COVID-19 Coronavirus Preparedness

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All updates and information regarding the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis will be posted to this page as needed. We appreciate your patience and ask that you continue to follow the guidance of the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Lenawee County Health Department as we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community.

LISD COVID-19 Dashboard

Notification Date Number of Confirmed or Probable Cases Building(s) / Location(s) Impacted Quarantine
Action Taken
11/24/2020 1 staff member Local District LISD Classroom (Onsted) None; no school-associated close contacts
11/24/2020 1 staff member LISD TECH Center None; individual was already in quarantine
11/20/2020 1 staff member Local District Special Education (Blissfield) None; individual was already in quarantine
11/20/2020 1 staff member Porter Education Center None; no school-associated close contacts
11/18/2020 1 student LISD TECH Center (morning session) None; no school-associated close contacts
11/17/2020 1 staff member LISD TECH Center 1 student, 2 staff members quarantined through close contact
11/16/2020 2 staff members Trenton Hills Learning Center 17 students, 2 staff members quarantined through close contact
11/16/2020 1 student Porter Education Center 8 students, 4 staff quarantined through close contact
11/16/2020 1 staff member LISD TECH Center 13 students, 1 staff member quarantined; current quarantine extended for 9 students
11/16/2020 1 student LISD TECH Center (morning session) 6 students quarantined through close contact
11/12/2020 1 student Local District LISD Classroom (Tecumseh) None; no school-associated close contacts
11/11/2020 3 students, 1 staff member LISD TECH Center 59 individuals quarantined; distance learning 11/12-11/20. Full 11/11 Update
11/06/2020 1 student
 
LISD TECH Center
(afternoon session)
8 students, 2 staff members quarantined; distance learning through 11/16/2020
11/06/2020 1 student LISD TECH Center
(morning session)
None; no school-associated close contacts
10/30/2020 1 student LISD TECH Center (morning session) 1 student quarantined through close contact
10/28/2020 1 student LISD TECH Center (morning session) 2 students quarantined through close contact
10/26/2020 1 student LISD TECH Center (morning session) 6 students quarantined through close contact at home district
10/25/2020 1 staff member Porter Education Center 2 staff members quarantined
10/21/2020 1 student LISD TECH Center None; individual was already in quarantine
10/16/2020 1 student Local District LISD Classroom (Madison) None; no school-associated close contacts
10/16/2020 1 staff member Transportation None; individual was already in quarantine
10/15/2020 1 student LISD TECH Center (Adult Learning) Classroom shifted to distance learning for 14 days
10/10/2020 1 staff member LISD TECH Center None; individual was already in quarantine
10/10/2020 1 student LISD TECH Center None; no school-associated close contacts
10/10/2020 1 staff member Porter Education Center 2 classrooms shifted to distance learning for 14 days
10/05/2020 1 student Local District LISD Classroom (Adrian) None; individual was already in quarantine
10/02/2020 1 student Maurice Spear Campus None; no school-associated close contacts
09/26/2020 1 staff member Transportation 1 staff member quarantined
09/11/2020 1 student LISD TECH Center (Adult Learning) Classroom shifted to distance learning for 14 days


Including the cases described above, during the 2020-2021 school year, the LISD has been informed by the Health Department of 30 confirmed and/or probable school-associated cases of COVID-19 amongst students, teachers, staff members, volunteers, or any other person who was present on school property.

MDHHS Emergency Order, effective November 18, 2020

LISD Community,

As you may already know from Governor Whitmer's press conference on Sunday, November 15th, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services issued a new emergency order effective November 18th, 2020. This order included new guidance for schools, including a pause on all in-person learning for high school classes.

Based on this order, the following instructional changes will be implemented beginning Wednesday, November 18th:

  • The LISD TECH Center remote learning period for all regular LISD TECH Center AM & PM classes will be extended through Tuesday, December 8th, 2020.
  • Work-Based Learning (co-op, work experience, and custom class), Adult Learning, LISD PREP Academy, and the JC/LISD Academy will also shift to remote learning through December 8th. The LISD TECH Center campus will be closed to the public and nonessential staff during this period.

