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                                                                             COVID-19 Office Protocol                                                                                

Mackinaw Trail Pediatrics cares about the health and safety of your family. We are currently taking extra precautions to help protect you and our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following, are a few of the extra steps we are taking:

* all employees are wearing a face mask and requiring all persons age 5+ to wear one while in the building
* screening of all employees for fever and symptoms daily before entering the building/weekly COVID testing on staff
* disinfecting constantly and thoroughly
* screening all patients for possible symptoms prior to entering the building
* having all families wait in their car prior to appointment to avoid extra exposure in the waiting room 
* offering televisits to those that do not need face to face care

We are asking you to please limit your visit to the parent(s) and the patient, if you are able. If you have a mask or face covering, please wear that to your appointment. At this time all patients/parents are asked to wait in their car and call to check in. You will recieve a call when a room is available for you. 

We are keeping up on the CDC guidelines, as well as community updates, and making changes as needed. We appreciate your patience and faith in us during this time. Your health and safety is always our top priority. 

Your MTP family

                                             Back To School Recommendations                                                                                

These guidelines, adopted by Mackinaw Trail Pediatrics are as recommended by the CDC( Center for Disease Control) and the AAP (American Academy of Pediactrics).

We understand that returning to school can be very stressful and that there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding back to school. Please try to have a positive attitude about school at home. In-person learning at school is recommended for both educational benefits but also for the socialization aspect.

Each family will need to decide what works best for their child/family. We are happy to discuss specific concerns with a provider at an office visit. 

We recommend cloth face coverings when in social settings. Cloth face coverings protect others if the wearer is infected with SARS CoV-2 and is not aware. Cloth masks may offer some level of protection for the wearer. Evidence continues to mount on the importance of universal face coverings in interrupting the spread of SARS CoV-2. 
Ways to help your child successfully wear a mask:
*Ensure a comfortable fit
*Buy or make a cloth face covering with a fun fabric
*Have your child practice wearing a mask for short periods of time at home
*Have a positive attitude on wearing masks. Your child will look to you as the parent for their reaction and acceptance. 

Although ideal, universal face covering use is not always possible in the school setting for many reasons. Some students, or staff, may be unable to safley wear a cloth face covering because of certain medical conditions (eg, developmental, respiratory, tactile aversion, or other conditions) or may be uncomfortable, making the consistent use of a cloth face covering throughout the day challenging. If you feel that your child has a medical condition preventing them from wearing a mask we are happy to discuss this at an office visit with a provider. Please note, there are very few individuals in which a mask truly cannot be worn:
*Children with special needs (either physically or intellectually) who are incapable of putting a mask on, adjusting a mask or safely removing a mask
*Children with severe sensory aversion who cannot tolerate anything touching their face
*Children under 2 years

For individuals who have difficulty with wearing a cloth face covering and is not medically contraindicated to wear a face covering, behavior techniques and social skills stories can be used to assist in adapting to wearing a face covering. 

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