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GRPS superintendent shares back-to-school health recommendations

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New COVID guidelines along with Monkey Pox information was shared with the parents and staff at Grand Rapids Public Schools.

As students prepare to go back to school, Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent, Leadrianne Roby shared their latest communicable disease recommendations with parents and staff.

The information comes from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services along with the Kent County Health Department.

Superintendent Roby says in the letter:

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) has maintained an unwavering commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, families, and staff. We consistently followed the guidance and direction from our federal, state, and county health officials, and we plan to do the same for the 2022-2023 school year.”

The letter notes, the guidance includes information on prevention of communicable diseases. Students and staff are encouraged to receive all recommended vaccinations. Confirmed communicable diseases should be reported to the school health office. Also those experiencing symptoms should stay home and contact their health provider.

Regarding COVID specifically, any confirmed cases still need to be reported to the school health office and those who test positive for COVID 19 are required to isolate for 5 days from the onset of symptoms.

Regarding Monkeypox, which a MDHHS news release says can be spread through close, personal skin to skin contact, they advise if you feel sick or have a rash, do not attend school and contact your health provider.

Superintendent Roby’s letter also notes these recommendations could change so parents and staff should review communications as they draw closer to the start of school.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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