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COVID-19 Case Update 12/04/2020

Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community,

We are writing to notify you of:

  • One positive COVID-19 staff case at Bloomfield Hills Middle School
  • One positive COVID-19 student case at Bloomfield Hills Middle School
  • One probable COVID-19 staff member at Bloomin’ Preschools Conant
  • One probable COVID-19 staff member at Bloomin’ Preschools Fox Hills
  • One positive COVID-19 staff case at Lone Pine Elementary
  • One positive COVID-19 student case at West Hills Middle School

As an important reminder: if someone in your household is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 rapid or PCR test, all members of the household must stay home until the results are known.

If you do not receive a specific quarantine notice from a district official or an Oakland County Health Division case investigator, your child can attend activities as scheduled.

While we are in distance learning, the COVID-19 Case Update emails will now be sent weekly on Fridays at 5 p.m.

Emergency Order MCL 333.2253 requires Bloomfield Hills Schools to report probable and positive case information on our website. The report can be found on the main district website. Please note, cases do not appear on the report until all forms are complete for the case, causing a lag in reporting at times. 

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): 

  • Stay home if you are sick, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others. 
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet). 
  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean your hands after throwing away the tissue. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces daily.

Sincerely,

Pat Watson, Superintendent

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Oakland County Announces New Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Locations

Oakland County’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing locations have relocated in order to provide shelter from winter weather and will be open by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as follows:

  • Mondays: Old Holly Fire Station (313 S. Broad St, Holly)
  • Tuesdays: Rochester Fire Station (277 E. Second St, Rochester)
  • Wednesdays: Southfield City Hall Employee Parking Deck (26000 Evergreen Rd, Southfield)
  • Thursdays: Pontiac Fire Station (348 South Blvd, Pontiac)

COVID-19 tests are available for anyone age 4 years and over. Children age 17 years and under must have COVID-19 symptoms and be a resident of or attend school in Oakland County to be tested. There is no charge for tests and no prescription is needed; however, appointments are required. Please call Nurse on Call at 1-800-848-5533 to make an appointment.

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UPDATE: International Travel

The CDC has made a change in their recommendation for testing and quarantine after traveling internationally. They now advise that international travelers should stay home for 7 days upon their return and test at day 3-5 post return.

We encourage families to familiarize themselves with the guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services regarding holiday gatherings and travel.

BHS discourages non-essential travel out of state and ask that all families who travel use safety and mitigation efforts.

Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with a period of staying at home and precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at travelers’ destinations.

If you participated in higher-risk activities during your international travel, take the actions listed above AND do the following after travel:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel. For more information, visit the CDC website.

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COVID-19 Emotional Support Services

There are many ways to connect with emotional-support services without the need to leave home. Visit www.michigan.gov/StayWell for more information.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and isolating for many people. Gatherings during the upcoming holidays can be an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. This holiday season, consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe.

The CDC has offered the following considerations to slow the spread of COVID-19 during small gatherings. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which all gatherings must comply.

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COVID-19 Case Update 11/20/2020

Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community,

We are writing to notify you of:

  • One positive COVID-19 staff case at Bloomfield Hills High School
  • Two positive COVID-19 student cases at Bloomfield Hills High School
  • One positive COVID-19 student case at Bloomin’ Preschool - Fox Hills
  • One positive COVID-19 staff case at Bloomin’ Preschool - Fox Hills
  • One positive COVID-19 student case at East Hills Middle School
  • One positive COVID-19 student case at Way Elementary School
  • Two positive COVID-19 student cases at West Hills Middle School
  • One positive COVID-19 student case at Wing Lake Elementary School

As an important reminder: if someone in your household is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 rapid or PCR test, all members of the household must stay home until the results are known.

If you do not receive a specific quarantine notice from a district official or an Oakland County Health Division case investigator, your child can attend activities as scheduled.

While we are in distance learning, the COVID-19 Case Update emails will now be sent weekly on Fridays at 5 p.m.

Emergency Order MCL 333.2253 requires Bloomfield Hills Schools to report probable and positive case information on our website. The report can be found on the main district website. Please note, cases do not appear on the report until all forms are complete for the case, causing a lag in reporting at times. 

