COVID Notification Procedure

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Aug. 28, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Grandville Public Schools prides itself on being transparent regarding things that happen within our buildings, especially those that are safety related. Throughout this school year, you may notice or hear that some of our students and staff are home due to COVID-19 related precautions. However, during this pandemic, we must follow the law and only communicate necessary information to those who need to know. Due to HIPAA and FERPA laws, we cannot disclose detailed information that may expose personally identifiable information. However, we will contact the parents of those who are identified as close contacts.
When we become aware of a COVID positive case or potential exposure to a COVID positive case, it is our duty to gather as much information about which students and staff might be close contacts. Students and staff identified as close contacts will be notified by the school and contact tracers from the Kent County Health Department will follow up with the staff member or student’s family. If you have been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive person for 15 minutes or more, you qualify as a close contact and you need to know. If you are not a close contact, your risk of catching COVID-19 from a positive person is very small. Close contacts must quarantine for at least 14 days regardless of a negative test result. COVID positive cases must isolate for at least 10 days. Students and staff may not return to the classroom until cleared from quarantine or isolation by the Kent County Health Department.
The most important step to keeping our schools as safe as possible is for staff and students who exhibit COVID-related symptoms or who may have been exposed to a COVID positive person to stay home until they are symptom free for 24 hours without medication. It is equally important for parents and staff to notify the District if they have been exposed to COVID, believe they have been exposed to COVID, are being tested for COVID, or have tested positive for COVID. Having the most accurate and up-to-date information allows the District to create safeguards to keep our students and staff safe.
No matter the circumstance, we are in this together because it is the Grandville way. We rise up, pull together, and overcome obstacles. We will continue to communicate openly when allowable to support the safety of our students, families, and community.
Roger Bearup
Roger Bearup