Due to the rising number of cases in the county and the district, and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our students and staff, the LISD will also be suspending in-person special education therapy services for children ages birth through 5, including Early On and other screenings and assessments. These services will be provided remotely through December 8th.

Center-based special education programs will continue to operate in-person at the Milton C. Porter Education Center, Trenton Hills Learning Center, HOPE Center, Project SEARCH, ATSS, and the Maurice Spear Campus education program. LISD PreK-12 special education classrooms in local districts will continue to operate following each district’s specific learning plan. The LISD will continue to monitor local data and any further guidance from the state, and communicate any additional instructional changes as necessary.

As we enter cold and flu season and the upcoming holiday season, this is a critical time for our community. It is important to continue following public health guidance, including washing your hands, wearing a facial covering, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and screening your child daily. If your child is experiencing any symptoms or has had contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, please keep them home, notify the school district, and contact your healthcare provider or the Lenawee County Health Department to determine if testing is needed.

November 16, 2020 LISD COVID-19 Cases

In the last 24 hours, the LISD was informed of five confirmed and/or probable cases of COVID-19 in the district. All students and staff identified for quarantine through contact tracing will be contacted individually.

  • A staff member in an instructional setting at Trenton Hills Learning Center has tested positive, and another staff member is considered probable. As a result, 17 students and 2 additional staff members have been identified for quarantine through close contact.
  • A student at the Milton C. Porter Education Center campus has tested positive. As a result, 8 additional students and 4 staff members have been identified for quarantine through close contact. 
  • A LISD TECH Center staff member in an instructional setting has tested positive. As a result, 13 students and 1 staff member have been identified for quarantine through close contact. Additionally, the current quarantine period for 9 other students has been extended.
  • A student in the LISD TECH Center morning session has tested positive. As a result, 6 additional students have been identified for quarantine through close contact .

Including these new cases, during the 2020-2021 school year, the LISD has been informed by the Health Department of 24 confirmed and/or probable school-associated cases of COVID-19.

Today, November 11th, 2020, the LISD was informed of two positive cases of COVID-19 in the district. A LISD TECH Center staff member in an instructional setting has tested positive, and a LISD TECH Center student in the morning session has tested positive. Contact tracing is underway, and an estimated 50 individuals will be identified for quarantine through close contact.

Due to the large number of impacted students and staff members, all regular LISD TECH Center AM and PM classes, including programs at the Center for a Sustainable Future, will be shifting to distance learning beginning Thursday, November 12th through Friday, November 20th. Custom classes, Work-Based Learning, Adult Learning, LISD PREP Academy, the JC/LISD Academy, and all other LISD programs will continue to operate normally.

This is a critical time for our entire community. It is important to continue following public health guidance by washing your hands, wearing a facial covering, social distancing, and screening your child daily. If your child is experiencing any symptoms or has had contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, please keep them home, notify the school district, and contact your healthcare provider or the Lenawee County Health Department to determine if testing is needed.

LISD Statement on K-5th Grade Facial Coverings

Late Friday, October 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the Governor did not have the authority under state law to issue emergency declarations related to the COVID-19 pandemic after April 30, 2020. This action by the Court invalidated most (if not all) of the Governor’s executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic that were issued after April 30, 2020, many of which have guided the return to school this fall.

As a result of the Supreme Court’s action, yesterday, Monday, October 5th, the Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD) was prepared to discontinue the requirement that LISD elementary-aged students wear a face covering while in the classroom. This was due to the fact that the District did not include this requirement in its COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.

Late Monday, October 5th, the Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency order requiring all K-12 students who are five years of age or older wear a face covering at all times while indoors. This order was made under statutory authority granted to the Director in Michigan’s Public Health Code (see MCL 333.2253). The order took immediate effect and will remain in effect through October 30, 2020. 

As a result of this action, the LISD will require elementary-aged students to wear face coverings while in the classroom at least through October 30th.

LISD Statement Regarding the Michigan Supreme Court's Ruling on the Governor's Emergency Powers

Late Friday, October 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the Governor did not have the authority under state law to issue emergency declarations related to the COVID-19 pandemic after April 30, 2020. This action by the Court has raised a number questions regarding the validity of the Governor’s executive orders, many of which have guided the return to school this fall.

The Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD) Board of Education has adopted and re-confirmed at their October 5, 2020, regular meeting a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan and Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan, which have and will – at least for the immediate future – continue to guide the District’s operations as it relates to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. These measures are intended to provide for the health and safety of all LISD students and staff and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community.

The District is actively engaged with its legal counsel and will continue to review and react to guidance issued by statewide education associations and other authorities, including any authoritative directives related to COVID-19. Additionally, the District remains in close contact with the Lenawee County Health Department.  

To the extent that changes are made to the District’s instructional strategies and/or safety measures related to COVID-19, such will be communicated with you. Until that time, the LISD’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan and Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan remain in effect.

Students and parents must continue to conduct a self-screening for COVID-19 signs or symptoms daily, and students must stay home from school if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or they have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that require the student to remain home from school include:

  • One or more of the following: a new or worsening cough (excluding chronic cough due to a known medical reason or allergies), shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, new loss of taste or smell.
  • Two or more of the following: chills or shivering, fatigue, abdominal pain, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

We appreciate your patience and ask that you continue to follow the guidance of the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Lenawee County Health Department as we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community.

Face Coverings (effective October 5, 2020)

On Friday, September 25, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-185, which amended Executive Order 2020-142 to now require that, beginning on Monday October 5, 2020, all students in grades kindergarten and up wear a face covering when in classrooms, except during meals and unless face coverings cannot be medically tolerated. Executive Order 2020-142 only required that students in grades six and up wear a face covering when in the classroom.  

As a result of this change, LISD students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade will be required to wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose at all times while in the classroom beginning on Monday, October 5, 2020. Students are encouraged to provide their own cloth face masks, however, if a student does not have a mask, a face mask will be provided for him/her by the school.

Students who are medically unable to tolerate a face mask, must provide the LISD with a mask exemption form that is completed by the student’s healthcare provider. A mask exemption form may be obtained from your child’s school.

When to Stay Home from School or Work if You Have Been Tested for COVID-19

The Lenawee County Health Department (“Health Department”) has requested that individuals who have undergone COVID-19 testing not attend school or work until a negative test result is received, in which case you may return to school or work if your signs or symptoms of illness have improved.

***This does not apply if you are undergoing routine/regular testing for your job or for another reason, provided that you do not have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and that you have not been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person.

***Even if you have tested negative for COVID-19, if you have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person, you must quarantine at home for 14 days from the last time that you were in close contact with the COVID-19 positive person.

Information About Probably or Confirmed COVID-19 Positive Individual on LISD Property

In accordance with the requirements of EO 2020-185, the LISD will publish information about any known cases of a probable or confirmed COVID-19 positive individual being present on LISD property or at a LISD function during the period of infection to the LISD website and as otherwise directed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

In accordance with several of Michigan Governor Whitmer's Executive Orders, along with guidance provided by the Lenawee County Health Department, individuals are required to complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to accessing a LISD building each time Prior to accessing a LISD building each time (in the case of employees or contracted service providers, prior to beginning the work day.

LISD COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire

Screening Questionnaire (Print Version)

Updated 10-19-2020

LISD COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan (Workplace)

This COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan (hereinafter, “Plan”) was developed in accordance with the requirements of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration Emergency Rules related to COVID-19 dated October 14, 2020, which requires employers to develop and implement a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, consistent with the current guidance for COVID-19 from the US Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) and recommendations in “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, developed by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”).

 

Original Post 08-26-2020
Updated 09-28-2020

At the direction of the Lenawee County Health Department, the LISD is requiring that all parents/guardians of a LISD student sign a COVID-19 daily screening agreement, which indicates that the parent/guardian (or, if developmentally appropriate, student) will conduct a daily at-home screening. A copy of the daily screener agreement is linked below. Please complete the agreement and return it to your child’s LISD school/educational program at your earliest convenience. Additionally, we’ve linked a Quick Reference Guide to help determine when a student should stay home from school and when the student will be able to return to school.

Students who answer yes to any one of the screening questions must be kept home from school, and the parent/guardian should call the school to let them know why their child will be absent.  If they are symptomatic or if they have had contact with a COVID-19 individual, the parent/guardian should also call their healthcare provider right away to determine if testing is needed. If they do not have a healthcare provider, they may contact the Lenawee County Health Department at (517) 264-5226, Option 5 to speak with a Public Health Nurse.

