As we look forward to school starting, we want to share our layered mitigation strategy aimed at maximizing in-person learning.
As instructional experts, we reviewed OCHD’s mitigation strategies, along with recent updates from MDHHS and CDC, and continue to monitor the ever evolving data. At this time, the best way for our students to remain in school, in-person, full-time is by utilizing this multi-layered approach. The decision to implement these strategies was not reached by a single data point, conversation, or event. The decision was reached by continuous review of the data, numerous conversations with health experts and colleagues across the country, and a thorough review of the current quarantine guidelines, all with student learning and instruction at the forefront.
As evidenced last year, further changes are likely to occur throughout the school year and families will be notified accordingly. The 2021-22 School Year webpage will be a great resource for families throughout the school year.
Beginning on August 23, the below mitigation strategies will be in effect.
Mask use policies are anticipated to change throughout the school year based on the level of community transmission. Please see the BHS Mitigation Protocols that will be in place based on the level of community transmission.
As of August 18, Oakland County is at the “high” level of community transmission and OCHD expects that we will remain at this level as school begins. As such, mask use is required for all students, staff and visitors (2+ years) when indoors during school hours, regardless of vaccination status, effective August 23.
Face masks will be available in all buildings. Mask use is required while on a bus. Masks are not required when outdoors.
There is a Mask Exemption Form for students unable to medically tolerate masks.
Please reference your guide to masks for more information.
BHS will follow MHSAA requirements related to athletics. Currently, masking and testing are not required.
Information for lunch protocols will be sent prior to the beginning of the school year by principals and will be school specific.
Students identified as close contacts in a classroom setting, with exposure greater than 3 feet who are masked, do not need to quarantine if they remain asymptomatic. Students who are unmasked at this distance will need to quarantine even if asymptomatic.
Students identified as close contacts in a classroom setting with exposure distance within 3 feet must quarantine in accordance with OCHD guidance regardless of masking.
OCHD is currently supporting a 7-day COVID-19 test option, with the following requirements:
- A PCR test (not a rapid antigen or serological test)
- The specimen must be collected no sooner than 7 days after the exposure date
- May return to school no earlier than day 8 with a negative PCR result
- The BHS district RN will verify the negative test result
Fully vaccinated students that remain asymptomatic do not need to be quarantined. Students with a confirmed prior infection within 3 months of the exposure (PCR lab result) do not need to be quarantined as long as they remain asymptomatic.
By requiring universal masking, fewer students should need to quarantine. BHS works in cooperation with OCHD and these mitigation measures may be changed at the discretion of OCHD.
We will provide physical distancing to the greatest extent possible and offer smaller class sizes to the extent possible within building capacity.
COVID-19 Screening and Vaccination
Students and staff are asked to complete the At-Home Screening Checklist daily prior to entering a building and stay home when ill. Respiratory etiquette is encouraged in all schools and a family resource is available for your review.
COVID-19 vaccination is encouraged for all eligible individuals.
Ventilation & Outdoor Spaces
BHS has enhanced our ventilation systems. The standard is 8-10% of fresh air to be introduced into a classroom 4-6 times per hour. At BHS, we have increased that percentage to 25%. On school buses, windows will be opened slightly when possible.
Tents have been rented for K-8 buildings and staff are encouraged to utilize outdoor spaces as they did last year.
Cleaning & Disinfection
Standard daily cleaning protocols using products approved by the CDC to be effective against the COVID-19 virus. Touch points are wiped down and sanitized frequently. All bathrooms thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and washed daily. We use Clorox 360 electrostatic sprayers in possibly contaminated classrooms.
There is thorough sanitization of the entire fleet of buses using Victory electrostatic backpack sprayer.
Field trips will be allowed with masking on buses. Masking for field trips will follow thresholds, district guidance and field trip location guidelines.
Bloomfield Virtual is still accepting registrations and is now a semester-long commitment.
We thank you for your continued support and partnership.