January 14, 2022 

Hello BC Community and Family, 

Early this week, the Kent County Health Department issued updated quarantine guidance in response to the recent CDC and MDHHS revisions. The full KCHD order can be reviewed here. BCPS does not have a universal masking policy, but masks are strongly recommended. The KCHD order does go into greater detail, and this communication is to help understand how the order will impact BCPS. The following guidelines pertain to K-12 schools. Further information relating to preschool and childcare will be forthcoming from the Early Childhood Center. 

Positive Case for Students and Staff 

  • All individuals who test positive for COVID are required to isolate at home for 10 days at the start of symptoms or the positive test date 

Household Close Contact for Unvaccinated Staff and Students 

  • Staff and Students must quarantine for 10 days 
  • Staff and Students may return to school on day 11-15 if wearing a mask 
  • Staff and Students who do not wish to wear a mask must quarantine for days 11-15 

Household Close Contact for Vaccinated Staff and Students 

  • Staff and Students do not have to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated 
  • Staff and Students do not have to quarantine if they have had a confirmed COVID case in the last 90 days 
  • Staff and Students must wear a mask at school during the household case’s isolation period plus an additional 10 days 

BCPS Continued Communication 

  • BCPS will continue to contact trace and notify parents through email communication 
  • There are no requirements for quarantine due to close contacts at school. The health department highly recommends monitoring for symptoms and to quarantine if symptomatic 
  • The COVID Dashboard will continue to be updated every Tuesday and Friday 
  • Letters for any positive case will be posted on the BCPS website 
  • Masks are still required on BCPS busses at this time following the mass transportation order 

BCPS will continue to update the community and communicate any changes that occur. BCPS fully expects updates to these changes, and we will adapt as necessary. The KCHD highly recommends all eligible community members get the COVID vaccination, monitor for COVID symptoms, wear a well-fitting mask while indoors, and get tested when possible. BCPS appreciates your support and understanding as we work through the ongoing changes and updates. Thank you for your continued partnership through these ever-changing times. 


Kevin Macina Ph.D.,

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 if you have questions regarding this process.