Health & Safety

The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our highest priority. Ferndale School District is closely monitoring this situation and is in frequent contact with public health authorities. As we are not experts in this area, we rely on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information and guidance. You can get the most current available information at michigan.gov/coronavirus.

COVID Testing Authorization Form

Now In MISTAR

Parents & Caregivers of Ferndale students can now use MISTAR ParentConnect to provide consent for COVID-19 Antigen Testing.

PDF DocumentCOVID-19 Antigen Testing Authorization MISTAR Instructions

Documents & Resources

PDF DocumentFerndale Schools Coronavirus Preparedness Plan

PDF DocumentOakland County Safety Playbook

 

Covid testing center entrance on Pinecrest

District Testing Center

Our district testing center remains open.

  • Testing will be primarily for students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms while at school and for those who require a test to return from quarantine or isolation.

  • Tests are free of charge!

  • Testing is available for students and staff only.

    • If supply is available we may extend testing to immediate family members on a case by case basis.

Updated Guidance, May 2022

Recently the Oakland County Health Department issued an alert that we are currently experiencing a "high transmission" rate of COVID-19 spread.  To help slow this spread and to do everything we can to keep our students and staff safe, we will be reinstituting our indoor mask mandate beginning on Monday, May 16th, 2022. 

Please note that these changes only impact our K-12 buildings. The Ferndale Early Childhood Center will continue with their current protocols due to the age range of the students and their inability to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Below you will find our most up to date protocols for addressing COVID-19.

Return to School Guidance (Updated May 20th, 2022)

We have updated our return to school policy for any students or staff who test positive for Covid-19 so that it is in alignment with CDC guidance.

If students or staff tests positive for Covid 19 they should isolate and stay home for 5 days (from the start of your symptoms or date of positive test, whichever is earlier).  Per CDC guidance a negative test is no longer required to return to school.

At the conclusion of your 5 day isolation:

-If your student or staff did not have any symptoms they may return to school on day 6.

-If they had mild symptoms and they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and their symptoms are improving, then they may return to school.  

-If they got very sick from COVID-19 or have a weakened immune system they should isolate for at least 10 days.  Please consult your physician.

-Please note that, in the event that we are not under a mask mandate, those recovering from Covid must wear a mask when indoors for days 6-10.

 

Keep children who are sick home

  • It remains district policy that if your child is sick, please report their absence to school and keep them home until their symptoms have improved. If a fever is present, stay home until you are fever free for a period of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

  • If your child or someone in your home is awaiting COVID-19 test results, please do not allow them to attend school or school related activities.

Masks

Masks will continue to be required and are available to anyone who needs one.

Important Definitions

The following definitions are important to remember to better understand our current guidelines:

Isolation

Someone who is COVID-19 positive and stays at home, away from others. Isolation is used to separate people who are infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.

Quarantine

Staying home because you were identified as a close contact. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Close Contact

Someone who has been exposed (0-3 feet masked or 0-6 feet unmasked) for more than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in a household setting.

New Definition of “Fully Vaccinated” or “Up to Date on Vaccines”

Is now defined as:

  • If you are up to date on vaccinations (see chart below)

    • Families will provide a copy of the vaccination card as proof.

  • OR Had COVID in last 90 days and are asymptomatic

For children 5 years – 17 years of age

For persons 18 and older

2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine within the last 5 months

2-dose series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) within the last 5 months
If over 5 months from 2-dose series, a booster is required in the last 5 months provided your student’s age group is eligible to receive it. If over 5 months from 2-dose series, a booster is required in the last 5 months
Johnson & Johnson Unavailable for children A single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine) within the last 2 months


COVID
-19 Notifications 

Positive student and staff cases will be updated as we are made aware of them on our Active Case Tracker. If your student is exposed to someone with COVID-19  you will receive a letter informing you. Exposure letters will be sent to classrooms, buses, lunchroom contacts, and sports teams. A distinction will no longer be made between potential exposures and “close contacts.”

In alignment with guidance from the OCHD, Ferndale Schools is no longer gathering data on close contacts that occurred from an exposure within a school setting. Close contacts are now mainly identified as: those living in the same household as a positive case.

What To Do After Exposure (or Possible Exposure)

View the Exposure Timelines Flowcharts

Isolation (With known infection)

  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must stay home regardless of vaccination status for 5 days.

  • If symptoms have improved or no symptoms developed AND the positive case receives a negative test (PCR or rapid administered by Ferndale Schools) the positive cases can now return after 5 days. 

  • If the positive case elects not to get tested, or still tests positive on day 5, then they must quarantine until they receive a negative test or for 10 full days from the initial date of testing.

  • Additionally, if you have a fever, stay home until you are fever free for a period of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

Quarantine

If you are notified by Ferndale Schools or any other agency or individual that you have been exposed to COVID-19:

  • Please monitor your symptoms for 10 days.  If you become symptomatic you should quarantine and get a test, and stay home from school until you receive the results.

Household Exposure 


• Monitor symptoms for 10 days.
• Wear a mask around others (at school) for 10 days following exposure.
• Test on days 3-7 after exposure or if symptoms develop.
• Avoid unmasked activities or activates with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals.


Important Steps to Take

Be Responsible

Preventative Hygiene is the most important step to protect yourselves. 

  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.
    1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
    2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
    3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
    4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
    5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Limit or avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick. Even if your symptoms are not similar to COVID-19, you may still be exposing yourself to unnecessary risk in your health-compromised state.

Be Considerate

Be sensitive to neighbors from varying backgrounds, treating everyone equally and respectfully. No race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender or sexual orientation makes someone more likely to carry or communicate this disease. The world health organization has declared COVID-19 is a pandemic. The viral disease is not isolated to a particular country, and it is vital that we avoid stereotypical assumptions or discriminatory actions.

Locally, from Oakland County

Read about current Oakland County information at OakGov.com

Statewide, from the Michigan.gov

Read the latest available information at michigan.gov/coronavirus.

Nationally, From the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

Read more from the CDC on Coronavirus

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January 7, 2022
TIME CHANGE: Curbside Meal Pick-Up

Curbside Food Service times will be changed to 8:30-9:30 am, beginning Monday, January 17, 2022. 5 days of meals will still be provided for students currently enrolled in Ferndale Schools virtual learning.

Please see the curbside meal pick-up flyer for details.