Covid-19-March-25-2020

March 25, 2020
Dear Families and Community Members:

We hope that this communication finds you and your family healthy and safe. We appreciate the partnership with all of our staff as we continue to communicate in the best way possible.

The principals and instructional staff have done a wonderful job preparing lessons and enrichment activities for students to complete while we are away from school. Please continue to reach out to principals and teachers if you need any type of support. At this time, BCPS will continue feeding our families during the Shelter in Place order. Please see our website for exact times and locations.

The leadership team continues to work with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) and local, state, and national health agencies as decisions are made. We are waiting on clear direction for areas such as extending the school year to make up time, spring sports, and other areas that are impacted by the Shelter in Place directive.

Please note this special message from the Kent County Health Department that BCPS received today:

As the number of people who test positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) begins to climb in Kent County, inevitably we will have students, staff, and family members who will be among those infected by COVID-
19. BCPS is in frequent communication with the Kent County Health Department during this time. The Health Department is responsible for monitoring the incidence of COVID-19 in our community.

Those who test positive are contacted by the Health Department, and those people who meet the CDC definition of a close contact are also notified. The Health Department staff orients cases and their close contacts about the need for isolation or quarantine. While only a portion of our community will require quarantine, all of us should be monitoring for symptoms, maintaining a safe distance from other people whenever possible, staying home unless it is essential to go out, and washing hands and surfaces frequently.

These steps are good for everyone, whether you have had exposure or not. As a school, we will not be informing our school families every time one of our students tests positive unless there is a specific reason to do so. We want to respect the confidentiality of each family. The Health Department is very diligent in their contact investigation and surveillance. Since school has not been in session for thirteen days, the KCHD has informed us that the likelihood that your child was exposed to COVID-19 in the school setting is extremely low. If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out to the Health Department at (616) 632-7228.

BCPS once again would like to thank you for all your support and encouragement during this time. Please reach out if you have any specific questions. We look forward to seeing everyone back in school as soon as we can. We will continue to communicate information as it becomes available.

Sincerely,

Kevin Macina, Ph.D.

Superintendent