Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Families,
I hope this letter finds you and your families well. Unfortunately, the Oakland County Health Division continues to report rising cases of COVID-19.
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:
Many traditional school services will still be available while buildings are closed. Families are encouraged to reach out to teachers, office staff, or building principals should they need help. Services include (but are not limited to):
- Technology assistance (for both students and parents)
- Food service distribution (Every Monday & Thursday at Bloomfield Hills High School)
- Social-emotional support (e.g. counseling, behavioral support, crisis intervention)
- Department of Health and Human Services assistance
We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 data. The district requires 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):
- 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.
- Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
- 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.
This action is in accordance with the August 20, 2020, Board of Education meeting, where the Board established and approved key metrics to guide our decision-making around remote, hybrid, and full in-person teaching and learning. The chart below illustrates the four phases relative to the case counts.
While we are disappointed to need to be returning to fully remote teaching and learning, we will continue to provide instruction and services to meet the needs of all learners as best as possible during this challenging public health crisis. We greatly appreciate your partnership and support.
Pat Watson, Superintendent