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Health and Wellness

Bloomfield Hills Schools is committed to providing a safe and healthy school environment. Updated Medical Action Plans (MAPs) and Medical Management Plans (MMPs), along with our BHS Authorization for Prescription and Non-Prescription Medication forms are required at the start of every school year and expire on the last day of school instruction.

These forms provide BHS with required medical direction from your child’s licensed healthcare provider and allows staff to provide services including medication administration, medical procedures and/or medical interventions. Without prescribed orders, only interventions including soap, water, adhesive bandages, ice and age appropriate comfort will be provided.

Please direct any questions that you may have to our district nurse at health@bloomfield.org or 248-341-5435.

Goals of the Health and Wellness Department

  • Advocate for our students with any type of disease process or medical concerns that may need to be addressed while at school.
  • Providing staff education and guidance on issues related to school health, we also follow-up on health concerns, support students with emergency plans for medical needs and address student specific health concerns.

When to Keep Your Child Home

Sick child

If your child comes to school sick or becomes ill at school, we will call you and ask that you pick up your child immediately. If we cannot reach you, we will call your emergency contact person to pick up your child. If there is an extreme emergency regarding your child, 911 will be called. 

To help reduce the spread of illness to students and staff, please keep your child home for the reasons below.  Parents are strongly encouraged to have their child seen by their medical provider.  All students are excluded from school until fully recovered and be at least 24 hours free from fever before returning to school without any fever reducing medication. Symptoms unrelated to a preexisting health condition.

  • Severely ill: A child is lethargic or less responsive, has difficulty breathing or has a rapidly spreading rash.
  • Fever: A child with a temperature over 100.4°F with or without respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, sore throat). The child should not return until 24 hours of no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • Red or running eyes
  • Persistent sneezing, or thick discharge from the nose.
  • Rash: Check with health care provider before bringing a child to school with a rash. Undiagnosed rashes pose a health threat to other students and adults
  • Sores and crusts on the scalp face or body particularly if red and swollen or draining.  
  • Any skin eruptions or rash (children with rashes must be kept home until a diagnosis by a health care provider is made.) 
  • Cough, particularly if productive or persistent
  • Sore throat
  • Pain and stiffness of neck and headache
  • Swollen and sore glands about the face and neck
  • Nausea and Vomiting: A child who has vomited 2 or more times in 24 hours should stay home.  S/he may return to school after 24 hours without vomiting and is back on a regular diet.
  • Diarrhea: A child who has 2 or more loose stools in 24 hours should stay home. S/he may return to school after being diarrhea-free for 24 hours.
  • Persistent abdominal pain: A child with abdominal pain that continues for more than two hours or intermittent pain associated with fever or other symptoms
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Students Advocate for Free Period Products in School Bathrooms

It’s no secret that discussions around puberty can be awkward. Deepening voices. Hair. Smelly feet. Growth spurts. Periods. All perfectly normal, all perfectly expected, yet the conversations and physical changes can spur giggles, embarrassment, or even fear.

Our own students are not immune to these feelings. Last year, Bloomfield Hills Middle School students Violet Garrett, Sophia Hawkins, Katie Tadesse, and Jolie Winkler (all grade 8 at the time) decided to change that. When talking at lunch one day, they agreed that it was awkward when students had to ask for menstrual hygiene products (or more commonly today called “period products”).They also felt that the variety offered didn’t suit the needs of the students, so they weren’t using them. Hawkins added, “We were worried about other girls who had started middle school and were scared, because we had been talking with our friends' younger sisters and they were telling us how scared they were about it.”

In an effort to meet student needs, the group made a detailed proposal suggesting the schools offer free period products, and a wider variety, to be available in the bathrooms. In the proposal, they stated, “We know what it's like to have to go to the nurse’s office and ask for a pad, and I think we can all agree that it isn't the best experience.” Their proposal also included product suggestions and potential questions to answer to ensure the idea could thrive. 

Hawkin’s excitement shone through when hearing that their actions created change. “I think it’s really cool that they ended up doing it! It was just an idea, and they actually turned it into something real.”

 According to Margaret Schultz, Director of Instructional Equity and Title IX Coordinator for BHS, “Research tells us that fear of stigmatization and limited access to period products negatively impact both attendance and performance in schools. By offering free access, Bloomfield Hills Schools is taking a strong step in the right direction to destigmatize periods and period products. We are grateful to our students who advocated for providing free products and making this important change across our district."

BHS administration not only listened, they acted accordingly. Period products will be offered for free in all female and single-user restrooms in the three middle schools and the high school. 

Resources for Families

New and updated forms may be submitted to the school that the student will be attending for the 2022-23 school year.  If your child has developed a new health condition or, if your child is new to the district and has a medical condition that is dependent on staff support, please contact the school directly or the district nurse, as soon as possible.