By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Published Wednesday, March 4, 2020
The Huron School District says it is prepared in the event that the coronavirus spreads to the Huron Township community.
Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron Schools, released a letter Wednesday saying the district is monitoring the coronavirus situation and is continuing to follow their regular cleaning and disinfecting protocols within school buildings.
As of March 4, there are no confirmed coronavirus infections in Michigan.
Rowe said the intent of the letter is not to induce panic, but to let those in the district know Huron Schools are prepared.
Here is the full letter from the superintendent:
Dear Huron Families,
Many of you have been following the news from around the world and within the United States regarding COVID-19 (formerly known as the Novel Coronavirus 2019), and these new reports have sparked questions and concerns around the country. It is our goal to share the most current information we have regarding COVID-19 and to provide resources to help you stay informed.
Please know that The Huron School District is working closely with the Wayne County Health Department (www.waynecounty.com), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) so that we can stay current with the latest information regarding COVID-19.
While there is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19, experts advise that the best way to prevent infection and avoid being exposed is through everyday best practices:
• Remain at home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
• Frequent hand washing with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds
• When soap and water is not available, use alcohol based hand sanitizer to wash hands
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• If feeling ill, seek medical care immediately
As state, county, and local agencies begin to formulate plans to address the possibility of a potential widespread outbreak, our administrative team is also monitoring developments related to COVID-19. We have been in contact with other educational agencies such as the Michigan Department of Education, Wayne County Department of Health, Wayne RESA, the Michigan Association of School Administrators, and others in developing protocols and procedures that will prepare our school district in the event of a widespread outbreak in our community.
This communication is not meant to induce panic; it is simply meant to assure you that we are closely monitoring this serious topic, following the recommendations of the community health agencies, and serve as a reminder to continue to employ best practices for prevention. The Huron School District is continuing to follow our cleaning and disinfecting protocols within our school buildings. As needed, we will continue to provide you with information and updates as they develop.