HEALTH AND WELLNESS
The safety and well-being of all who work, play and learn within our buildings is our top priority in Marysville Public Schools. We regularly consult with officials from St. Clair County Health Department on matters related to public health. We also partner with St. Clair County RESA to ensure consistency in our outreach and communications related to public health.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) COMMUNITY AWARENESS INFORMATION
Although there have been no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Michigan and the current risk is still determined by experts to be low, we recognize the seriousness of this situation.
Rest assured, the Marysville Public School District continues to work closely with and follow guidance from the St Clair County Health Department, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The best prevention for COVID-19, and any other virus, such as the cold or flu, is to:
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
If you are sick, please stay home and avoid contact with others.
For any questions, contact the St Clair County Health Department at (810) 966-4163 or visit https://www.stclaircounty.org/Offices/health/Default.aspx.
What is the Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses (plural) are a family of viruses impacting various species of animals. The specific coronavirus currently making headlines is known as “SARS-CoV-2” and causes a disease that has been abbreviated as “COVID-19.” The virus is spread by air (e.g., coughing and sneezing) and by physical contact (e.g., shaking hands, touching an object contaminated by the virus).
COVID-19 has caused a range of problems, from mild symptoms to severe respiratory illness and death. Symptoms may appear 2‑14 days after exposure and include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.
What is the current risk of contracting the virus?
At this time, most individuals in the United States will have a low risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. Even communities where the virus has been reported as present are at relatively low risk of exposure. It is important to remind school communities that, while healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 and other individuals who are in close contact with persons with COVID‑19 (foreign or domestic) are at an elevated risk of exposure, most individuals in local school communities are not presently at an elevated risk.
Additionally, according to the CDC, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible to the virus than are adults. When communicating with parents, administrators should include this important detail to alleviate parental concerns.
Use good hygiene practice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.
1. Stay home if you are sick, and advise others to do the same.
2. Always cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with a sleeve/
3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
5. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and hot water are not available.
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Dr. Wightman COVID-19 Parent and Staff (Update) 04.06.2020
- Dr. Wightman COVID-19 Parent (Update) 04.02.20
- Dr. Wightman COVID-19 Parent and Staff (Update) 03.30.20
- Dr. Wightman COVID-19 Parent and Staff (Update) 03.25.20
- Dr, Wightman COVID-19 Parent and Staff (Update) 03.24.20
- Dr. Wightman COVID-19 Parent and Staff Letter - 03.23.20
- Dr. Wightman COVID-19-Parent and Staff Letter (Update) 03.19.20
- Dr, Wightman COVID-Parent Letter (Update) 03.13.20
- Dr. Wightman COVID-Staff Letter (Update) 03.12.2020
- Dr. Wightman COVID-Parent Letter (Update) 03.12.2020
- Dr. Wightman COVID-19 Parent Memo 03.09.2020
- Dr. Wightman COVID-19 Staff Memo 03.09.2020
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control
St Clair County Health Department
World Health Organization
Michigan Department of Education
- State Recommends Mitigation Strategies - Michigan.gov
- Flattening the Coronavirus Curve - NY Times
- Flattening the Coronavirus Curve - Detroit Free Press
- How to prepare your home for COVID-19 - NPR
- Talking to Children about COVID-19 - Child Mind Institute
- Talking to Children about COVID - 19 - PBS
- Michigan Coronavirus Guide for Residents
Educational Activities Kids and Resources for Parents
Below are some educational activities for kids, as well as other resources to help parents talk to their children about COVID-19.
30 Days of Families Learning Together: https://30days.familieslearning.org/
Family Time Machine: http://www.familytimemachine.com/
A PBS KIDS Daily newsletter to help parents keep their kids engaged while schools are closed is now available. Each weekday, subscribers receive an email with educational videos, games and related offline activities and tips that families can use at home to encourage play and learning. Sign up here: https://www.pbs.org/parents/pbskidsdaily
On YouTube and YouTube Kids, PBS KIDS offers educational videos from your favorite characters and more, including this Healthy Habits playlist, with clips that explain germs, encourage hand-washing, and more. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa8HWWMcQEGRIZNrcE35Ecp2GHiaBCLIQ
The PBS KIDS 24/7 channel offers anytime access to trusted educational series for kids ages 2-8.
The PBS KIDS Video app (https://pbskids.org/apps/pbs-kids-video.html) is available on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices and offers on-demand educational videos, and a livestream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. No subscription required.
The PBS KIDS Games app offers nearly 200 educational games, which can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. Learn more about these and PBS KIDS’ other apps here: https://pbskids.org/apps/
•PBS KIDS for Parents (https://www.pbs.org/parents) has an Activity Finder (https://www.pbs.org/parents/activity-finder/ages-all/topics-all/shows-all/types-all) that enables parents to search for educational activities based on their child’s age, favorite show or various topics. Resources to support healthy habits and conversations with children about coronavirus and other tough topics are also available on the site.
SHARE ACCURATE INFORMATION
Always share accurate information about a virus and its spread. It is important to remember that stigma and discrimination occur when people associate an infectious
disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality. COVID-19 does not target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial background. Suspected discrimination can be reported to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.