Finally, the LISD is working to implement a screening application that will be available for student use via the internet and/or a downloadable app. This will require parents/guardians to complete the daily screening process through the use of that tool. Additional information will be shared as soon as that application is available for use.

Student Daily Screening Agreement - 2020-2021 School Year

Quick Reference Guide - When to Stay Home from School

On August 20, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed House Bill 5913 into law as Public Act 149. Section 98a states that in order to receive state aid for 2020-2021, districts must provide for instruction under an extended COVID-19 Learning Plan (“Plan”) that has been approved by an intermediate district or authorizing body. The Plan does not replace the District’s/PSA’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, it is an additional plan that includes new assurances and sections on educational goals, instructional delivery, grading, and equitable access. This Plan was adopted by the LISD Board of Education at the September 14, 2020 regular meeting.

LISD Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan

Updated 08-04-2020

LISD COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

LISD COVID-19 Plan Summary

The LISD COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan includes instructional models, safety precautions, and other protocols for a return to learning in all six phases of the MI Safe Start Plan. This plan was created to meet the requirements of Executive Order 2020-142. This plan was developed utilizing the MI Safe Schools Roadmap, with additional guidance from the Lenawee County health Department and input from LISD staff, students, and families.

Updated 09-29-2020

Face-to-Face Instruction vs. Distance Learning

If I don’t feel comfortable sending my child to school, are there remote learning options available?

If Lenawee County remains in phases 4 or 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan, the District intends to be open for in-person instruction to students with safety precautions in place. We believe that in-person instruction provides the best opportunity for students to maximize their educational experience. This is particularly true for many of our career and technical education programs at the LISD TECH Center, which often require hands-on learning. Additionally, many of the therapies and other services that our staff provide to students are delivered and received best when done in-person. However, we also recognize that some families may not feel comfortable having their children in school under the circumstances. If that is the case, please contact your child’s school as soon as possible to discuss what alternative options may be available for your child. Although the LISD cannot guarantee that the quality of the educational program and/or services will be equal to that which is provided to those students who are attending school in-person, each LISD educational program and service will be prepared to concurrently deliver remote options for students who are unable to attend school in-person.

My child is unable to attend school due to a mandatory quarantine, will he/she fall behind?

Each LISD educational program and service will be prepared to concurrently deliver remote instruction to students who are unable to attend school in-person, even while other students are. Students who are unable to physically attend school due to a mandatory quarantine and/or isolation will be provided with opportunities to continue their participation in the educational program remotely. This may include participating in live lessons through video conferencing and/or watching recorded lessons at another time. Students may also be asked to meet with an instructor or other LISD staff member via video conference or telephone and may be required to complete work through an online platform such as Google Classroom. No student will be disciplined or otherwise punished due to his/her inability to attend school in-person as the result of a mandatory quarantine and/or isolation related to COVID-19. However, students should attempt to remain engaged during that time to the maximum extent possible under the circumstances, and students who fail to remain engaged, without valid reasoning for such (i.e. illness), may find that their grades suffer.

How will special education programs and services be provided remotely?

The LISD will provide special education programs and services to students in accordance with the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) to the maximum extent feasible under the circumstances. This will include the creation of a continuation of services plan for each student with an IEP. In some instances, remote instruction and/or the continuation of services may require revisions to the student’s IEP.

Student evaluations and therapies may occur through the use of video conferencing services where the student and therapist are able to connect in real-time through the use of technology. In some cases, parents/guardians may be asked to assist the therapist in the provision of services to the child.

To the extent feasible, the LISD will loan assistive devices to students who require such for their use in their educational program/service.

If school is remote, will it look like it did in the spring of 2020?

Generally speaking, no. We expect that the educational programs and services available to students during periods of remote instruction will be more robust than what was provided for most students in the spring of 2020. Furthermore, student expectations will be greater than those in the spring of 2020, and students will continue to be assessed and graded for their work and engagement in the educational program.

We do not have reliable internet service and/or an internet ready device, how will my child participate in remote learning?

