The Art House Plans & Prepares
March 10, 2020 –
Dear Art House Families, Staff and Community,
The health and well-being of our students, families and staff is of great importance to all of us. We understand the rising concern over the spread of the novel Coronavirus 2019, and its potential impact on our programs. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory virus much like the flu and is highly contagious. Symptoms include severe cough, fever and difficulty breathing.
While there have been no reported cases in Michigan thus far, Governor Whitmer has activated the State Emergency Operation Center to coordinate with federal, state, and local agencies to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We are closely monitoring and adhering to the guidance that is emerging from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and our local health departments.
First and foremost, the CDC and MDHHS recommend that everyone practice basic prevention, the same precautions encouraged to prevent spread of the flu or common cold, which include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or your sleeve) when coughing.
- Place used tissue in a waste basket and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick and contact your health provider.
In addition to adopting the letter and practices taken by Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher of the Northville Public Schools, the Northville Art House has developed a protocol of cleaning table before and after class and an emphasis on more frequent cleaning of touchpoints (i.e. doorknobs, railings, frequently touched surfaces). There is hand sanitizer as well as gloves available for use. If you are not feeling well, we recommend that you stay at home.
With regard to families who have recently traveled or will travel to countries with coronavirus outbreaks, protocols have been established by the Centers for Disease Control for individuals returning to the United States. The protocol includes notification to state and local health departments, who in turn, also coordinate with school districts.
For your information, click on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. For additional information, along with updates, please refer to the following websites:
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
We are continuing to plan and prepare for the possibility of impact here in Michigan and in our community, and to identify strategies for minimizing disruption to teaching and learning, while also protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and families.
We also ask that, as a community, we remain mindful of the negative, hurtful impact of rumor, misinformation and/or comments directed at individuals perceived to be at risk for exposure, whether it be in person, or via social media. We will remain vigilant in monitoring the ongoing guidance provided by our health officials, and in sharing timely and accurate information. As always, we value our strong community partnership as we work together with our students, staff, families and community to promote the safety, health and well-being of all.