March 12, 2020

Dear Families and Community Members:

Today I spent time with the KISD Superintendents and the Kent County Health Director to discuss appropriate next steps for Byron Center Public Schools around COVID-19.

Since the beginning of this public health issue, BCPS has been following the preventative protocols and recommendations from the State of Michigan and the local health department. We are keeping current on developments and making decisions intended to keep our students and families healthy and safe.

Yesterday, the state gave recommendations for schools. BCPS will continue to follow these and adjust as new developments occur. Any decisions about closing schools will be made on a case-by- case, building-by-building basis. If a directive comes from state leaders, these decisions will be made collaboratively between national, state, and local officials including local area school districts.

We are working closely with our cleaning company. We have already been going above what the health department recommends for cleaning and will continue to do so. The cleaning company has updated their cleaning products to those that are most effective in killing this virus, per CDC guidelines.

BCPS encourages parents of students with high-risk or fragile immune systems to have a conversation with their pediatrician regarding school attendance and preventative measures.

To reiterate, experts recommend preventative measures like hand-washing, personal hygiene, and staying home when sick as the best ways to limit the reach of COVID-19.

Please see the attached letters which go into more detail. We will provide additional updates as more information becomes available. Thank you for your continued commitment to the health and safety of our students and families.


Kevin Macina, Ph.D. Superintendent