Please contact your child’s school or teacher as soon as possible. The LISD has purchased internet-ready devices and internet service hotspots which will be available to be temporarily loaned to students for completion of school-related activities. In the event that an internet-ready device and/or internet service hotspot is unable to be provided, the LISD will develop alternate means to provide continued instruction, work, and student engagement opportunities that do not require the use of technology and/or the internet. 

How will student evaluations occur?

Student evaluations that are able will occur in accordance with evaluation timelines through the use of video conferencing and/or through the use of technology. If an evaluation cannot be performed through the use of video conferencing and/or other technology, the evaluation will occur as soon as possible after students are able to return for in-person instruction. 

Face Coverings

My child cannot wear a face mask because of a medical condition, what do I do?

You must provide the LISD with written documentation from your child’s physician or another qualified healthcare provider indicating that your child is unable to wear a face mask and describing what medical condition prevents the child from wearing a face mask and under what circumstances. Unless the LISD has written documentation from a qualified healthcare provider, students will be expected to wear a face mask in accordance with the LISD’s then-current COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.

If my child refuses to wear a face mask, what will happen? Will my child be disciplined?

It is the intention of the LISD to start from a place of education and to encourage student compliance. Additionally, if a student does not have or has forgotten his/her face mask, the LISD will provide a disposable face mask for his/her use. If a student continues to defy the request of school officials and the requirements of the District’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, the student will be disciplined in accordance with the LISD’s COVID-19 Student Handbook Supplement and the Student Code of Conduct. Students who continue to refuse to wear a face mask without a valid medical exception may be suspended and/or expelled from school.

Do we have to provide our own face masks?

It is our hope and request that students will provide their own cloth, reusable face mask and/or disposable face masks, however, students who are unable to provide such will be provided with a face mask by the LISD. Please place your child’s name on the inside of their cloth/reusable face mask(s).

Will there be opportunities for my child to remove his/her face mask, even temporarily?

The LISD will work to identify safe ways in which students are able to temporarily remove their face masks during the school day, although we cannot guarantee that these opportunities will be present every day. During periods of nice weather, students may be taken outside where they may be able to remove their face mask if they are able to continuously physical/social distance.

Physical/Social Distancing

Will students be expected to social/physical distance at all times?

Yes. We will be asking all persons, including students, to remain at least six feet from other persons to the maximum extent possible under the circumstances at all times. This will frequently be reinforced through signage, physical markings, and other educational strategies.

Are there circumstances where students will not be able to physical/social distance?

The LISD is unique in that many of our classrooms/laboratories provide sufficient room for student desks/tables to be spaced at least six feet apart. Additionally, most LISD programs tend to have smaller class sizes than those that are found within most local school districts. This also allows for more physical/social distancing. Despite this, there will be circumstances where students may not be able to physical/social distance. These situations will be minimized to the maximum extent feasible. Students who continually disregard physical/social distancing requirements will be disciplined in accordance with the LISD’s COVID-19 Student Handbook Supplement and the Student Code of Conduct.

Personal Hygiene

My child is allergic to, or otherwise sensitive to, hand sanitizers, can he/she wash his/her hands instead?

Any person who is unable to use hand sanitizer should engage in more frequent hand washing. Students must wash their hands upon entering the school and should engage in frequent handwashing with soap and water throughout the school day. Students who will be riding the school bus must have their hands washed with soap and water immediately prior to getting on the school bus each day. 

Cleaning

Will my child be expected to clean desks, tables, and/or school equipment?

In some cases, students enrolled in programs at the LISD TECH Center, JC/LISD Academy, and/or LISD PREP Academy may be asked to wipe down equipment and/or student desks/tables in between use. Students who are asked to clean desk, tables, and/or school equipment will be provided with disposable gloves and EPA-approved cleaning and/or disinfecting spray or wipes. In these cases, student assistance will be requested to help create a safer environment for the student.

Younger children will not be asked to clean and/or disinfect any spaces. This will be performed by LISD staff members in accordance with the requirements of the LISD’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.

COVID-19 Screening Protocols

Do I have to keep my child home from school if he/she has any sign or symptom of illness?