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): 

  • Stay home if you are sick, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others. 
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet). 
  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean your hands after throwing away the tissue. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces daily.

Sincerely,

Pat Watson, Superintendent

Read More about COVID-19 Case Update 11/20/2020
Athletic Update 11.16.20

In accordance with the November 15, 2020, Emergency Order by the Department of Health and Human Services, all school sports activities (practices and contests) are suspended effective immediately through at least December 8, 2020.

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COVID-19 Case Update 11/13/2020

Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community,

We are writing to notify you of:

  • One positive COVID-19 staff case at Bloomfield Hills High School
  • One positive COVID-19 student case at Eastover Elementary

As an important reminder: if someone in your household is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 rapid or PCR test, all members of the household must stay home until the results are known.

If you do not receive a specific quarantine notice from a district official or an Oakland County Health Division case investigator, your child can attend activities as scheduled.

As a reminder, Bloomfield Hills Schools has transitioned to distance learning. While we are in distance learning, the COVID-19 Case Update emails will now be sent weekly on Fridays at 5 p.m.

Emergency Order MCL 333.2253 requires Bloomfield Hills Schools to report probable and positive case information on our website. The report can be found on the main district website. Please note, cases do not appear on the report until all forms are complete for the case, causing a lag in reporting at times. 

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): 

  • Stay home if you are sick, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others. 
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet). 
  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean your hands after throwing away the tissue. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces daily.

Sincerely,

Pat Watson, Superintendent

Read More about COVID-19 Case Update 11/13/2020
COVID-19 Case Update 11/11/2020

Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community,

We are writing to notify you of:

  • One positive COVID-19 staff case in the Transportation Department

  • One positive COVID-19 staff case at West Hills Middle School

As an important reminder: if someone in your household is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 rapid or PCR test, all members of the household must stay home until the results are known.

If you do not receive a specific quarantine notice from a district official or an Oakland County Health Division case investigator, your child can attend activities as scheduled.

As a reminder, Bloomfield Hills Schools has transitioned to distance learning.

Emergency Order MCL 333.2253 requires Bloomfield Hills Schools to report probable and positive case information on our website. The report can be found on the main district website. Please note, cases do not appear on the report until all forms are complete for the case, causing a lag in reporting at times. 

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): 

  • Stay home if you are sick, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others. 

  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet). 

  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean your hands after throwing away the tissue. 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces daily.

Sincerely,

Pat Watson, Superintendent

Read More about COVID-19 Case Update 11/11/2020
COVID-19 Case Update 11/10/2020

Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community,

We are writing to notify you of:

  • One positive COVID-19 student case at Way Elementary

  • One positive COVID-19 student case at Bloomfield Hills High School

As an important reminder: if someone in your household is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 rapid or PCR test, all members of the household must stay home until the results are known.

If you do not receive a specific quarantine notice from a district official or an Oakland County Health Division case investigator, your child can attend activities as scheduled.

As a reminder, Bloomfield Hills Schools has transitioned to distance learning.

Emergency Order MCL 333.2253 requires Bloomfield Hills Schools to report probable and positive case information on our website. The report can be found on the main district website. Please note, cases do not appear on the report until all forms are complete for the case, causing a lag in reporting at times. 

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): 

  • Stay home if you are sick, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others. 

  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet). 

  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean your hands after throwing away the tissue. 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces daily.

Sincerely,

Pat Watson, Superintendent

Read More about COVID-19 Case Update 11/10/2020
COVID-19 Case Update 11/9/2020

Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community,

We are writing to notify you of:

  • One positive COVID-19 student case at Lone Pine Elementary

  • One positive COVID-19 staff case at Bloomfield Hills High School

  • One positive COVID-19 staff case at Bowers School Farm

  • One positive COVID-19 student case at Way Elementary

As an important reminder: if someone in your household is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 rapid or PCR test, all members of the household must stay home until the results are known.

If you do not receive a specific quarantine notice from a district official or an Oakland County Health Division case investigator, your child can attend activities as scheduled.

As a reminder, Bloomfield Hills Schools has transitioned to distance learning.

