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All positive COVID-19 cases among Hps staff and students will be posted here. The following actions will take place for each positive case:

  • The individual(s) in question will be quarantined from work/school until released to return by the Van Buren/Cass Health Department.
  • HPS will work closely with the Health Department to conduct contact tracing. Those individuals who are determined to have been in close contact with the COVID-19 positive individual(s) will be personally contacted by someone from the Health Department with additional guidance.
  • HPS custodial staff will conduct additional, deep cleaning of the classroom, office, bus, or other space that was occupied by the COVID-19 positive individual(s) prior to it being reopened for staff and/or students. The cleaning will be performed in accordance with United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidelines.

COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person contact and through the exchange of respiratory droplets. As more cases are being confirmed across the state, including in our community, it is important to be sensible, but to also be vigilant. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, please contact your medical provider for advice immediately. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Hartford will continue to clean and disinfect surfaces inside all district schools.  As more cases are being confirmed across the state, it is important to remain vigilant. The CDC recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of this global pandemic:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Stay at home, if possible.
  • If you must go out, practice social distancing, leaving at least six feet between you and other people.
  • Avoid gatherings that include more than 10 people.

If you would like to learn more about COVID-19, the following links are reliable and accurate sources for information:

CDC COVID-19 Information

Talking to Children About COVID-19

Michigan.gov/coronavirus

Vbcassdhd.org

Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, staff and community members. Please continue to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you. It is important to remember that children are greatly influenced by the reactions of adults when facing difficult circumstances. I encourage everyone to remain calm and to be empathic and respectful to those affected.

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family, especially as we face this challenging situation together. Thank you for your support of HPS. 

Andrew Hubbard

Superintendent

 

Today, we received notification from the Van Buren County Health Department that three individuals associated with our school district – two employees from Redwood Elementary and one student from our Middle School – have tested positive for COVID-19. We are working directly with county health officials to address this situation.  Van Buren Cass District Health Department is conducting a public health investigation which includes contact tracing. If you or your student  is identified as a close contact to the affected individual you will be contacted by a public health nurse to discuss home quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure. It is very important that you respond to any phone calls or texts you may receive from the health department in a timely fashion.

 

Today, we received notification from the Van Buren County Health Department that someone associated with our school district – an Employee from Redwood Elementary – has tested positive for COVID-19. We are working directly with county health officials to address this situation.  Van Buren Cass District Health Department is conducting a public health investigation which includes contact tracing. If you or your student  is identified as a close contact to the affected individual you will be contacted by a public health nurse to discuss home quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure. It is very important that you respond to any phone calls or texts you may receive from the health department in a timely fashion.

 
 
 
 
Today, HPS was informed that a staff member assigned to our high school building has been in direct contact with someone that tested positive for COVID-19 and is showing common symptoms of COVID-19. At the direction of a Health Department, the individual is being tested today and will be quarantined until released to return to work.  The staff member did not report to work this morning.