March 12, 2020
Dear South Redford Families and Staff,
As always, student safety and well-being remains the number one priority of the South Redford School District.
The Governor’s office, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), issued Community Mitigation Strategies for slowing down the spread of COVID-19, following the announcement of two confirmed cases in Michigan. We wanted to follow-up on our communication from March 10 and update you on the continued work that South Redford School District is doing to ensure that, as a school district, we continue to be aware and proactive about this health concern.
Below are a few of the Mitigation Strategies being recommended by the Governor and MDHSS as they relate to schools:
- Learn about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
- STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK, and Individuals at risk of severe illness should consider staying at home to avoid others who are sick.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, keyboards, cell phones and light switches.
- Communicate and reinforce best practices for washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes.
- Cancel or postpone large gatherings, conferences and sporting events (e.g., events with over 100 people).
- Educate students and the community about COVID-19 and preventative hygiene practices.
We have been working with local and state agencies, and after discussions and recommendations from these officials, we will begin implementing the following additional actions in the District immediately:
Extracurricular Activities: South Redford School District will postpone or cancel large gatherings, concerts, and sporting events with more than 100 people present. We have made the decision to follow this guideline as it relates to our large after-school and extracurricular events between now through Spring Break (April 10). We will reassess future events at a later time. Principals and building leaders will begin to communicate with their respective school communities about any events that fall within this guideline.
Disinfecting Buses: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses. Durham School Services, along with the District, have agreed to implement daily disinfecting of buses between morning and afternoon routes for the immediate future beginning Thursday, March 12. Durham School Services will be using the Clorox Total 360 System Electrostatic Sprayer System, which seeks airborne particles, in addition to a fine disinfecting mist on the bus seats and floor. The disinfectants used in this system will kill germs, including COVID-19.
Building Cleanliness: In addition to the specific cleaning protocols for infectious diseases that are already in place, our cleaning vendor will reprioritize the contracted daily workload to emphasize frequently touched surfaces (i.e., desktops, tables, doorknobs, and bathrooms), in lieu of non-essential areas (i.e., dusting, light fixtures). In addition to their morning duties, our Plant Engineers (PEs) will be responsible for verifying that the soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers, and hand dryers are full and operational for the duration of the day. The PEs will then restock and reorder supplies as needed throughout the day, in addition to contacting the Manager of Operations and the Building Principal at least daily to indicate issues and verify that the task was done. Additional hand sanitizer stands and related products have been ordered for the high-traffic areas throughout the building, including school offices and cafeterias. They will be placed in these locations as soon as they arrive.
We will continue to stress the importance of good hygiene habits and proper handwashing for our students, including some CDC-endorsed visuals to serve as constant reminders around the school buildings.
The CDC is regularly updating the resources below with timely and factual information about COVID-19:
Also, the MDHHS has this general fact sheet available to learn more about COVID-19:
Wayne County Public Health has also established information lines for residents and employees wishing to speak with someone about COVID-19. Residents can dial 734.287.7870 to reach this information line.
The issues around the COVID-19 virus are developing and evolving quickly. We are committed to continuing regular communication with the South Redford community to keep you updated as more information becomes available. There are currently no plans for school closures in our district. Any absence related to illnesses is considered excused; please be sure to call individual school buildings to report an absence. We are dedicated to making sure that our learning environments remain a safe and healthy place for all students and staff.
Please be patient as we work together to address this health concern in our community. Thank you for your continued support of our South Redford schools!
Superintendent of Schools