A Detroit Public Schools Community District student | Ken Coleman photo
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued on Wednesday updated recommendations for schools designed to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 within school buildings, reduce disruptions to in-person learning and help protect vulnerable individuals and those who are not fully vaccinated.
The guidance has been updated, the department said, to reflect the most current recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on masking and prevention strategies to help operate schools more safely. It includes guidance on assessing risk levels when making decisions about implementing layered prevention strategies against COVID-19.
“We are committed to ensuring Michigan students and educators are safe in the classroom, including those who may not yet be vaccinated,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, DHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health.
State Superintendent Michael Rice added that students and staff need to be in schools “as much as possible this year.”
“Following the informed guidance from national and state health experts will help keep our students and staff healthy and help maximize student learning,” said Rice.
The most effective way to prevent transmission within school buildings, reduce disruptions to in-person learning and help protect people who are not fully vaccinated is to layer multiple prevention strategies recommended by CDC, DHHS advised. All prevention strategies provide some level of protection, and layered strategies implemented at the same time provide the greatest level of protection.