Out of an abundance of caution, the LISD and Lenawee County Health Department are requesting that students remain home from school if they have symptoms of illness. This is especially true if the child is experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19, which currently include: cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, chills, muscle aches, body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, new loss of smell/taste, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.

If the child has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, the parent/guardian should contact the child’s healthcare provider as soon as possible to determine if the child should be tested for COVID-19.

How long does my child have to stay home from school if he or she has a sign or symptom of illness?

A child who had symptoms of illness must remain home from school until one of the following conditions is met:

  • The child has gone at least 24 hours without a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication; the child’s symptoms have improved; and it has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared; OR
  • The child has been seen by a healthcare provider and the healthcare provider has provided an alternative diagnosis to COVID-19 for the child’s symptoms and the healthcare provider has provided written authorization for the child to return to school. The written authorization from the child’s healthcare provider must be provided to the school.  

Will my child fall behind while he/she misses school?

Each LISD educational program and service will be prepared to concurrently deliver remote instruction to students who are unable to attend school in-person, even while other students are. Students who are unable to physically attend school due to a mandatory quarantine and/or isolation will be provided with opportunities to continue their participation in the educational program remotely. This may include participating in live lessons through video conferencing and/or watching recorded lessons at another time. Students may also be asked to meet with an instructor or other LISD staff member via video conference or telephone and may be required to complete work through an online platform such as Google Classroom. No student will be disciplined or otherwise punished due to his/her inability to attend school in-person as the result of a mandatory quarantine and/or isolation related to COVID-19. However, students should attempt to remain engaged during that time to the maximum extent possible under the circumstances, and students who fail to remain engaged, without valid reasoning for such (i.e. illness), may find that their grades suffer.

Will my child be penalized if he/she is forced to miss an excessive amount of school because we are being extra cautious?

Generally speaking, no, but the child must remain actively engaged in the educational program remotely to the maximum extent possible under the circumstances. If a child is ill, the child will not be expected to remain engaged during the period of illness, however, if the child has minor symptoms, he/she should participate in the educational program remotely to the maximum extent possible.

My child may have been in close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, what should I do?

Pursuant to guidance from the Lenawee County Health Department, the child must quarantine for 14 days since the child was in close contact with the COVID-19 positive person. If this occurs, please contact the school at your earliest possible convenience. Please be prepared to share information about when and where your child was in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person and when that individual tested positive. Please also be prepared to share any symptoms of COVID-19 that your child is experiencing with the school, if any. This will allow the school to notify the appropriate people without identifying the COVID-19 positive individual and/or your child.

What happens when someone tests positive for COVID-19?

If my child tests positive for COVID-19, how long will he/she have to miss school?

Pursuant to guidance from the Lenawee County Health Department, the COVID-19 positive student and all of his/her household members (including any siblings) will be immediately prohibited from coming to school.

The confirmed COVID-19 positive student must isolate at home and will be prohibited from returning to school until all of the following are met:

  • At least 24 hours have passed since the child had a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher without fever-reducing medication;
  • The child’s symptoms have improved;
  • It has been at least 10 days since the child’s symptoms first appeared; and
  • The child has been cleared to return to school by the Lenawee County Health Department.

Household members of the COVID-19 positive person must remain quarantined and are prohibited from returning to school for 14 days after their last date of close contact (defined as being within six feet of the COVID-19 person for a period of 15 minutes or more) with the COVID-19 positive person.

If another child or staff member in my child’s classroom tests positive for COVID-19, will my child need to be quarantined?

This depends. The LISD will work with the Lenawee County Health Department to perform contact tracing on any COVID-19 student or staff member. The LISD will seek to determine which persons were within six feet of the COVID-19 positive student or staff member for a period of 15 minutes or more during the period beginning two days prior to the appearance of the COVID-19 positive individual’s symptoms or COVID-19 positive test if the individual is asymptomatic. Any person who was determined to have been within six feet of the COVID-19 positive individual for a period of 15 minutes or more during the period beginning two days prior to the appearance of the COVID-19 positive individual symptoms or COVID-19 positive test if the individual is asymptomatic will be required to quarantine and are prohibited from returning to school for 14 days after their last date of close contact (defined as being within six feet of the COVID-19 person for a period of 15 minutes or more) with the COVID-19 positive person.

