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K-8 Modified 5-day Schedule to Begin April 5, 2021

Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community,

On February 11, 2021, the Board of Education approved the recommendation for a modified 5-day in-person learning for students in grades Kindergarten through 8 beginning April 5, 2021. For some families, this is exciting news. For some families, this might require some thoughtful reflection. There are options available, so please read this letter carefully and let us know what questions you may have. 

Increasing evidence suggests that, with prevention measures in place, there are low rates of COVID-19 transmission in primary and secondary school settings. This knowledge, paired with dozens of other considerations, have led to the recommendation to modify the school day structure. In order to prioritize more in-person instruction, a compromising balance needs to be made to allow more people in the school at the same time. The elementary and middle schools in our district are limited on space, so while the current hybrid model allows for 6 feet of distance between students, consolidating the AM and PM cohorts for a unified school day may result in as close as 3 feet of distance. 

The details are as follows:

Bloomin’ Preschool
Bloomin’ Preschools schedules remain the same. The program is currently at capacity, there will be no new enrollments this school year.  Check our website at bloomfield.org for 2021-2022 registration information.

PREP and Wing Lake 
Students at Wing Lake and PREP will continue with the current hybrid schedule at this time. 

Conant, Eastover, Lone Pine, Way
Students will attend school Monday through Friday, from 9:05 a.m. until 2:20 p.m. 

  • The in-person school day will focus on core content.
  • Students will eat lunch at school and participate in recess.
  • Art, Music, Physical Education, Media and Spanish will take place virtually, “on your own time” before or after school each day. However, specialist teachers will facilitate a 15-20 minute live virtual instruction during the school day to maintain teacher-student connections.
  • The Latchkey program for before and after school care will be available from 7 to 9:05 a.m. and 2:20 to 5:30 p.m. daily. Enrollment is limited due to space, and will begin in March. Details will be posted next week on the Latchkey webpage.
     

EHMS, BHMS, WHMS (including elementary students at these schools)
Students will attend school Monday through Friday, from 8:15 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. 

  • The in-person school day will focus on core content.
  • Students will eat lunch at school and participate in recess.
  • Students will meet virtually with specialist teachers (example music, art) during the school day, and will complete course work for elective classes “on your own time” before or after school each day.
  • The Kidz Zone program for before and after school care will be available from 7 to 8:15 a.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily. Enrollment is limited due to space, and will begin in March. Details will be posted next week on the Kidz Zone webpage.

Bloomfield Virtual (Grades K-5) 
If returning to a full class size is not in alignment with the needs of your family, students in grades kindergarten through 5 can select a transfer to Bloomfield Virtual. Students need a home learning coach to support their academics, time management, and social-emotional wellness. Learning expectations for students in Bloomfield Virtual mirror those of in-person teaching and learning. For more information on Bloomfield Virtual, visit their school webpage.  If your child is currently in-person and would like to transfer to Bloomfield Virtual, the registration window will be open in MISTAR Parent Portal from February 16 at 9 a.m. until February 19 at 5 p.m.

Distance Learning (Grades 6-8)

Distance Learning Instruction is for families who do not desire to return to in-person teaching and learning following the Board’s recent decision regarding the 5-day in-person learning plan to begin April 5, 2021. Students will be placed in full distance learning classes. Depending on course enrollment, students may be in some classes that combine both in-person and distance learning students.  If your child is currently in-person and would like to transfer to Distance Learning, the registration window will be open in MISTAR Parent Portal from February 16 at 9 a.m. until February 19 at 5 p.m.

High School

  • The high school will continue with Group A (last name A-Konja) and Group B (last name Konoya-Z) schedules, attending two days per week.
  • Beginning April 5, 2021, BHHS students will attend school from 7:25 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. according to their Group. Students will attend four blocks per day on an odd/even schedule.
  • Lunch is grab and go from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m.
  • Bus transportation will depart at approximately 12:50 p.m.
  • Black Hawk Hour will be held virtually every day from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
  • If a high school student prefers to remain distance learning, they can continue their schoolwork from home with the same teachers and classmates.

Special Education 
All students with IEPs will attend school with their grade level peers (see information above). If you have any questions regarding your child’s individual schedule, please contact the caseload manager. Identified and approved students at BHHS with specific needs may attend four days per week beginning February 16.

Black Hawk Extended Care/Latchkey-Kidz Zone
Black Hawk Extended Care will sunset on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Latchkey and Kidz Zone programs will begin April 5 for before and after school care. Registration will take place in March; details will be posted to the webpage next week.  Space is limited due to social distancing requirements.

Thank you for your continued support of Bloomfield Hills Schools!

Sincerely,
​​​​​​​Pat Watson, Superintendent

 


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