2020-2021 News Details

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests Not Permitted

Bloomfield Hills Schools will no longer be accepting Rapid Antigen Tests as proof that someone does not have COVID-19. In order to provide proof of a negative test, you must have a PCR or Rapid PCR test.

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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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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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International Travel

We know that the holidays are coming up, which means that many families may consider travelling. We encourage families to familiarize themselves with the new guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services regarding holiday gatherings and travel.

If a family travels internationally, you must notify the school and complete a 14-day self-quarantine upon return. Student cannot return to school before the 14-day quarantine is over. Asymptomatic testing is not recommended for international travel.

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

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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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