LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Division of Well being and Human Companies and the Michigan Division of Training despatched a letter to superintendents Thursday urging faculties to take steps to stop the unfold of COVID-19 after winter break.
It’s in anticipation of the extremely transmissible omicron variant and officers say the steps are supposed to maintain faculties open within the coming months.
MDHHS emphasised the significance of everybody 5 and older getting vaccinated in opposition to the virus, together with with a booster dose when eligible. Faculties ought to – the place potential – host vaccine clinics for college students, households, academics and workers.
“Our precedence has remained preserving college students protected,” MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel mentioned. “Kids ages 5 and older now can get vaccinated. Along with vaccination, we strongly suggest common masking for college students, academics and workers. We now have the instruments to maintain Michiganders protected and we should proceed to make use of them.”
Common testing was one other suggestion, serving to determine even asymptomatic people who could also be contagious.
MDHHS is providing speedy antigen testing to Ok-12 faculties by way of the MI Secure Faculties Testing Program and thru the MI Backpack Program, which presents free, at-home COVID-19 checks to college students, their households, academics and college workers.
Well being officers additionally need faculties to evaluation their plans for occasions and gatherings, urging social distancing, distant know-how for big occasions and suspending these occasions that aren’t important.
Massive gatherings would come with occasions with giant numbers of individuals from a number of households, akin to conferences, conferences, sporting occasions and live shows.
Carrying masks (no matter vaccination standing), washing palms usually, sustaining social distance wherever potential and getting workers and college students vaccinated all stay necessary security measures, officers mentioned, with layered methods applied on the similar time offering the best degree of safety.