Attention ECSD Parents, Community, and Stakeholders

Governor Whitmer signed an executive order today, April 2nd closing all schools in Michigan for the remainder of the school year. Even though it was expected, it was hard to hear that we will not be going back this school year.  This does not mean learning in ECSD will end! Her order mentions what education for all students in Michigan might look like and encourages districts to come up with a plan for extended learning. I am proud to say that we already have resources in place to continue learning for our students through our “At Home Learning Resources” which can be found on our District’s website (https://eastchinaschools.org/home-learning-resources/). In the coming weeks, we will further define these resources as our teachers and staff thoughtfully develop plans to take us into what would have been the end of the school year.

We will get through this together!

Sincerely,

Suzanne Cybulla
Superintendent

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The East China School District continues to follow the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in our response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), a respiratory illness that can spread person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

You can help by practicing good hygiene, staying informed and staying home or keeping children home if they have been running a fever with respiratory symptoms or are exhibiting signs of a fever.

 
The East China School District is updating this page to provide information about the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-10) in response to parental, student and staff inquiries about what is being done to keep our students and staff safe.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Superintendent Updates

Please read the letters below from our Superintendent

Superintendent's Letter April 2, 2020 - Message to ECSD Students, Staff, and Families

Superintendent’s Letter April 2, 2020, to all ECSD Parents and Community Stakeholders – Message to ECSD Students, Staff, and Familes

Superintendent's Letter March 27, 2020 - Upcoming Food Service Changes & Updates

Superintendent’s Letter March 27, 2020, to all ECSD Parents and Community Stakeholders – Upcoming Food Service Changes & Updates

Superintendent's Letter March 23, 2020 - "Stay Home, Stay Safe" & Updates

Superintendent’s Letter March 23, 2020, to all ECSD Parents and Community Stakeholders – “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order & Updates

Superintendent's Letter March 20, 2020 - Home Learning Resources Website & Updates

Superintendent’s Letter March 20, 2020, to all ECSD Parents and Community Stakeholders – Home Learning Website & Updates

Superintendent's Letter March 16, 2020 - School Closure & Health Update

Superintendent’s Letter March 16, 2020, to all ECSD Parents and Community Stakeholders – School Closure & Health Update

Superintendent's Letter March 13, 2020 - St. Clair County School Closures

Superintendent’s Letter March 13, 2020, to all ECSD Parents and Community Stakeholders – St. Clair County School Closures

Superintendent's Letter March 12, 2020 - Schools, Events & Activities Updates

Superintendent’s Letter March 12, 2020, to all ECSD Parents and Community Stakeholders – Schools, Events & Activities Updates

Superintendent's Letter March 10, 2020, Traveling

Superintendent’s Letter March 10, 2020, to all ECSD Parents and Community Stakeholders, Traveling

Superintendent's Letter March 5, 2020, COVID-19

Superintendent’s Letter March 5, 2020, to all ECSD Parents and Community Stakeholders, COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Information

Recommendations
Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
  • It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • If you are a healthcare provider, be on the look-out for:
  • It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • If you are a healthcare provider, be on the look-out for:
  • People who recently traveled from China or another affected area and who have symptoms associated with COVID-19, and
  • People who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or pneumonia of unknown cause. (Consult the most recent definition for patients under investigation [PUIs].)
  • If you are a healthcare provider or a public health responder caring for a COVID-19 patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
  • If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure.
  • If you are a resident in a community where person-to-person spread of COVID-19 has been detected and you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms.
  • For people who are ill with COVID-19, but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
  • If you have been in China or another affected area or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activity for up to 14 days. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus.
Prevention and Treatment

From the CDC: 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

Other Resources

State of Michigan Coronavirus Website
CDC Coronavirus Website
World Health Organization
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
St. Clair County Health Department
Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA)
East China School District Facebook Page

Informational Links

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

CDC’s List of Diseases & Conditions Search List

CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)

CDC’s Influenza information

CDC’s Recommended Immunizations

St. Clair County Health Department

St. Clair County Health Department Head Lice Information

St. Clair County Health Department Vaccine & Immunization Information

Many links on this page are external links.  By clicking on them you are leaving the ECSD website and entering an external link or a third-party site.  ECSD has provided the links on this page because they provide additional information that may be useful or interesting. ECSD cannot attest to the accuracy of the information provided by these third-party sites or any other linked site. ECSD is providing these links for your reference. In doing so, ECSD does not endorse these websites, companies or applications.

SCHOOL HEALTH

At times student health issues in relation to school, surface throughout the year.  In order to provide you with up-to-date information, many links are being provided, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) websites that will provide you with a wealth of information about topics such as the flu, ADHD, head lice and nutrition.  These sites will give you quick and reliable assistance for your child’s health concern.

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