COVID-19

 

May 11, 2021

Dear Families and Community Members:

Consistently over the last year of school, BCPS has been working closely with the Kent County Health Department for their guidance, requirements, and recommendations for how to navigate all the different areas related to COVID. The KCHD issued a public health order with new rules for Educational Institutions around the issue of quarantining students when they have been identified as a close contact.  

BCPS has worked closely with the Kent Intermediate School District and the Kent County Health Department for recommendations to this latest information. Our mitigation factors such as masks, daily at-home health screening, cohorting, cleaning, and social distancing have been found very effective throughout the year to avoid transmission in school, therefore, keeping our kids in person. We watch our COVID dashboard closely and have used our data to make informed decisions about appropriate steps for Byron Center students.

We will continue to collaborate with the Kent Intermediate School District and the Kent County Health Department; BCPS will be adhering to our COVID protocols with some changes related to student quarantines as we finish out the 2020-2021 school year.  These changes are due to the low transmission of COVID within our school buildings. 

  • If a student (Pre-K-12) has been considered a close contact (within 3 feet or less for 15 minutes or more), BCPS will notify parents.
    • Thse students will nt be required t quarantine (unless there is an “outbreak”) but should closely monitor for symptoms.
    • A student wh is identified as close contact can quarantine if they choose to.
  • If a student has tested positive for COVID, they must quarantine for 10 days before returning to school or school activities.
  • If a household member tests positive, any student(s) living in that household must quarantine for 10 days after the last exposure to the positive COVID-19 case. If this situation does occur, please call your student(s) building.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership with BCPS. As always, we will continue to monitor any changes with KCHD as we make decisions that impact all students in BC.

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).

➔  PK-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