPPS were deemed to be in close contact with this individual during the potentially infectious period and have been directed to quarantine until released by the Health Department.

11/20/2020

PPPS was informed today that a staff member at Paw Paw Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member was directed to isolation by the Health Department. Five other individuals associated with PPPS were deemed to be in close contact with this individual during the infectious period and have been directed to quarantine until released by the Health Department.

11/19/2020

PPPS was informed today that a student at Paw Paw High School, a staff member at Paw Paw High School, and a student at Paw Paw Early Elementary School are "probable cases" of COVID-19. All were directed to isolation by the Health Department. These individuals each developed COVID-like symptoms after being in close contact with other individuals who have since tested positive for COVID-19. These three cases are unrelated. Only one other student was determined to be in close contact with the Early Elementary student during the potentially infectious period and has been directed to quarantine. In addition, we were informed today that a middle school student tested positive for COVID-19. This student was directed to isolation by the Health Department. No other individuals associated with PPPS were deemed to be in close contact with the MS student during the infectious period.

11/18/2020

PPPS was informed today that a student at Paw Paw Early Elementary School and a student at Paw Paw High School have tested positive for COVID-19. Both students have been directed to isolation by the Health Department. As a safety precaution, all 18 students and one staff member in the elementary student's classroom are being quarantined until released by the Health Department. Nine additional students are being quarantined as well, as they were deemed to be in close contact with the student during the infectious period. Two other students were deemed to be in close contact with the high school student during the infectious period and have been ordered to quarantine.

11/17/2020

PPPS was informed today that a student at Paw Paw Later Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has been directed to isolation by the Health Department. Nine other students were determined to be in close contact with this student during the infectious period and have been directed to quarantine until released by the Health Department.

11/16/2020

PPPS was informed today that a student at Paw Paw High School has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has been directed to isolation by the Health Department. No other students or staff members were determined to be in close contact with this student during the infectious period.

11/13/2020

PPPS was informed today that a student at Paw Paw Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has been directed to isolation by the Health Department. One other student was determined to be in close contact with this student during the infectious period and has been directed to quarantine until released by the Health Department.

11/12/2020

PPPS was informed today that a staff member at Paw Paw Later Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has been directed to quarantine by the Health Department. No other people associated with PPPS were determined to be in close contact with this staff member during the infectious period.

11/10/2020

PPPS was informed today that a middle school student is considered a "probable case" of COVID-19 as a result of experiencing COVID-like symptoms and recently being in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. As a precautionary measure, 12 additional students were directed to quarantine, as they were identified as possible close contacts, while the contact tracing investigation is being completed.

11/9/2020

PPPS was informed today that two high school students tested positive for COVID-19, and two high school students are considered "probable" cases because they have COVID-like symptoms and were recently in contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19. All four students were directed to quarantine by the Health Department. In addition, four students and one staff member were directed to quarantine for being in close contact with one of these individuals during the infectious period.

PPPS was also informed today that a staff member at Paw Paw Early Elementary School is a "probable" case of COVID-19 because that individual was recently in close contact with a positive case and has since developed COVID-like symptoms. This individual has been directed to quarantine by the Health Department. No other people associated with PPPS were determined to be in close contact with this staff member during the infectious period.

PPPS was informed yesterday that one staff member at Paw Paw Later Elementary and two students at Paw Paw High School have tested positive for COVID-19. As a result of contact tracing for these individuals, two staff members were determined to be in close contact with the PPLE staff member during the infectious period, and five students were determined to be in close contact with one of the PPHS students during the infectious period. At the direction of the Health Department, the three individuals who tested positive and the seven individuals who were close contacts will be quarantined until released to return to school/work.

11/6/2020

Today, PPPS was informed that three high school students tested positive for COVID-19. At the direction of the Health Department, the individuals will be quarantined until released to return to school. As a result of contact tracing for each of these students, nine additional people associated with PPPS have been ordered to quarantine by the health department.

11/4/2020

Today, PPPS was informed that a Paw Paw Later Elementary student tested positive for COVID-19. At the direction of the Health Department, the individual will be quarantined until released to return to school. There were no additional individuals associated with PPPS who were determined to have been in close contact with the student while in the infectious period.

11/3/2020

Today, PPPS was informed that both a high school student and a student at Paw Paw Later Elementary tested positive for COVID-19. At the direction of the Health Department, the individuals will be quarantined until released to return to school. No additional people associated with PPPS were determined to have been in close contact with the high school student, but six students and one staff member have been ordered to quarantine by the health department due to being in close contact with the later elementary student during the infectious period.

11/2/2020

Today, PPPS was informed that a high school student tested positive for COVID-19. At the direction of the Health Department, the individual will be quarantined until released to return to school. There were 19 additional PPPS students and two adults who were determined to have been in close contact with the individual while in the infectious period. These individuals have been contacted and directed to quarantine until cleared to return to school/work by the Health Department.

10/29/2020

Today, PPPS was informed that a high school student tested positive for COVID-19. At the direction of the Health Department, the individual will be quarantined until released to return to school. There were nine additional PPPS students who were determined to have been in close contact with the individual while in the infectious period. Their families have been contacted, and the students have been directed to quarantine until cleared to return to school by the Health Department.

10/28/2020

Today, PPPS was informed that a student has tested positive for COVID-19 and a 2nd student is a "probable case" of COVID-19. Both students attend Paw Paw High school. These two cases are unrelated. The student who is a "probable case" currently has COVID-like symptoms and was determined to have been in close contact last Thursday with a person who has since tested positive for COVID-19. Both of these students have been directed to quarantine until cleared to return to school by the Health Department. Contact tracing on the students has resulted in ten additional students and one staff member being directed to quarantine as well.

10-27-2020

Today, PPPS was informed that a student at Paw Paw Middle School is a "probable case" of COVID-19. This student was determined to be in close contact on Wednesday of last week with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was then immediately placed in quarantine and has not returned to school. Since being in quarantine, the individual has developed COVID-like symptoms. At the direction of the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department, the individual will continue to be quarantined until released to return to school. No one associated with PPPS was determined to be in close contact with this individual during the time when they were potentially infectious.

10-20-2020

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.

10-11-2020

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.

10-1-2020

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.

9-27-2020

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:

CDC COVID-19 Information

Talking to Children About COVID-19

Michigan.gov/coronavirus

Vbcassdhd.org/coronavirus

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.

Bronson

(269) 341-7788

www.bronsonhealth.com/coronavirus-covid-19

Ascension Borgess

(833) 978-0649

www.healthcare.ascension.org

Spectrum Health Lakeland

(616) 391-2380

https://www.spectrumhealthlakeland.org/covid19

*a Chatbot is available online

*Drive-up testing is available but all patients require a physician's order to be tested.

InterCare Health Network

(855) 869-6980

https://www.intercare.org/covid-19.html 

*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

covid flow chart

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

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.

PPPS COVID-19 DISTRICT PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE PLAN

The PPPS COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan documents the protocols and other procedures that will be in place during the 2020-21 school year.