COVID-19

 

November 12, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this letter finds you and your family doing well. Thank you for your continued support of Byron Center Public Schools as we continue to navigate these challenging times. All staff are genuinely thankful for your support and partnership as we work together on behalf of the entire BCPS community.

As we continue our partnership with the KCHD, we closely watch the number of COVID cases in our schools. Over the past few days, we have seen an increase in positive cases; this has led to an increase in quarantined students. There is also a high number of students who are currently being tested and awaiting results. Specifically, these numbers have been increasing at our High School and Middle School. Nickels Intermediate, Brown, Countryside, Marshall Elementaries, and the Early Childhood Center continue to have low numbers of quarantined and isolated students. 

Next week (November 16-20), Byron Center High School and West Middle School will be on a modified hybrid schedule due to this increase. The modified schedule will allow for reduced contact tracing and limit exposure. BCHS and BCWMS will directly send specific details regarding the hybrid schedule.

As a further mitigation strategy for safety, all BCPS K-12 school buildings will be remote learning on Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24. The lessons provided for those two days will allow for flexibility of completion. Each school will send detailed information for this remote learning next week.

We believe that using both of these strategies over the next two weeks will allow for a successful return from the Thanksgiving holiday. We intend to return to full in-person learning after the Thanksgiving break. We will continue to monitor data and work with the KCHD to make decisions for the health and safety of students, staff, and our community and the impact on our school environment.

Thank you for your support as we move through these uncertain times. We fully understand that these changes are challenging for our families. Our continued goal is to provide safe in-person learning while being mindful of our current data. Together we are 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: Phases 1-6

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; students may return to in-person learning at the end of the first semester. 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