The state of Michigan is committed to ensuring that students and educators in Wayne County are as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, the Wayne County Public Health Division, in partnership with the City of Detroit Department of Health, the Wayne Regional Educational Services Agency, and participating Wayne County school district superintendents, have developed a comprehensive roadmap for administrators, faculty, and school staff to help them return to school safely. This roadmap outlines a number of safety protocols that must be followed in order to ensure the safety of everyone involved. These protocols include social distancing measures, such as limiting the number of people in a classroom or other enclosed space; wearing face coverings; frequent handwashing; and regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces.
Additionally, the roadmap recommends that schools consider implementing temperature checks for students and staff upon arrival at school. The roadmap also provides guidance on how to handle potential COVID-19 cases in schools. It recommends that schools have a plan in place for contact tracing and isolation of individuals who may have been exposed to the virus. It also recommends that schools provide clear communication to families about any potential cases and any necessary steps they should take. Finally, the roadmap provides guidance on how schools can safely participate in sports activities. It recommends that schools limit the number of people in attendance at sporting events, require face coverings for all participants and spectators, and ensure that social distancing is maintained at all times.
Additionally, it recommends that schools consider implementing temperature checks for athletes prior to practices or games. The Wayne County Public Health Division is committed to providing ongoing support to Wayne County schools during the pandemic. This document will continue to evolve as the working group meets to refine the guidance in accordance with orders from the state of Michigan.