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Happy New Year / Classes Resume January 3, 2022

January 1, 2022

Dear Northville Public Schools Families, Staff, and Community,
 
We hope that each of our families and staff enjoyed a beautiful holiday break, and are welcoming 2022 with hope, health and a positive spirit.  The purpose of this communication is to confirm that we anticipate classes resuming as scheduled on Monday, January 3, 2022, and to encourage families and staff to be mindful of COVID-19 protocols as COVID-19 cases continue to climb across our community, state, and nation.
 
As you may be aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidance for the general public, shortening the duration of quarantine and isolation under certain circumstances. The Michigan Department for Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has indicated that it will be updating MDHHS guidelines for the general public to align with the revised CDC guidance, however, existing quarantine and isolation guidelines for K-12 schools remain in place until further notice.  Click for more information regarding the NPS Close Contact Quarantine Protocol.
 
Both the CDC and MDHHS continue to emphasize the importance of vaccination, wearing a well-fitting mask in public indoor settings, and testing, along with physical distancing and hand-washing.  Please refer to the NPS COVID-19 2021-22 General Mitigation Response Plan for detailed information about our layered mitigation measures.  
 
Daily Symptom Screener
It is essential that families and staff continue to perform at-home self-monitoring using the COVID-19 Daily Student Symptom Screening Tool, and stay home if exhibiting any symptoms.  Staff and families are expected to use good judgment, stay home when they are sick, and report absences according to our attendance policies.   Students will be sent home if they have a fever and/or are exhibiting symptoms according to the screener.  Please refer to 2021-2022 Frequently Asked Questions for more information on continuation of learning while in quarantine.
 
COVID-19 Testing
A number of COVID testing sites are open in the days leading up to the start of classes on Monday, January 3, 2022.  To find a convenient location, click on the State of Michigan COVID-19 Testing Locator, or call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 and press 2 for help finding a test site. The Rapid Bio COVID-19 Testing Clinic at Northville High School will reopen after school on Monday, January 3, 2022, from 4-6 p.m.
 
COVID-19 Vaccine Available
The COVID-19 vaccine is available through many local resources including personal physician offices, CVS, and Meijer as well as several Wayne County Health Dept WALK-IN COVID VACCINE Clinics offering easy access Monday - Saturday each week.  Additionally, Northville Public Schools, in coordination with the Wayne County Health Department, will be hosting a vaccine clinic on Saturday, January 15, 2022. The sign-up will be available in early January.  
 
Winter Weather / Snow Day Protocol
With winter upon us, I want to remind school families, students, staff and community members of our protocol for inclement weather days. Please know that we do not take the decision to close school lightly. We value learning, and recognize the impact that cancelling school has on our students and families.  When a “snow day” or “inclement weather day” is called, it is done as early as possible (generally by 5:30 a.m. and often earlier, including the night before in some cases.) The decision is made after much deliberation among district officials who monitor road and building conditions throughout the night in consultation with other area school superintendents, and with expert advice from a meteorologist.
 
The quickest and easiest way to learn about school closings is via the district’s parent notification system (Q Communications), which uses the main contact information within MI-STAR to call, text, and/or e-mail parents with snow day notifications, student attendance issues, building updates, and other important information.  School closing announcements are also sent out via the district’s ListServ email service, and through radio and television stations that participate in the Detroit Media School Closings Alliance. This includes WJBK-TV (FOX 2), WDIV-TV (Local 4), WXYZ-TV (Channel 7/ABC), WWJ-TV (CBS Detroit), WKBD-TV (CW 50), WWJ Newsradio 950 and News/Talk WJR-AM 760.
 
For more detailed information about the inclement weather protocol, please refer to our District website at Winter Weather / Snow Day Protocol.
 
We also want to make sure that all students have the necessary outdoor gear to travel to and from school safely and to enjoy opportunities to get outside for recess. The general rule of thumb for outdoor recess at the elementary level is an actual temperature and wind-chill above 0 degrees. There are resources available for those who may find it a hardship to secure the necessary winter gear. If this is the case, please contact your child’s principal and/or school social worker for assistance.
 
January 2022 Scheduled Bus Route Cancellations - Reminder
For those families using District bus transportation, we also want to thank you for your cooperation and understanding this school year as we work through the challenges of a national bus driver shortage.  As previously messaged, we are able to reduce the number of scheduled bus route cancellations from three to two routes per week through January, 2022.  Bus Routes E (NHS, Hillside, Ridge Wood) and F (NHS, Hillside, Moraine) are cancelled for the week of January 3-7, 2022.  We anticipate eliminating planned bus route cancellation beginning in February, 2022.  Please refer to our district website for more detailed information, including the January, 2022 schedule of bus route cancellations.
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We are grateful for your partnership and collaboration as we work together to meet the needs of each of our students and families, as we continue our journey to Open a World of Possibilities for and with each and every student. 
 
Take care and be safe,

Mary K. Gallagher
Superintendent