COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

COVID-19 DASHBOARD as of November 20, 2020

To protect the health of our School Community and per the Emergency Order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Reporting of Confirmed and Probable Cases of COVID-19 at Schools on October 6, 2020, Alpena Public Schools will use this webpage to provide Public Notice to our School Community regarding School Associated Cases of COVID-19. Within 24 hours of being notified of a School Associated Case by the Department of Health District No. 4 this dashboard will be updated to include new and cumulative COVID-19 case counts. Individuals identified as Close Contacts of School Associated Cases will be notified separately and directly by District Health Department No. 4.

STATUS OF INSTRUCTION AND SCHOOL-SPONSORED FUNCTIONS

Reference: Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253

Instruction:  Middle and High Schools students are 100%  transitioning to remote learning through December 8, 2020.

K-5 transitioning to remote learning starting Monday, November 23 through December 9.

School-Sponsored Functions:  Sporting events canceled through December 8, 2020.

Building   Probable  Cases   Confirmed  Cases

 

Cumulative Confirmed Cases

 

Last Date Reported

by DHD#4

     
 AHS 4 2 2 11/12/20
 TBJH 2 0 0 11/13/20
ACES 0 0 0  
Anna Besser 1 0

0

11/19/20
Hinks 0 0 0  
Lincoln 0 1 1 11/09/20
Sanborn 1 0 0 09/21/20
Ella White 2 2 2 11/19/20
Wilson 0 0 0  
APS District 10 5 5  

 

 SCHOOL ASSOCIATED COVID-19 CASES

As a result of a school-associated positive at Ella White, and a school-associated probable at Besser, DHD#4 directed students and staff in two classrooms to quarantine. These and other existing quarantines include staff members that are essential for transportation. 

Therefore, due to the staffing situation and the current trend of COVID-19, all elementary students and staff will be transitioned to 100% Remote Learning starting on Friday, November 20, 2020. Live online instruction will not begin for elementary students until Monday, November 23. Students will return to school tentatively on Thursday, December 10. 

We are working closely with the District Health Department #4 to identify Close Contacts of School Associated Cases of COVID-19. Anyone identified as a Close Contact will be notified by the health department as a part of the COVID-19 investigation process.

Staff, students, and parents/caregivers are advised to monitor for the onset of symptoms related to COVID-19, including fever, cough, difficulty breathing, headache, diarrhea, new fatigue, or loss of taste or smell.  If you notice any change in health, please stay home and call your regular medical provider.

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE

We recommend taking action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if staff members or students are not experiencing symptoms:

  • Wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) while in public places or if people who do not live with you must visit your home.
  • Practice social distancing (maintaining a distance of 6 feet apart).
  • Practice frequent hand washing (using soap for 20 seconds or hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol).
  • Follow capacity restrictions of social gatherings.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with the inside of your elbow and immediately wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick; you can also get tested.
  • Answer the phone if the health department contacts you, as a contact tracer may be trying to reach you with important information.

This information does not mean you should quarantine or isolate. Those members of the School Community who were or are suspected to have been in Close Contact with a School Associated Case will be notified by District Health Department No. 4 or you can call MI COVID HELP or Trace Force at 1-866-806-3447 to obtain contact tracing and quarantine information. Trace Force is a fast, reliable way to get quarantine answers.  

Thank you for understanding that, due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the names of the individuals with COVID-19. We will continue to communicate changes and updates with you.  With your participation, we believe we can maintain a safe environment while also providing quality education.

If you have any questions, contact District Health Department No. 4 at  989-356-4507. For answers to your COVID-19 questions, please call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

Info About the 10/29/2020 DHHS Face Mask Order

See the following page on the State of Michigan website:

External LinkMDHSS Epidemic Orders

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

The Board of Education approved a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan in accordance with State of Michigan guidelines on Thursday, August 13, 2020.

PDF DocumentCOVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

PDF DocumentPresentation to the Board of Education

The document below is our approved and signed Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan dated September 13, 2020 and the required Assurances document:

PDF DocumentAPS Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan (signed)

PDF DocumentAPS Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan Assurances (signed)

On October 19, 2020 the Board of Education reconfirmed the Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan as required each month during the 2020-21 school year. [Board minutes available on the Board of Education page or by request from the Board Secretary, Lorie Kneeshaw.

10.19.20 APS Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan Reconfirmation Report

11.16.20 APS Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan Reconfirmation Report

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