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COVID-19 Case Update 10/20/20

Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community,


We are writing to notify you of a probable student COVID case at East Hills Middle School. The CDC defines a “probable” case as someone who has tested positive with a Rapid Results diagnostic test. The school will be deep cleaned as a part of our normal weekly practice tomorrow (Wednesday) and all areas will be thoroughly disinfected. Our regularly scheduled classes will continue in our hybrid model and, if you do not receive a specific quarantine notice or a phone call from the Oakland County Health Department case investigator, your child can attend school as scheduled.


We greatly appreciate the partnership with our families in reporting suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 so we may best protect the students and staff in our schools. Please continue to connect with your school principal regarding any concerns you may have regarding your child’s symptoms or possible exposure to someone with COVID-19.


COVID-19 is a contagious viral illness that spreads in the air through coughing, sneezing, and talking. Recent information suggests COVID-19 is spread by people who are not showing symptoms. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.


If your child is sick or has been exposed to a confirmed or probable case of COVID, please do not allow them to attend school activities, programs, or athletics. If you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your health professional or Nurse on Call at 1-800-848-5533. Please continue to monitor your child for any symptoms of COVID-19. If your child does develop symptoms, we urge you to keep them home and get your child tested for COVID-19 with a send-out PCR test. Testing locations can be found using the COVID-19 Test Finder at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. If your child tests positive for COVID-19 or is symptomatic and you do not wish to have them tested, keep them at home until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours and it has been more than ten days since the initial onset of symptoms. If you are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, please continue to keep your child home and reference this chart (on the third page) from the Oakland County Health Division for further guidance. 


In accordance with our administrative guidelines and procedures, the district, in collaboration with Oakland County Health Department, will communicate confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a school building, student event/activity, or district-sponsored function. Notification of confirmed cases will be shared via email from the district. Names of those impacted (whether it is a student, employee, district approved volunteer, or guest/spectator) will not be shared. All contact tracing will be handled by the Oakland County Health Department to protect student and employee privacy rights. The district is committed to providing factual, transparent, and critical information in a timely manner. 


Please continue to follow all COVID-19 health and safety recommendations from the Oakland County Health Division and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 

  • Cleaning your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Putting distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Washing your hands after throwing away the tissue.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched objects and surfaces daily. 

 

Sincerely, 

Pat Watson, Superintendent

Jason Rubel, Principal, EHMS

Learn More about COVID-19 Case Update 10/20/20
COVID Case Update: BHHS

We are writing to notify you of three unconnected confirmed/probable cases of COVID at Bloomfield Hills High School - two students and one staff member. Again, these cases are completely unrelated and all three individuals were not in attendance today. The school will be deep cleaned as a part of our normal weekly practice on Wednesday and all areas will be thoroughly disinfected. Our regularly scheduled classes will continue in our hybrid model and, if you do not receive a specific quarantine notice or a phone call from the Oakland County Health Department case investigator, your child can attend school as scheduled.

Learn More about COVID Case Update: BHHS
Important Information from BHHS

On October 8, 2020, BHS was notified of a positive COVID case at Bloomfield Hills High School. The student was not in attendance today. The high school was deep cleaned as a part of our normal weekly practice yesterday (Wednesday) and all areas have been thoroughly disinfected. Out of an abundance of caution, all volleyball activities are suspended beginning today and until further notice. Our regularly scheduled classes will continue and, if you do not receive a specific quarantine notice or a phone call from the Oakland County Health Department case investigator, your child can attend school as scheduled.

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Important Information from BHMS

This afternoon, October 13, 2020, we were notified of a positive COVID case at Bloomfield Hills Middle School. The student was not in attendance today. The school will be deep cleaned as a part of our normal weekly practice tomorrow (Wednesday) and all areas will be thoroughly disinfected. Our regularly scheduled classes will continue in our hybrid model on Thursday and, if you do not receive a specific quarantine notice or a phone call from the Oakland County Health Department case investigator, your child can attend school as scheduled.

Learn More about Important Information from BHMS
Safe for School Hotline

Beginning October 12 through December 30, 2020, Oakland County is offering a telephone screening resource to assist parents/guardians through the pre-screening process and to help identify potential illness in children prior to entering school. All screenings are conducted by healthcare professionals.

Hotline staff can help answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms, the need for testing, and what is considered high-risk.

  • Cost: No cost for parents/guardians of Oakland County school-aged children
  • Days: Monday through Friday
  • Times: 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Number: 248-551-4242
Learn More about Safe for School Hotline
Mask Reminders

As a reminder, please be sure your child’s mask follows the Bloomfield Hills Schools mask guidelines. Face masks can be either reusable or disposable. They should fit tightly over your entire nose and mouth. Masks must have school-appropriate graphics. Masks should NOT have valves. Masks with valves are not permitted in Bloomfield Hills Schools. Students and staff are welcome to wear face shields brought from home, but they are not required. They may be worn in addition to a face mask. Neck gaiters and bandannas are not sufficient face coverings. They may be worn in addition to a face mask. Neck gaiters must have school-appropriate graphics.

Learn More about Mask Reminders

 

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