Emergency Order MCL 333.2253 requires Bloomfield Hills Schools to report probable and positive case information on our website. The report can be found on the main district website. Please note, cases do not appear on the report until all forms are complete for the case, causing a lag in reporting at times. 

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): 

  • Stay home if you are sick, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others. 

  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet). 

  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean your hands after throwing away the tissue. 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces daily.

Sincerely,

Pat Watson, Superintendent

Read More about COVID-19 Case Update 11/9/2020
Transition to Distance Learning

This morning, the Board of Education convened an emergency meeting to discuss the change in the COVID data that now places us in red according to the Harvard metrics approved by the board on August 20, 2020. Currently, schools in Oakland County are at risk level E, which is defined as either more than 150 cases per million or a 20% positivity rate. In level E, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) advise pausing in-person instruction for the full district. It is important to note that the Board of Education’s vote was not to close schools, but rather to pause in-person teaching and learning and migrate the BHS high quality instruction to a fully distance learning model.

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Transition to Distance Learning (Update One)

Today, November 5, 2020, Oakland County reported an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases to over 25 per 100,000 residents. This metric now places Oakland County and Bloomfield Hills Schools in the RED phase. An emergency meeting of the Board of Education has been scheduled for tomorrow, November 6, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. and can be viewed live by visiting www.bloomfield.org/livestream

  • We will have school tomorrow, Friday, November 6th, as scheduled. 
  • Students are encouraged to utilize tomorrow as an opportunity to bring home any materials needed for distance learning in anticipation of the Board decision.
  • Upon Board approval tomorrow, November 6th, in-person learning will be paused as we transition to distance learning. 
  • For those students already enrolled in Bloomfield Virtual, coursework will continue as planned.
  • The following transition plan was reviewed during the November 4th Board of Education meeting and will guide the transition into fully distance teaching and learning...
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COVID-19 Case Update 11/5/2020

Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community,

We are writing to notify you of:

  • One positive COVID-19 staff case at Bloomin’ Preschools, Fox Hills
  • Two positive COVID-19 student cases at Way Elementary

As an important reminder: if someone in your household is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 rapid or PCR test, all members of the household must stay home until the results are known.

Read More about COVID-19 Case Update 11/5/2020
COVID-19 Case Update 11/2/2020
  • One positive COVID-19 student case at Bloomfield Hills High School
  • One positive COVID-19 staff case at Bloomin’ Preschool - Fox Hills
  • One positive COVID-19 student case at Bloomin’ Preschool - Fox Hills
  • One positive COVID-19 student cases at East Hills Middle School
  • Three positive COVID-19 student cases at International Academy, Okma Campus
  • One positive COVID-19 student case at Lone Pine Elementary School
  • Two positive COVID-19 student cases at West Hills Middle School
Read More about COVID-19 Case Update 11/2/2020
Difference Between Isolation and Quarantine

If a student or staff member is exposed to COVID-19 but has no symptoms, they should self-quarantine for 14 days after the last day of exposure (count starts with the next day).

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 10 days from symptom onset or test date. Isolation involves everything that quarantine does, but in addition, it means you must stay away from other family members. 

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BHHS Returns to Distance Learning Effective November 4

Dear Bloomfield Hills High School Families,

As you are likely aware, the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to rise in Oakland County over the past few days. As a result, and out of an abundance of caution, several of our teachers have had to quarantine. Due to the number of teachers now in quarantine, BHHS will transition to full distance teaching and learning on November 4.  The Oakland County Health Department would have contacted anyone needing to quarantine.  This decision does not impact other school buildings in the district.

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A Note Regarding Testing Out of Quarantine

Students and staff members cannot test out of quarantine. A negative test is a snapshot in time, and an illness can appear anytime in the 14-day quarantine period. Students/staff must still self-quarantine for the full 14-day period.

A note from Leonard Sanford, BHS Director of Health and Wellness: "A student may return if they show symptoms but subsequently get negative results from a PCR test and could return once those symptoms are resolving."

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COVID-19 Data Metrics Update

While we recognize the extraordinary efforts of students, staff, and families in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, unfortunately the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) reports that cases continue to rise in Oakland County. If cases continue to trend upward, OCHD has warned schools that we may be forced to implement additional restrictions to prevent continued infections. Restrictions may include modifications to activities like athletics and clubs, and schools may be asked to shift to a distance learning instructional model either periodically or for an extended period of time until cases decline. 

