MDHHS Recommends Continuing Wearing Masks In Schools This Fall
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has released their set of COVID guideline recommendations for students returning to school in the fall. The recommendations are to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within schools in Michigan.
COVID-19 outbreaks in Michigan schools peaked last fall when students returned for in person learning and the Michigan Health Department is hoping to prevent this from happening again.
During the last COVID surge, children under 16 weren't cleared to be vaccinated but with vaccines being approved for children 12 and older things should be better this fall.
The guidelines that the MDHHS released are based off of the CDC Guidelines.
The MDHHS included these 5 prevention strategies in their press release.
- Promoting COVID-19 vaccination for eligible staff and students.
- Correctly and consistently using well-fitted masks that cover the nose and mouth. CDC recommendations for when to wear a mask in school settings.
- Social Distancing: Physical distancing, including cohorting children together to reduce potential exposures.
- COVID-19 Screening, Testing, and Contact Tracing
- Encouraging students and staff to stay home if sick or having COVID-19 symptoms.
- Encouraging students and staff to get tested for COVID-19 if having symptoms or if they are not fully vaccinated and are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19.
- Conducting screening testing.
- Implementing contact tracing and quarantine, collaborating with the local health department.
- Maintaining Healthy Environments
- Promoting handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes.
- Routine cleaning to help maintain healthy facilities.
- Avoiding crowded and/or poorly ventilated indoor activities (e.g., engaging in outdoor activities when possible and increasing ventilation for indoor activities).
You can find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine at Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.