Partnership unveils back to school roadmap for Wayne County and Detroit School Districts

Virtual Binder is designed to help administrators navigate COVID-19 concern

  • Roadmap was provided to the 33 school districts within Wayne County, including Detroit
  • Virtual Binder offers guidance within each phase of the MI Safe Start Plan
  • Document includes recommendations on face coverings, screening tools and scenarios with action steps
  • Resource supports local school district administrators in minimizing COVID-19 transmission among staff and students

In preparation for schools opening this fall, the Detroit Health Department, Wayne County Public Health Division, and Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency (Wayne RESA), has released a comprehensive COVID-19 virtual guide to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 for public school districts, charter schools and private schools in Wayne County and Detroit.

The collaborative body met and reviewed guidance across regions, applied best practices ensuring alignment with State of Michigan orders to create a strong recommended resource for school districts – charter, public and private – as they navigate the pandemic.

“It is important that we work together with our schools as planning partners before kids return to the classrooms,” says Wayne County Public Health Officer, Carol Austerberry. “This document provides a way forward for our education leaders and schools.”

For Detroit and other Wayne County districts, the partners have also created weekly reports of COVID-19 metrics as another tool to assist school administrators to monitor the transmission of the disease in the community. These metrics will assist schools with making decisions on what actions to consider for instruction models. These weekly reports are distributed to all superintendents and are available on the Wayne County and City of Detroit websites.

“This is not a one and done approach as this resource is intended to be a living document to reflect the latest protocols and resources so that educators and students are protected throughout the school year,” says Chief Public Health Officer, Denise Fair, Detroit Health Department. “I look forward to continue working collaboratively with fellow public health officials toward this end.”

“This is an essential tool for school administrators as they navigate the obstacles of this pandemic while still providing critical educational services to our students and their families,” says Wayne RESA Deputy Superintendent, Steven Ezikian.

The roadmap is also available to the public on the Detroit Health Department, Wayne County Health Division and Wayne RESA COVID-19 resource webpages.
 

Public health agencies continue to encourage residents to protect themselves from COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and following basic preventive measures including:

  • Washing your hands frequently with soap & water or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Covering your mouth and nose with your inner elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • Wearing a mask or facial covering in public
  • Staying home if you’re feeling sick
  • Avoid large crowds.

For more information on COVID-19 Response contact: Detroit Health Department online  313-876-4000; Wayne County online or by dialing 2-1-1 or 734-287-7870, M–F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Media Contacts

Vickie Winn
City of Detroit
(313) 400-7107
[email protected]

Michael McElrath
Wayne County
(313) 303-5042
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Steven Ezikian
Wayne RESA
(734) 334-1451
[email protected]