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COVID

We are writing to notify you of two COVID-19 student cases: one probable and one confirmed positive at Bloomin’ Preschools, Fox Hills. Bloomfield Hills Schools determined that one class at Bloomin’ Preschools Fox Hills should be closed and quarantined for fourteen (14) days as we await guidance from the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD).

We also were notified of a positive COVID-19 case at the International Academy, Okma Campus.

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Change in Household Members Needing to Stay Home

If there are one or more members of a household waiting for a COVID-19 test result, the entire household must stay home while waiting for the results. This includes parent/guardians and siblings.

If a student stays home or is sent home with COVID-related symptoms, all siblings of that student must go home/stay home until the results of a PCR test come back negative.

Families in both scenarios must provide proof of negative PRC test results.

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COVID Case Update & District-wide Notices to Continue

On October 27, we notified the Bloomfield Hills Schools families that based on feedback, we would begin sending COVID-19 probable and positive case updates to only the impacted school community. After further consideration and discussion, Bloomfield Hills Schools will continue to communicate all district COVID-19 cases to the entire BHS community. Communicating all cases provides the community with an understanding of the district's response, as well as the impact COVID-19 has on our community.  

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COVID Case Update & Last District-Wide Notice

While initially we had planned to send a notification to the entire district for each confirmed and probable COVID-19 case, we have received feedback from the community that indicates we can begin sending only building-specific notices for each case in addition to our new COVID-19 dashboard (visit www.bloomfield.org and click on the dashboard button) and a weekly summary in the Wednesday Web News (weekly district-wide email newsletter). 

Therefore, this will be our final district-wide notification for a case of COVID-19 that has an impact on one particular school population. 

Today, we were notified of a confirmed staff case at Bloomfield Hills High School. The school has been cleaned and thoroughly disinfected. 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 Division case investigator, your child can attend school as scheduled.

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COVID-19 Case Update 10/23/20

We are writing to update you regarding the latest probable and confirmed cases in Bloomfield Hills Schools. The CDC defines a “probable” case as someone who has tested positive with a Rapid Results diagnostic test.

  • Bloomfield Hills High School student - probable

  • Bloomfield Hills High School student - probable

  • International Academy student - probable

  • Eastover Elementary student - confirmed 

The schools have been cleaned and thoroughly disinfected. 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 Division case investigator, your child can attend school as scheduled.

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COVID-19 Case Update 10/23/20

We are writing to notify you of two confirmed positive student COVID-19 cases: one at East Hills Middle School and one at Eastover Elementary School. The schools will be deep cleaned once again this evening and all areas will be thoroughly disinfected. 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 Division case investigator, your child can attend school as scheduled.

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COVID-19 Case Update Fox Hills 10/22/20

We are writing to notify you of a second confirmed positive staff COVID-19 case at Bloomin’ Preschools, Fox Hills. The Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) determined that three classes at Bloomin’ Preschools Fox Hills need to be closed and quarantined for fourteen (14) days. Per the OCHD, this ruling is effective immediately. The school will be deep cleaned once again this evening and all areas will be thoroughly disinfected. 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 Division case investigator, your child can attend school as scheduled.

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COVID-19 Case Update BHHS 10/19/20

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.

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COVID-19 Case Update BHMS 10/13/20

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.

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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.

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COVID-19 Case Update BHHS 10/8/20

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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COVID Case Updated 8/21/20

As of Friday afternoon, August 21, 2020, a student athlete tested positive for COVID-19. Per the CDC recommendation and Phase 4 COVID-19 Task Force on Education Return to School Advisory Council’s guidance we will postpone practice for the affected program until further notice. The program will be notified by our Athletic Department this evening.

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Important Announcement

As educators, we are all aware of the challenges the spring shutdown brought many of the students, as well as parents and staff.  After hearing the experiences from students, teachers, other special education administrators and all of you, we are committed to remaining focused on what is best for students. To that end, we need to ensure that we are providing the best instructional opportunities for our students while keeping health and safety as our priority. 

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