In accordance with state emergency orders and the BPS Preparedness and Response Plan, the district will initiate communication and reporting procedures immediately upon learning of a probable or confirmed “school associated case” of COVID-19. A school associated case is defined as a probable or confirmed COVID-19 case among students, teachers, school staff members, or any other person who was present on school property or at a school function under circumstances that may result in the transmission or contraction of COVID-19 during their infectious period. The following communication will occur:
- The local health department will contact BPS within 24 hours of learning the results of a positive or probable school associated case.
- BPS will immediately support the health department with the contact tracing process upon notification of a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Persons identified through contact tracing as a close contact to someone in the school setting who tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted directly by their local county health department. The health department will advise those individuals on what steps to take. If you or your family member is not contacted by the health department, you or your student are not identified as a close contact.
- BPS will communicate with the specific program, building, and school community (set of persons affiliated with the school) of these situations to keep them abreast of all necessary information related to each case. This communication may come via email, phone call, and/or School Messenger.
- BPS will provide public notice to the school community on the BPS website within 24 hours of being notified by the health department.
Please know that BPS will adhere to all confidentiality policies and procedures including Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), HIPPA, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), therefore specific information may not always be available regarding any particular case.
Notice of BPS Case Reports:
Currently, there are no confirmed or probable cases to report within BPS facilities.
MDHHS School Outbreak Reporting:
On September 14, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) began reporting outbreak information by school building. Data includes K-12, colleges, and universities in Michigan and is collected from 45 local health departments across the state weekly. An outbreak is defined as two or more cases with a link by place and time indicating a shared exposure outside of a household.
The information is posted on Michigan’s Coronavirus website linked HERE and is updated each Monday at 3 p.m.