Does the school have to inform the families of students when a child is excluded from school because of COVID-19, or does the Health Department do that?

The LISD has a communication plan for how to respond with any LISD student and/or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. Written communication will be made with all individuals who are regularly present within the school and/or LISD building informing them that someone from within the school and/or building has tested positive for COVID-19 (in some cases, this information may be shared district wide). Individuals who may have been in close contact with the COVID-19 positive individual will receive more direct communication typically in the form of a phone call and letter with additional guidance.

12. How many people have to be sick with COVID-19 before a school closes?

The LISD administration will work closely with the Lenawee County Health Department to make this determination. There are a number of factors that may come into play in making this decision, but the primary concern will be the health and safety of all students and staff.

Will the LISD identify individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

No. To the maximum extent allowable under the circumstances, the LISD will attempt to keep the identity of any person who tests positive for COVID-19 confidential and only those individuals who have a legitimate need to know will be informed of such.

On Monday, August 3, 2020, the Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD) Board of Education adopted a plan for returning to school for the 2020-2021 school year. This plan includes face-to-face instruction as allowed when the school year begins on August 31, along with significant precautions intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep students and staff safe to the extent possible under the circumstances.

This summer, Governor Gretchen Whitmer unveiled the MI Safe Start Plan, a guide outlining a phasing structure as the state progresses through the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, on June 30, the MI Safe Schools: 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap was provided to educators as they develop their own return to school plans based on each of the six phases from the MI Safe Start Plan. This structure, along with guidance from the Lenawee County Health Department and input from LISD staff, students, and family members, helped develop the LISD’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.

“Our top priority remains the health and wellbeing of our students, families, and staff, and we believe this plan allows us to do that while providing a quality education,” said Mark Haag, LISD Superintendent. “We recognize that live instruction provides the best opportunity for social-emotional and academic growth and look forward to continue supporting our learners in the upcoming school year.”

“We appreciate the efforts of our students, family, and LISD staff to continue to adapt to the educational changes we have seen over the last several months,” said Richard Germond, LISD Board President. “We remain vigilant in our efforts to protect our students and staff and ask for your continued understanding and help as we work collectively to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

Currently, Lenawee County remains in Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan. In this phase, the LISD’s plan includes the following components:

  • Face-to-face instruction for all LISD programs, with an ability to support mandated services remotely as needed;
  • Facial mask requirements for all persons over the age of two years who are medically able while on the school bus, in any other LISD vehicle, and while present in the common areas of the building, and additional mask requirements for students in grades 6-12 while in a classroom/laboratory;
  • Physical/social distancing to the maximum extent feasible under the circumstances at all times. LISD classrooms and laboratories will be set up in a way that student desks/tables are at least six feet apart to the maximum extent feasible;
  • Regular opportunities for and education on handwashing/sanitizing will be built into student schedules;
  • LISD facilities/maintenance staff will clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces every four hours during school/building use, and LISD classrooms/laboratories/vehicles will be cleaned after each period;
  • Daily screening protocols for all LISD staff, contracted service providers, and visitors, as well as at-home screening protocols for students and families to follow; and
  • Guidance for staff and students who test positive for or develop any symptoms related to COVID-19.

LISD families will play a key role in this process by following recommended guidelines at home and supporting these precautions at school, including screening, facial masks, and personal hygiene. It is also important to remember that, although the LISD is currently planning to host in-person instruction this fall, there is still the possibility of needing to close a classroom, school building or the district due to an outbreak of illness. Additionally, there is the possibility increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases may require Governor Whitmer to return our region or the state back to Phase 3 of the MI Safe Start Plan - meaning that school buildings will not be open to students and instruction must occur remotely. As always, the LISD will provide updates through a variety of communication channels.

Please continue to follow all COVID-19 health and safety recommendations from the Lenawee County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Cleaning your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Putting distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet);
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a face mask when around others;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean your hands after throwing away the tissue; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched objects and surfaces daily.

It is the LISD’s goal to ensure equitable access to education for all students while continuing to maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone in our school community. The full LISD COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan and additional information is available on the LISD website.