COVID-19

 

April 9, 2021

Dear Families and Community Members:

Our return to school from spring break is just a few days away, and I hope all families had the opportunity to spend some extra time together! As a follow-up to Governor Whitmer’s most recent announcement from this morning, I wanted to communicate our current planning for BCPS.

After continued conversations with the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) and the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD), we will continue with in-person instruction for all grade levels, as well as the continuation of spring sports upon our return from spring break on Monday, April 12. We will continue to follow all MHSAA guidance regarding spring sports, testing of athletes, and other mitigation measures.

We will follow our BCPS mitigation strategies that we have had in place since the start of the school year, as well as ask for your vigilance if your student is showing any symptoms of COVID-19. We also remind you that if a close family member is getting tested or showing signs, that you also keep your student(s) home. As an additional mitigation measure provided by the KCHD, Kent ISD, and local districts, there are new COVID-19 drive-through testing sites open throughout Kent County starting today, Friday, April 9, and going through Sunday, April 11. More information regarding these testing sites can be found by clicking here.

Our most recent conversations with the health department, coupled with our low numbers of students in isolation and/or quarantine, warrant an in-person return to school for those students attending in person. We will closely monitor our COVID-19 numbers over the coming days and weeks and use that information to make future decisions. As we continue to weigh the many variables with all of our decisions, we do know with the success that we have had in the past, as well as the data and information we now have regarding COVID-19, our final nine weeks of school will continue to be driven by informed decisions with local health experts and what is best for all of our students in BC!

Once again, with your continued help, support and partnership we know we will be able to finish the year BC Strong!

Sincerely,
Kevin Macina, Ph.D.
Superintendent

Please continue to monitor your child’s health daily by utilizing the BCPS Daily ScreenerNotify your school attendance secretary or principal immediately and keep your child(ren) home if:

  • You have  answered “yes” to any questions on the daily screener
  • A household member is being tested for COVID and waiting for the results
  • Your child(ren) have tested positive for COVID
  • A household member has tested positive for COVID
  • Your child(ren) have been identified as being a close contact with an individual who has tested positive

The daily screening process has been a big part of our successful return to full instruction. With your support of personal safety, we have been able to keep all around us safe. The school building will send home direct communication for any COVID case in our schools and reach out to you directly if there is an impact regarding your student.

As BCPS has been doing, we will continue to monitor the data and state guidance and make adjustments as needed for all students. Through this pandemic, things change overnight and without notice. Thank you for your patience as we review all areas in the days and weeks ahead. We fully understand the sacrifices you have been making to have a successful school year.

Safety Measures for In-Person Learning

BCPS continues to work in tandem with the KCHD and CDC guidelines for safety procedures for returning to in-person instruction. BCPS must follow the required safety protocols and will implement the strongly recommended safety protocols from the Return to Learn Roadmap. A few areas to note for a successful return: (The ​BCPS MI Safe Schools Safety Protocols​ goes into more detail)

➔  Staff are required to wear a face mask (unless medically exempt).

➔  DK-12 students are required to wear a face mask (unless medically exempt). (Students
may bring their own mask, the district will provide a washable mask to each student, plus
have disposable masks if needed.)

➔  When and where possible, BCPS will conduct mask breaks for students (outside, recess, and when social distancing.)

➔  BCPS will strive to social distance students and staff staying 6 feet apart when possible. We understand that there are times during the day that this may not be possible; however, students and staff will be wearing masks.

➔  We are currently working with KCHD to use a universal health screener for students, including temperature checks.

➔  Rooms will have moveable plexiglass dividers to help with safety in group settings.

➔  Each room will have staff cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer.

➔  BCPS has ordered additional Clorox 360 Machines for deep cleaning.

➔  When entering and exiting the bus, all students must use hand sanitizer and wear a mask at all times. Drivers will clean each bus between each route.

➔  We will be working directly with the Kent County Health Department when there is a possible virus exposure or illness. The health department will guide BCPS in possible quarantine or contact tracing.

BC Virtual On-Line Programming: 

BC Virtual is an entirely online program. BC staff will instruct BC Virtual students who are not yet comfortable returning to school. BC staff will promote continuity of instruction and the understanding of our BC expectations and curriculum. BCPS will use multiple programs and applications to support a successful online experience for these students. BC Virtual is a semester-long commitment. For more information, please refer to the BCPS Return to Learn Plan or reach out to your building principal.

BCPS Nutrition Services offers free To-Go Meals for your remote learner. Meals must be pre-ordered by Friday at this link. Pick up your meals on Monday at Byron Center High School. The To-Go Meals are Free for all children under 18 and consist of 5 breakfast & 5 lunches. 

Please email nutritionservices@bcpsk12.net if you have questions regarding this process.

 

Kent County Health Department Tool Kit