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4/9/21 NPS COVID-19 Update: NHS to Remain In-Person

The purpose of this communication is to inform you that Northville High School will remain in-session as scheduled, as we continue to carefully monitor COVID-19 cases, and follow safety protocols. This is not a decision we take lightly. Throughout the pandemic, we have carefully considered the recommendations of our public health officials, including the CDC and MDHHS, in implementing safety protocols, mitigation measures, and learning plan options. The following factors were considered in making the decision to stay the course at this time:
 
  • Our current in-person scenarios across Northville Public Schools maximize the high priority school mitigation measures that the CDC has identified as necessary during high transmission, including universal and correct use of masks and distancing. The hybrid schedule, with access to learning labs, in place at Northville High School allows us to maximize distancing, reduce the spread of COVID-19, and limit the number of close contacts and quarantines when there is a positive case of COVID-19.
  • We have had a significant increase in COVID-19 cases following Spring Break, however, the number of cases has declined over the course of this week, and the number of close contacts/quarantines from exposure at school has been very small. We started the week with 28 positive cases of COVID at Northville High School on Monday and ended the week with 3 cases identified as of this afternoon.
 
 
Northville High School Positive Cases of COVID-19
Monday, 4/5/21 Tuesday, 4/6/21 Wednesday, 4/7/21 Thursday, 4/8/21 Friday, 4/9/21
28 12 10 9 3
 
  • In our athletic program, COVID-19 testing protocols were implemented this week, in accordance with MDHHS and MHSAA guidelines. A total of 216 student-athletes were tested this week at Northville High School, with 1 positive result. An additional 400 student athletes will be tested this weekend.
  • Contact tracing, and quarantine protocols are followed district-wide, and implemented swiftly.
  • Access to vaccination continues to expand, and also reduces quarantine requirements once individuals have been fully vaccinated.
  • The district has submitted a request to schedule additional drive- through COVID-19 testing events with MDHHS on Sunday, April 18, 2021 and Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Northville High School.
 
Keeping our students in school, while continuing to safeguard the health and safety of students, staff, and families across our community is a collective effort. Thank you for everything you continue to do to support this effort. Please continue to be diligent in following the necessary safety protocols, keeping students’ home when appropriate, and cooperating with the critical elements of quarantining and identifying close contacts when there is an exposure. It will take everyone doing their part to keep our students in school, keep our community safe, and get past the surge in COVID cases. We look forward to our upcoming events celebrating our students’ learning and growth this year, honoring the Class of 2021, and supporting our students and families as we transition to the upcoming school year.

Sincerely,
Mary Kay Gallagher
Superintendent