Michigan PTA Statement on COVID-19

Michigan PTA Statement Regarding COVID-19

(March 11, 2020):

The Michigan Parent Teacher Association (Michigan PTA) recognizes the current COVID-19 situation and is monitoring for potential impacts on our members, families, school communities and children. While the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic today and Governor Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Michigan, it is not yet clear how these declarations will impact business, schools, meetings and travel. At this time, we would like to express our confidence in the Governor’s office, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to get information out to the public and to school districts.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking communities to reduce the spread of coronavirus by canceling or postponing large gatherings, reducing in-person gatherings, considering telework or tele-learning options and limiting nonessential work.

This is a rapidly developing situation and each school district is handling the situation differently. We recommend that each PTA/PTSA follow guidelines and communication sent out by your school administration. Sharing this same information with your community on websites, social media and in person will help deliver a consistent message throughout your district.

Here are some resources that you may find helpful.

Clean your hands often:

● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

● If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Coronavirus


Michigan Association for Local Public Health directory


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, talking with children about Coronavirus


4th Grade Bake Sale, March 12

Tomorrow (Thursday) our monthly bake sale will be sponsored by 4th grade families.

All items will be $1. The bake sale will be held in the cafeteria after the dismissal bell.

4th grade families: Please drop off donations of bought or homemade baked goods to the office in the morning. If you are donating homemade items, please label ingredients to indicate potential allergens/food sensitivities.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Last Day to Sign Up for Discounted Martian Marathon Rate

Hello Howard Dragons,

A letter was sent home last week with information regarding running club and the Martian Marathon. Please note that today is the final day to sign up for the Martian Marathon at the discounted rate. After today registrations will still be accepted, but you will be charged the standard fee.

If your child would like to join running club, please text Nasreen Hider at (313)598-1166. The students do not need to be registered for the Martian Marathon to participate in running club, nor do they need to participate in running club to register for the marathon.

Running Club

Howard Running Club will begin on March 16th. Grades will be split between two days:

-Monday (Kindergarten through 2nd)

-Wednesday (3rd through 5th)

Training will begin right after school on the designated days and last until 4:30. Please arrive on time for pick up!

Please direct any questions or concerns to Nasreen Hider at (313)598-1166.

If your child would like to join running club, please text Nasreen at the number above and include your child’s first/last name, teacher’s name, and grade.