Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Families,
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.
The data (both rapid and PCR tests) for Oakland County for the past three weeks is as follows:
During the August 20, 2020, Board of Education meeting, the Board discussed and determined key metrics that guide our decision-making around remote, hybrid, and full in-person teaching and learning. The chart below was used at the August meeting to outline the four phases.
If the incidence of cases (in either category) enters into the red phase, the Board of Education will call for an emergency meeting to determine if the district will move into a fully remote teaching and learning environment. If the decision is made to transition to distance teaching and learning, all students with a hybrid schedule will migrate to the distance learning environment experienced at the start of the school year. For students enrolled in Bloomfield Virtual, coursework will continue as planned.
While safety remains our number one priority, we also acknowledge the important role schools serve for our broader community. Schools are vital in meeting the academic, social, emotional, and physical wellbeing of students and families. We must do everything we can to keep schools safe and open. If the district transitions to distance teaching and learning, many traditional school services will remain available such as food service distribution, technology assistance, and social-emotional support.
After a return to fully remote teaching and learning, the district will require 21 consecutive days in orange before we will again consider returning to a hybrid teaching and learning model.
In the meantime, please continue to follow all COVID-19 health and safety recommendations from the Oakland County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Stay home if you’re 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.
- As we continue to monitor the data, we encourage families to make plans to support students through any transitions that may occur in the future.
We appreciate the support, partnership, and patience of families as we continually monitor data and modify our practices to maintain student and staff safety.