May 12, 2022

Dear Westwood Heights Community,

After several weeks with no positive COVID cases, we are now experiencing a few cases which are presenting with very mild or no symptoms. We are also seeing cases of the more traditional flu virus making its way around the district. This memo is not to alarm you, but to update you on the latest guidance from the CDC and the Genesee County Board of Health. They state the following:

We are currently in a Recovery Phase (post-surge) of the COVID-19 Readiness, Response, and Recovery Cycle. Each individual should assess their own risk and choose if, when, and where they will wear a mask or gather with others.

The CDC is recommending a second booster shot of either Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine 
for those individuals aged 50+ who received any COVID-19 vaccine booster dose AND for those aged 12+ considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised who received an initial COVID-19 booster.

For staff or students testing positive, they must remain at home for five days and test negative to return. We continue to offer the following services and protections to our school community:
  • Masks are available upon entry into the buildings.
  • Temperature checks are still available at the entrances.
  • Testing is available from our health care team if you are experiencing symptoms.
  • We are posting positive case data daily on the COVID Dashboard located on the district webpage. These are cases verified by the school healthcare staff. Cases arising outside the district properties are not posted, as per county health department guidelines.
We are looking forward to a safe end to the school year, with special events taking place throughout the district. We will continue to keep you informed of any changes in the outlook or approach to the cOVID virus.

Les Key, Superintendent
Westwood Heights Schools
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