Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community,
In the midst of a pandemic that has caused such a significant disruption to our daily lives, the mental and physical health of all of our community members continues to be our top priority. We have been working to gather resources that can help families navigate a situation that one can never quite prepare for.
Here are some tips we hope will help you and your children:
- Listen to your children, you know them best. Listen to them and let their questions guide your conversation
- Answer questions honestly with age appropriate information.
- Model good hygiene and prevention strategies - it is empowering for children to know that they play a part in helping
- Keep routines when possible, particularly bedtime
- Take care of yourself, and your own mental health. You are better able to help your children if you are in a good mental state yourself.
The above measures sound easy, but are not easy to put into practice. So, we have gathered some practical resources on our website that we hope will help you implement our suggestions in your home.
We encourage you to share with others what you are doing in your home to maintain safety and health. As a community, we are stronger when we share tips and resources with one another. Please tag the district if you share tips via social media (@BHSchools) so we can again pass them along to others. Thank you for your shared partnership in maintaining a healthy community!
Change in Food Service Schedule
As this situation continues to change, we are making the necessary modifications to our structures to support students, staff, and families. Accordingly, meals will be offered only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meals will be packaged with two breakfasts and two lunches per bag so each child will automatically receive food for two days. Meals will continue to be served out of Bloomfield Hills High School (curbside when the weather permits, inside the main entrance if it is raining). If we are serving meals curbside, please use your vehicle to get in line - do not walk up to the staff serving meals. This will help us maintain a safe distance and ensure our operations run smoothly. We appreciate the offer for volunteer assistance, but are not in the position to accept offers of help for serving meals at this time. We have adequate staff to run our meal program which is, at this time, fully federally funded.
Volunteer Assistance from Bloomfield Hills Schools Students
Students have reached out with offers for assistance. The Students Helping Students Club would like to share the following information:
We understand that during this time of learning at home, students may find it hard to get help with home learning when needed. Helping hands: A Students for Students Movement and Bloomfield Student Leadership have organized a free tutoring service for students to use if they need help with their home learning or content. This Google Form asks students about what subject they need help with, their grade, and the requested date of tutoring, allowing us to properly assign your student with a tutor to help them. If your student would like to sign up to be a tutor, they can sign up for a subject or multiple subjects with this SignUp Genius. During this time in our community, we understand that there may be some difficulties with learning, but we hope that this platform will serve as a means to help alleviate this struggle.
Another student, Haakam Aujla, has set up a crowdsourcing website that allows people to request or offer services. “For example, there may be people with health conditions who would be at greater risk if they were to venture out,” explains Haakam. “By grocery shopping for them, we can support them.” Visit Haakam’s website to learn more.
Board of Education Meeting March 20, 2020
The Board of Education will be holding a Special Meeting this Friday, March 20, 2020 at 9 a.m. In compliance with Executive Order 2020-15, members of the public may participate only virtually by visiting www.bloomfield.org/livestream. To make a public comment, please join us virtually via Google Meet. To login online, visit meet.google.com/udq-kevf-hfe. If you would prefer to join via telephone, please dial (US)+1 424-444-6071 and, when prompted, enter the PIN: 659 126 965#.
We are incredibly thankful for the outpouring of support from our students and community members. Please continue to visit our website for updated information and connect with us if you have any questions or concerns.
Pat Watson, Superintendent